Ahh Road Trips! That blissful reprise we take from our sedentary lifestyles! No matter how well-travelled one may be, there is no denying the charm of a road trip. And that’s exactly what a bunch of my colleagues/friends and I, from my previous workplace decided to do on a given weekend. And these were a few things we picked on while we were on our way to Coorg-
YOU WILL NEVER START ON TIME THAT YOU DECIDE UPON
Expectations: Crack of dawn
Reality: Nowhere before 9 in the morning
So we had audaciously planned on starting out somewhere close to the time where we could avoid the usual vegetable traffic of the morning and reach Coorg before 12 in the afternoon as Bangalore to Coorg is basically just a 6hr drive but that was far from happening as even till the last moment we all couldn’t exactly come to a consensus regarding the designated ‘Road trip wear’ especially me and our numerous dress rehearsals delayed us for more time than I would chose to admit.
YOUR BLADDER WOULD GROW A MIND OF ITS OWN DURING THE TRIP
Expectations: We are the master of our own bladder
Reality: Bladder demands, without your command
As much as we had practiced on bladder control, like avoiding tea and other beverages during the trip, a few road bumps hit here and there, and our bladders would threaten to revolt! But lucky for us that the road we took had plenty of provision for successful release and nobody had to encounter anything unpleasant. One sincere suggestion though to all the ladies out there- please avoid Jumpsuits and Rompers during a road trip with risqué washroom situation. And Men- I got nothing but envy for you guys during such situations.
HALTS ARE ESSENTIAL!
Expectations: We will take no stops till we reach the destination!
Reality: The journey steals the show
When the roads leading to your destination looks somewhere close to this-
Clear sky, wide roads with a generous dose of greenery here and there, you are bound to savor the flavor of the journey and also indulge your inner child when you happen to spot a Children’s Park in the vicinity. Exhibit A
YOU WILL FIGHT WITH YOUR CO-TRIPPERS FOR NO APPARENT REASON
Expectations: We will sing throughout the way
Reality: We will try our best not to push each other out of car
As much as we may like to believe that everything is going to be a smooth sail during the course of the trip and you would be staying in high spirits throughout, trust me, the heat, cramped seating and limited access to washroom would drive you to the edge of your seat. You will snap at your closest pals without any provocation thereby extracting the loudest of reactions from them. But don’t worry when that happens, for at the end of it all, you would still remain just as close to each other and pose for group-selfies.
YOU WILL FEEL SLIGHTLY DISSAPPOINTED ON REACHING YOUR DESTINATION
Expectations: Can’t wait to be there
Reality: Wish the journey lasted a while longer
I will be real honest here, throughout the journey we couldn’t wait to reach Coorg and sip on some of those amazing coffee that Coorg is known for, and maybe just catch up on some precious sleep in the cozy Home-stay that we had booked, but the moment we parked, we couldn’t help but feel that pinch of sadness knowing that one leg of our road trip was now over.
But we were soon to snap out it as we found ourselves snapping a few gorgeous snaps of this beauty of a place.