It was 2:45 p.m. and we were about 80 km away from the resort. We estimated that we would safely reach by 5:00 p.m., just in time for the tea. But the road was rough and we could barely cover about 25 km in more than an hour. I checked the online map again. There was another route, which was about 115 km long. We thought about it but then decided to stick with the current route as the map app said that we were on the shortest route. It was only about 55 km to the destination now. So we egged on for a few more kilometers... but by then the road had transformed into an array of potholes of all sizes, some of them being almost a foot deep! It was already getting dark and so we had no choice but to carry on...
It took great skill and resolve to circumvent the potholes, and still we couldn't save the car from getting some serious beating on its underside. Finally, we were able to reach the destination by eight, completely exhausted and rattled by the roller coaster drive.
The next morning, we came to know that though it was a shorter route, the road condition had become poor due to heavy rains in the last couple of months. Also, the fact that loaded trucks plied on that road continuously from the stone quarry, had worsened the condition. Everyone now preferred the longer route as the road was much better and faster than the route we had taken. How I wished, I had known this earlier!
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