|Let them eat cake...!|
After studying the map and Google directions we took what we thought was the correct road, but five minutes later we were lost and only a few kilometres from our hotel. Neil back-tracked and took another road, but no, we were lost again. So we continued on, Ley scanning the street scape for sign posts, business addresses - anything that would pin point our position on the map. We took some interesting roads, crossed under the train tracks a few times, saw some fascinating sights but an hour later we were still hopelessly lost!
Boy Scout Technology
Not knowing the direction we were traveling, Neil opened his iPhone and turned on the compass/GPS app. Where we wanted to go was NNW, where we were heading was due west. Compass to the rescue, we then headed north.
After spotting a road sign and matching it with the map we finally coordinated our position with the printed Google Map, and after 3.6 km the next turn was down a tiny lane and through a small village. It didn't feel right so this time we booted up the computer, plugged in the 3G cellular modem and logged on to Google earth. Technology is amazing, we zoomed in on the map and all was revealed in larger scale. So then we really knew where we were.....
|Drinking chai while waiting to hear about the tow truck.|
The oil continued to drain out as Ley walked up to the shops and asked if any one could help us. One of the shop keepers called directory assistance and then arranged for a tow truck to come. All we had to do was wait, and then wait some more.
Luckily for us one of the shops was a bakery. As we hadn't had lunch we dined on curry puffs, sweet pastries and cups of chai. We sat at the rickety plastic table on two wobbly chairs, ate our meal and read our books. The bakery had many customers that afternoon - not sure if it was the sight of us sitting there for three hours, or the cakes and chai being the main attraction.
|Vineyard in Bangalore|
Three hours later our tow van arrived, complete with 10 feet of chain. A connection was made and off we went, back into town. We arrived back after dark, it wasn't the Sunday drive we had planned on, but what an adventure!
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