Day Twelve – travel day

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Today, we had to make our way out of Bangalore – yikes – and some many kilometres south west.

The delight of the “jello” jelly on toast with black tea started is off right.

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… and Hal gave a marvellous Shakespeare demonstration … inspired by last night’s play

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We weren’t sure what to expect and so arrived at the bus station just over an hour before scheduled departure – expending the kind of pandemonium we experienced in Delhi. However, none of that came to pass. There was almost nobody in the station and it took all of 2 minutes to purchase our tickets to Ooty.

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And as it turned out, we were not uncomfortably bouncing around an aging klunker but were in a Voyageur-style modern piece of kit. WHOOT WHOOT!

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The trip was interesting generally and then got REALLY interesting as soon as we had to drive through a tiger reserve and then on into the mountains – ending up at a higher elevation than Shimla. We passed through tea plantations and forests; we saw monkeys, elephants, deer, peacocks and wild boar; we marvelled at the CRAZY road with a gazillion switchbacks and we enjoyed the few pit stops along the way.

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The bus trip was some NINE long hours and now we are off in search of sustenance in this once-summer headquarters of the Madras government and where Barnes came for training on many occasions. Here, he and Churchill also took part in large game hunting – a first for Sir Winston.

Having arrived at nightfall, we are curious to see the dawn.

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