Friday 11 October 2019

Day 1 : Bengaluru to Nagpur

05:30 AM Left my home, quickly got on to Outer Ring Road towards Hyderabad. The original plan was to stop-over at Hyderabad but decided to continue till Nagpur.
08:40 AM Crossed Anantpur and took a customary picture of the ISKCON temple on the outskirts of the temple.
09:10 AM Stopped at Cafe Coffee Day just after the toll near Ramarajupalle. I believe the toll plaza is called Kasepalli.
CCD at that time in the morning did not have anything to eat. So after a quick cup of coffee, I left.
11:00 AM Crossed Kurnool.
1:00 PM Entered Nehru Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad.
1:41 PM Exited Nehru Outer Ring Road towards Nagpur.
2:19 PM Reached Cafe Coffee Day in Nagulapally. Stopped there for what would be the lunch for the day.
As you approach Telangana-Maharashtra border, the road side amenities dwindle. There is no decent place to stop and have even Tea. So I decided to just continue driving and hit my destination for the day, i.e. Le Meridien Hotel in Nagpur.
Around 6:10 PM as I was nearing Hinghanghat, I drove over what seemed like a harmless pothole and from there onwards, my trip unravelled.
As you can see in the video above, the car hit a sequence of potholes at not very high speed but few minutes later, I received an alert related to Chasis function.

At this time, I stopped. It was dark and raining but as soon as I got out of the car, I knew that the trip was over.
Rear Tyre

Front Tyre
Both rear and front tires were complete slashed and off the rim. I suspected that Nagpur being a smaller service center, BMW probably will not have these tires in stock since the car had launched just a little more than a month back.

Flat Tyre monitor
Finally, the tire monitor caught up with the sequence of events and I had a flat tire alert and the chasis alert went away.
So, after 989 kilometers of drive on day 1 of my vacation, the car was useless. I called BMW roadside assistance and they showed up after around two hours.
The flatbed guy arrived and he was not very confident of driving the car, so I had to drive it to a flatbed truck myself.

The car was loaded on the flatbed and was on its way to the workshop.

I went with the tow truck till the hotel and finally called it a day to an eventful evening.

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