Life has made a huge shift in the past few months of course on various factors. I was interested in travel earlier but my travel these days has been just crazy with lots of boggling ideas still pouring only hoping at this point I get to implement all of them. Last weekend is just one of them. It all started at the near end of the long weekend when only we realize to ‘viel Spaß’ after spending a lot of time in the casino, sleeping or eating Hyderabadi-Dum-Biryani.
So we headed out of our stinking room, felt the Philly sun, and breathe some fresh air to bring us back to our senses. America is really a country of freedom, only because we can speak all guy stuff right in the middle of the parking lot in our own language not really minding about others. Never mind, I have to take it back, last night I installed మnam app and there are at least 25 people surrounding me and at least three of them had mutual friends on FB. America is really a land of immigrants. Proud of it.
Khaaaahaa-um-zoom-zoom started my Mazda(it needs 20k mile service soon) and we headed out.
Road-not-taken again only to add fun as always. Last few miles of 263 North ➡️ to New Jersey from Philadelphia you will find great views of the Delaware river and not to mention you will spot a lot of deer jumping across the roads and beautiful countryside farms and great mansions which only end when you arrive Stockton a small town with the warm and vibrant appeal.
We took a couple of monsters in Stockton food store and headed to the bridge for a quick stopover where we are lucky to find a one-of-a-kind red huge fish but felt bad for an old guy on the other side for having a hard time as he stretched himself thrice in the last five minutes. Evening Sun is just perfect for the lovely couple marrying in Centre Bridge Inn and we can hear celebrations with the cool breeze across the Delaware river racing down the mountainside. I almost forgot; one can try Via Ponte restaurant – Chefs special Mediterranean pretty famous for its own style.
Friends conversations are just hilarious carrying from Indian villages to American politics in no time, the next thing I realize we are on Verrazano bridge already. It’s a beautiful bridge, traffic is unusual today with heavy sirens all around, traffic bumper to bumper.
This is the perfect time to grab beautiful pictures of the NYC skyline with a stunning full moon from the sunroof.
Cops frequently passing by and the car behind us high beaming rapidly for obvious NYC reasons, I only managed to capture part of my imagination and all my work halted when we spotted a disturbing search in a car surrounded by several cops which we understood later that morning, is related to 9/18 attacks. Kudos to US officials for the amazing quick breakout. Not a person with the knowledge to comment on any of the attacks but as a human, I only believe in ‘live and let live’ and hoping for a world full of peace soon and I shouldn’t be afraid to travel anyplace. Selfish me.
After quite a hangover, it’s time to recover and hit Washington D.C. Home-made biryani and on the roads again. What a pleasant journey it is. Ravishing Delaware bridge. American roads are worth praise. Who would really think, one can cover 230 mi in 3 hours. Windows down. Speakers up. 70 mph. Near fall climate just makes me drive for miles and miles and I know why I love driving so much.
A quick stop at Ronald Reagan. Hi White House. Oh, you there Capitol building, shall I visit The Pentagon, Ah did I enter lovers state too Anddd before my engine grrrr on me, fuel my car and myself with a delicious sandwich at SUNdeVICH before I head back. It’s worth a try.
The next thing Garden State offered me much needed a bath.
Hop on friends and headed to the edge of Pennsylvania. Alaska is sure the largest state but do we have to really travel 6 hours to reach Pittsburgh. That’s a pretty long man to travel within a state after a long ride already. Of course, I will know better when I travel to Alaska or Texas. All the tiredness flies away when driving on amazing fog-filled PA roads. I certainly miss my GoPro. PA roads are very unique, beautifully laid on mountains with tunnels, long trees, and their unique style.
Welcome, Pittsburgh. First stop. Sri Venkateswara Temple in Penn Hills. It’s always a pleasure to visit the temple and it definitely brings a charm. What’s much better in Pittsburgh temple. Prasadam. Yes, it is. Where else we can get such an outstanding aroma of tamarind rice aka Pulihora. It sure is mouth-watering even now. After three packets of rice, ya you can believe, explore the old city and its beautiful church. Pittsburgh is sure special. It’s an old city and junction of three rivers, you can imagine the elegance of its bridges. They sure are worth experiencing. Move on. Halt at the airport and it’s time I start missing my Netflix at home.
Best way to end a long journey obviously best food in the best restaurant in our own style. The Godavari in Edison, NJ is definitely a great Indian restaurant and I can say best South Indian and place for spicy food. Their lunch buffet is very famous with so many items that you will miss your diet schedule in a huge way but worth a try. But how about bringing the best from the best chef with our cravings out of the menu. Tomato Dal, ghee, gongura pickle, and chilli chicken fry and end it with ice cream. Can the world just stop here plz? It reminds me of good old college days.
6 states in 24 hours making it perfect East Coast Road Trip. Why did I roam so much?
How else do I get to experience a fresh breeze in the afternoon and fog-filled roads on the first day of the fall? Travel is an addiction. Just travel and nothing else. The climax of the show. 18 hours sleep before I am ready for anything else.
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