Skiing is not an easy sport. No wonder people claim(claim?...it is!) it to be adventurous. Obviously, you need guts to keep getting up after falling regularly! As a part of the winter break, we went to Wooster in Ohio. It took us about 11 hours to reach Ohio from Rolla. So what may be the distance from Rolla to Ohio? People may presume it to be around 400-500 kilometers considering the travel back home. But to my surprise, we had covered 700 miles or rather 1100 kms in eleven hours. The roads are a revelation here. People back good roads with excellent road sense. I could never hear anybody honking off to glory under any circumstances. Coupled with that, there are four lane roads, two lanes in either direction. Off the two lanes, one is meant to be exclusively for overtaking. At any given instant, it is tempting to rip at more than the normal speed. No big deal about that if you are willing to pay 200$ regularly to the traffic cops.
Five of us to Ohio : Pankaj (The Initiator), Pravin (The PJ killer), Amol (The silent satan), Amit(The stiff dancer) and me(in the wild)!!
Car : Kia
Start Time : 8:30 am from Rolla
We set forth with last minute checkup of everything and packing off things that were required. We did the packing just half an hour before we left. Thank God! We do not spend much time in front of the mirror and wondering what we have to stuff in our bags. Everything is decided in a split second. The car sped along easily on the smooth I44 interstate highway, first to St. Louis. The one and a half hour journey was followed by a drive to Indianapolis(yup! The same thing! F1) and then to Columbus and finally to Wooster. Five of us in the car, four of them are Marathi speaking guys and one of them(unfortunately me!!) knew Kannada and Tamil but not Marathi. You can imagine my plight in such a situtation. My ears used to spring forth in attention as soon as I used to hear something in Hindi or English which were countable occasions. No wonder you realise why I was left in the wild. Our lunch or brunch was stuck to the confines of the highway dhabas (relax!!), which were the Taco Bells(Hell!!!), subways(bus bus!!!), Mac Donalds (quack quack) and Burger Kings(burgers.....grrr!!).
Our bodies woke up to pains seething through all parts of the body. We had to drive for another eleven hours! We managed to reach Rolla in the night after almost one hour of fighting our way in St Louis. It was a real mess as we missed one of the exits. But then, overall it was great fun with pizzas and french fries. Hopefully we would get to skii more in the future.