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Old 3rd August 2009, 12:49   #46
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Kudos to the sprit of your mother!! People 1/4th her age dont dare to venture under hot sun for offroad even for fun.
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Old 3rd August 2009, 12:58   #47
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Kudos to the sprit of your mother!! People 1/4th her age dont dare to venture under hot sun for offroad even for fun.
You know Vinod the interesting thing is for the past 50 years automobiles has been a major part of her life first thanks to Dad and now to me. And she's been one of the few lady drivers in Hyderbad since the late 40's. She used to drive big Jeep Cherokees when she worked for the USIS. People on the road used to loudly exclaim "Dekho dekho aurat Jeep chala rahi hai"

So over a hot and sumptous butter/pepper chicken meal mother and son had at a roadside dhaba she casually tells me, " now add bucket seats to the car, it will make the ride more enjoyable"

I couldn't help smiling, here was a lady who obviously knew a thing or two about cars and comfort !! BTW she's driven our white Packard a lot more than I ever did
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Wow, you are the second guy I know who took his mother offroading, the first one was GTO.

That's a fantastic trail Deepak.
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Old 3rd August 2009, 15:14   #49
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Past two Sundays, first my GPS couldn't catch the satellites on account of heavy overcast, and on Saturday I couldn't log into the net to get the coordinates for this Sunday's trip. So while I could navigate correctly to the forest once in it was a case of your guess is as good as mine. Which meant often we had to stop and walk around to figure out the trail.

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At one point in time we thought we'd encounter a thundershower but it sadly passed

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Shams and Bharat. Now in this hobby you meet all kinds of people. But rarely do you come across guys like Bharat. The man is simply amazing. Before I bought my Jeep I visited him and spent sometime with him consulting him on many issues. He runs a garage and while there I noticed a CJ5 all stripped bare, the body was in pieces being painted. The rolling chassis was ready but everything else still lay in pieces. I met him last on a Friday and when I met him again on Monday the entire Jeep was fully assembled. Bharat completed the job in two days flat with just one helper. I was flabberghasted.

I can dismantle and reassemble an entire car. But putting it back in 2 days? Wow unbelievable. In the following pictures you will see his immaculately restored CJ3B to know the man does NOT cut corners. His eye for detailing is faultless.

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Bharat tackling a bund

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Its a gorgeous sight to see these Jeeps almost camouflaged in foliage

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Just look at the finish of this car. Amazing. Loved that green

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others easing through

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You encountered these kind of rocks all along the trail

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one had to do this to avoid it

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Shams seems to have missed all the nasty action shots and has done more super model photography

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Helpful village lads, they knew the trails like the back of their hand. Piercing eyes, literally drilling right through and through. I think he needed to know if we were friends of the forest. Having ascertained that he helped us find our way out. Maybe a friendly forest spirit sent to guide us?

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We finally managed to come out of the forest

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it was such a lovely feeling driving through these narrows paths

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The journey ended by this lake

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In all this adventure the elusive shepard of Mathpally stood on a hilltop silently watching over us !

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Old 3rd August 2009, 18:25   #50
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Wow lovely jeeps there again and DKG seem to be finding some of the best off roading heavens in/around hyderabad. Nice pics, you guys seemed closest to nature there. Bet the fresh air, the greenery does so much good to you all.

DKG, there is however one thing that scores above everything else and that is the spirit of your mom. Hats off to her spirit even in this age. No wonder why you are like this.

Can I please join you guys someday on one such drive please?
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@ DKG - Hats off to your mom. At her age most of the people cant or wont even sit in a jeep.

and the idea of spotting such trails using wikimapia is great... hope to join you in many more OTRs like these.

@Yaser - Shams told me that you were going to join us this time... not sure how we missed you.
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Old 6th August 2009, 16:11   #52
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Guys in Hyderabad interested in 4X4 please see this thread -

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...hyderabad.html (4X4 Off Road TSD Rally by APMSC in Hyderabad)

I posted it here since many of you may not visit the motor sport section regularly!
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Old 15th August 2009, 11:56   #53
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Deepak,

A wonderful experience and moments shared by you in pictures and writeup.

The Jeeps, terrain and the event: 50%
Your mothers participation: 50%

which has made this event a full, 100%

Regards,
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Wow i have no words to explain how excited i am.The way you have put across the pics and the explanation !!

Superb man , you are tempting me to buy 4x4 and explore these forests.

Trust me i never had any idea about off roading except for my love on the gypsy's ,now i started loving the off roading too
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Old 31st August 2009, 12:13   #55
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Default Narsapur Forest - Simply Divine

Enjoy the Jeeps and the gorgeous Narsapur forest trails

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Old 31st August 2009, 12:28   #56
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Old 31st August 2009, 13:24   #57
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WOW AMAZING !!!!!

I do go off roading with emirates 4x4. But all we have here is just sand ! It is fun ofcourse but off roading in the forest is just awesome!!!. The terrain changes & every corner is a new story!! Did u guys camp out for a whole night? I would love do that !!.
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Oh Man! These terrains are as tough as tough can be !!
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Old 31st August 2009, 14:36   #60
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WOW AMAZING !!!!!
Did u guys camp out for a whole night?
Not this time around as we were exploring the place for the first time. Now that we know this is one helluva offroad paradise we will work toward spending Saturday nights there and explore the region more. Also this place is so close to Hyd that even after a full day's work on Saturday you can reach the place within an hour, so you don't waste too much time commuting.
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