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Old 27th October 2008, 13:13   #16
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Drive through the forest!



This was the trail awaiting for us after Gypsy's breakdown!



Next part: Breakdown coverage! Coming soon..
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Old 27th October 2008, 13:54   #17
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So, this has been my second OTR experience thus far with the first one just the weekend before at Ramanagaram. That time at Sholay hills, the very first rock face was daunting to look at from the bottom but with adrenalin pumping it was a breeze up and down several times once I overcame my initial apprehension. But what transpired yesterday at the Soligere OTR made the whole Ramanagaram/Bidadi OTR seem like child's play!

Three of the four 4x4s that were involved took some sort of damage. A rock hit either my front transfer case or steering system that is making a griding sound that I need to find the cause for, Vijay's jeep ran into a broken starter relay at the beginning, followed by a loose exhaust pipe at the end on the highway. Mukund's gypsy was the one that took the most abuse, managing to get back to Bangalore after being worked on at least 6-7 times during the whole OTR as well as once on the highway! Shahnawaz's gypsy was the only one that I think came away "unharmed" :-)

I think a picture story will be better (unfortunately no videos)...
Just got out the camera after crossing Kanakapura
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1750.jpg

The drive towards Muttati
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1752.jpg
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1755.jpg

That's where we are headed
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1756.jpg

On the road again
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1759.jpg
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1760.jpg

Here's where we got off the road onto a cattle trail
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1761.jpg

First glimpses of the rocky terrain yet to come
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1762.jpg

Break time... I switched over to 4L at this point
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1764.jpg
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1766.jpg

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Here's where we discovered Vijay's starter relay gone bust. Crank the starter and the relay would just click.
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1768.jpg

He first tried to jump start by putting it in reverse and free wheeling down backwards. When this didn't work, we realized that a tow jump start is necessary.

I reversed to tow his jeep for the jump start thinking that I didn't have a hook in the back (it was hidden by a bumper extension that I discovered later)
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1771.jpg
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Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1774.jpg

More pics of the trail... this was all the very easy part (pics are a bit hazy thanks to my windshield)
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1775.jpg
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1777.jpg

Shrubs were now slightly bigger than the grassy meadows above
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1778.jpg

Trees now come into the picture
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1781.jpg

And tall grass!
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1783.jpg
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A pit stop on the way above. Stopped here for a bit of banter and quick smoke break. We looked at watch here and its just 9:30am! We thought that we'd have this whole OTR wrapped up by noon and start heading back down after enjoying the view on top. At 9:30am it sure seemed that way...

Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1794.jpg
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1795.jpg

This is me after Mukund pointed out that my jeep had a towing hook at the back too. To jump start Vijay's jeep
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1796.jpg
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Driving through thick foliage
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1799.jpg
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The convoy at the first technical stop
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1801.jpg

Survey of the soft mud (although not quite slushy) to maneuver through
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1802.jpg

Mukund going first
Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_1803.jpg

Followed by me
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Dhwanit & Vijay, Some really nice pictures & videos you folks have captured. After I have seen sooo many great photographers at OTR's I have literally stopped taking pictures at OTR's knowing fully well that fellow off-roaders will upload some great pictures to relive the moments.

Yes, after an OTR to soligere, the one's at some other places do look like child's play but each one is special in it's own unique way.

I am sure both you & Vijay have lots of pictures to pictorially storyline the 'Mukunds Gypsy' 3 hr movie show and the subsequent 30 minute serial episodes.

Cheers,
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khan_sultan : This is what happened in the middle of the OTR and kept us busy the whole day.

Tools required: 3 hydraulic jacks, 1 hi-lift jack, 3 tyres and lots of rocks...
I think Khan Sultan's Gypsy's rear fell off ! Apart from the tools listed here, other important thing used was the tow rope to tie the section to the rest of the Gypsy. The frequent stops were to tighten up the ropes again.
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star_aqua needs to punished!!!
he made us push-start his antique on numerous occasions on the sakleshpur OTR!!

but, i agree, these are the things that make trips memorable!! cheers:
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..... Shahnawaz's gypsy was the only one that I think came away "unharmed" ....
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..I think Khan Sultan's Gypsy's rear fell off ! Apart from the tools listed here, other important thing used was the tow rope to tie the section to the rest of the Gypsy. The frequent stops were to tighten up the ropes again.
He he he.. Good one condor. Touchwood, My Gypsy has been rock solid till now. touchwood again.!!! Having said that, I had my share of trouble in 2007 Coorg OTR where I blew my clutch and had to come back to Bangalore driving without a clutch and it took me some 12 hrs to do so.

Oh yes, here's my pictorial contribution to this thread :-).

A single flower in forest looks so good. In total harmony with the thorns, tall grass, trees, shrubs around it. (It is also the first time I have actually stopped on an OTR terrain while navigating a path to take a pic)

Soligere OTR. 26th October 2008 -- A hair raising OTR-img_0382.jpg
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khan_sultan : Touchwood, My Gypsy has been rock solid till now. touchwood again.!!!
Oh, Ok. So there was no gypsy a.s.s around the country-side, roaming all over the place there .. .

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khan_sultan : I had thought I had seen it all in my off-roading experience, but this one was unique.
khan_sultan : Having said that, I had my share of trouble in 2007 Coorg OTR where I blew my clutch and had to come back to Bangalore driving without a clutch and it took me some 12 hrs to do so.
Looks like your OTR experiences have been as rich & varied as the terrains that you have been exploring. Keep them coming !
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Lest people start calling me a stalker, I just LOVE Vijay's CJ500d.

Once I am back in blore, I think I will haunt him and give him sleepless nights till he lets me touch and hug it
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myself and star_aqua were discussing the tools that were carried on OTR's.
another friend of ours was wondering if there was a first aid kit that was carried.

so, just curious, did u guys carry a first-aid kit along as well???
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.... so, just curious, did u guys carry a first-aid kit along as well???
Yes, my toolbox has a basic first aid kit (the one that comes with cars). It's always there with me when I go for OTR's.

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Guys i am still waiting for the Breakdown story. Come on, 2 days are more than enough for breaking the suspense.

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Guys i am still waiting for the Breakdown story. Come on, 2 days are more than enough for breaking the suspense.

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Sree, Just waiting for Dhwanit to share the pics as i did not find much pics in my cam .
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So, this has been my second OTR experience thus far with the first one just the weekend before at Ramanagaram.
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Break time... I switched over to 4L at this point
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