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Old 30th January 2010, 22:00   #1
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Default January 31st, 2010. Bombay - Pune OTR at Sawarsi (new trail)

The first OTR at Sawarsi was so much fun, that when our lonavla OTR plan got cancelled, the only other place we could think of is Sawarsi. Dr. Mohan says we can explore newer trails.

Place - Sawarsi bauxite mines, 22kms from Khopoli
Assembly Time:
South bombay guys- 6:30am at sion
Full bombay gang: 7am at Mc Donalds
Sawarsi left turn: 8:30am

Confirmed:
Mohan : Gurkha
Tejas: Classic
Ibrahim: Gypsy
Imran: Gypsy
Danny + friends: 4 Gypsies & 1 Endeavor

Be on time.

Please carry water (lots of it), recovery gear and food among other things.
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Old 30th January 2010, 22:46   #2
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Have fun Tejas.

BTW if it still rains during April/May lets plan an OTR near Mahabaleshwar
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Have fun guys .... click some good pics
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Have fun Tejas.

BTW if it still rains during April/May lets plan an OTR near Mahabaleshwar
I know a trail 12 Km long at Mahabaleshwar which would be fun for an OTR.
Maybe we could arrange it in the near future,but then it would be an overnight stay. Going one step further why wait for the rains?
There is an exceptional place I know where we could stay and have campfire and rest of the things which go with it.
There's one more place where we could go offroading and that is Mulshi. Had been there on 2 occasions,plan to go once more next Sunday to explore.

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Unfortunately I had to cancel last minute.
Hope the others have a blast..
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Old 31st January 2010, 21:23   #6
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I know a trail 12 Km long at Mahabaleshwar which would be fun for an OTR.
Maybe we could arrange it in the near future,but then it would be an overnight stay. Going one step further why wait for the rains?
There is an exceptional place I know where we could stay and have campfire and rest of the things which go with it.
There's one more place where we could go offroading and that is Mulshi. Had been there on 2 occasions,plan to go once more next Sunday to explore.
Rajmachi during monsoons is a fab site. I am assuming Mahabaleshwar rains throughout the year? Any pictures of the trails you've been on? I would have to drive 600 kms (from Hyd) to reach the place, so lets select something that would be a great trail.
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Have fun Tejas.

BTW if it still rains during April/May lets plan an OTR near Mahabaleshwar
Deepak it rains only around June in Maharashtra and Mahableshwar gets a huge part of that rain. Would be excellent during that time but safely, Lonavala and its surroundings can be as much fun. Around May it will be only Hot-Hot Hot!!!
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Any pictures please, from the drive.
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Have fun Tejas.

BTW if it still rains during April/May lets plan an OTR near Mahabaleshwar
No rains during that time. But spoke to mohan, he sure knows a few trails. Will explore them first with him. If it's really good and long, we can have a weekend program where the south and east indian jeeps can come.

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Any pictures please, from the drive.
Pictures were clicked by danny's son. As soon as he mails them to me, i'll put them up. I think even Mohan's aide had a camera. I have a few snaps clicked on my iPhone, and will put them up.

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Considering that we were meeting early sunday morning, everyone was pretty much on time. The bombay car's assembled at McDonald's at 7am, then met up with Ibrahim from Pune at the Khalapur toll around 815am and finally hooked up with Mohan at 9am just at the beginning of the OTR spot.

Total cars:
Ibrahim: safari 4x4 (no, not the gypsy this time)
Mohan: gurkha
Tejas: classic
Danny + friends: 2 gypsies & 1 monster endeavor.

The endeavor was stunning: 35 inch tyres, raised suspension, ARB bumpers, Warn winch, the works. Unfortunately, the car just didn't have enough power to lug those massive tyres around and also the axle kept slipping.
Below is the only pic i have. Others may have better ones.
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Guys, how was it? Hope you had fun. So, where are the pics
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Since Ibrahim and I had missed the first 2 obstacles of the previous OTR, we decided to tackle them again. With Mohan leading the way, we come to the first obstacle.

The gurkha with the geolander tyres easily climbs up followed by the safari of ibrahim and the endy. My classic with the horrible HT tyres just could not find any traction for 6 attempts and i gave up to save the clutch. The safari though running on the same HT tyres had enough power to get good momentum in 2nd Low and climb over.

Pics of all will be posted later.

The gypsies were brand new and they didn't want to attempt this obstacle.

The next obstacle my classic finally cleared in the third attempt. Ibrahim dented his end can of the safari in that climb. Again the endy (due to the low lights and the gypsies skirted this one.

The rest two obstacles were a piece of cake and we reached the hill climb that had everyone talking about last time.

Again, numerous attempts were made but to no avail.

One gypsy nearly made it to the top but i think he let go of the accelerator at just the last minute...
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Ibrahim & his Safari.

Ibrahim, must have read in some advert that said, Safari: make your own road! So he assumed that he could take his safari anywhere! Little did he know that the advert said the opposite. It meant, make a road and then take the car.

Below you can see him slowly making his own road

The locals came to rescue and also managed to chip away the big hump at the end of the hill climb which was beaching all the vehicles.

Anyways, true to his last time's ability, this time also flying ibrahim took a long start, floored the safari and it was the only car to clear the hill climb.

Mohan's fuel nozzle was leaking and he kept loosing power, but he sure did try!
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We then headed to a temple nearby, washed up in a stream and had vada pavs.

the gypsies and the endy had to go back. ibrahim, mohan and i decided to explore more for future OTRs.

Roamed around a lot but could didn't find anything exciting. Ibrahim got a call from home and had to leave urgently too and the heat was getting to us. So we decided to call it a day and headed home wards, albeit from a different route than last time. The drive down was a very steep dusty decent, impossible to traverse in the monsoon though. Narrow, extremely twisty roads leading all the way upto pen.

We separate and i soon catch up with the previous cars that had made a stop on the way to buy some very fresh groceries!

After meeting up with them, we decide to go to a local dabha 15kms away for lunch.

This is where all my car problems start!

continued....
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nice terrain man.

Whatever high end jeeps/suv we have, nothing beats this "classic"
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^^^That slope looks daunting..the loose soil/gravel would make it all the more difficult for the driver to tackle it. Any pictures of the slope from the side, to help understand the gradient ?

Did the Safari clear it without scraping the middle?
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