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Old 27th September 2010, 18:04   #31
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We needed a rachet that can work as a bent shaft.
That is a ratchet extension with a UJ at its end, a very useful tool specially in scenarios where working gaps are less (angular application).

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Old 27th September 2010, 20:56   #32
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Samurai, Fantastic report. I once again enjoyed my presence there in the rain and streams.

Here are blast of photos from my side.
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Old 27th September 2010, 21:28   #33
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More photos follow. To add a small report, i must say wonderful drive from Bangalore all night long to reach sagar. Switching between Jammy and me driving his jeep was fun.

We started from Bangalore at 7 p.m. where as MP Sreenivas and others left at 6 p.m. sharp. We reached Dasarahalli Crossing on Tumkur road by 8 p.m.Stomoch grumbling, found McDonald on the highway got Mcpuffs and french fries, coke/pepsi. Drove on to reach Nelamangala crossing at 10 p.m. owing to snail movement of traffic. Once on clear highway, we reached tumkur in 45 minutes. Continued towards shimoga on bypass. Is it bypass? it is hell pass. Good jeepable track. End of the bypass, we saw a corn seller winding up his business. Coaxed him to burn two corns.

From here on no hotel or dhabha was open. Virtually we drove hungry. Reached Shimoga at 3.30 and we searched for hotels, no rooms vacant. We decided to move on till sagara. Rain pouring althrough from Bangalore, no wiper to clean the screen. Imagine the risk involved. We suddenly realise we have only 5-8 ltrs of fuel in the tank and the distance to be covered is 70+ kms. No bunks open at that wee hour. We called MP sreenivas who has already reached the destination and is resting. He suggests us keep driving at normal speed to conserve fuel. Reached Sagara at about 5.00 am, but directional findings say we lost on MP Sreeni's locational help.

Jammy calls Nidhi Tiwari for help, but she is in the bus coming to Sagara in 30 minutes. Instruction is to stay put near Travellers Bunglow circle. She arrives and leads us on the track to the destination, a homestay.

Rest is the story told by Samurai.

BTW we stayed in a house in beautiful valley which Samurai nerrated as typical malnad type. This house is powered by Mini Hydel power generator. This whole valley do not have grid power. I have posted some pictures of the generator for you folks to appreciate how the locals are independent and self reliant.

For more photos, here is the link
http://picasaweb.google.co.in/dwarak...lnadOTR230710#

Here is my video

http://picasaweb.google.co.in/dwarak...61782471575602
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This house is powered by Mini Hydel power generator. This whole valley do not have grid power.
Very ingeniously done, Dwaraka sir, any idea how much power is generated? It seems like a Micro Hydel Project.

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PS- Mini is <1000 kW and Micro is <100 kW.
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Spike,

I think this unit is micro mini in the range of 2 kw, sufficient to power the whole ops at home.
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Great write up and most enjoyable. Is the camouflage jeep that which late Guru Freddy use to drive?

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Great write up and most enjoyable. Is the camouflage jeep that which late Guru Freddy use to drive?

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Yes, It is the same Jeep. Now owned by Grace- Haryali Anand.
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This is great stuff! More than just an OTR with all round activities combined !!
Thanks for the great narrative and pics!

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Our local host and trip director was Nidhi Tiwari a.k.a Lakshmi Salgame. The name did ring a bell for me, although I had never met her before. I had seen her in earlier photographs of my Jeep.

You can see her driving a Jeep, which eventually became my Jeep.
She just drove to London in a Scorpio!

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Three women, 21,477km, 17 countries, 97 days and a journey of their lifetime. When best buddies Rashmi Kop par, Dr Soumya Goyal and Nidhi Tiwari embarked on an all-woman expedition between New Delhi and London
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She just drove to London in a Scorpio!
And Nidhi was the only driver, driving nearly 600kms a day to cover 21K kms. I guess there were many rest days. Still, that is truly remarkable. She is one tough lady!
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Really nice write up. Had missed reading it. I was quite interested in the temple which you all visited -which- had water pouring in. Any background / history regarding this. It looked quite archaic, and would be nice to read more about it.
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And Nidhi was the only driver, driving nearly 600kms a day to cover 21K kms.
hats off to the team and her for this feat. Just read the thread. Wonderful one. Thanks for sharing. Did you go there after this visit?
seconding the question above - how come a temple like that in such a remote place. Any stories behind that?
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hats off to the team and her for this feat. Just read the thread. Wonderful one. Thanks for sharing. Did you go there after this visit?
No, not possible to go there without local arrangements. I don't even have a Jeep anymore.

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seconding the question above - how come a temple like that in such a remote place. Any stories behind that?
It was built by some rich guy before the Linganamakki Dam was built. I guess it was easily reachable before that. When dams are built, they drastically rearrange the water ways and access to surrounding places. So now it is a very remote temple with no maintenance.
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Wow! The tree chopping to make way reminds me of Mark Smith's journey through the Darien Gap. Fantastic images.
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