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Old 27th September 2010, 14:50   #16
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Soumya,

i can just visualize every scene again. amazing writeup.
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What tyres are these? any idea about the spec ?
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Old 27th September 2010, 15:04   #18
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thos are bighorn 31 inches
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Old 27th September 2010, 15:22   #19
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thos are bighorn 31 inches
was it touching the fenders on articulation? how was the performance of the tyres?
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Old 27th September 2010, 15:33   #20
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was it touching the fenders on articulation? how was the performance of the tyres?
This is one of the most capable gypsies I have seen. Of course it comes with two extremely capable drivers!
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was it touching the fenders on articulation? how was the performance of the tyres?

tires are good no doubt about it but it was touching the fenders.
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Old 27th September 2010, 20:43   #22
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Which was good for the pretty boys, since what lay ahead, would be a test of man and machine...
The next approach was a run down a slush filled gully

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In the middle of which one had to turn to climb a slope to the right

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But given the bogging power of the slush, vehicles had to back up the opposite slope

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And then plow through the narrow part of the slush field

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To try and make it to the top

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Was much harder than it looks and Allan ended up popping his coolant cap

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After which the fortuner with Tejas at the wheel started off promisingly

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But also had to retreat slithering down the slope

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Imran S's white gyspy (not to be confused with Imran L's white gypsy or Imran's bigfoot gypsy) started off prancing on 3 legs

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And showed some attitude

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Before striking a yoga pose

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Which had many people running to stabilize it

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And some pensive people actually dancing in glee

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An attempt to tow it from a winch at the top proved dicey

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So the cable was attached at the side and winched


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Bringing smiles back to people's faces

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While everyone was taking a breath, the gyspy made a sudden run and crested the slope

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Proving the motto that many people in the group live by

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And then it was on to greener pastures and more slush...
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Old 28th September 2010, 10:50   #23
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There are two types of people in this world.

Those who love slush

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And those who really don't

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But will do it when push comes to shove (Gogi and me happen to fall into this category)

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They would rather do clean, wholesome things like climbing embankments

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similar to those who to get their highs by climbing down embankments
while out of the car

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And sometimes even pose for photos while doing so

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After all this fun is over, Devang decides that he does not want to spend money on getting his vehicle cleaned and plonks it in a pool which is downstream

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But as we all get bored watching him diligently clean his ride

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He too gets bored and takes it a little bit deeper

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After taking the gypsy out without any issues, they pose for a gypsy love photo

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We are all set to go home when suddenly I hear a cry..."We need a tow rope here"

Rushing back we see Devang's gypsy nicely submerged and a near naked man running away trying to escape from these crazy maniacs

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At first we thought he too was sad and pensive at getting stuck

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But turns out he was just washing his face and soon started striking poses

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While other poor souls toiled to get him out

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After that it was time to retrieve Gogi's CJ3B from where he had left it
and drive it using innovative methods in the absence of a clutch pedal

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And finally time to go have some great breakfast at a nearby (well not so nearby!) restaurant.
But not before throwing stones at a local villager for waking us up so early but also thanking him profusely for showing us his backyard.

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So to end the story, did the pensive and despondent gentleman in the first pictures crack a smile?

You decide!

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Old 28th September 2010, 11:03   #24
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Awsome narration Saumya. Man even though i was there i really enjoyed reading each and every post and a sense of nostalgia kicked in. The OTR was fun filled met many friends and yes got to really know what the Fortuner is made up off. She really knows how to take the rough with ease. I learnt alot in the past two OTRs and the learning still continues with each new OTR. Thank you guys for your patience to teach me the right way and having faith in the Mud Express (Fortuner) . I never even realised we had risen that high in our first obsticle.

Thank you for the lovely pictures appriciate it.

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Old 28th September 2010, 12:08   #25
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the newest member of EXO welcome to the world of mud.
glad you enjoyed and good to see a vehicle being used in right way. it has got amazing power, all you need is set of good tyers and suspension.

I really missed the snorkel in my monstar that day, before our next trip she will have one and then its time to take a deep dip

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Old 28th September 2010, 18:20   #26
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Soumya thanks for such a great narration and pictures, makes you relive the moments.

Monstar couldnot resist the temptation provided by slush, so wanted to enjoy the slush fiesta second time but only one condition, if it is recorded. So Devang enjoy your ride once again in the slush.

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Wah Wah! A thread with a title dedicated to my Classic!

Soumya, glad to have you back in action and how! May your CJ be stuck in third gear always!

Yes, this trip did invite a lot of wrath from people towards a certain Mr. Almeida for the extremely early morning start. However, on hindsight, it wasn't too bad!

Driving the cycle offroad is another ball game all together. Frankly it's super fun but it really highlights what poor fitness levels one has! Wouldn't mind trail cycling again though.

I also had a chance to test Speedy's Fortuner in the offroad situation. I was pleasantly surprised by her performance.

Crawl ratio is very good. She crawled down a slope very well (maybe ~2kpmh faster than my classic; which is not bad).

The torque is mind-blowing! We did certain inclines with a full load of passengers, and AC on in 2 low. Not bad. My respect for the vehicle has increased.

All she needs are good tyres, maybe a slight lift and the owner to turn a blind eye to all the damages to the bumper, side steps, fenders, etc.

And no, i'm not planning to get a Fortuner!

My plans for the next 4x4 are taking shape and how!!!! That's all i will say for now!
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Old 29th September 2010, 16:02   #28
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@Soumya Sir,
Bowing down to you. Sheer poetry and that too to describe an offroading event!
When is your Hurricane due to hit the road? I guess you are missing doing all these OTR's, but as someone rightly said, atleast it brings out the writer in you, when you are not driving!

@all EXO's, looks like you all had a whale of a time.

@Tejas, The smile on your face says it all buddy! Atleast a hint on what you are planning with your next?

@Devang and Allan, You two really love slush and water, don't you? Way to go!

@Ravi, you have become quite a regular. Great going sir.

@Gogiji, Sir hope no major problem with your jeep and it will be ready for the next OTR soon!
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tahnks for the video Ravi,
@gautam yes we love water and slush

here is the inside pic of Monstar.
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Thanks Gautam, no problem really, its the clutch linage which got dislocated due to the sharp mound. My CJ got beached there and thats when i realised that my clutch was history. Its at Allen's and should be done. Ill go and pick it up in a day or two. Thanks Allen for letting me park my disabled vehicle in your compound.
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