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Old 26th September 2010, 19:57   #1
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Default EXO Mahape OTR- An Impulsive Outing At A Classic Location

There was a young gent who once made an impulsive buy of a Red Classic
One day, in an equally impulsive mood he sold it off to a jeep lover from a far off land in the South.

But after a few days he started missing his old flame and his mood became pensive and despondent

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His good friends tried to talk some sense into him

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But he kept looking in the rear view mirror waiting for her to appear

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They took him to exotic locations where he remained aloof

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Failing which, tried to distract him with other temptations

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Without much success

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So they conferred together

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And decided to fight fire with fire, going back into the heart of another old flame, who held in her bosom, some perennial favorites like

Slush

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Water

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And lush green pastures.

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So this is the story of what happened next

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At Mahape on the 26th of Sept 2010...
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Old 26th September 2010, 20:15   #2
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That's wonderful OTR I feel. Allan's slush drive is deadly one. More pictures please. Did Tejas get to come out of his pensive mood at all ?
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@genesis: Oh boy! Eloquent poetry + a muddy OTR to cheer up a despondent dentist. Or is there a bit of depression in you too, considering the JK-3b is still in third?
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Wow. Amazing way to read this tale. Waiting for more
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Old 26th September 2010, 20:59   #5
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That's wonderful OTR I feel. Allan's slush drive is deadly one. More pictures please. Did Tejas get to come out of his pensive mood at all ?
@dwaraka: I think the emotions see sawed through the morning a bit like this but we ended up fine

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@genesis: Oh boy! Eloquent poetry + a muddy OTR to cheer up a despondent dentist. Or is there a bit of depression in you too, considering the JK-3b is still in third?
@SS: You mean I should try to drown my feelings in drink like some of my esteemed friends?

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Old 26th September 2010, 21:19   #6
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@SS: You mean I should try to drown my feelings in drink like some of my esteemed friends?

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That looks like a pretty expensive drink Monstar had!
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Old 26th September 2010, 21:41   #7
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Genesis,

That is one hell of a narration and photos to match. You got one for every situation, don't you.

Looking forward to the rest!
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Old 26th September 2010, 22:31   #8
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Lol!! Great start Soumya, please unravel the rest of the tale.

Just my two bits. This is what an OTR should be like. Everyone was on time. Keeping in mind the pensive weather conditions, the OTR started in the Dark at the crack of dawn (5:30 am to be exact) and we had tackled at least three to four obstacles by the time the morning sun was setting in. We were out of the place by 10:00am which could have been an hour earlier but we should all take this as a great start. OTRs are going to be more scarce as the sun gets stronger and the rains fade away so if this schedule is stuck to, its going to be great fun!! Keep it up guys. We had a fantastic time. I have one more thing to add. A new found respect for the Toyota Fortuner. I was amazed by the torque, its ability to just slither through any kind of slush with relative ease (an in air conditioned comfort i might like to add). IMHO, it has better GC than the rest of the so called SUV's (with the exception of the Mahindra line up) and great pedigree. If mated with a proper set of tyres and bumpers for off roading and say a klift of another 4-5", this machine will kill it.

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Old 27th September 2010, 00:58   #9
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Default Now thats what i call a perfect day.

After such a satisfying day today, the narration is taking it to another level all together. Soumya, please unfold the rest of the story, dying to see the pictures. I have only one video of devang going through the slush and back, will upload it tomorrow.

I totally agree with Gogi Bhai, the best part of today was that all reached early and we started the trail ontime, the first obstacle in dark was amazing and made it more challenging. After today Fortuner has seriously earned respect and rightly said with proper mods, this vehicle can make offroading more intresting.

One more thing, the Mahape site should be done more frequently it has all the ingredients, Slush, Water, Descents everything and it is very close to my place .
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i really shouldnt have missed this one , i forgot my phone and couldnt find you guys , tried going into the regular trail then turned back.
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Old 27th September 2010, 07:46   #11
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With the decreasing rain and increasing heat, the start time was fixed at 7am, then moved to 6 and finally to 5 am. People adopted their own strategies to meet the deadline from setting morning alarms to sending sms's throughout the night but the wisest (or should it be the wildest) just stayed up all night in anticipation.


But as we all know there are many paths to salvation and lo and behold everyone was present at the crack of dawn (including Devang!) and we set off into the hinterland under the watchful guidance of the local villager.

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Leaving apart the maze of entering the area, the approach was pretty easy as we proceeded in convoy, barring a tricky spot where a sharp rock could have cut the tyres.

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As night turned into day, we stopped to catch our breath on the nice green terrain, which looked really nice and smooth

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With opportunities for adventure

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But could easily trap the unsuspecting with its numerous mudpits and rocks

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Which gave moments of unexpected comic relief

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But then it was time to move on

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To some hard core slush...

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Old 27th September 2010, 09:19   #12
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so all the foul language you'll as#'s used on me for my timing changes right back at you'll
being my backyard, i planned it that way, so that we could have a non tiring otr and a fun
special thanks to imran for coming with me for the recce
the backyard has a lot more to explore, in due time

now soumya keep the pictures coming,
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After ages Soumya was not driving and we got a good report.

thanks soumya.
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Old 27th September 2010, 13:10   #14
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Soumya.. Very well narrated and good pictures. looking forward to my machine, but will be ready this week.

You guys had a good time, missing all the fun but will join you hopefully on the next OTR.

What are your plans for Munnar OTR. 29th and 30th oct.

Cheers
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Old 27th September 2010, 14:26   #15
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Following its bigger brethren over a few small gullies

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Gogi's CJ charged headfirst into a slush track

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Only to get bogged down

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But freed himself by reversing back and forth

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Once all the vehicles had negotiated that patch, Allan led the way around the bend

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And sat down to have some fun

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As the whale beached itself on a giant mound

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And had to be towed out

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Followed by the CJ (Which also lost its clutch linkage at this point)

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In the meantime, the show men in the group used this opportunity to strut their stuff

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Which was good for the pretty boys, since what lay ahead, would be a test of man and machine...

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