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Old 18th July 2018, 22:27   #46
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Please put me on the wait list. Just in case someone drops off last minute..!!

Confirmed:


1. RSudarsanan + 1 - BMW 320d
2. Dr.AD - BMW 320d Sports Line
3. KiloAlpha - Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
4. pearljam + 1 + - Hyundai Verna
5. deepfreak15 +1 - Audi A3
6. Fortified + 1 - Mercedes-Benz C250d
7. graaja + 2 + - BMW 330i GT
8. Paradiddle - Mahindra Xylo
9.. tilt + 1 - Volkswagen Jetta
10. sud + 1 + - Skoda Octavia 1.8T
11. SunnyBoi - Mitsubishi Cedia
12. shetty_rohan + 1 - Volkswagen Polo GT TSi
13. Mr_Bean - Maruti Suzuki A-Star
14. ratsharm + 1 - Mahindra XUV5OO/Mercedes-Benz C220d
15. Vagabond128 - Maruti Suzuki Swift

Upto breakfast:

1. Nikhilb2008 - vrs
2.

Waitlist:

1. CorsaLove
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Old 19th July 2018, 18:14   #47
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Please put me on the wait list. Just in case someone drops off last minute..!!
Dropping you off the waitlist as no response to a PM
Flippant sign ups not appreciated !

Final drive manifest
Confirmed:


1. RSudarsanan + 1 - BMW 320d
2. Dr.AD - BMW 320d Sports Line
3. KiloAlpha - Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
4. pearljam + 1 + - Hyundai Verna
5. deepfreak15 +1 - Audi A3
6. Fortified + 1 - Mercedes-Benz C250d
7. graaja + 2 + - BMW 330i GT
8. Paradiddle - Mahindra Xylo
9.. tilt + 1 - Volkswagen Jetta
10. sud + 1 + - Skoda Octavia 1.8T
11. SunnyBoi - Mitsubishi Cedia
12. shetty_rohan + 1 - Volkswagen Polo GT TSi
13. Mr_Bean - Maruti Suzuki A-Star
14. ratsharm + 1 - Mahindra XUV5OO/Mercedes-Benz C220d
15. Vagabond128 - Maruti Suzuki Swift

Upto breakfast:

1. Nikhilb2008 - vrs
2.
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Old 20th July 2018, 11:07   #48
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I will be with the group until tea in Lalith Mahal Palace Hotel. Since I have a work-related meeting to attend in Mysore on Monday morning, I will be staying on in Mysore and not coming back to Bangalore with the rest of the group.

I will miss the late night drive back to Bangalore on Sunday :(
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Old 20th July 2018, 15:36   #49
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Note: Downhill traffic may be diverted via Gudalur
Force majuere travel time increase by minimum 2 hours with dinner break in Mysore

Cheers
FYI. A friend reported that they are not allowing downhill traffic through Masinagudi at all. He was there last weekend.
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Old 21st July 2018, 08:10   #50
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It was great meeting everyone after a long time. Wish I could have driven along till Ooty! Nevertheless, there's always a next time. 😋
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FYI. A friend reported that they are not allowing downhill traffic through Masinagudi at all. He was there last weekend.
This was the case when I travelled earlier this year too. The police blocked off the masinagudi road saying its too dangerous and asked us to take gudalur .
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It was great meeting everyone after a long time. Wish I could have driven along till Ooty! Nevertheless, there's always a next time. 😋
Ah. Did not notice the final list did not have your name! I was looking forward to seeing your 1.8TSi!

And yes, there is always a next time
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Old 24th July 2018, 00:03   #53
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True to its name a wet and dirty drive. Perfect mix of not so great roads, amazing ghat sections , Forest roads and Open highways. All the right ingredients for a memorable anniversary overnight trip. Glad to have found this group and even more thrilled when new people join along. These are the ties that bind. As Dr.AD so eloquently stated "We have grown together as a family, though some of us are not here today, they are here but not here now."

A very special thanks to RSudarsanan for organizing these drives, it takes great effort to plan ,organize and execute these drives.


Very unlike me I missed the starting point, so my pictures start from the breakfast stop

Walk in to the sight of our very own tyre baron Nikhilb2008 explaining why he likes a particular tyre.

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Another reason I love this group is the fact that anyone can come along and you are made to feel welcome and a part of the gang. Tilt sharing a moment with RSudarsanan's Mum

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The cars ready in anticipation for winding roads ahead

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These two together can only mean trouble. Dr.AD's recent upgrade along side our tyre barons Vrs. If you look close enough you can spot his tyre of choice
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Would have loved to see these two on full song but it was not meant to be as Nikhilb2008 had only joined us for breakfast
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The Chief marshalling the troops, this wouldn't be the only time.
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The picture speaks for itself, hearty breakfast and all set to stretch our legs, especially the right one.

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Reach Mettupalayam and find this waiting for us

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India's fastest cycle carrier, graaja with his now low slung GT. Just don't say the words "Lumbar support" to him

pearljam aka Mr Innocent slots in right next to him.

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Cars needing a much deserved break to cool their brake pads.

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Reached Kothagiri for lunch

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We were lucky to have found this much parking space on such a narrow hilly road

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One look at the rear and you can make out she is going to handle beautifully now

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This group seems to smile only after a meal, lovely surprise in store, commemorative caps (pardon the clarity though, will try to take a pic of the cap if no one else managed to capture a clear one)

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After another sprint up lovely winding roads reached our destination.. Bliss!
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This bunch seems to have "Aged gracefully"
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With temperatures hovering around the 12 degree mark this was a warm welcome
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Mr and Mrs graaja His smile gets bigger when his better half comes for these trips otherwise he just sits in a corner sulking.
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Mr and Mrs Fortified (I am extremely sorry, it was too cold and the camera shook and yes it was only the cold, nothing else)
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Mr Bean
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Old 24th July 2018, 00:25   #54
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The Stalwart, the constant factor in all our drives . The chief's faithful steed

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The line up as seen from the eyes of KiloAlpha's S-cross. Love the car but don't like the fact that he blasts past on rough roads while we gingerly try to save our tyres!

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A deeper shade of red? SunnyBoi's Cedia

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This bunch follows signs!

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SunnyBoi Engrossed

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Snuck in a couple of pics of my car

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Eventually we managed to get them lined up

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In the end it was worth it! Sorry if I made you all drive around trying to figure out which car goes where

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And to end it all we had a sumptuous dinner at Mysore in a Palace! Lalitha Mahal Palace.

Tilt and Vagabond128 look really imposing

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There were a lot more sights and scenery that would make one stop and stare, but my love for driving trumps my need to take pictures, hence these are all I have. Hopefully the others have more to share.

No trip is complete without Fortified asking , "When and where is the next drive Chief?"
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Old 25th July 2018, 00:22   #55
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There were a lot more sights and scenery that would make one stop and stare...
Hopefully the others have more to share.
deepfreak15 signed off on a poetic note, doing poetic justice to a drive report that left no prose or picture unturned to so effectively articulate the sum and substance of the fifth anniversary drive.

With nothing left to be desired, per se, some uploads as fillers to an otherwise well compiled account.

At the rendezvous, the early arrivals
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The rest arrive
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A part of the convoy waits for two cars to catch up
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Orange Pekoe, Kotagiri ~ lunch break clicks
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The commemorative cap
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to be contd...

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Thank you Ravi for your all your hard work and efforts in organizing the wonderful, flawless trips and creating this awesome "family". It indeed is a proud feeling to be part of this family. Great drives, great machines, great people and great locations! Looking forward to many more drives.
- Ratan

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deepfreak15 signed off on a poetic note, doing poetic justice to a drive report that left no prose or picture unturned .........
Thanks for the kind words Chief.
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Just got some hidden gems from SunnyBoi who had gone on a solo mission in search of the Emerald Lake.


You have to admire this guys courage, I would have turned back immediately

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A dead end?

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Almost there

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I think it was absolutely worth it

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The only guy who stopped and took pics of his ride on the ghat sections

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My old ride! The more I see it here, the more I miss it!
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Some pics that I captured. Not in any particular order.
Whatever has to be said is already said.
So, will just share the pics
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