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Old 2nd June 2008, 11:11   #121
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any new updates? I have just come into the place.
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Zak & Ram were supposed to have worked out the total cost with a breakdown. The total cost was actually quite low when I last heard about them and they were negotiating with the estate where we stopover for the night to get a lower rate still.

Rates will be provided for overnight stay - not including meals during the day or booze. I think the rates are very economical, but will wait for the two of them to comment.

Zak/Ram - please update with rates so people can commit.
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Okay we shall wait for Zak / Ram to report then.
Just for information only, whats the total kilometer we are going to cover up during the trip and how many hours on day 1 and day 2?
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Hi,

> Vytilla - Muvattupuzha - Todupuzha - Topstation - Kulamavu -

In the route above, is Top Station the one which you go from Munnar also? If so, the last kilometre had hardly any road surface to mention. Once the rain starts, it is going to be worse still.

Monsoon DRIVE - Kochi-dsc00317r.jpg

This was taken at the place where the road changes from good to nil, but towards Munnar. It seems the bad part is in Tamil Nadu. Except for this, the remaining 31 kilometres were beautifully surfaced road.
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Oh boy ,this would be one Wonderfull trip for sure and going to turn out to be a great miss if anybody here misses it,lol.
ram
No Doubt Ram.
I think this time the unfortunate one is me . I have a marriage on 14th which i cannot afford to miss.
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I think this time the unfortunate one is me . I have a marriage on 14th which i cannot afford to miss.
Guys - mansidea will be joining us. A phone call from Dubai has caused him to reconsider his earlier position.
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yeah steer, i will try to join you in kuttikkanam & for the rest of the D R I V E.
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OK, Bhailog...one more guy coming in: that'd be me. Would be joining from Thodupuzha. Just called Ripper and confirmed.
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Exclamation No! No! No!

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Hi,

> Vytilla - Muvattupuzha - Todupuzha - Topstation - Kulamavu -

In the route above, is Top Station the one which you go from Munnar also? If so, the last kilometre had hardly any road surface to mention. Once the rain starts, it is going to be worse still.

Attachment 18565

This was taken at the place where the road changes from good to nil, but towards Munnar. It seems the bad part is in Tamil Nadu. Except for this, the remaining 31 kilometres were beautifully surfaced road.
No! No! No!
This is not even near our proposed route. Topstation I refer to is also known as Naadukaani.
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Hi,

> This is not even near our proposed route. Topstation I refer to is also known
> as Naadukaani.

Sorry, guys. Wrong info and a waste of space. If I could, I would have deleted the post.
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Thumbs up the story so far...

recapped through the multiqoute facility, with some additions

the people going on the D R I V E( so far)
Headcount
1.rippergeo
2.nikkibike
3.ram hyundai
4.steeroid
5.jayD*
6.speedzak
7.govigov + friend
8.sreejit*
9.kochicar?
10.wischvuanaudh*
11.ASHVIN
12.mansidea on Day 2
13.wanderernomad+3+ 2 infants (I think)-
14.mail4ajo
15.Quicksilver
16.Patchyboy joining on day 2
17.KB100
18.californiaknight+1
19.malludude*- planning to join us at thodupuzha- en route.
20.drpullockaran?

people with the asterisks next to their names may need rides.
I have dibs on the lightest one among them(watching my power to weight ratio)

I will need one of you guys as a passenger anyway, to help co ordinate the convoy's phone calls and SMSes


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Day 1
Vytilla - Muvattupuzha - Todupuzha - naadukaani - Kulamavu - Painavu - Cheruthoni - Kattappana - Elappara - Kuttikkanam.
Accommodation is being arranged at a Tea garden estate in Kuttikkanam.

Day 2
Kuttikkanam - Vagamon - Todupuzha - Muvattupuzha - Vytilla.
thats great zak! even I was confused about topstation.
@trrk- why dont you join us till kulamavu atleast if you cant make a 2 day trip?

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Ok, Let's try tracing our proposed route.

Monsoon DRIVE - Kochi-zak-map2.jpg

Remember, this is just for information and not something to be used to sharpen you geographical skills.
Download it and zoom in to see anything in detail. You can go to google and have a look at it too!

Rates are being finalised! Negotiations are still on while I type this.

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12.mansidea on Day 2
mansidea on Day 1. He has promised to beat us to Kuttikanam despite leaving Cochin after the wedding.

I would tend to believe him.
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mansidea on Day 1. He has promised to beat us to Kuttikanam despite leaving Cochin after the wedding.

I would tend to believe him.
I hope, we wont be on his route when he's flying to kuttikanam, we might have to re-open the rash driving-scorpio thread (just kidding manoj)
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Hi ripper,

> @trrk- why dont you join us till kulamavu atleast if you cant make a 2 day
> trip?

After 25 years together, it is a tough job to get my home ministry permission for similar outings. She knows that I won't stray from my usual good behaviour, but the state of roads makes her anxious until I return.

On the 5th, there is a sixteenth day ceremony at Hosur that has to be attended from my side and that will add to the pressure.

I am not ruling out anything. The least I want to do is to see you off from Sarovaram!

Thanks.

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