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Old 4th January 2009, 12:04   #166
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...one of the trucks states that " love is sweet poison"--
mmm... It actually say's 'love is sweet poisen'. I think she must be some hot & ravishing counsing of riya sen, ramya sen, shuhmitha sen.

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very true and almost everyone taste it again and again.
In that case, I am not sure if almost everyone or who all have tested that poisen
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is thread pe itna sannata kyun hai bhai...koi to jaago, charva aur panchva din ka shuruvat karo...
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is thread pe itna sannata kyun hai bhai...koi to jaago, charva aur panchva din ka shuruvat karo...
I don't have pictures of day 4 in my camera, else I would have started the posts. Actually 4th day has some of the best pictures of Ganga/Sangam and the scorpio. posts without pictures will not convey the beauty of day 4

@mjothi: where are you mate
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Also, almost always the extra long trailers (especially the open ones) seem to be NL reg ones. Don't know what the scene is? I wonder if we have roads that can even get these extra long trailers to even take turns on the hilly climbs up there?

I must compliment this thread you have posted

Now regarding the NL Registered Trailers, I wonder too, as I have noticed many of them like the one attached.

Somebody please come up with the right answer?
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Hey guys awesome trip .I have just gone through the full 12 pages (so far ).Congratulations to the whole team.Planning and dedication seems to be the key of your success.You really have to love driving to do 6000 kms in 6 days.Looking forward to read the complete travelogue.
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Good GQ drive guys.

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I wonder why those 2 drives did not allowed to drive anybody else
Driving a Safari or Scorpio is like a drug makes the person to get addicted, once you get addicted to it you never feel like giving off to anyone else to drive the same.
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As mjothi is not starting the day 4 update,and I don't have pictures of day 4 in my camera, I will share some other pictures and experiences from the previous days.

One 'perk' of riding shotgun on such a long distance is that you get to observe everything on the road and the most visible & obvious objects on the NH's are the trucks. They come in all shapes/sizes and almost have 'graffiti' painted on their back sides. It's fun to read all such graffiti. I must have read some 1L + graffiti in the 6 days.


Also, almost always the extra long trailers (especially the open ones) seem to be NL reg ones. Don't know what the scene is? I wonder if we have roads that can even get these extra long trailers to even take turns on the hilly climbs up there?
....Now I know why the hrag Safari was always lagging behind, seeing their rich collection of photos. SS is on his way to becoming the first specialised truck photographer in the country, if not the world.

The NL registration trailer-trucks is an old phenomenon, which I think has something to do with the low tax rates in that State and the registration is something like the "Liberian" or "Panamian" ship registrations. Also helped that ABC India (part of the TCI Group) was also based out of East India and they had lots of trucks registered in NL too.
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In this drive one thing we never ever missed (not not 3 square meals a day..) was the sunrise and the sunsets. All six days we witnessed some of the most beautiful sunrises & sunsets possible in a moving vehicle.

Here are some snapshots of first few days:
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-collage1.jpg

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Hi,

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The NL registration trailer-trucks is an old phenomenon,
If I remember correctly, it has also to do with the payload. NL registartion allows upto 40 tonne payload which other states don't!

I read this in a newspaper long back, No idea whether it is correct though!
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Sorry guys, I was very healthy to sit on computer to write this. So, the delay.

The Safari & Scorpio started the day @ 6:15am. We were invited by the fog. But our HVK gave a surprise today morning itself. He said we are going to sangam to see those rivers. It was a pleasant surprise because, normally he does not even stop on some places that is right ON the highway, but now he is ok to de tour a bit to spend some time. Wow.

We thanked our star. But the fog was heavy and we could not see clearly. But Scorpio was able to find the way and peirced into the fog. We just followed. Later we came to know that the GPS helped a lot here.

When we get down from the vehicle, we could not see the river. We thought we should walk a bit. But once we stepped a little, we came to know that we have parked right next to the river bed. If we have travelled a little more, then it would have been an OTR of the day.

we were offered for the boat ride by the locals. But we managed to escape telling them we are here to just collect water sample. The local guy was pissed of to the extend that he started telling us directly - "Saab, kuch karcha to karna"

The view of fog covering the boats travelling in the river, is a seen to die for. We all were thinking of Rudra and other photo experts in this forum. It would have been a delight to have these captured.

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6292.jpg
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6297.jpg
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6307.jpg

Then we filled the water and got back to vehicle. After a couple of photo shots, started to head Kolkatta.

Then next almost 30 mintues it was only clicking of sunrise along with Scorpio.

In Vadivelu terms,
"Summa mupadhu nimisam, moonu peru, moochu mutta mutta adichanungaiya"

In all those shots, we got one excellent shots in Hrag's cam. It was such a wonderful shot of Scorpio. It should be uploaded by him soon.

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6325.jpg
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6327.jpg
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6341.jpg
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6355.jpg

Then we see the Scorpio stoping on a bridge and our commander said this is Ganges river. So, we had a short break there and had good time. I think in all these 5 days, this was most relaxed shot of our HVK.
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6370.jpg

One thing I learned here is, when you are in such pilgrimage points, never ever attempt to call your parents or elders. Else you are in soup.

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6374.jpg
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6375.jpg
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6369.jpg

One more thing. We were in search of bright colors. The moment we entered Rajasthan, I was looking for some good shots of colors and the northern style of costumes. But I think, it would have been better to enter the Sowcarpet in chennai rather than this GQ

With all efforts we could manage only some like this.
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6415.jpg

Some anti-social elements moving those "Kannagi Selai". Lol
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6399.jpg

No guys, it was just co-incidence. The statue is well on its place.

Some Nice roads!!!
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6403.jpg
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6423.jpg
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6434.jpg

Some incidents on road
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6402.jpg

Lorry Walk - FTV oops, GQ Road
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6438.jpg

Contd...
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Some more random shots on day 4...

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6417.jpg

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6423.jpg

Very common sights in UP - WB routes.

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6426.jpg

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6432.jpg

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6439.jpg

Breakdown - wonder how it happened. It has both rear wheels taken out and standing on jack right on the road.
GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6444.jpg

Entering into the West Bengal Border.

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6448.jpg

Confirmation of we entering the WB - Yellow Ambi

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6451.jpg

Executive class - AC Couch

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6458.jpg

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6467.jpg

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6468.jpg

GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6469.jpg


GQ Drive: 2vehicles, 4meets, 5bhpians, 6days, 13states, 6000KMs.-img_6466.jpg

Then we were invited by the red Palio [Planet_rocker] on the highway. Had a small chat with him, and our "Lets go" party. Yes, AKRoy. He was spending a wonderful vacation in his in-laws house.

Later we went to a excellent highway hotel. Dont even remember the name. Some moon???

Had a very good dinner, and straight to bed.

Chapter close!!!
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Hai People,

Sorry for joining late into the party; I had practically deserted 3 official projects to jump into the GQ drive; now they demand 24 hour attention for me to keep my job....

1.Reliability of Car: For doing high-speed runs (cruising speeds were around 100+, sections of runway-finish tarmac on lonely sections invited 130+ speeds ) the vehicles need to be in top condition. Reliability is critical; brakes, lights, horns need to be in place and working; it would be dangerous to be down on UP, Bihar, Jharkhand stretches.

2. Restraint: Both cars were good for the run and some more and could have done speeds; drivers cut it on time, speeded only when there were clear stretches and overtook only when there were clear space on left and right though the demand to speed was urgent to reach target distances. I saw caution, control and restraint and would like to compliment HVk and Rishi for taking us safe through the maze of kamikaze pedestrians and sundry traffic.

The first lap ensures you avaoid all the sundry traffic; zombies / monkeys / dogs / cows (even 4 legged mammals wake up slow and are seen only after 8 am ), small vehicles & maniacs who drive on the wrong side of the road. We saw all kinds; dogs that sit on the middle of roads unmoving

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Wow is the word - only Ramky could have dwelt on the psychology of the long-distance "nut" car driver in this fashion.

Ramky left an extremely busy work schedule to join the trip; besides, it must have been quite a heart-wrenching thing for a hard-core Scorpio driver like Ramky to sit pillion through such a fantastic trip. Thank You, Ramky, for joining us in such circumstances and also for your patience in letting me drive on.

Car reliability - ensure that you have got it ship-shape before the trip and don't leave anything to the last minute. Run the car after it returns from the workshop at least 3-6 days to ensure that the workshop monkeys have not created further damage. I normally carry details of service centre en route. This time, we have logged all the Mahindra Showrooms en route.

Curb your egoistic tendencies, and stick to the ground rule of reaching your destination safe. 3,000 kms away from home is the worst place to be testing your car's speed in competition with the local punks, who are best left alone. Raking up local passions in speed-competitions are a big no-no. Despite my normally safe driving temperament, I let go with 2 such competitors - once on the Baroda-Ahmedabad expressway with another Scorpio, which was definitely unsafe driving, since the inability of the other Scorpio to overtake me provoked him to undertake dangerous manouevered right at my tail. The second time was in Orissa, this time with a Swift Dzire, which also resulted in a dangerous situation of each overtaking the other and my narrowly missing a parked truck. The lessons here are to keep your cool and refrain from driving recklessly to beat the competition.

On Dogs - we saw several of our dumb friends dead on the road, in some stretches several to a km.
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Day 4.......

Allahabad Bypass being still incomplete, it was the longest stretch of 2-lane road that we had to take till Handia before we were back on familiar GQ territory. We had crossed over to the North bank of the River Ganga post-Allahabad, which we were to ford again after Varanasi.

Varanasi disappeared faster than it came, there being a magnificent bypass. Typical of these parts, there is no lane discipline at the toll gates, and we saw a Santro being bashed up by a trucker when the former nosed in at one of the toll gates, breaking the Q. Typical of Indian law enforcers, it looked like the trucker was getting the worst part of the bargain, I could hear the cops saying, "usko roko, jaane nai dena"

It was to be one of the most pleasantest of brunch breaks we had that morning, just short of the Bihar border, in a typical Indian dhaaba - food, charpois, water tanks. Both the cars were washed - a normal precaution to take when travelling long distances, since a dirty car always attracts more attention and the cops end up seeing the out-of-state number plates and are tempted to stop the car.

One of the techniques which the Safari practiced - on SS's advice, of course - was to keep its head lamps on during a lot of its UP-Bihar drives - apparently, only the bade seth log do this, and 2 SUVs with headlamps on during day time gives the impression of a VIP (read, goonda) motorcade.

The Day 4 became faster and faster as we whizzed by on superb roads in UP-Bihar-Jharkhand on our way to Calcutta. The River Sone Bridge, after the Dehri-on-Sone town, is one of the longest in India - 4 kms long - and I read somewhere that the parallel railway bridge is the longest in India.

Sasaram - this is where Emperor Sher Shah Suri started his Grand Trunk Road which stretched all the way to Peshawar in what is today's NW Province in Pakistan - came and went too, as did Aurangabad.

There are plenty of petrol pumps, but we were always cautious about the quality of fuel pumped in - sniffing away for traces of kerosene - and I had to abort my fuelling at Aurangabad, suspecting fuel quality - needless to say, the fuel pump attendant was miffed at the thought - "nayi lena hai to teek hai, magar diesel mein kerosene hai math bolo".

We must have passed the half-way point of the trip this day, and after nearly 2,000 kms (earlier the Aravalli mountains in GJ-RJ border), we again climbed up some gentle ghats between Bihar and Jharkhand - this was done stretch I would not like to do after dark.

The development (or lack of it) in Bihar was evident as we crossed into Jharkhand which came across as a more affluent State.

The towns of Bagodar and Dumri still do not have bypasses yet, the only spots where the lovely Double Roads were interrupted.

West Bengal - the 10th State of our trip - we entered at 440 pm, as the sun started going down. Being winter, sunsets were 5-515 pm in these parts, and we had to mount a fast offensive to beat the smog that was settling down in the sense industrial Asansol/Durgapur region which sees the maximum number of coal kilns and wood-burning cook stoves. The teams bonded well as we resolved to skip a much-needed tea break so that we could reach the Durgapur expressway before the swirling smog enveloped us.

This was to be one of the highest trafficked legs in the last 2 days. The Moregam Junction after Durgapur was traffic-jammed in view of the choke up in the Panagarh bazaar up ahead. We had to do some left-hand side shoulder riding and behave like Romans (going on wrong sides) to get out of the mess, which must have cost us 20-30 minutes. Panagarh bazaar was a mess - imagine a 6-lane road suddenly constricting itself into a 2-laner and through a busy market place. Happily, the Double Road resumed after 7 kms, and we were able to engage 4th gear again.

Having scheduled the meeting with Planet-Rocker between 830 and 900 pm, it was race to make it, as we speeded up on the Durgapur Expressway (which is extremely congested till the Bardhaman turn off), and finally arrived at our rendezvous point at 925 pm, much behind schedule, and testing planetary tolerances!

This wa sone day which had gone haywire for us, the original target being Bhubaneswar, but we could not even make it to the revised target Kharagpur, which meant we were running 8 hours late by end of day, as we pulled into Motel Midway at Dhulagori, on NH6 (Kona Expressway), with our nose firmly turned towards Kharagpur.
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How much GQ is still incomplete? - Part 1

Bangalore-Bombay:

I think this part is familiar to most, being the most-discussed road in this forum.

Bombay-Delhi:

- Surat-Baroda stretch is being 6-laned from the existing 4-lane. Most of the 6-laning is complete, but the road is not fully commissioned. Lots of flyovers under construction, traffic jams in Surat bypass, Ankleshwar town and Baroda bypass.

- Exit from Baroda-Ahmedabad Expressway onto Sardar Patel Ring Road onto Naroda Round via Ramol and Ranasan, the 10-km NH8 between Naroda Round and Chiloda Round is 2-laned, not yet widened

- The 11-km Udaipur bypass is only 2-laned, does not look like they are widening it

- Chittorgarh town bypass is incomplete, one has to pass through town on 2-lane roads

Delhi-Calcutta:

- Around 2 kms, 32 kms after Kanpur, double road is being made, and road is in bad condition

- Allahabad Bypass is incomplete, so you have to go through approximately 70 kms of 2-lane roads

- 2 kms of incomplete double road after Mohania in Bihar

- Bypass for Dumri and Bagodar towns (after Barhi town, in Jharkhand) is incomplete

- Panagarh town (after Durgapur, West Begal) has no bypass, which means narrow traffic-jammed 2-lane roads for 7 kms

....Read about the full details in my log book when it is uploaded.
....and more to come, Calcutta-Madras....
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Kumar Saab, can you please tell me the details/condition/route for Delhi to Varanasi. how much time did you took to cover this stretch.

How difficult is this stretch? What is the road condition?

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Day 4.......

Allahabad Bypass being still incomplete, it was the longest stretch of 2-lane road that we had to take till Handia before we were back on familiar GQ territory. We had crossed over to the North bank of the River Ganga post-Allahabad, which we were to ford again after Varanasi.

Varanasi disappeared faster than it came,
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