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Old 8th January 2009, 09:53   #301
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Here are some more pics of happy mj in the blue jacket. Also look how everyone is clicking away to glory.

Do notice the sense of 'urgency' in HVK even while recording

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Here are some more pics of happy mj in the blue jacket. Also look how everyone is clicking away to glory.

Do notice the sense of 'urgency' in HVK even while recording

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Looks more like a scene of murder investigation - whodunit - tabelau! Look at Ramky kneeling down and clicking the underbody of the Scorpio!

This incidentally was a photoshoot on the River Gautami bridge after Rajahmundry.
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Nice pics!!Do I see Ramky in a phototaking position?? I have too become like this offlate. My family finds it amusing now that my camera has more pics of the car,tyres, ICE etc than people in it
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Yes, that was a very dangerous place, one can easily miss the broken road and go crashing up ahead. No signages pointing to the detour.

Our OTR guys smelled something exciting and I saw them dangerously poking around looking for some way where they could cross the railway track, but some hailing and they got back on track!
We were very lucky to hit that stretch and encounter the abrupt ending of the road in broad daylight. That place is a disaster waiting to happen at night. I will not put up Ramky's description of the contractors here

Something is very wrong here - the pics of Gautami (the river, not what you're thinking) are Day 6 while the travelogue is still stuck on Day 5. mhappy - if you write at this speed, you won't finish by dec 2009 saar ;-)

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@hrag, also, since your had your GPS ahead of you, you might have been well shielded.

hvkumar, sorry, not meaning to take a dig at you.

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@hrag, also, since your had your GPD well ahead of you, you might have been well shielded.

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On some occasions, the Safari led the way, and that was a higher-speed strategy. Otherwise, hrag was getting bugged by the Scorpio's rear all the time and he was forced to fall back just to sight some clean scenery from his windscreen!!
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...He stopped the Scorpio, looked back and uttered the very familiar statement ...

"Engaaa saar Safari!!! Epadi Otina poludhuku poi sera mudiyadhu saar" ...
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Here you go, Snaronikar:

"Where is the Safari, sir? If we drive like this we will not reach even by day break, Saar"
correction :

"Where is the Safari, saar? If we drive like this, we will not reach by dusk (evening/before it gets dark), Saar"

Please correct if wrong .
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Hi,

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correction :
"Where is the Safari, saar? If we drive like this, we will not reach by dusk (evening/before it gets dark), Saar"
Please correct if wrong .
I am sure there are better guys to comment!

But the last part is "we will not reach in time, saar"!
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Saars, let me clarify what was discussed.

We were running late. The Bangalore guys were due back in Bangalore on 30th and the Bombay leg was to be completed on the 31st. If we were delayed on 30th, then the Bangalore-Bombay leg (for the Scorpio) would have also been delayed, and since Ramky had a train to catch from Bombay on 31st night, we were fearful that we would be forced to drive through 30th night non-stop from AP-TN-KA-MH to meet the deadline.

Luckily, that did not happen......
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Some of those clicks
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Dont tell me that you see one more pics of MJ with the blue jacket off
Mj you are not wearing blue jacket....
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we were fearful that we would be forced to drive through 30th night non-stop from AP-TN-KA-MH to meet the deadline.

Luckily, that did not happen......
Yes, we really scorched the roads on the last day to get back on track. Only the planned breakfast at Chennai became evening tiffin
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Yes, we really scorched the roads on the last day to get back on track. Only the planned breakfast at Chennai became evening tiffin
I think we did one of the best lap times in AP, the roads were clear, our average speeds much better. If you consider the breaks, we had more than normal and longer too; after the evening breakfast our average speeds dropped till Bangalore.

HVK, you have the logs, would be able to validate this?

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Way to go "Famous Five", Amazing drive you guys have had; Just read the entire log book of 20 pages in one go you guys sure had lot fun.
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I think we did one of the best lap times in AP, the roads were clear, our average speeds much better. If you consider the breaks, we had more than normal and longer too; after the evening breakfast our average speeds dropped till Bangalore.

HVK, you have the logs, would be able to validate this?

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840 kms in 13 hours from Anakapalli (left 3 am) to Madras Madhavaram (reached 4 pm), with 2 coffee/tea breaks taking up 30 minutes (first at Anakapalli, second at Rajahmundry), 2 Diesel halts costing us 25 minutes (at Eluru and Mangalagiri), 1 Brunch Halt for 30 minutes (at Mangalagiri), some miscellaneous halts to take photos, not lasting over 10 minutes. That apart, the Scorpio must have stopped 15-20 minutes extra, waiting for the Safari to catch up. So, that makes for a total off-road time of around 100 minutes, implying we did 840 kms at an average speed of 75 kmph.

Once MJ finishes his long travelogue, the other laps statistics will follow....
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....and from Madras, after struggling through city jams from Madhavaram (via the Ring Road) to Maduravoyal for the Poonamalle meet (took us 1 hour), we spend a relaxed 1 hour with pykmsrikanth, eating "tiffin" and having our cars washed. Leaving there at 605 pm, stopping over to have tea at Hotel Rosin at Ambur for 30 minutes, we were in Bangalore Marthahalli at only 1145 pm. 365 kms in 7.45 minutes.
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