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Old 15th March 2009, 19:26   #31
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@SS-Traveller:
The picture in which the small kid has one hand on dash, is the kid laughing or crying ?
I appreciate the courage you have to do this trip with small kid.
But call it trust worthy maruti peace of mind factor.

We too have Nov 1992 M800. We have done Mahabaleshwar to Vadodara in one day.
This car is simply fantabulous. Did Vadodara-Goa-Vadodara trip too in this car.
But the real point is this: 8 Leg drive.
Dont underestimate the car or overestimate human power. I was at one corner once.
It was not a problem with me ( I am myself 90+ kgs and with good physique ), but my cousin strained his back.
Best done by person who have experience and more mental strenght than physical.
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...is the kid laughing or crying ?
Good question! That's my daughter, and she was 2 years and 3 months old at that time. I would presume she was laughing , mainly because if she was crying I would have been busy placating her and not taking pictures!
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Awsome. I apperitiate your effort to scan and put a decade old trip memories, and we had black base number plates then. I had forgotten this, my poor memory.
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Just remembered that a few days after coming home, both the rear leaf springs broke within a week of each other. The Gods looked after us well on the trip.
Dearest Brother , It was good to read about your trip. I wanted to tell you that I have been travelling on this road for last 28 years. Every year we go to Sri Hemkunt Sahib which is about 30 kms before Badrinath.
We are group of about 150 members from Mumbai. We start our journey from Mumbai by train upto Delhi from Delhi by buses. 1st halt at Rishikesh Gurudwara, 2nd halt at Srinagar, Finally bus journey ends at Govindghat.
All these years not a single year has gone without we getting stuck on the road due to landslides, sunken road,boulders fallen from hills etc.Onece we had to stay put in Govindgaht for 8days at a streach. All we were doing all these 8 days was get up in the morning and relax in the shops in the vicinity of gurudwara. At last road was cleared and we proceeded to Rishikesh .In years back up to 1981 or so taking your car to Badrinath was very very rare all used to trval in buses. It started in after roads improved after 1992 or so.Now we find cars like Honda CRV, Honda City, Once a lone Honda Accord was seen in Govndghat Gurdwara Parking lot. Now we find youngsters on motorbikes traveling from far as Nagpur and even Mumbai,even road getting blocked is becoming rare. After few couple of years even gate system of allowing only one way traffic from Joshimath to Badrinath will be one away with, work on this is in full swing for the last 10 years on this road.
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Thanks, Iqbal, for sharing the information. Yes, it was only a very brave soul who would venture there in his own car in the 1980's. We had done a bus trip back then (1984), and I was forever smitten to drive in the hills myself. Unfortunately, I have never been to Hemkunt Sahib or the Valley of Flowers, even though I have travelled across Govindghat a few times. Now, with a bad back, I really don't know if I'll ever be able to trek that far, but that trek is definitely on my wish-list. Maybe someday...
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Thats a great feat achieved by you on a 800 , I see the fuel indicator on empty on one of the pictures so was that a malfunctioned meter or you were low on fuel on such a drive.
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I see the fuel indicator on empty on one of the pictures so was that a malfunctioned meter or you were low on fuel on such a drive.
Nothing so serious . Just the ignition turned off!
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Nothing so serious . Just the ignition turned off!
Ah, the good old days when fuel gauges used to go to zero with ignition off!
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Ah, the good old days when fuel gauges used to go to zero with ignition off!
Was it just in the good ol' days? My Swift's gauges all go to zero with the ignition off. So did the gauges on my Zen. The Accent's fuel gauge keeps showing the fuel level. So did the Indica's.

I guess this varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Funnily though, the Accent's speedometer registers zero with the ignition turned off, when it's rolling.

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