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Mumbai is hot and humid generally and more so in the summer months.

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So, when the call for the OTR comes along, it really becomes a difficult situation:

"Haven't offroaded for a bit and desperate to have fun vs i'm going to get fried in the heat!"

A whatsapp group is made and suggestions go back and forth and it's decided that we offroad early morning and head back after breakfast before the sun reaches it's peak.

Thus, the offroad venue must be somewhere close.

Plans are made, and confirmations received, i set my alarm for the next morning:

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As usual i get up cursing for making early morning plans after a saturday night. But as soon as the good mornings start coming in on the whatsapp group, the spirits start to soar.

I pack my cool bag with lots of water and am ready to head off to the meeting point:

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If you see the pic of the keychain above, it says CAVITY. Here's a better pic:

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So what's Cavity? Cavity is the name that a dear friend of mine, Gogi aka V16 on team-bhp has named my jeep. Since i'm a dentist and love going through ditches in the jeep (or cavities in dental lingo according to him), he's christened it Cavity and i liked the name and decided to refer to her as that.

Here's cavity:

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We'll keep discussion about Cavity for it's own thread soon; don't want to discuss here and dilute this thread.

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We head towards the meeting point.

Ravi Sharma is the first to arrive with his NGCS MM550.

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The rest soon catch up. You can see the usual suspects:

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Some people are really excited to offroad

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Random pics as we wait for the late comers:

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We also had Manish get his fortuner to do some tamer stuff but the terrain had changed and no one wanted to risk it so he parked and hopped in with one of us.

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Once everyone is assembled and intros are made with the new faces, we enter the trail.

The first obstacle is pretty simple.

A descent followed by a rutted and pitted path leading to a small climb and then onto a small hillock which would be the next staging area.

Not too many pics here.

Here you see in the background the red jeep descending and Gogi in his white T-shirt walking back after examining the ruts up ahead.

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Here's a very brief video of one of the small and articulation obstacles:




Then we ascend to the flat top of a small hillock and all the cars are then parked here:

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Now this hillock has always been our staging area since it offers 3-4 different descent options. So we head to see which one to attempt.

Every one is in good spirits:

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As we turn around, we are all flabbergasted and just keep staring down:

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What could be the reason?

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Let's flashback a bit.

This area has been our proving grounds for a long time and we have slowly seen it being encroached by illegal dumping but it still offered us a nice playground. Here are a few pics from the monsoon season. Just see the lush greenery. Go down from the hillock, through some slush and back up another climb:

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This was the same place i had taken my classic for its first OTR:



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Even in the dry it's not a bad place to offroad.

There are numbers threads here on outings on the same place:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...tr-mahape.html

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...-location.html

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...ly-2010-a.html

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...-5th-june.html

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...st-2009-a.html

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This place also has been the initiating ground for many other people as well.

Soumya (Genesis on team-bhp) also drove his CJ3B first time here like so many others before him.

Even a friend's girl friend drove the Gypsy the first time at this place. We've always supported women taking up the sport.

Here are some pics of her driving:

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This time also we had another friend with her new red Thar joining us to offroad. You can see her very excited:


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Coming back to the present.

What are these good folks looking at?

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Unfortunately this region has become the illegal dumping yard for construction waste. It's being used as a land fill.

The sight that greeted us made us feel very sad:

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So we decided what path we will be able to take and walk back to the vehicles.

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We'll descend from the side go straight make the climb keeping left. The other areas were not possible.

Allan leads the descent:

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Gogi hops into his jeep to follow:

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Ravi sharma, prashant bhandarkar and soumya make the descent without any drama:

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Rhea, our female driver is on next.

Imran Ladak our veteran gyspy driver is accompanying her and guiding her.

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I also add in a few words of encouragement:

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And off she goes, albeit using an easier approach:

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Once down, you have to go across and make the climb:

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I'm the last car acting as a sweeper here:

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Have no idea what i'm pointing or saying:

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Harshit's green thar cannot make it up and after backing up gets stuck in a rut. Sanjay's 550 goes to pull him out:

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Soumya gets off to supervise:

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Meanwhile prashant goes through:

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Sanjay moves on then:

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After the all clear, i make my descent:

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Cars make it to the top:

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The crowd gathers to see Cavity's performance:

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She pleases all

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We move off from here. Now there is a two stage descent.

Here are some pics:

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The others follow:

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After the descent, go straight and take a right to a small ascent.

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Here's me doing that:

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Sanjay:

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Harshit's Thar:

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Park at the top:

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Then we descend down another path and make another climb.

Here's an over view:

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Rhea attempting the climb:

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Failed attempt:

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Second attempt:

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Clears!:

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After making this climb we loop around and make another climb (which was the last descent of the two staged descent that i had previously mentioned)

Sanjay gets beached here:

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Prashant to the rescue:

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Prashant makes it out:

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We park as we wait for the others to finish their climb.

As we are waiting, allan decides to have some fun.

So we do the usual tyre on tyre articulation pose:

First the jeep climbs the gypsy tyre. And time for some posing:

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Edge to Edge now:

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Gypsy climbs on the jeep tyre:

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Here's a little humorous clip showing the jeeps point of view whilst everyone is posing:

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From here we head off to do further obstacles. Not too many pics after this since the sun was getting up and people were reluctant to get of and click pics.

So we offroaded for another half an hour and called it a day.

Some random pics:

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Here's a short fast forwarded clip summing up nearly 70% of the obstacles covered:


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We end the day and line up outside the trail and re-group:

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Thompson & Thomson find it's good time to pose:

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Here are our vehicles parked outside of a nearby McDonalds where we're gobbling away some food:

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All in all was a nice short trip and everyone enjoyed immensely.

Photo Courtesy:
Sanjay, Prashant, Devansh, Jiggy and the others who contributed these snaps via Whatsapp and Facebook.

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