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Old 24th August 2009, 20:47   #31
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@JSL: Yes, the bumpers and footboard are a limitation. I have got Michelins, which I believe did "better" than the HT that Sandeep was having. But then, I cannot comment on how worthy they are as of now.

Regardless of anything, I had the time of my life!


Getting back to the events: With all the running around by Khan, we had enough and took out the Safari's to test the waters, so to speak.

For the veterans, this is as silly as it can get, but for a newbie - wow! First steps!



Quickly followed by Sandeep:



The second run was a charm (experience, you might say!!! LOL!)



Finally (finally) we get down to the real deal:





RedBulls first real OTR run:
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Happy, where is the video you captured sitting next to me?
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With the initial fear addressed, Khan and StarAqua decided to take us to the next level.

We drove further into the plantations. At one spot, with lot of slush, Sandeep's Safari got stuck, temporarily.
OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_3995.jpg

While all were trying to get the vehicle out, I sneaked aside to take some photos.
OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_3991.jpg

OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_3993.jpg

We finally reached a spot where the veterans decided it was turn the Safari's lose.

The spotting and evaluation of the place.
OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4006.jpg

OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4007.jpg

The participants:
OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4008.jpg

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Happy, where is the video you captured sitting next to me?
As noted by Mr.Murphy, the video that I thought was a scoop, turned out to be a case of me not turning the camera on!

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It's like first kiss for both safaris. Congrats! May be we will visit same spot with all preparations.
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Our hero is just wearing Gum Boots where is other stuffs.
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As noted by Mr.Murphy, the video that I thought was a scoop, turned out to be a case of me not turning the camera on!
OK, got it. Here's one more for you.

OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-red1.jpg
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It was fun from then on:

Sandeep takes the first step, rather, fall!!!



Followed closely by me:



We were then given the freedom to just drive around:



This is where my clutching and wrong driving caused all this circus. IF I had listened to what was told in the first place, I would have just climbed and proceeded, the portion which is not shown above.

Few more runs or crawl around, it was time to make way for Sandeep; going back.


Sandeep doing the rounds:


RedBull doing the climb:


So, that was done and we decided to head back to do some slush drive, but, infortunately, it was dry. So, photo shoot began and then RTB.

OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4029.jpg

OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4028.jpg

Rudra trying to figure out how to correct the mess for a good shoot.
OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4031.jpg

Jaggu and Rudra did their thing, while we did ours:
OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4035.jpg


And to wrap up, I leave you to the man who gave us all those beautiful snaps, at work:
OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4033.jpg


OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4037.jpg

OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4038.jpg

OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4039.jpg

OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4040.jpg

While we enjoyed some good music from StarAqua's mobile/radio/TV.
OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_4041.jpg


The End.
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@hrag: You got company.Two more safari 4x4s.The point of debate,of course will be 2.2 or 3 ltr,which one is better in OTRs .
True - can't wait to attend the next OTR with the 2.2s (and the other old faithfuls). Hopefully in 2 weeks time..
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Suresh! Great Pics and Report and certainly the gypsy of Shahnawaz is looking deadlier than I had seen it before
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