After finishing the ~3Km mud road, we ended up at the base of a big rock mountain. At its bottom was a rock crushing factory which seemed quiet on a sunday... They had a few trucks, tractors, many workers enjoying their quiet weekend off. Amidst them were two yellow 50 foot high monstors sleeping peacefully...
Roby Aka Robinson.S was our Lead Jeep for the day. Superb Vehicle and great driver behind the wheel.
Landy waiting its turn.
The monsoons had helped this wonderful flower in the remotest of the places...
The entry to the climb was a descent (what a oxymoron) - a short descent from the starting point left you at the base of the TALL rock mountain.
Meanwhile Roby had powered away to find the trail
Meanwhile the group were coming down the starting point...
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Me calling for help...hehe
Robin and his spoils...err I mean real spoils!!!
Tasting a chocolate donut...
Depth of our success measured in feet, literally!
My friend Naved_Speed, attending his first OTR, trying to look good for a photo on Tbhp!
My other friend Fahad (Gray on Tbhp), looks at the point where Dwaraka sir was stanging, high up on the cliff...
Rajesh finds a watering hole... while Robin, in the next photo below>>
>>finds the SWEETEST damn spot. I heard something like "I am the king of the world"!!! He was comfortable there knowing very well that thats one spot cops wont fine him for parking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The terrain was good. It makes for a great night camping spot.
As usual, we were on time. Met some old hogs and new faces. After the initial hi - hello we started towards kanakapura town. Stopped en route for some breakfast and assembled at the town market. Meanwhile jammy (mm440) arrived at the scene. Its been long time since i have seen jammy in action.
A few minutes later, we started towards the terrain.
An initial challenge made us change the track. So, we started towards the hills in the horizon.
The country side is beautiful here. We moved in a convoy and reached the spot. Its a small hill with a good incline. I believe Robinson is the first to start. One after other, every one started the incline. The top is a flat piece of rock with a naturally formed pond. After a quick break we started moving towards the other hill.
There is one place where every one assembled to duscuss the next plan of action. It is a real tricky place. There are big rocks and a need a tricky manouvers to come out clean. Else, the vehicle can sit ducks. The body can get a scar and what not. After exploring the spot on legs, dwarak and gang decided to give it a miss.
The next is to climb another hill which is even more steeper. Most vehicles can do it, but the driver needs to be vigilant. This needs the right momentum and some leg work to keep the vehicle on dot. There was some water on the way to this climb. Everyone except the landy could do it. Landy was full on air in its mudzillas. It was slipping on the rocks. Sireesh was reluctant to reduce the pressure because in his idea, it doesnt help a new mudzilla tyre any better. The threads would still slip on the rocks due to water. After a few attempts, it developed some starter relay problem and we had to lock it up and move ahead on tirumal's jeep.
Ha, the experience of hitching a ride on tirumal's jeep is some thing to be experienced. If you are a first timer to OTR's and if your first jeep ride is on his jeep, you better come wearing a diaper. Shitting in the pants comes true. Thats the reason he had laminated his front seats i guess.
For the oldies, it was a piece of cake. The fun part is about getting to meet those old friends and some new ones too. Like any sport this sport also teaches Team Work and what not. When some one gets stuck, recovery techniques come pouring from all directions. Forget the gang, even the local villagers join in. This thing teaches Patience. This sport teaches tactics. If it doesnt work this way, then lets try the other.
The most important of all is the EGO massage. Yes, We might think that the recovery guys are making a biiig mistake and dash towards the lead guy and bully our idea only to be brushed aside. No tantrums. If at all there are any, it lasts only till the recovery.
Anyways, i cut the crap and present you the snaps of the day.
SV Santhosh and CatchKumar at the initial meeting point. We were the first to arrive even after Santosh's city bus err jeep picked us up from different locations in the city.
Meeting point at kanakapura town.
Jammy in action.
Jammy taking on the first rock.
After a few tries, we started towards the terrain in the horizon.
Start of the terrain. This is the initial rock climb
Time for some mission accomplished moments. Tirumal in white and santosh in the front.
Robin, Rajesh and company.
Ravi's new gypsy.
Time for the next obstacle.
Bush massage anyone ?
Lineup for the second one.
Dwarak involved in charting out the new path.
The initial plan was to go thru this part. This was later abandoned by public demand.
Dwarak and catch kumar busy discussing the next plan of action
The second hill climb. A little steep but doable.
Notice the wet rocks around. This is where landy slipped.
Shall get the next set of photos.
This is where the whole action of the day was.
i just want to finish of first 3k run in 40Km/Hr speed as the engine is Rebored.
Unless the bore is super tight, why would you want to do this?! 1k of sedate rpms and then start raising the bar! You dont want a tight engine with makes power only at a particular RPM for OTR's, do you?