Originally Posted by Raja
Guys please can you put names of members along with their pictures please ?
Here you go Raja.
Clockwise. Sreejesh, Sujeet's friends & Sujeet (Sooz_Punto), Varun, Rayal & his friend, Harsha, Ajay (Bikerboy), Dhaya (Cooldhaya), the tallest, Gokul, Vinoth (Octyvin), Subbu (myself), Vinoth (AppU), Girish, Arun (Marun) & his friend.
Originally Posted by AR Ram
It will be good if someone who attended the meet can post a brief narration along with the names/avathar of the members who were there.
Here is a brief...
Both Bangalore & Chennai teams have planned to individually assemble at the 1st pitstop by 5:30 AM and start the convoy by 6. I reached the point by 5:45 followed by Varun, Sujeet, Speedyguy, Harsha. Had tea and was waiting for Girish & Rayal. In between, both Varun & I were calling other Bangalore members who confirmed earlier about their participation, but wasn't lucky enough to talk to them.
Finally, Girish reached the spot and Rayal was ahead of us... Hence, we moved from there and was in search for Rayal and spotted him at last. Next pitstop, Kamat for BF. People ordered for normal stuff and was keen to know about Plan B & C. After I revealed it, people ordered for more and heavy stuff fearing of Plan C BTW
, as the Biriyani plan was dropped due to lack of response, we had to go with Plan B or C. Plan B was to have whatever is available there and Plan C was keep everyone hungry and bring them back home...
After BF, we started for Yelagiri and again stopped in between looking for Rayal. That made us fortunate to meet our Highway Ranger, yes on the Highway. He stopped asking "TAI
?". Had a brief chat there with him. It was a short but pleasant meet.
Then, continued and had to stop at the exit to Yelagiri and look for Rayal, again. We spent about 15-20 mins there exploring Varun's new Enjoy and learnt that Rayal is ahead of us and have reached the Yelagiri checkpost already. Well, we are still in the Highway exit. Finally, we caught him there and tied with us thereafter. BTW
, where is Chennai Team? That must be your question. Yes, they started a bit late than planned. While AppU was waiting for them in Vellore after finishing a heavy BF from home, he explored that one of his Tube Like Tyre is Punctured and gone to fix it. While on the way, our Chennai team happend to spot an accident at Wallajah. It was a new Vento banged up on a truck. There was about 3 people, a guy and his parents it seems. The elderly person (Dad) was bleeding from nose and our Ajay & Gokul was kind-hearted to break our journey and take them to the nearby hospital. I must pause here to appreciate this attitude which is largely lacking in our society. Kudos Ajay, you made TAI
(Offline... Ajay - Did I cover all you taught me?)
This made Chennai team to break the journey for a while and delayed it further, but for a reasonable cause. BTW
, the Vento was just 3 days old and seems like almost gone. Gokul can post those pics.
Finally, they made it to Yelagiri by about 1 PM and we are done with a round of Boat riding in the lake. Thanks to Harsha & Girish for giving me a ride in the boat. Yes, they paddled it as I didn't had my licence to paddle the boat...
It was lunch time and we found a small hotel where we gathered. The lunch was decent, a Veg Meal and Non-Veg Dishes were separate on order. Fish Curry was good and Chicken fry was kind of OK. After meal, we were exploring spot to park the convoy and click pics. Found one and Sreejesh on the job. Arun and few others (Appu, Girish & Gokul) wanted some adventure and tried to offroad to a different spot thinking all of us will follow them... Hahahahaaa... We just enjoyed seeing them doing so from far and called them back. After which, many wanted to leave and we thought to have some more pics at a different spot. Dhaya & I suggested a place, just before the start of downhill and asked all to stop there. We bid off to Rayal and started for the next spot. Now, drivers on both Fords were swapped. Arun on my Figo and I was on his Fiesta. To our surprise, rather shock, all the the 1st ones fled to downhill and didn't stop in the place we suggested. Clearly understood that all were clearly confused about the spot. So, we too followed them and in between called the first few cars to stop them just at least in the downhill, which has a beautiful scenic view road covering the entire hill for the pics. And when we reached there, again surprised that many fled. Some of us stopped there and called them back to the spot and finally pictured.
So, it's time to shake hands now... Varun was running out of fuel and had to reach the next nearest station and it was much available there. So no worries. Some of us wanted to have Tea, so moved ahead and had a last pitstop for Tea. That's when I realized I am the only one left from the Bangalore gang and rest all fled. Anyways, had Tea with Chennai gang and spotted Sooz_punto from nowhere. Where was he hiding till now? Called him to hold on for my company and I waved to our Chennai Guys. Sujeet & I were together till I stopped for a break after Krishnagiri. He missed the spot and went ahead as it was dark.
That's all about our TAI
Chennai - Bangalore 3rd Meet.
Thanks to Varun, AppU, Sujeet, Arun for letting me drive their cars. Varun - We missed to test the Bluetooth OBD in my car... Will do it when we meet again.