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  1. Dear Desrtnauts, after a few unfortunate drop-outs, the new convoy order will be: @Thomas Varghese Second Lead @Fabien Monleau will be #3 @Sunil Mathew at #4 @Pacific at #5 @Christian Andras in Sweep. Given the size of the convoy, we can plan to switch some positions throughout the drive, to give as man members as possible the opportunity to interact with different tasks. I will also alter the route slightly, in the attempt to cover more ground, with a short and motivated convoy. See you later.
  2. Dear Desertnauts couldn't ask for a better pack of drivers to orbit Solar Park. We'll proceed from the vicinity of the "glass pyramid" through the Middle Earth, across Little Sweihan, via a couple of sabkhas and along Faqa Plateau, then northward on D66, and finally back west through Lisaili. The most challenging aspects of the drive will be the initial heat and soft sand, and the crossing of the slip-faces along D66 (Desert 66, running along E66), before reaching the final stretch at Lisaili. Please reach as punctually as possible to start around 3:00PM, as the whole track should need at least 4 hours to cover 🍀. We'll choose the radio channel on the spot, while the convoy will line up as follows: @Thomas Varghese will resume his Second Lead position of many drives ago @Fabien Monleau will be #3 @Sunil Mathew at #4 @Vaibhav will be #5 @Pacific at #6 (after a few Sweeps, back at the core of the pack) @Gilbert Khalil at #7 @Anoop Nair at #8, and @Christian Andras free to Sweep. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow afternoon. Enjoy the evening.
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    Drive Details Level: Intermediate and above Meeting time: 3:00 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/w6XttG2bUWsvavZb8 Action Plan: The Revolutions around Solar Park reappear on our drives' menu, bringing the additional challenges of an afternoon drive, and a counter clockwise direction, compared to the previous 2 editions (both AM and clockwise drives). This means that departure will be at a much warmer hour then previously, with softer sand conditions, and that we will move, at times, across the dunes' slip-faces. We'll also have to run against the clock of the setting sun, which we hope to see going down in front of us, as we reach the planned exit, at the Three Trees area. Considering the Intermediate level, we are planning a smooth, rythmic drive, with a meditative feel (as some have said of my long-range drives). Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 7:00 PM P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive.
  4. This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to go through below information and strictly follow these guidelines. MUST READ AND TOTALLY AGREE: COVID19 Precautions Mandatory Safety Requirements Ban from Carnity Off-road Club Two Way Radio Guidelines Drive Details Level: Intermediate and above Meeting time: 3:00 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/w6XttG2bUWsvavZb8 Action Plan: The Revolutions around Solar Park reappear on our drives' menu, bringing the additional challenges of an afternoon drive, and a counter clockwise direction, compared to the previous 2 editions (both AM and clockwise drives). This means that departure will be at a much warmer hour then previously, with softer sand conditions, and that we will move, at times, across the dunes' slip-faces. We'll also have to run against the clock of the setting sun, which we hope to see going down in front of us, as we reach the planned exit, at the Three Trees area. Considering the Intermediate level, we are planning a smooth, rythmic drive, with a meditative feel (as some have said of my long-range drives). Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 7:00 PM P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 10 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Tuesday - 12 PM. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members that do not confirm the terms of the COVID requirements will be removed from the RSVP list. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  5. Dear Desertnauts let's get ready to transition from a long weekend to a regular weekend. What better way than to follow the sun, toward its setting below the golden dunes? Meeting point we'll be just before the practice camel track at Lisaili. Refueling will be possible at a couple of gas stations along E66, prior to reaching the exit. Please deflate considering the heat at that time of day, and that the first patch of sand, after driving along the pylon track, will be technical and soft. We'll cross Lisaili's western side, to reach the outskirts of Solar Park, before entering Qudra's southern segment, and continuing west, toward the sinking sun. The convoy will line up as follows: @varunmehndiratta as Second Lead @Farook Veettil at #3 @Paolo Pellegrini at #4 @Ashutosh Garg #5 @Senthil Kumar at #6 @RiaanJH #7 @Shaker at #8 @Muhammad Qasim at #9, and @Pacific in Sweep. We'll be using Carnity Channel #2. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, ready to start the drive as close to 3:00PM as possible. Have a great evening.
  6. Rush Hour 4: The Commute - Drive's Report "What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs" - Rumi It was all very quick, following each moment's instinct, directed by the soul (that's what we bring to the desert to be reborn), as well as (or even more so) by the shades of light on the sand, the blur of a bush rushing by, the line of a ridge, the sound of the sand under the tires, or the color of the sky fading in front of us. Having recounted the soul of our drive, and being impossible to follow in @munkybizness' literary footsteps, I'll limit the report to the sheer numbers, which so eloquently speak for the off-roading feat of every member. As we had decided to divide the drive into 1 hour segments, with the goal of covering at least 30 km each hour, this is what we achieved: 1st hour - 34 Km driven, at 35 Km/h average moving speed, and 34 km/h total moving speed, with only 2 minutes of stop, to assist a self-recovery; 2nd hour - 27 Km driven, for a total of 60+ km altogether, moving at an average of 33 km/h , and a total of 30km/h over the 2 hours, with 10 minutes of stop, to assist a refusal and perform a quick tug. This second segment was also much more complex and diverse, due to a couple of tight technical areas with soft sand: it was here, during the previous edition of Rush Hour 3, that all the advantage gained during the first hour was lost, due to multiple stucks. 3rd and 4th hours - 48.3 Km driven, from Ghantoot back to Qudra's Last Exit, in 1 hour and 33 minutes, moving at 31 Km/h average speed (30 km/h total), with only 2 minutes of stop (the infamous yanking tug received by @Prakash Anoop). The commute back to Qudra was deliberately shorter and more "leisurely", as we went looking for oryx (unsuccessfully), and took a straighter route back, to reach the exit point rigorously on time for the next weekend's Carnity sign-ups. Thanks to @Zixuan Huang - Charlie for his Second Lead in the first 2 hours, to @Alexanderrr for his debut at Second Lead in the second segment, to @varunmehndiratta for his Sweep to Ghantoot, and to @munkybizness for his Sweep back to Qudra, and of course hats of for a very smooth and concentrated driving to @Vaibhav, @Prakash Anoop, @Anoop Nair, @Rob S, @Daniel Rodas, @Ashok chaturvedi (will bring you forward next time so you can enjoy the wild life 😉), and @topgear. Great convoy for a very fun drive. See you all soon in the sand.
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    Drive Details Level: Fewbie and above Meeting time: 3:00 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/kb5gyoBAzyL4NPSB8 Action Plan: A leisurely drive (at least most of it), to bring the Eid break to an end, and seamlessly introduce the new weekend. We'll proceed from Lisaili's camel track, along the pylons, into Lisaili's plateau, through Solar Park, and into Qudra, following the sun until it'll set behind the dunes bordering with Bab al Shams Road. Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 7:00 PM P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive.
  8. This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to go through below information and strictly follow these guidelines. MUST READ AND TOTALLY AGREE: COVID19 Precautions Mandatory Safety Requirements Ban from Carnity Off-road Club Two Way Radio Guidelines Drive Details Level: Fewbie and above Meeting time: 3:00 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/kb5gyoBAzyL4NPSB8 Action Plan: A leisurely drive (at least most of it), to bring the Eid break to an end, and seamlessly introduce the new weekend. We'll proceed from Lisaili's camel track, along the pylons, into Lisaili's plateau, through Solar Park, and into Qudra, following the sun until it'll set behind the dunes bordering with Bab al Shams Road. Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 7:00 PM P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 10 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Friday - 12 PM. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members that do not confirm the terms of the COVID requirements will be removed from the RSVP list. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  9. @Zixuan Huang - Charlie @Alexanderrr @Vaibhav @Prakash Anoop @Anoop Nair @Rob S @Ranjan Das @Daniel Rodas @Ashok chaturvedi @topgear @munkybizness @varunmehndiratta Just in case, the correct MEETING POINT is the following: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Fcb5A5FkxFUGS95Y8 MEETING TIME IS 2:30 PM. Thanks a lot.
  10. Dear Desertnauts as the time to confirm the revised format has expired, based on the confirmations received, I have decided the following updates to the drive's format: there will be only 1 convoy, for a total of 13 cars meeting time will be 2:30PM, to depart no later (100%) by 3:00PM the meeting point will be Qudra's Last Exit, at the waiting area just past the ADNOC's gas station exit the drive plan will have a first segment of 2 hours or 60 Km driven (whichever comes first), in the direction of Ghantoot, after which the second segment, of another 2 hours or another 60 Km driven, will be taking the convoy back to Qudra from Ghantoot (for this part I have planned a slightly different track than previous ones). exit is planned at 7PM (with 15 minutes to spare before it gets dark). The convoy order will be the following: @Zixuan Huang - Charlie in Second Lead @Alexanderrr at #3 @Vaibhav #4 @Prakash Anoop at #5 @Anoop Nair #6 @Rob S #7 @Ranjan Das at #8 @Daniel Rodas at #9 @Ashok chaturvedi #10 @topgear at #11 @munkybizness #12, and @varunmehndiratta in Sweep Please deflate considering the heat of the first couple of hours of the afternoon. We'll communicate through Carnity Channel #3 (446.056). Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow afternoon. Have a nice evening.
  11. Hi @Vaibhav. Just checking if it would be OK for you to be accommodated in Convoy 2, the one meeting at 4:30 pm in Ghantoot, and driving to Qudra. Thanks
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