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Ale Vallecchi

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  1. Dear Desertnauts A quick heads-up for tomorrow's drive. We'll meet just after exiting the ADNOC gas station in Qudra, turning left into the parking area in front of the Spicy restaurant. The convoy will be short and sweet: @Haitham Khattab in Second Lead @Jessica Lambert at #3 @KAMALIO at #4, and @JeromeFJ in Sweep. We'll tune into Channel 4 before taking off. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Have a great night.
  2. Dear Desertnauts while usually the desert inspires meditation, silence, or at most listening to the notes of soft lounge music, this time the sands will vibrate with the sounds of one of my youth's favorite hard rock songs: Speed King by Deep Purple. Imagine taking off to the notes of this........ Probably not everyone's favorite desert melody, but certainly perfect to describe the mood of this drive 😁
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    Drive Details Level: Fewbie Plus and above Meeting time: 3:45 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/9keLDkiSbxoNicVo9 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: 6:30 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: Fewbie Plus and above Meeting time: 3:45 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/9keLDkiSbxoNicVo9 Action Plan: A drive, once again, for Fewbie Plus drivers seeking to escalate their skills to the next level (Intermediates are welcome), designed to reach the speed .... of sound. In particular, the sound of Deep Purple, whose song Speed King has inspired me to post this weekday drive. The terrain for the drive should be one that allows high speeds, such as open long-range dunes, perhaps separated by a few small sabkhas. We'll split the itinerary into 1-hour segments, trying to clock the fastest possible speed, with the goal to beat it in the following 1-hour segment. Concentration will be a must, as what we may not experience in terms if complex maneuvers will be more than made up for by the fast pace that the drive seeks to maintain. 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: 6:30 PM P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 8 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Wednesday - 12 PM. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please click on the "Add Waitlist" link. 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, a quick update on tomorrow's drive. Please note the update meeting point, at Tawi Nazwa. Please try to reach a bit earlier than 2:30, so we may use up as much sunlight as possible (sunset scheduled at 6:09, with dark arriving at 6:32). The convoy order is as follows: @Senthil Kumar in Second Lead @Ashutosh Garg in #3 @Imran Kashif #4 @Fabien Monleau at the Center @Sunil Mathew at #6 @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler #7, and @Waqas Parvez in Sweep. Radio channel to be picked tomorrow before starting. As usual, in the case of my drives, not much to roam around a limited area, but rather a relatively long-range drive, shooting almost straight toward Big Red (2 sets of star-shaped dunes there), then across the highway into Badayer, and the several pyramids strung along from Badayer all the way to Bezhad Ranch (no fixed exit point has been planned yet). See you all tomorrow.
  6. Dear Desertnauts. Here is the meeting point for tomorrow's drive: Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/G7D6Fqqsf4dYcf657
  7. Hi @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler. Your spot is available. I'll count you in. Will publish meeting point ASAP.
  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 Plus and above Meeting time: 2:30 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/G7D6Fqqsf4dYcf657 Action Plan: Looking for experienced Fewbie Plus and above (with the goal of opening these kinds of drives to FB+ members who are seeking to move up to Intermediate level) to conquer star shaped dunes on both sides of E44, starting from Tawi Nazwa, to warm up before reaching Big Red, and the so called "big dune behind Big Red, crossing E44 into Badayer proper, and heading as far beyond the highway as possible, to either Shabiyat (the village closest to Iftar and Super Bowl), further south-east to Ghost Town, or even Bezhad Ranch, the furthest possible exit point on this route. 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: 6:30 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 Wednesday - 12 PM. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please click on the "Add Waitlist" link. 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. Dear Desertnauts let's gear up for tomorrow's drive. We'll leave from an unusual meeting point, in front of the National Guard's barracks, just off E14, on Ghantoot's side. From there, after roaming in search of oryx just north of our entry point, we'll drive parallel to the highway, in the direction of Faqa. With this, we'll cross interesting low dune formations, separated by mud-rock formations, we'll coast along the military shooting ground (rounding its south-western corner), to reach Little Sweihan, where we'll zig-zag our way to the tip of this dune field, then we'll cross a couple of sabkhas, alternating with more technical terrain, to reach the Faqa plateau, before arriving at the planned exit point. The drive will alternate places where we can speed up considerably, to others where we'll need to thread more carefully, either due to high dunes of soft sand, or because of the tightness of the terrain. At the moment the convoy order looks like this: @Gertjan in Second Lead @Trekadoat #3 @Gurcharan Mehta #4 @Charbel at the Center @Batuhan Kulac at #6 @Tareck #7 @Imteeaz #8, and @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler in Sweep. The Carnity Radio Channel of choice will #4 (446081). Kindly reach the meeting point with a bit of time to spare, to leave as close to 7:00AM as possible. Finally, please come with a full tank. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
  10. Faqa to Lisaili: The Way Back - Drive Report "I know you are tired but come, this is the way" - Rumi Tired we all were, after almost 4 hours into the drive, when a series of stucks occurred, in the most unpredictable patch of "technical" dunes, just next to Lisaili's camel track. But, as the poet Rumi says, we found a way. It took us almost 1 extra hour, with tugs and multiple winch action, but we eventually did it. The tiring last hour of the drive capped an otherwise smooth itinerary, which had however started with @Miguel Codes losing one of his Wrangler's shocks (not to worry ..... evidently Jeeps can do without at least one shock, as Miguel continued and concluded the drive brilliantly). In between, nothing but excellent driving, minor refusals, a couple of quick tags, and a quickly fixed pop-out, to go from Faqa's sabkha, across Desert Highway 66, back up to Murqaab first, and then Lisaili's sabkhas and long-range dunes. From the time the shock was removed from Miguel's car to when we took our first break, it needed only 1 hr and 40 min. to drive up to Lisaili's sabkhas, that is to cover most of the drive's distance. As it usually happens after a break, concentration dropped, which likely caused a pop-out to happen, while exiting a ridge-riding on a long curvy, but low, dune, onto the hard flat surface which often awaits in this kind of terrain. My suggestion, in such cases, is not to let the car slide down the soft slope sideways, but to try and direct the wheels more perpendicularly toward the hard landing point. As we neared the planned exit, I chose to enter an unpredictable stretch of technical dunes: sometimes it is navigated with ease, others it becomes a nightmare of refusals and stucks, with multiple cars struggling to come out of tight bowls and soft ridges. This time it was the latter case. So, after tugging my Second Lead out of a soft bowl (with almost the whole front of the car up in the air), we had to first tug, and later winch, the big F150 truck, which understandably had the hardest time clearing such tight spaces. Considering the time spent with these incidents, we chose to find an easier exit, along the pylon track instead of the camel track. All in all, a great drive by the whole convoy, with a perfect Second Lead executed by @Alexanderrr, a safe and secure Sweep by @Rob S, a steadfast and always encouraging support by Marshal @Vanessa8580 , and a skillful performance by @Zulfikhar Naiyar, @Paolo Pellegrini, @Jessica Lambert, @Ignacio Quindós, @Ivan P, @Miguel Codes, @Pierre de Maigret, and @Gurcharan Mehta. The drive ended up covering 70.4 Km, in a total of 4:55 hours (2:57 of driving time), at 24 Km/h moving average (and 14 Km/h total). Thanks to all, and look forward to seeing you soon.
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