Monsoon Drive with the great HVK family !
HVK Monsoon Drive 2016
The Thrillful drives,
The Wet Roads,
The Convoy drive,
The Picture perfect location,
The Misty mornings,
Great friends we met,
Joe's Dance Moves
God's Own Country !!!
WOW ! What an event !
Yes it was and awesome event and a great meeting of all HVK'ians from Kerala and other places. We had great Fun and enjoyed the Monsoon drive to the fullest with all of our friends. Being a traveler and a landscape photographer I always enjoy the trip that give me an opportunity to discover new places, drive on different terrains, give me an opportunity to capture the beautiful places, enjoy local food, create stories, make wonderful pictures and this event provided all of these opportunities to the fullest.
It all started with a post on Facebook by chief or a.k.a. the king of Highways "HVK" where he announced the meet and this year it was being planned for Kerala (South), Maharashtra (West) and now also in Karnataka (Mysore) as I understand. It was announced few weeks back and somehow I could manage to get a slot for 4 of us to be a part of the event. We were I guess lucky and yes we got the seat on the HVK Monsoon drive ... Excited planned everything in just 2 days .. got the car checked, prepared my photography arsenal and got all set for the drive. It was not so great start though as our car broke down on the first day :(( and we lost about full day getting it fixed. Anyway so got that fixed and moved further with our plans to reach Kochi on that night. We spent couple of days visiting beautiful countryside in Kerala and also finished some personal stuff.
The drive day was well awaited and we were all excited to start the drive on the morning of the drive. It all started early morning from Kochi as the base camp. We were still not aware of the destination or even the direction of the drive as it was all kept top secret. So we just waited for the directions and the moment we got that, we cranked our engines and zoomed forward as instructed. The instructions were regularly coming to us through WhatsApp wherever and whenever we has data network that was poor as Airtel I guess only works on Himalayas and not in City limits :)) so we relied on the poor coverage of Airtel network for the driving instructions...
This year the communication channel was through WhatsApp and there was NO CONVOY !! Yes NO CONVOY from the hotels or any base location to the day destination. The suspense was kept till the end and the communication was through the WhatsApp. All the members were requested to send the location at regular intervals of 15 minutes to the MD team and they were giving further instructions. It was certainly FUN format. We initially got a feeling that we are in a TSD rally but then we realised we were not after a while.