Saturday May 30, 2009

Wadi Madha

We had a great drive to Wadi Madha yesterday - one of the few routes in the Dubai Offroad Explorer we've not already done.

Next time I'll take the Range Rover - a lot more comfy than the Wrangler, even if the Wrangler offers a more 'authentic' offroad experience. It also tends to be somewhat more reliable...

My Jeep.

Emmett.

Even the Wrangler has to give up at some point...

A week or so ago we did the classic Wadi Assimha/Tayibba route and I was able to have a quick drive in Emmett's new Sahara.

You instantly feel the extra comfort - a much updated interior and huge wheels make for a much smoother drive than mine, both on and offroad. The car looks good too.

What I liked less was the reduced visibility - the new styling seems to mean much smaller windows and windscreen, restricting the driver's ability to see what's around him.

A colleague of mine recently sold his 1999 Wrangler and bought a new Sahara. He says he's been regretting it ever since - despite the extra comfort, it isn't quite so much fun to drive in the desert. Not underpowered exactly, just missing the extra oomph of the older version.

Even if I had the money, there's no reason for me to trade mine in for a newer model just now!

Thursday Apr 24, 2008

Web 2.0ey Googley mashuppy serendipityiousness 3.0

I had a quick play with Google Earth today and typed in 'sweihan' for fun, Sweihan being an area we've done two trips to recently.

Sweihan duly appeared and I noticed that someone had associated a video with the location in Google Earth. Clicking launched a YouTube video - looking closely I recognised a stylish and particularly well driven Jeep Wrangler. Mine! It turned out that the video had been taken by Dimitry, who'd been on the first trip we'd done and had posted a short video onto YouTube. Cool!

Here's the vid -

Friday Dec 21, 2007

Decent offroading at last

We've finally got around to doing a couple of great off road trips.

First off was a trip to 'Area 53', a couple of weeks ago. Two Wranglers and a long wheel base Pajero...

Early on in the trip Rupert fell victim to technology thinking it knows better. His Pajero was in Drive, rather than locked in second or third, so it decided to change up a gear just at the wrong moment, leaving Rupert stranded rather precariously.

I raced up to secure the back of the Pajero, so that he'd be anchored when trying to turn down, should he start to roll. Unfortunately I misjudged things and got stuck myself.

Once Simon had pulled me back out, I attached my rope to the Pajero and Rupert inched back down without any problems. Still, better safe then sorry.

No major stucks for the rest of the day - just enjoying some very big, sweeping dunes.

Last week we went to Sweihan with my new colleague, Gerard. Even bigger dunes, plus the fact that we were following rather than leading, meant a super day's driving. Brilliant fun, particularly in one huge bowl that saw me driving round and round in fifth gear and low range, in order to keep momentum up and revs down. Incredible stuff. No photos though - we were having so much fun Mrs Saul forgot to take any.

Full set of the Area 53 pics here.

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