It has been an overwhelming experience for Team GDC - reviewing over 5000 sign-ups and over 700 applications in just ten days since launch. The ‘Great Driving Challenge’ is certainly off to a great start!
Browsing the applications featured online, I have read some amazing stories and clicked through many gorgeous photo streams. I hope to share many of these stories over the next few days, along with some tips and tricks for all you who aspire to make it to the TOP 100 shortlist. For those of you who are yet to apply, I hope these applications serve to inspire. There can never be a better opportunity to do what you have always wanted - break free from your cubicle and hit the road!
There is a little wanderlust in all of us, and we all aspire to go to those picture perfect destinations some day. Here is a link to the Top 10 most spectacular drives in the world (http://tinyurl.com/topdrives). I was trifle disappointed that Pacific Coast Highway Route#1 was not on this list, but Cochin-Kovalam made it! There is a similar list I discovered for the Top 10 scenic drives in India (http://tinyurl.com/indiadrives), but I am not sure about this one. I would love to hear back from you, whether you agree with these lists. If you have a better suggestion and a photo-stream to back it up, do share your link with us.
Now back to GDC. As you can well imagine, our support team is flooded with questions, concerns and many positive suggestions. We are listening; responding to every email personally, and working round the clock to deliver a great experience for you online. I look forward to your continued support. Stay tuned for more updates.
Thanks for a great challenge,
It is very inspirational and we can feel the rush of adrenaline already in our blood.
Specially suited to those who have love for the road.
We would love to see a “green planet” theme attached to this wonderful platform created by mitsubishi. Let us approach people on the way to encourage them save power, water and natural resources.
Three cheers for the GDC team. Yay!
Posted by Ram on 07/05 at 11:32 PM
Hi TGDC…Thanks for sharing those two sites here..I would actually agree with almost all the routes said in (http://tinyurl.com/indiadrives)since i have myself driven through at least 2-3 of those.But two routes i would love to see added in that site is the bangalore-krishnagiri-salem-poallachi—Munnar & Munnar—thrissur—coimbatore—sathyamangalam—nanjungaud—mysore—bangalore routes..for a person like me who really likes unwinding these routes are dream come true.Both these routes have every thing you would like to experience on a get away..The madness of city,The serenity of forest,The smoothness of india’s finest highways..kilometers of empty roads with no human activity..the challenging ghats.. Basically any thing & every thing that you would like to see on a drive.Checkout http://harish-mohan.blogspot.com/ for some pictures & info on this trip.Finally Thanks again TGDC for pulling up this competition .Its is always fun to hit the roads..But this time its going to be in great style too…
Posted by Harish mohan on 07/05 at 11:53 PM
What an exciting contest and challenge this is! Right from childhood, there is wanderlust in me, in full measure. I have traveled across India, all alone on a RX 100 Yamaha was back in the 80’s.
This weekend, I went through all the packed trunks, brought out all the transparencies, sorted them out and sent them for scanning- so that I can share with all of you.
Watch out, some of those digitalised pics would be up, shortly.
BTW, I was the 1st person to travel on the Manali- Leh road, the day it opened for the civilians- July 17th, 1989. ( is it just a coincidence that, the GDC registration closes on July 17th- exactly 2 decades that I did this drive? Or is it destiny! The will tell ... )
Posted by Narayan Mallapur on 07/06 at 05:34 AM
I loved the links you gave because it adds on the already growing list of routes we wish to go to.
As far as the Indian drives are concerned, we have already gone on the first three routes, mumbai, Pune, goa, jodhpur, jaipur ones and thus know for sure that the mention is not wrong. the roads as well as the scenic beauty is something to be cherished by all travelers.
Kudos for the effort and this great challenge.
Posted by Atula on 07/06 at 11:05 AM
By the way I’m a highway man too and travelled all cross AP and beyond on my Bajaj Callibre bike.Totally on an impulse, I went to Goa with my wife on our bike and we had so many moments to cherish.. I guess life’s best things are not planned.
Thanks for updating us thru this blog..
Posted by Anand & Nischala on 07/06 at 05:31 PM
The drives mentioned are a good step for the travel freaks! Thanks for sharing them. It gives us more reasons for vacations.
We have done almost 50% of those drives already. Sometimes as part of a longer drive.
We remember the pouring rain in which we descended Manali. It was a risky proposition. So was our descent from Nainital in a heavy shower. But there is always a new adventure story to cherish that beats the risk away.
Of course, we drove very cautiously with the tubeless tyres, low gear high RPM slow velocity and headlights & foglights “on”.
We have been to Manali about 17 times. It is always an amazing drive. First timers must be careful. Driving on hill is very different from plains.
Posted by Ram & Rakhi on 07/06 at 09:00 PM