The 4Runner and India Travel

Pune, India

September 12, 2017

When the 4Runner was driven into a shipping container in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia it had a couple of very minor scratches around the right front headlight – that was it after driving Australia’s outback, Singapore city streets and Malaysia’s mountain roads. The photograph below was taken in the parking lot of the apartment building we were staying at in Kuala Lumper, Malaysia in February 2017.
The 4Runner and India Travel
The 4Runner and India Travel
First set of dings/scratches occurred in Darjeeling, India. The gentleman guiding me through a tight spot waved me over just a little to far to the left – a hardly noticeable set of sounds produced:
The 4Runner and India Travel
Next it was a hailstorm. Not as bad as the hail storm outside of Abilene three or four years ago to our SUV but did cause a small crack in the windshield.
The 4Runner and India Travel
Good news is none of Nancy’s nut cracking shell pieces flew up into the windshield to make the small crack larger.
The 4Runner and India Travel
Then there was the bus coming around the blind curve in the center of the road with us on the left hugging a cliff face. No damage and then the bus driver pulled forward before I could back up and out of his way. Today everytime Nancy opens her door there is a significant pop sound where the door has been bent in toward the body and the front right has dents and missing paint.
The 4Runner and India Travel
The 4Runner and India Travel

Then in a matter of days I – not someone else – decided to change the look of the rear right and rear left of the 4Runner.

First up was the rear left of the 4Runner.  We were driving down the mountainside, basically a single lane road, when a small truck that was only a little larger than the 4Runner refused to back up into a space that I think would have allowed us enough room to go around it.  Rule of the road was he was coming up so he had the right of way and I had to back up.  I ended up backing up about a quarter of a mile and about two thirds of the way back I hit a rock projecting out in the road.  This is a view from our hotel of the road we drove up and back down and somewhere down below in the photograph is where I banged into the projecting rock.

The 4Runner and India Travel
Results of “rock meets 4Runner”.
Results of “rock meets 4Runner”.

Oh I forgot – a taxi driver who backed into us when we were driving in Sikkim, India, caused the bent trim piece below the gas tank cover.

We have a hotel reservation in XXXXXXX. I made the 45-minute drive from the main road to the hotel without incident.  The main road had its problems to overcome – see next photograph.

The 4Runner and India Travel
And now its time to leave the secondary road for the hotel parking area. First just a minor scratch on the rear left as I make a hard left turn. Now I am looking down a narrow, twisting, metal fenced road ending at the base of the hotel. No problem for this experienced driver – WRONG! About a half hour later with the help of three of the hotel staff I have backed up to a spot where I can park. The result of trying to navigate my way down the road:
The 4Runner and India Travel
Overall, I have to say the roads of India didn’t hurt the 4Runner too badly but other drivers and myself – what can I say but review the photographs above.
The 4Runner and India Travel

May you have nothing but easy Sunday drives in your future.

2/18/2017 Malaysia

5/12/17 Sikkim

7/18/17

7/23/17

8/31/17

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