manali Himashal Pradesh
10.07.2009 - 10.10.2009
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wow 3 months. As usual sometimes it seems like years, and others it was just yesterday i was arriving. I'm not going to make excuses for my tardiness at keeping up with posts here, between travel, Facebook and just not feeling like writing..wait im making excuses.
I arrived in Calcutta and took the train straight over to Delhi, from there a bus up to Manali.
and almost immediately found the perfect bike. a 350 enfield.
Took a few small trips to get use to the bike and it was about 3 weeks later set off with a couple of guys for Leh Ladahk. It was a pretty tough crossing of 4 days. one day spent in Keylong when gus got lost and then I broke two clutch cables in a row, we gave up relaxed a day in keylong. Next day we made it about 10km when i got a flat. Didnt have a pump or the right size wrench to get the back wheel off. Don and Chen two Isrealis that had been at our guest house showed up. they had all the tools and soon we were on our way. All 4 of us traveled the rest of the way to Leh.
Ok see Im already bored of writing this. lets be brief.
I did what I set out to do this year. i rode a royal enfield through Ladahk over the worlds highest motorable passes and into Leh.
I explored Ladahk and then went over to Srinagar. from there I came back to Manali and have been having a great time here the last month. Ive been riding the bike on little excursions and running a little, hiking and being lazy.
I'm leaving manali in a couple of days for a huge ride through rajathan, and down to Goa. I'll be leaving with a french guy and a local guy who runs an interent cafe here. Most of the locals have business's in Goa and now is the end of season in manali and everything is closing and the start of season in Goa and everything is opening, good timing!!