User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 50 of 54

Thread: Riding the Himalaya's Razorback on the Enfield 350 Thunderbird (Aug 2007)

  1. #1
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Riding the Himalaya's Razorback on the Enfield 350 Thunderbird (Aug 2007)



    It was almost not to be. Though I felt a bit off, the opportunity was too good to miss - I had a track session in Pasir Gudang early National Day and by afternoon I had a fever of 39degress. The doctor was not too enthusiastic - he took a sample of my blood to check for dengue, as he put it.

    But the medicine had me sorted out, and by the time I had to take the plane the fever had gone down, and with a sense of trepidation that I might have dengue, I was on the plane and deposited into a balmy Delhi in about 6 hours.

    Almost a year in the planning, this trip was promising to be quite a ride: A 900+ kilometres trip into Leh from Manali, through the Himalayas and some of the highest mountain passes in the world; thereon to Srinagar from Leh.

    In Delhi I managed to snag an Enfield Thunderbird, a 350cc four stroke in Karol Bagh - a place choked with bikes and spares:


    Karol Bagh


    Karol Bagh


    Karol Bagh


    Identity Crisis


    The Thunderbird

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  2. #2
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    The First Leg: Delhi - Shimla
    The day started well, the rental shop gave me a ride out of town. Delhi is not a place you want to do much riding. It's a chaotic mess, more bumper car than proper driving. There are no rules when driving in India - it makes for very hectic and dangerous driving.

    We rode for about 150km through sunshine before the wheather turned vicious: the rain started lashing down pretty good. It was crazy for a while - riding two up and trying to keep the bike upright through ankle deep waters that were churning round street corners and there was the Thunderbird, splonking through large potholes. The rain was so bad even the cows were off the streets and standing under awning giving us looks as we passed.


    The Delhi - Amritsar highway. Pretty smooth, most of it anyways


    At a gas station in Chandigarh. In case youre wondering what the plastic cans are for, theyre for the fuel I need to carry cause there arent that many gas stations on my route.


    A rare let up in the rain.








    A glimpse of Shimla

    Unfortunately I didnt get the chance of take much pictures. The rain came on so suddenly I didnt even have the chance to put on my rain pants or rain covers. By the time we got to Shimla I was cold and freezing!

    Some scenes from Shimla







    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

     

     
  3. #3
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    The Second Leg: Shimla - Manali
    The day started miserably, holding on to the coattails of the previous day. We made our way out of Shimla in the drizzle, but the wheather improved the further into Himachal Pradesh we went.












    Narrow mountain roads - this was a constant: roads so narrow it was amazing how the Indians squeezed pass themselves.


    Mud


    More mud


    Tea stop - by now the sun was beginning to show itself






    Another constant - rockfalls


    184kilometres to Manali


    Coming out of Bilaspur

    Everything cme undone a few kilometres outside of Bilaspur - mudslides had made the road impassable. A long queue of cars, trucks and buses stood aimless around, waiting for the heavy cranes to restore sanity. Riding a bike does have advantages: most bikers were having a go at the mudslide. I managed halfway through the first slide, halfway through the second one before I bogged down in squelching mud halfway up t my knees. Bummer.

    Somehow I madeit through with the help of a bunch of locals who lifted the bike over the worst of the mudslide. I was thinking was out of the woods and Manali was still a good possibility. Boy was I ever wrong: there was an even bigger mudslide ahead - the path took the bike down the road till at a point where all the bikers had to gun the bike over a 2 metre hedge. By then the cranes were there and laid a steep 70 degree muddle slope. The Thunderbird made it through, barely, with a dozen hands grabbing the bike to ease it over.

    The bike was caked with mud, my rain covers were gone, sucked in by the mud, my shoes were more brown than black, but somehow I was out on the other side. Now all I had was about 5 kilometres of backed up traffic to navigate. Abreast the trucks werent giving much space - did I mention the entire road clung along the side of a mountain, and I had to thread the Thunderbird along the edge - trucks on my right and a sheer cliff edge to the left. At a point I even had to give that meagre space up for an elephant (you heard right) that was lumbering up.

    Incredible India!

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  4. #4
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default


    Trying to get to the front


    Traffic backed up


    That not the mudslide


    This is the mudslide


    Well and truly stuck

    It was somewhat of a pity I didnt take too many pictures - wished I did. But man, I was way too busy getting myself out that mud.

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  5. #5
    ganman
    has no status.
    Class 2B ganman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    454
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Fantastic Rides you have here... Manali to Leh is a popular biking route for riding especially for bicycle touring.

    Anyway great pictures again.

  6. #6
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    The Second Leg Continued: Mandi - Manali
    By the time I was sorted out it was pushing 5 in the afternoon and I was bushed. We decided to stay in the nearest town, Mandi, and carry on to Manali the next day. Come morning we were out in the sunshine and we had a comfortable ride to Manali.

    Some pictures from the Kulu Valley ride:




























    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  7. #7
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default


























    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  8. #8
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Some shots from Manali:
    Im not doing Manali much justice with these few pictures - its actually a very pretty place in beautiful alpine setting:








    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  9. #9
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    More to come - most probably tomorrow.
    I had to sift through more than a thousand pictures!

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  10. #10
    paithorn
    loves my new ride!
    TeePee paithorn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    2,480
    Feedback Score
    5 (100%)
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    YOU are the MAN!!!

  11. #11
    shoei_com
    has no status.
    TeePee shoei_com's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    West to the East
    Posts
    1,502
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    , u r powerful......


    Quote Originally Posted by FB666Y View Post
    More to come - most probably tomorrow.
    I had to sift through more than a thousand pictures!
    fn328k.multiply.com/photos


    Life is short, Ride hard..........

     

     
  12. #12
    YZFx
    has no status.
    TeePee YZFx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    4,548
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    thumbs up!!!!!

  13. #13
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    The Third Leg: Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh
    The next morning we started out at 7am, hoping to beat the crowd. The Thunderbird barged its way past many trucks, slipped and slid on the sharp slopes up to the first pass: Rohtang Pass.

    The roads were atrocious - correction, there wasnt much of a road - mud mixed with stones both small and large make for a very slippery ascent. By the time we got up, there were patches of blue in the sky.

    As we got higher a vulture swopped out of the morning mist - there was a calf on the mountain that was on its last breath.

    Manali to Leh was taken in small steps, firstly to enjoy the scenery and secondly to aclimatise to the high altitudes. Due to some Indian National Day celebration we couldnt find a place to stay in Keylong, a smallish town. Instead we had to settle for Jispa, a small village with a hotel, a further 30km from Keylong. Even though we did about 130km on the first day they felt like a thousand kilometres - the roads were aweful, the 20km from Keylong to Jispa was basically rocks. The bike vibrated so much through those rocks the fuel cap came undone and flew off - as far as I knew its still somewhere along the road. I had to use the hotel's bathing cap and a rubber band to keep the fuel from evaporating!

    However despite that the scenery was awesome, huge mountains sprang up around every bend, each one more larger than the last. You can see huge waterfalls from the melting snow, and most mountains peaks were snow capped. The country was rugged and amazing.

    Now the pics:


    Out of Manali, early morning and cold


    Almost the top of Rohtang Pass


    Couple of coffeeshops there




    A vulture drying out its wings and giving us the stare as we pass by






    Top of Rohtang Pass







    A dhaba, or coffeshop on the other side of the pass. The two of us had aloo prathas and tea for 50 Rupees or $2

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  14. #14
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default






    Tandi gas station - no more for the next 360km till Leh






    Another water hazard - there are numerous streams you will have to cross on this leg








    The little village of Jispa


    Our hotel, nestled among hulking snow capped mountains and the Beas River

    The rest will have to wait till tomorrow

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  15. #15
    adrianslacker
    has no status.
    Class 2B adrianslacker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    414
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by FB666Y View Post
    at the dog!

    seriously man, you should compile all your trips and publish a book, then have a TV series on your next trip. Singapore's version of "long way round"

  16. #16
    YZFx
    has no status.
    TeePee YZFx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    4,548
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    ofcourse he can... he is the man that i salute to!!!!!!!!!! i mean, serious, he is an adventurious and friendly man.. great guy

  17. #17
    Xtr33m3
    has no status.
    P Plate
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    90
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by FB666Y View Post
    It was almost not to be. Though I felt a bit off, the opportunity was too good to miss - I had a track session in Pasir Gudang early National Day and by afternoon I had a fever of 39degress. The doctor was not too enthusiastic - he took a sample of my blood to check for dengue, as he put it.

    But the medicine had me sorted out, and by the time I had to take the plane the fever had gone down, and with a sense of trepidation that I might have dengue, I was on the plane and deposited into a balmy Delhi in about 6 hours.
    Its amazing that u recovered from the virus so quickly. I had what I taught was dengue on week following Nat Day (same drill - 38 deg fever, shivers, headache, body ache, blood test) - took me a week to recover but it was OK one day and then fever again the next - the last side effect was body rashes. Till today still no clue what was the cause of my fever- and it was not dengue. Guess it helps to get away from it all on the Enfield

  18. #18
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    The Third Leg (Continued): Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh
    The day was clear and bright and sunny - in fact we didnt have any trouble with the wheather untill we returned to Delhi. Everyday was gloriously bright, more so for people from the tropics because the wind was very cold. Standing in the shade was an easy way to start shivering, we spent as much time in the sun as possible, and might have gotten a few shades of brown because of it.

    We had an easy (if there's such a thing) ride of 80ish kilometres to Sarchu where we had a tent waiting for us. We rode through gorgeous scenery again and came up Zing Zing Bar (4287metres) - with a name like that I expected something more than just a couple of shacks! After Zing Zing Bar it was uphill to Baralacha La (5029metres). The Thunderbird, like its occupants was panting by the time we were up. The headaches which started in Jispa were pounding here, the situation somewhat compounded by the bad roads - our brains were rattling in the helmets.

    From the top it was mostly downhill through bad roads to Sarchu and the tents.

    The tents are pretty basic - just beds with thick blankets. Its pretty awefully cold in Sarchu, youre looking at 6 or 7 degrees celsius. The wind swoop down the valley (its a pretty high valley mind you - at 3.8km above sea level) in a steady howling stream. There's absolutely nothing to do in Sarchu except maybe tend to your headache and look at the raw vistas that stretch out before you. I will not even go into the pretty basic toilet facilities - taking a dump in a small tent in a toilet bowl that's propped up by slabs of rock while the freezing wind ruffles and howls around the tent can be very exciting - enough said.


    More from around Jispa


    The scenery was food for the eyes


    More streams fed by snow melting high up in the mountains


    I wont say bad roads!




    Zing Zing Bar arounds


    Zing Zing Bar arounds


    Zing Zing Bar arounds


    Zing Zing Bar arounds




    Baralacha La - 5029metres. I just stood up and took a a couple of pics.


    Baralacha La - 5029metres. We stayed maybe about 20 seconds before we moved on!








    Dhabas - bloody in the middle of nowhere, but the tea was very good!


    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  19. #19
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default






    Finally at Sarchu.

    Pictures from around Sarchu:










    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  20. #20
    Nicholai
    wants to conquer the world!
    TeePee Nicholai's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Munchen, Deutschland
    Posts
    2,825
    Feedback Score
    1 (100%)
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Nice views and all, man. Only the 2 of you went for the trip? How long and, approximately, how much did you stay and spend during your trip there? You went there on a package tour?

  21. #21
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    The Third Leg (Continued): Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh
    The final day on the Leh ride. We got up early after a restless night - I was up every hour wondering how long I had before daybreak. We were off by 7am and boy it was bloody cold in the shadows of the mountains.

    First up were the Gata Loops, a collection of bends that resemble a long twisted noodle. That got us up to the first pass of the day: Nakee La at 4.7km. Next up was Lachulung La at 5.06km. From there it was mostly bumpy rocks till Pang, a tent town. From Pang it was onwards to the Moores Plains which are situated in a plateau at 4.6km above sea level. You might otherwise considering how flat the terrain is and how the mountain sprout out on both side of the plateau like tooths.

    The Moores Plain was pretty bad even though I heard otherwise. There were roadworks going on, and sections of the road was 2 foot deep sand. The Thunderbird spent some time trying to twist upon itself. It also blew a fuse here - for a while there it was panic station as I was trying to figure out what was wrong with the bike. I didnt fancy getting stuck in the middle of nowhere!

    After Moores it was upwards again to Tanglang La at 5.35km. Did I say there are no roads, just rocks - big rocks! The views at the top were impressive. Then it was downhill, shuddering all the way to Leh where the roads improved.


    Gata Loops


    Gata Loops


    Gata Loops


    At the top - Nakee La


    Traffic Jam. The place a couple of large rocks under the front wheel of the army truck


    That lifted the army truck and provided that couple of inch for the tanker to scrap metallicly through


    Approaching Pang


    Pang


    Moores Plains - doesnt look like its more than 4km above sea level


    Moores Plains


    Moores Plains

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

     

     
  22. #22
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default


    Tanglang La


    Tanglang La


    Ladakh and getting closer to Leh










    Just outside of Leh






    Finally in the guest house in Leh


    Guest house in Leh

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  23. #23
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Some pictures from around Leh:


    the twisty back alleys of Leh


















    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  24. #24
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default




    the view from our guesthouse




    Guy's Kawasaki broke down in Pang - about 150km from Leh


    Its amazing what you can put on the top of a bus!




    View from Shanti Stupa at dusk


    View from Shanti Stupa at dusk


    Shanti Stupa

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  25. #25
    JamesPorn1
    has no status.
    L Plate JamesPorn1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    42
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    amazing ride
    1998 r1200c

  26. #26
    biking nomad
    has no status.
    Class 2 biking nomad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    On The Road
    Posts
    1,318
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    FB666Y,

    Those landscape shots and the narrative are indescribably magnificent. In three words - because one would not suffice, and two will never really convey the magnitude of what I feel – absolutely mind blowing!

    You journey to very enriching places. I am sure you enjoy every minute of the journey when you're on the road and you reminisce every moment of the epic journey when you're back. While you ride your dreams, I live vicariously through your reports and nurse my dream of riding away into the horizon and letting my front wheel point to where home will be.

    Thank you for keeping me hungry for the long open road, the warmth of the people on the journey and discovering an epic adventure.

    Hope you will provide some details on your planning and the nitty gritty so some like me can someday ride your tracks and walk in your footsteps.
    Someday, home will be where my front wheel points.


    Astride a 2002 Yamaha Fazer FZS600

  27. #27
    senate747
    has no status.
    TeePee
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    2,130
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    very awesome pics... bro, u r the man....
    Sep 2001 - Jan 2003 WR200
    Jan 2003 - Feb 2005 S4 spec 1
    Feb 2005 - Apr 2006 FZ6
    Apr 2006 - May 2006 Vios & FZ6
    May2006 - Jan 2007 Vios
    Jan 2007 - ???????? Vios & S4 spec 1


  28. #28
    mudman
    has no status.
    Class 2A
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Singapura!
    Posts
    712
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    respect man...u've taken touring to yet another platform...for many of us living in sg...it's still a dream to be realised someday.....
    color=red]For our sins.........................HooAH[/color]

  29. #29
    fooz
    has no status.
    TeePee fooz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    4,195
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    absolutely fantastic stuff u got thr!
    kudos to ur other half for being such a good sport. and a good photographer as well... the pics are v well taken.
    i wonder wat kinda carrot u dangled to entice her to join u in the adventure =)

    btw, wat did u to the royal enfield after the trip? sold/dumped it?
    FOR SALE (PM for more details)
    -inline hockey guards,stick, gloves,pants
    -ipod shuffle, 1GB, red, limited edition

  30. #30
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    The Fourth Leg: Leh - Kargil - Srinagar
    Next up was a comfortable 400km saunter to the Kashmir valley and Srinagar with an overnight stop in Kargil. The 200km stretch to Kargil took us about 6 hours and through mostly good roads (subjective here - compared to what we have been riding on!).

    Leaving Leh we managed to pass the Dalai Lama who had a long train of cars following him. The roads were lined with people hoping to glimpse the Dalai Lama and had to deal with a dusty Enfield till the Dalai Lama drove by. The high road through Lamaruyu was amazing, though I didnt get any proper pictures of the thousand year old monastery there. We bumped into a bunch of Polish riders who had shipped their bikes over to India and were footloose and fancyfree through the Himalayan and Zanskar ranges with the BMWs and Africa Twins.

    Kargil was pretty dull. We didnt do much except watch tv - miraculously they had satellite tv and managed to catch the Motogp. The next day we were held up in Kargil while the local school had a race on the local roads. We finally got on the road and made our way to Zoji La Pass, the pass that pass from the brown Ladakh ranges into the green verdant valleys of Kashmir.

    Zoji La Pass itself was in a terrible state - large rocks, exceeding narrow roads, and potholes so large they were craters.


    Out of Leh we bumped into a Polish ragtag bunch of riders


    Lamaruyu


    One of the many quirky roadsigns put up by BRO




    Lamaruyu














    Approaching Kargil


    Kargil


    Kargil


    Kargil


    Hmmm - the enemy is evidently just over the hills. Close to where the Pakistani came over in 1999


    A village just outside of Kargil

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  31. #31
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default


    A village just outside of Kargil










    Approaching Zoji La Pass




    Climbing the Zoji La Pass


    The top


    Tourist - you find them everywhere nowadays - this bunch took a bus up.


    The road down the pass and into Kashmir

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

     

     
  32. #32
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default


    Going down - I wouldnt even call that a road!






    The green Kashmiri valley


    More from Kashmir


    More from Kashmir


    More from Kashmir


    More from Kashmir

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  33. #33
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Pictures from Srinagar, with the Daal Lake and several mosques:




























    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  34. #34
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default


























    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  35. #35
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Dont have much time today to finish up the remainder of the pictures so I thought I'd answe some questions:

    Xtr33m3-
    Its amazing that u recovered from the virus so quickly. I had what I taught was dengue on week following Nat Day (same drill - 38 deg fever, shivers, headache, body ache, blood test) - took me a week to recover but it was OK one day and then fever again the next - the last side effect was body rashes. Till today still no clue what was the cause of my fever- and it was not dengue. Guess it helps to get away from it all on the Enfield

    The clinic didnt come back with the result of the blood test, so I can safely assume it wasnt dengue. Going to the track with a slight fever probably made it somewhat worse, so Im kind of lucky it didnt get me down for too long.

    Nicholai -
    Nice views and all, man. Only the 2 of you went for the trip? How long and, approximately, how much did you stay and spend during your trip there? You went there on a package tour?

    We spend about 6k for the two of us for 19 days. No package - only the 2 of us and the road.

    fooz -
    btw, wat did u to the royal enfield after the trip? sold/dumped it?

    Nope - it was a rental - it ended up back at the shop

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  36. #36
    Nicholai
    wants to conquer the world!
    TeePee Nicholai's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Munchen, Deutschland
    Posts
    2,825
    Feedback Score
    1 (100%)
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by FB666Y View Post
    Dont have much time today to finish up the remainder of the pictures so I thought I'd answe some questions:

    Xtr33m3-
    Its amazing that u recovered from the virus so quickly. I had what I taught was dengue on week following Nat Day (same drill - 38 deg fever, shivers, headache, body ache, blood test) - took me a week to recover but it was OK one day and then fever again the next - the last side effect was body rashes. Till today still no clue what was the cause of my fever- and it was not dengue. Guess it helps to get away from it all on the Enfield

    The clinic didnt come back with the result of the blood test, so I can safely assume it wasnt dengue. Going to the track with a slight fever probably made it somewhat worse, so Im kind of lucky it didnt get me down for too long.

    Nicholai -
    Nice views and all, man. Only the 2 of you went for the trip? How long and, approximately, how much did you stay and spend during your trip there? You went there on a package tour?

    We spend about 6k for the two of us for 19 days. No package - only the 2 of us and the road.

    fooz -
    btw, wat did u to the royal enfield after the trip? sold/dumped it?

    Nope - it was a rental - it ended up back at the shop
    It's good that you weren't infected with the dengue fever, man. $6k for the both you for 19 days is a very good deal. I'm sure you must have worked on the budget prior to the trip. Maybe I'll do a you for my honeymoon . How much was the bike rental?

  37. #37
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    You will need to take several limitations in consideration if you want to do the same.

    Basic facilities like toilets are lacking in all places - the only proper toilet you will find is in your hotel room.

    Roads may not be what you imagined: Manali - Leh though 460km only had proper tarmac for about 100km - the rest was a slow bumpy 20kmh rocky crawl while dodging trucks buses and jeeps.

    Kashmir and Srinagar is choked full of military - there are military personnel posted every 100 metres of so along the entire 100km stretch of the valley.
    Coming out of Srinagar we saw minesweepers - personnel combing the roadside and surrounding countryside for mines. This is Kashmir after all.

    Driving/riding in India is a different kettle of fish - pedestrians and trucks and buses will ignore you - pedestrians will cross right in front of you, buses have no qualms pushing you to the side and even off the road. When I was in Delhi the local bus (Delhi blueline buses) transport death toll for the year was 75. Up till Aug of this year the buses have runned over and killed 75 people.

    You will also need to be handy with the spanner should the bike break down - there isnt a mechanic for hundreds of kilometres.

    The road is only open for a small window - 4 or 5 months between May till September. The rest of the year the passes are snowed in and the road is impassable.

    Other than that ... its a hell of a ride!

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  38. #38
    Nicholai
    wants to conquer the world!
    TeePee Nicholai's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Munchen, Deutschland
    Posts
    2,825
    Feedback Score
    1 (100%)
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Sounds like an extreme adventure, man. Thanx for the tip! Will try to come up with a fool-proof plan should I decide to go on with this similar adventure. My utmost respect and pride is to you.

  39. #39
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    The Fifth Leg: Srinagar - Amritsar
    A 430ish kilometre jaunt, the ride to Amritsar was done in one day. We went from the cool valleys of Kashmir into the dry and hot plains of Punjab. The road was mostly good - early morning in Srinagar and the road to Jammu saw loads of military personnel combing the road and surrounding countryside for mines. The day passed pretty much uneventfully and by 6pm we were in Amritsar.

    We did a bit of a walkabout in Amritsar, and the evening the next day we went down to the Wagah border to watch the border closing ceremony. More of that on YouTube here - http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...&search=Search. Its a bit of a show the 2 sides put up with flag waving and goose step marching and taunting.


    Last looks at Kashmir


    Last looks at Kashmir


    Last looks at Kashmir


    Last looks at Kashmir


    Last looks at Kashmir



    The Golden Temple in Amritsar








    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  40. #40
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    From around Amritsar


















    Attari Wagah Border Ceremony










    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  41. #41
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    The Sixth and last Leg: Amritsar - Delhi
    Nothing much to say about the last day on the bike. A 500km kilometre jaunt went smoothly till about a 100km from Delhi when a stray spoke peeled back the chainguard, pushing it rearwards. Luckily it didnt get stuck in the wheel, and after taking off the wheel I managed to hammer it back to place. It held for another 70km but by then it was raining and I made it into Delhi and back to the bikeshop with the chainguard rubbing against the spokes.

    And thats about it.

    Some pictures from around Delhi, and the Taj Mahal (which I managed in a day trip from Delhi)




















    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

     

     
  42. #42
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default
















    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  43. #43
    belgarathc
    has no status.
    Class 2B belgarathc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    491
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    what a trip!

  44. #44
    Dalbir
    has no status.
    L Plate Dalbir's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Zermatt
    Posts
    1
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Top of the world

    Well my man, U had a great ride on the top of the world. Maybe you will come here and ride the top of Europe with us. I was just listening to Like a Rolling Stone - while looking at your pics. Great Stuff.

    See u soon !

  45. #45
    biking nomad
    has no status.
    Class 2 biking nomad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    On The Road
    Posts
    1,318
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Thumbs down Living a Dream 2003

    Quote Originally Posted by Dalbir View Post
    Well my man, U had a great ride on the top of the world. Maybe you will come here and ride the top of Europe with us. I was just listening to Like a Rolling Stone - while looking at your pics. Great Stuff.

    See u soon !
    Hey Dalbir!
    Enjoyed every punctuation, word and picture from your Living a Dream ride.
    Any plans to publish a book? I'd be first in line for a autographed copy.

    Is your site still online? WOuld love to revisit your journey.

    Tks for the vicarious thrills. ANd of cos, chak de phatey!!
    Someday, home will be where my front wheel points.


    Astride a 2002 Yamaha Fazer FZS600

  46. #46
    FB666Y
    has no status.
    Class 2B FB666Y's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    381
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Damn - I was the webmaster on that site! But no, the Livingadream site has been off aired for a couple of years - if you have 100mb of space I could be tempted to put it back online again.

    Ride Reports, Pictures & Plenty More at www.fb666y.com

  47. #47
    biking nomad
    has no status.
    Class 2 biking nomad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    On The Road
    Posts
    1,318
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Thats a real pity! You deserve a lot of credit for the excellent site. And of cos it would all have been nothing without Dalbir's extraordinary journey. Can't stop laughing at the story abt having his Dommie stolen in Leeds and then getting it back from the theives!

    I do not have any kind of IT knowledge to know much about hosting nor do I have the finances to get it up. But then that makes it a great excuse to put a book out.

    Shameless Plug to SBF Admin:
    Any chance of hosting it on SBF's servers? Trust me, many riders would enjoy the pictures and story!

    To date, I only have met one Singaporean RTW rider who published his journey. I'm sure, like Michael and Dalbir, there are others who have accomplished simmialr feats but we might not have heard abt it. It would be a good inspiration for others wanting to follow your tracks or just for some vicarious thrills.

    Michael Fong's A Tankful of Time
    http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/titles/30244.htm

    Although, I've never met Dalbir I had the good fortune of somehow hearing abt his trip and website. Subsequently, i've had the good fortune of meeting ppl who have known him personally. And everyone says what a swell guy he is.

    Big fan, man!
    And now a FB666 fan too!

    Chak De, guys!
    Someday, home will be where my front wheel points.


    Astride a 2002 Yamaha Fazer FZS600

  48. #48
    Nicholas Chan
    has no status.
    Class 2B
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Toh Yi Drive
    Posts
    205
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    FB666Y,

    I should be able to put up 100 - 500 megs of space for you on a local server of mine in a couple of weeks. PM me if you need it.
    projectsenso.com - Asia's Entrepreneurs Community, bringing 1,241 entrepreneurs from Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines together!

  49. #49
    desmokat
    has no status.
    TeePee
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    SIn (TamPinEs)
    Posts
    2,403
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    salute u .. my bro.. u really make us wana go for it!!!!
    PasSion for rIdinG burns as long as my soul lives...

    RidEs
    _____

    Kymco Zinc150..Honda TA150..Suzuki Despardo400..Honda CB400 PB1..Yamaha Spark110..Suzuki V_Strom 1000k3..Yamaha Majesty Yp250..Suzuki DR650 SE..Honda Sonic125..Yamaha Fino'08..Honda CBF150'07..Honda Deauville 650..B-Bone125..

  50. #50
    Jackie-HD
    has no status.
    Class 2A
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    566
    Feedback Score
    0
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    You Rock!!!!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •