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Old 17th September 2009, 17:52   #46
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Lovely pictures. Great ride.
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Awesomely written triplog and nice photos as well. I'm sure everyone's curious about the AMS and Manali trip bit!!!
Thank You both - its the first time I've actually made the effort to pen down anything about our travels - usually don't even take too many pictures - too busy experiencing it!


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i noticed that you guys were running line tyres upfront , but i thought that these tyres were an absolute no for riding on snow or iced on roads, due to the low levels of road grip that they provide.
Yes - like Rudra mentioned - wasn't really expecting much snow

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Thanks for the fresh load of pics.. I like the view from Drifter's cafe... btw, what is the camera being used for these photos?

what is the altitude approx? Hows the weather out there ? planning manali for nov or dec i want to see snow !!
Camera is an ordinary Sony Cybershot H2. The altitude of Manali is not high - would be about 2000m i guess - slightly higher & lower in parts. The weather is usually sunny but can suddenly turn a bit chilly when it snows higher up. More chances of seeing snow in late Jan/Feb as far as my experience in the hills goes. I may be wrong

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Ami, glad to see a first travelogue from your side though i know you are pretty active gobbling up content on this section and not coming to the meets

I must say you are a perfect couple since its rare that both have similar passion ( especially ones like your's) and grit to carry on with adventures of these kinds. Great pictures and very good narration will keep me hooked here till it ends. Would appreciate if you can share some costs, like transporting bike, fuel used up, places where you had good food ( i am foodie, you see) etc for archiving purpose for whenever i can make such a trip with my wife, if it ever happens that is


Look forward to hearing some interesting anecdotes in person during one of the future Hydeez meets. What say?
Thanks Avi! Yes, I know we're not too good with the meets - though i for one do keep reading about them. Bike transport did not cost as much as we had earlier thought - less than 4k one way - don't really remember how much fuel we used up - got varying FE - from about 40kmpl - 20kmpl! Will be happy to give you whatever info you need. Sure - catch you soon!
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Old 17th September 2009, 22:07   #48
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Day 5

The day for us to take that eventful road finally arrived and we set off at 7:30am hoping to avoid the traffic jams – the road (if we can call it that) was horrible – the heavy rain had converted the mud into a cocktail of water, gravel & slush – we saw several abandoned bikes along the way (and no, no one taking a leak anywhere close by!).

There was a constant drizzle but the views more than made up for it. It was great to see people (all foreigners) on mountain bikes – on closer inspection I realized than none of them must have been below 60 – what spirit! Sometimes it almost feels like India ages sooner.

Waiting patiently

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Early start

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Here's where it starts

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I completely agree!

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The road

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On the way

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Marhi

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Awesome travelogue, I have saved the Bewitching Beauty as my desktop (hope you dont mind). Waitying for more pics.
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Yes - like Rudra mentioned - wasn't really expecting much snow
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That was not the time of the year to get snow on roads. Well, unless All hell breaks Loose and heavy rain happens for two three days.
agreed , but then i noticed that the bike also have disc brakes up front , now i have had my share of biking . Not in the himalayas but i still have my bike with about 80000 kms on its ODO and every single km done by myself. Running line tyres in the front with a disc brake is asking for trouble . In a panic breaking situation the disc brake will easily lock up the line tyres for lack of grip. Had i been doing the trip , i would have never chose line tyres for either wheels. They do fine on smooth tarmac , but fails real bad in any other condition.

Just makes me wonder if this has anything to do with the fracture.
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agreed , but then i noticed that the bike also have disc brakes up front , now i have had my share of biking . Not in the himalayas but i still have my bike with about 80000 kms on its ODO and every single km done by myself. Running line tyres in the front with a disc brake is asking for trouble . In a panic breaking situation the disc brake will easily lock up the line tyres for lack of grip. Had i been doing the trip , i would have never chose line tyres for either wheels. They do fine on smooth tarmac , but fails real bad in any other condition.

Just makes me wonder if this has anything to do with the fracture.
Thanks for your concern Hellstar - certainly worth considering next time! Zero correlation with the fracture though!
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Nice

As they say-I am loving it.

Monsoon is the best time to ride in the hills.
though too much of rain gets irritating at times
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Keep it rolling. Nice travelogue
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Thanks for your concern Hellstar - certainly worth considering next time! Zero correlation with the fracture though!
well then .. ride on... and let the pictures flow in !
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Ami, Really thrilling to go out riding. I'm glued to this thread, enjoying the pics & the narration.
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Nice

As they say-I am loving it.

Monsoon is the best time to ride in the hills.
though too much of rain gets irritating at times
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Keep it rolling. Nice travelogue
Thanks everyone! it was a great trip while it lasted!
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Old 18th September 2009, 11:10   #56
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The rain kept getting worse and we barely realized that we were at the pass – it was pretty cold & wet by now & the normal “circus” at Rohtang was nowhere to be seen – the tents seemed forlorn without any visitors. I looked up and actually saw some snow right above us – though I wasn’t expecting any at this time of the year.

The greenery continued for a bit after the pass & the road got worse before it got better! Passed a stream where my shoes got soaked – Amit had better luck with his army boots. Don’t they make boots for women in the army? Considering that the sizes I saw were all much larger!

Check out the road! Good fun

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Finally - Rohtang!

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A glacier in the distance

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Nice travelogue. Very Unique - not the ordinary BY CAR travelogue that us mere mortals put here. This is real adventure and a huge applause for you & the lady for doing this

Looking forward to the rest of it.
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Super triplog!
Thanks for posting, ami!

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Nice travelogue. Very Unique - not the ordinary BY CAR travelogue that us mere mortals put here. This is real adventure and a huge applause for you & the lady for doing this

Looking forward to the rest of it.
Varun, the guy with amip is not a lady.
The lady is the one writing the travelogue
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Old 18th September 2009, 12:45   #60
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Nice travelogue.Good pictures.Traveling by bike to these places real adventure.
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