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|20th October 2009, 11:57||#17|
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|20th October 2009, 12:08||#18|
Friday the 16th
Today was the day we set of for Manali.
though the plan was for a 6am start, we decided to oversleep by an hour.
Reason, we had slept late last night, and did not want to tackle the highway half sleepy.
So it was 7:30am when we finally set out on the road.
It did not take long to guess that today will be madness.
There was heavy car traffic on road, as the entire city decided to head out for the long weekend.
Though we cleared the Delhi border within an hour of driving, after that the highway became totally jammed. Slow moving crawl traffic. Either cops were active or there was an accident or something. We filled up in Haryana(cheapest diesel) and hoped for jam to clear
Some idiots went to the other side of dual carriageway, and jammed that side, and then idiots from that side came to our side, and it was a full jam.
Finally losing patience, I went off the road to the road widening area with sand and mud, and ended up wasting 1 hour instead of 5.
Breakfast was at Zilmil, with some amazing omellete and Paranthas
It was after Karnal that we got a clear road. Just before PB road I took the Banur road chd bypass, and once the smooth tarmac ended at Banur, it was madness time on the road to Kharar.
Heavy traffic, and broken road. We were literally crawling. All markets had stall and etc., and vehicles were parked everywhere.
Slowly we inched forward, and made to ropar, after which traffic thinned.
Thankfully nobody was head to Manali.
Tank full time at pb border(cheap diesel), and the FE returned was 12.
Time for the climb to begin. It was past noon, and even if we drove fast, 6 hours was the minimum to reach manali.
Finally it was around 9pm, we reached Kothi, and decided to sleep as early as possible.
Tomorrow we will cross Rohtang. go to Kunzum and Chandertaal, and come back either to Chotta Dharra or Khoksar
The sky was clear, but I was too lazy to take out the cam. Traffic driving is very tiring on the nerves.
So it was time to sleep early, and get up early,
TO BE CONT............
|20th October 2009, 12:24||#19|
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|20th October 2009, 13:05||#21|
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Only if you have the inclination..
|20th October 2009, 13:11||#22|
Today evening I will start processing the Day 2 pics, and post as I keep processing.
However unlike ladakh, it was too too cold for me to get out.
The temp sensor inside the bumper gets quite a bit of heat from the radiator, still it was fluctuating between 2 and 3 degree C.
So actual temp was below freezing, it was snowing, and the rocks on road had ice all over.
@Rudra. actually, its better to catch the last flight out of BLR, and start early morning. you miss all the crowd
|20th October 2009, 13:32||#23|
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You sure are on a roll Tanveer Envy you!!!
Good to see this trip report now. Am keen on doing a Shimla - Rampur - Spiti ride in December. Hopefully this december!!! What'd be your take on a regular innova or Getz D being able to do this route in December?? Not considering Kunzum anyways... Otherwise it's going to be biking nirvana
|20th October 2009, 13:42||#25|
From what circus I saw, it seems the FWD cars were having it easier than 2WD Sumos on the tough sections., The RWDs were simply sliding around in circles.
|20th October 2009, 14:04||#27|
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If you have not driven on snow, try to find an open stretch with snow, try hard braking, will give you and idea, what you must not do, try to gain momentum slowly.
On actual snow, straight incline and down will not be a problem, its pin turns where things fall apart and panic switch in.
Ensure the turn is clear, start and gain momentum little early in first gear and turn slowly on bend, without braking. You may sway but will pass. In case you stop on the turn, do not press gas, just roll back and gain momentum again. Do not mind doing it 2-3 times, instead of revving on turns.
also tell the car behind you , to wait till you cross the bend. You will need space to roll back and gain momentum again
And if you still do not get the grip, dig the snow on sides and you will get plenty of mud/soil. Throw it on the track and you will get traction.
Am I am sure you know importance of tires with good tread. Reduce the air in tires when crossing snow bound area. Like if you have 30, reduce it to 25/24
We did all these in our recent snow crossing.
Rubber mats with spikes on both side also help if any one of the tire is spinning.
And last but not the least, if all these does not work, turn back, do not challenge nature
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