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    HI guyz after long break from logging an blogging I am able to post my 3rd and 4th Day ride Logs here sorry for the delays

    This day we had our planned stoppage at Tabo. We started with fresh weather and misty morning; the owner of the hotel gave us fresh farm apples for our good luck start.



    We rode till Recong Peo from Kalpa and had to found one decent restaurant for food, that was much needed as the weather was chilly and we needed something to burn inside our body

    After satisfying our hunger we swung our legs across our steeds and started our journey towards NAKO which was our main stop. Soon we descended from Recong Peo to Poari, where the road joins back to the NH, Ambika and lokesh pointed out that they need more petrol as next bunk is directly at KAZA, and not even at our night halt at Tabo and since the petrol pump we expected in Poari wasnt working we decided to go back up an get fuel. Although we had good amount, top-up till brim is suggested there, and so we did just that, I waited while Ambika and Lokesh went back and got the bikes filled and got few litres for my bike in bottle.
    Kinner Kailash:

    Then we started ahead with hope of witnessing something new. And we were not disappointed...
    Sun was out in its full glory and we realised within one hour of riding that its getting harsher and harsher. Since the roads were maintained by BRO, we witnessed some amazing full stretches of F1 like twisting tracks. Most of the time I was leading the group and that was the time I really enjoyed the bike's power with confidence. I was almost letting my left hand go of the handle bar while swinging to add more to my tilt only because of carpet-like newly laid tarmac, that too 3 lane(including both ways) with zero traffic, pure bliss. Then we entered the area where the roads were not very wide so we maintained decent speeds. By now sun was on our head and we really started feeling hot, so we stuck riding inside shadows. We saw some nice waterfalls on the way. Since we used up the only filled bottle of water we tried one of the waterfalls and filled the sparkling crystal water. We were not sure if that was clean or not but after letting some minerals settle down in the bottle, we tasted it and it was refreshing.








    The roads of that stretch were good and scary. Good because they were made by carving a scoop inside the mountain and scary because they were single lane only with some stretches so slim that only one truck can pass through, and we faced difficulty in crossing few vehicles on sharp turns. Thanks to that everyones assessment of speed coz otherwise it was several feet deep slopes just next to you, edges of no chance. We crossed few Bullets crossing an waving luck to us. We were starting to get the hint that we might be entering the area from where the actual tough roads will start. And not much later we realised that we were not wrong, as we were stopped because of the first landslide of the trip...




    Met a local kid on the way



    Took a stop at a small restaurant for food, the attendee was helpful and was excited to see us. The food was mix of gud and we got the chance to taste some local flavours.
    Moved on after taking few suggestions and directions from the host.
    Resuming the chilly shadows and scorching sun we reached a bridge that was over the Spiti river. We stopped for few Photo-ops before we started the ride up. We thought that the Khazig Mountain Range start is marked by a bridge that is somewhat like a pass into the area, but we found out later that it was just an entry to the road which led to the actual start.

    Trying to shoot ZMR with rocks



    Picture from startup:



    Picture from end:







    Enjoyed the amazing roads on almost the roof of the world. This was the part of our trip where we found almost no civil settlement; either it was some checkpost or just nature. The next town was Nako and we had few placed marked on our map to check out there and specially a tea stall. Soon we reached the turn for Nako.

    We were expecting a glimpse of china as well as we were on the curve of our route that ran parallel to the indo-china border. We heard about famous Manmade lake (as water is not that easy in those tough areas) and mummies of some monks in the Nako Monesty.



    We reached the town or settlement I am not sure which word will put the real picture, but ya the population was not very high. We greeted the onlookers and asked for the lake and rode straight there. We have to walk an bit and that made us tire so quickly and we realised soon that at these heights, our usual stamina is not going to last for hours. We spotted a dhaba few meters above the level we were standing and since we didn't had the energy left to climb we shouted to get attention and thankfully a boy came to help us out. We had couple of glasses full of tea each and really felt better. We took a walk to the lake and clicked few pics. The lake was simple as we expect only it was planned and not natural but still was beautiful and lifeline for the nearby villages.



    Few foreign nationals were there too maybe for the monesty, seemingly on a tour and long stay, we exchanged smiles and moved to our next destination.
    Few foto-ops with the kids running around us:



    We moved ahead and rode for about an hour and stopped for a short break
    We stopped at a army checkpost of 'Malling Det' meaning "door to the hell" something like that, as told by the officer there. As well known for their gestures, the solider offered us tea which we declined with thanks as we were running short on time, but we did see the coffe-cum-checkpoint cabin for officers. Some pictures:









    As we finished the photo-ops there, a caravan of jeeps reached there with senior officers talking and then in some time as we were giving them introduction some senior officers came in another jeep with some civilian (seemed maybe some high-rank officer son or an actor) dressed in greens. Everyone except us were in salute mode, an we were just in holding our ground position . The atmosphere was almost like army movies. Anyways, after this great experience we thanked everyone and moved ahead.

    Soon we reached our first water crossing and then we realised why the name is kept 'Malign Det'. Met some other biker from other motorbike group, he was waiting for his fellow rider left behind. He gave us few handy instructions and well that really helped as we atleast got the courage to try. As soon as I dipped my feet first time to balance the bike on the slipping stones, freezing chill entered my shoes and touched my bones almost. Then all of us had to open the shoes and get the water out of the shoes. I used my bike engine to dry socks a bit. In the meanwhile the fellow biker of our stranger friend arrived and they moved ahead. Suggesting us to keep moving as there can be landslides after dark and maybe dangerous as no help can be expected. Since the sun was already touching the horizon we put on our shoes and zipped ahead.
    Only thing Gods envy of mortals is that they ride.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    Pulsar 200::::::: 2007
    YZF-R15::::::::: 2010

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    The roads ahead kept improving and we managed the average speed of about 45 for next 45 mins after which we reached the base of another mountain we had to cross. We found a team on the way, shooting the commercial of some Yamaha bike. We didn't stop to enquire which one but kept moving towards the last checkpost of the day.

    The small patch of road was a straight that was leading to the other mountain we had to cross and we opened our throttles to the full to cover the straights as soon as possible. And as curves started we came back to our manageable speed bracket. Soon sun disappeared and we reached the checkpost in the twilight. We made the entries and got the message from the sepoy that our friend has left us a message to keep moving ahead briskly as there is long way to cover. Although it was misdirected message but was a useful one. We rushed to our bikes as soon as we can. Also, since it was the last checkpost, we were not allowed to stay longer, talk to officers there or take pictures.

    After completing formalities we started for our destination 'Tabo' we were in the dark twilight zone, and riding conditions were not very great due to rolling stones and fear of landslide. We had earlier decided that we will not take any break on the way, but the rough roads and tired bodies made us cancel the resolution. We took a short break which was creepy but amazing as when our bikes went off, we experienced total silence and almost zero light. We clicked one pic and after short body stretching we started the ignitions back and started for Tabo. It took us 30-40 mins of night riding to see some signs of settlement. But that too was covered in dark as the small village does not have proper electric supply.

    After little confusion we reached the only hotel in TABO and thankfully we got one room.

    And on top of that the whole hotel was filled with another biking group. We made our special entry and crashed onto whatever we got in the room. After some rest we got fresh and had our food. It was a nice buffet arranged by the host and we liked the food. After food, my co-bikers decided to doze into beds while I took blanket and chair to balcony.

    It was chilling outside but the dark sky filled with sparkling stars, and I sat there for almost an hour watching amazing shooting stars, till falling asleep. That till date remains the most beautiful sight my eyes have ever witnessed..

    3rd day pics:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/nikhils...eat=directlink
    Only thing Gods envy of mortals is that they ride.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    Pulsar 200::::::: 2007
    YZF-R15::::::::: 2010

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    This thread refreshed my memories of my last year Spiti Visit.
    And you wont believe almost all the clicks are same in your and our thread
    Fare thee well xBhp, All the best for being the biggest name in corporate world

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    Good Triplog ...
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