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Leh: A 4200 KM tale across !ncredible India

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  • [Photo Feature]: Leh: A 4200 KM tale across !ncredible India

    When I planned for this trip, I heard the words, crazy, impossible, insane and I discovered there were many grand papa's around me to give me a reason not to go. How hard I tried to explain to friends and foe that in my heart is something I cannot explain in words.



    I kept thinking sometimes when on the road, was it all worth it. Until I met a New Zealand adventure tourist in his early 70's doing solo all the way from Delhi via Manali. He had tears in his eyes when he recollected the beauty of the mountains he just witnessed. He told me New Zealand has nothing of this magnitude. He was old, had cramps on his feet and suffered breathing problems all the way. All he had was an old map and his courage to do what he dreamnt of. He told me, do what you want to do now. Dont wait for time or tide.


    Somewhere after Indore

    Covering approximately 4000Kms in 14 days across the Scotching Rajasthan heat and the freezing Sarchu nights. Me, my wife and an old friend did what we thought was impossible. I have tales to tell of so many words, I will try to recollect and publish all I can remember, so one day, some of you who are told, cannot do it can read through my story and say - Nothing is impossible if you want to do it. Sharing some pictures till the Mods approve.


    MAKand Poli few minutes to start on 23rd June from Hyderabad.


    MAK and Pruthvi just after we passed Rothang La and celebrated the most difficult mud slush.


    Fully loaded bull. Credits to Cramster for the best quality Saddle and Tank Bags


    Just after Rothang La


    This, multiply into 5 or 10 was Rothang La


    Beautiful Sunset just before entering Rajasthan


    Beauty of Keylong



    Truly - Made Like a Gun


    And a landslide paused our ride for 8 hours - best thing to do was - sleep.


    Poli clicked some great pictures.


    Some of it just froze you to no words.


    And then this one for your eyes only

    Last edited by madelikeagun; 11-11-2012, 10:06 PM. Reason: Added Page links
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    Suzuki Gixxer 155 - (2016 - 2017) - 17500 Km
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    RE Thunderbird 350 - (2017) - 12200 Km - Hyderabad
    Yamaha FSZ3.0 - (2019) - 5012 Km
    Motorcycle Trip log - Summer ride to N. Sagar | Leh 2012 - A story told in pictures | Winter in Darjeeling 2018 | Summer in Goa 2018 |

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    Triplog Approved
    Advice is a form of nostalgia.
    Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

    Antz Travelz!! | South India Exploration Ride | Leh Triplog (Work in progress)

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    • #3
      simply superb pictures/ waiting for more. BTW which camera/ lens?
      bring rest of the story.
      got bhp?? oh yeah..its Xbhp

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      • #4
        Brilliant
        Keep coming. I will be connected to this thread from now on.

        3 years has passed after my LEH trip but still I remember almost every thing. It is a life time event and from now on you enjoy those moments by putting in this thread.

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        • #5
          Brilliant photos, bring on the rest guys

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          • #6
            Mesmerizing pics...
            Especially the last two... Loved it...
            Which one is the second bike? Looks like a Platina fully loaded...
            Expect The UnExpected!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by antz.bin View Post
              Triplog Approved
              Thanks for approving my Trip Log

              Originally posted by satya_3d View Post
              simply superb pictures/ waiting for more. BTW which camera/ lens?
              bring rest of the story.
              Thanks, I will post soon. Juggling with work, home and sleep. Camera is a 3 Mega pixel Sony Ericsson phone and a Sony Cybershot 9MP. And some on Samsung 1.3 MP. So which pic is which I did not track

              Originally posted by merwin_jmt View Post
              Brilliant
              Keep coming. I will be connected to this thread from now on.

              3 years has passed after my LEH trip but still I remember almost every thing. It is a life time event and from now on you enjoy those moments by putting in this thread.
              Thanks Mate. After Leh, and especially riding through the Hot Rajasthan climate, nothing is impossible. I tell bring it on, whatever, whenever.

              Originally posted by mansuryayas View Post
              Brilliant photos, bring on the rest guys
              Thanks will very soon.

              Originally posted by BlackScorpian View Post
              Mesmerizing pics...
              Especially the last two... Loved it...
              Which one is the second bike? Looks like a Platina fully loaded...
              Yes, my travel partner was on His Bajaj Platina all the way. Fully loaded. As I said, we proved all our critics wrong.
              Honda Unicorn 150 (2007- 2011) - 55000 Km
              RE Thunderbird 350 UCE (2011 - 2015) - 30500Km
              RE Classic 500 (2015 - 2016) - 10100Km
              Suzuki Gixxer 155 - (2016 - 2017) - 17500 Km
              Honda Activa 125 - (2017) - 3200 Km - Darjeeling
              RE Thunderbird 350 - (2017) - 12200 Km - Hyderabad
              Yamaha FSZ3.0 - (2019) - 5012 Km
              Motorcycle Trip log - Summer ride to N. Sagar | Leh 2012 - A story told in pictures | Winter in Darjeeling 2018 | Summer in Goa 2018 |

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              • #8
                Leh trip is one I had always wanted do. But could nt. Now that I m a married man I m not sure I can do it. Must comend your wife to hang on with your from hyderabad for the trip.. Great going I m glued to this one
                Its not always about speed.

                Avenger 220 DTSI

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                Blabberings

                Call of the Ocean

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                • #9
                  simply awesome man! a feat well achieved!
                  Last edited by Cyrus_the_virus; 07-12-2012, 02:54 AM.

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                  • #10
                    WOW! Congratulations guys !
                    It's seems everyone is busy getting LEH'd..But quite rightly so, why not?
                    After all it's not called the biking paradise or the pinnacle of biking for no reasons.

                    Once again , congos guys! Waiting for the next installment.

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                    • #11
                      Amazing !! The pictures are absolutely lovely ! Many congrats for having done such an awesome ride !

                      Keep Riding & Ride Safe

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                      • #12
                        Today no pictures??

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                        • #13
                          came back to surf XBHP so as to read the rest but that's it!!You have put a stop to this tale? Please continue!!! Amazing feat achieved there!
                          "HASTA LA VICTORIA, SIEMPRE !" - Chesigpic


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                          http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...j-monsoon.html

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                          • #14
                            June 23rd & June 24th - Day1, 2

                            Original Plan: Hyderabad to Indore - 820 Kms
                            Distance covered: Hyderabad to Washim - 450Km


                            My original team. Pruthvi (Platina), Mady and Vishal (Bajaj Avenger)



                            Just normal never ending roads - Hyderabad to Nizamabad was a cake walk. But something happened and Vishal and Mady had to drop out. This was the first blow to the plan. 4 hours after we started, we were still not far from Hyderabad. The mission had to continue.



                            Pruthvi tailing



                            Was dotted with brown irrigated lands



                            The roads sometime just became boring and I was fighting sleep already.



                            Some lands looked barren as the desert.



                            Some roads gave a real countryside feel. Roads in the state of Andhra Pradesh was fantastic.


                            We halted at Hotel Maniprabha, near Washim Bus stand, although I and Poli was willing to continue until late evening, Pruthvi was not ready. Honoring team spirit I decided to halt for the day.


                            Preparing Day2 and we were late. 730 expected departure became 1030. Such a loss of valuable time. It was hot, dusty and sweaty. To click a picture was like yuk in all that mood.


                            Day 2, we never imagined we would only cover 400Kms and I will give you the reason. Washim to Indore is all we could do. Original plan was Indore to Jaipur. What a ground reality.


                            Roads via Burhanpur, Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary was such a relief not only from the heat. But also from the boring landscape. The roads were beautiful and the weather so pleasant.


                            We did not want to stop. Just rode and rode.


                            And our shadows followed


                            The wildlife sanctuary was the only good green patch we saw after Hyderabad.


                            The rain gods looked after us by giving us dry roads and clear sky.


                            Poli Captured thundershowers many miles away. I counted the seconds after a lightning. It was too far away from us to worry about. We just continued.


                            Some pictures just spoke a thousand words.




                            Once the Sanctuary was passed, heavy eastward crosswinds picked up. They were so bad I could not cross 50. I do not know how Pruthvi biked. I almost got knocked off the road while over taking a truck. By Evening, we finally stopped for some snaps and a much needed mental break.


                            A good spot to rest from the never ending curious eyes on the road was an abandoned Reliance petrol pump, the many hundreds we witnessed across India. The rates still showing Petrol 60.91, its like time frozen and captured across India.


                            My fully loaded bull had its first scratch with a broken number plate when reversing in a traffic jam. My bull served me with no complaint.


                            We were so tired, but we tried to keep our morale high with light jokes no matter how small. It meant a lot.


                            Dark clouds was a welcome amongst a beautiful sunset.


                            With the sun smiling back at us for a good night's sleep.
                            Honda Unicorn 150 (2007- 2011) - 55000 Km
                            RE Thunderbird 350 UCE (2011 - 2015) - 30500Km
                            RE Classic 500 (2015 - 2016) - 10100Km
                            Suzuki Gixxer 155 - (2016 - 2017) - 17500 Km
                            Honda Activa 125 - (2017) - 3200 Km - Darjeeling
                            RE Thunderbird 350 - (2017) - 12200 Km - Hyderabad
                            Yamaha FSZ3.0 - (2019) - 5012 Km
                            Motorcycle Trip log - Summer ride to N. Sagar | Leh 2012 - A story told in pictures | Winter in Darjeeling 2018 | Summer in Goa 2018 |

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by vibbs View Post
                              Leh trip is one I had always wanted do. But could nt. Now that I m a married man I m not sure I can do it. Must comend your wife to hang on with your from hyderabad for the trip.. Great going I m glued to this one
                              Thanks a lot friend. Taking care of wife was my priority. And it was done to the best of my ability.

                              Originally posted by Cyrus_the_virus View Post
                              simply awesome man! a feat well achieved!
                              Thank you Cyrus. I am a bit disappointed that things did not go as per planned. Like I did not get my entire team with me and we could not see much places in Leh. However that will not be the case next time, god will.

                              Originally posted by Nagesh Patankar View Post
                              WOW! Congratulations guys !
                              It's seems everyone is busy getting LEH'd..But quite rightly so, why not?
                              After all it's not called the biking paradise or the pinnacle of biking for no reasons.

                              Once again , congos guys! Waiting for the next installment.
                              Thank you. Trying my best. I have one computer and Poli wont let go so easy.

                              Originally posted by ridermax View Post
                              Amazing !! The pictures are absolutely lovely ! Many congrats for having done such an awesome ride !

                              Keep Riding & Ride Safe
                              Thank you. I have around 1000 pics in a public album, I will share it once I complete this log.

                              Originally posted by merwin_jmt View Post
                              Today no pictures??
                              A little patience friend. I am trying my best

                              Originally posted by rx100.7050 View Post
                              came back to surf XBHP so as to read the rest but that's it!!You have put a stop to this tale? Please continue!!! Amazing feat achieved there!
                              I will continue to write. Especially weekends I will get time. I want you to read the best words that come out of my heart with the best pictures. So hang on bro.
                              Honda Unicorn 150 (2007- 2011) - 55000 Km
                              RE Thunderbird 350 UCE (2011 - 2015) - 30500Km
                              RE Classic 500 (2015 - 2016) - 10100Km
                              Suzuki Gixxer 155 - (2016 - 2017) - 17500 Km
                              Honda Activa 125 - (2017) - 3200 Km - Darjeeling
                              RE Thunderbird 350 - (2017) - 12200 Km - Hyderabad
                              Yamaha FSZ3.0 - (2019) - 5012 Km
                              Motorcycle Trip log - Summer ride to N. Sagar | Leh 2012 - A story told in pictures | Winter in Darjeeling 2018 | Summer in Goa 2018 |

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