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  • The Spiti Marathon

    This just had to happen! It was a matter of when, not how!

    So one fine wednesday night, post a reprimand from me seniors back in office, i gulped down a red-bull, ate some energy bars and saddled up my extreme, to ride out to kaza. I had a long night and then a long day ahead!

    Day 1: (Better as night 1): Picked up some tools, spares, jockeys and dumped them in the saddle bags, a couple of fags and some energy drinks later, i rode off, time being recisely 12 am. Stopped enroute at Narkanda, Powari and Sumdo for red bull et-al! Reached Kaza around 6 pm the same day. Visited Tabo and Geyu (of the mummy fame).

    Day 2: Visited Key,Kibber and loitered around Kaza, devouring german delicacies and puffing the ''fobidden"! Coincidently met Shamik at Kibber.

    Day 3: Shamik and I started off at 6 in the morning from Kaza. Got to Losar in a couple of hours. Then rode on to the main reason I did this trip, Kunzum La! Was immensly satisfied, post kunzum. Rode on till manali via batal, chota dhara, chattru and gramphoo!

    Wondefully horrible roads! Off-roading here was awesome. Good enough to put Koksar-Leh to shame..

    Reached Manali at around 8 pm after negotiating the filthy Rohtang, a good 14 hours later! Avoid Rohtang during the season. Mud, diesel fumes, plethora of tourists and what not! Shamik decided to stay back in manali and I decided to head to chandigarh. Another red-bull, another explosion of KCal, saw me leaving manali at 2030 hours.7 and a half hours later I was snoring heavily on my pad back in panchkula!

    Would post the details and all the pics later. In the meanwhile enjoy the following teasers



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    Wonderful stuff Kurtrules! Do post loads of pictures of Spiti, I just can't get enough of that place.

    Did you guys manage to visit Chandrataal too?
    :)

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    • #3
      Good Going Vaibhav...truly amazing...loved it.....


      @ Aryan: Guess he dint do Chandertaal this time....Are you games for it...the wall of snow and the heat of Delhi wants me to Go to that place...what about you?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by dcs View Post
        @ Aryan: Guess he dint do Chandertaal this time....Are you games for it...the wall of snow and the heat of Delhi wants me to Go to that place...what about you?
        What the heck are we waiting for!? Chandrataal is one destination which I am really keen and VERY eager to visit. Let's plan it for the near future.
        :)

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        • #5
          Phew what a trip log! Crisp, short and precise. The last pic? Where was it exactly?
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          • #6
            WTF, I am so jealous about all you guys!
            Geographically, the closest I can get to SNOW now is my refrigerator!

            People going places, and plans happening "Right here-Right now" ... sigh!

            *Waiting for more*
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            • #7
              Great stuff there Kurt!!! And wonderful timing of the trip with the Kunzum just opening.

              Originally posted by ken cool View Post
              Phew what a trip log! Crisp, short and precise. The last pic? Where was it exactly?
              That in all probability is the road down from Kunzum towards Batal.

              Originally posted by satyenpoojary View Post
              WTF, I am so jealous about all you guys!
              Geographically, the closest I can get to SNOW now is my refrigerator!

              People going places, and plans happening "Right here-Right now" ... sigh!

              *Waiting for more*
              Satyen: my heartfelt sympathies....

              Aryan: going by the look of Kunzum...I doubt if Chandratal would have been possible on anything but two feet.
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              • #8
                wow that third pic was just amazing.... I loved the view of the bike b/w snow ... gr8 trip there buddy

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                • #9
                  Thank You All..

                  Originally posted by ken cool View Post
                  Phew what a trip log! Crisp, short and precise. The last pic? Where was it exactly?
                  This place was between Batal and Chota Dhara...

                  Chandrataal was open for 8 kms and the rest 6 km was a trek..
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                  • #10
                    wow......beautiful pics....when will i ever get to ride my ZMA in the snow..??
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                    • #11
                      Wow man awesome stuff.

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                      • #12
                        All right, now for the details..

                        Night\Day 1

                        So as i said, i saddled up and got myself some packed food to keep the taste buds happy on the ride.

                        Borrowed Rahul's saddle bags for the same, as due to sheer idiocity, I'd lost my cramsters on the ride to Amritsar, last year.
                        Bid the roomies goodbye and set off at 0000 hrs. The ride was uneventful, same ol NH-22 that had seen my footprints innumerous amount of times! Reached Shimla crossed shimla reached Narkanda for my first halt. It was 3:30 am. Red-bull and some puffs later I was back on the road zipping through Rampur and Jeori, all the way to Wangtu whereon it was all mud, slush gravel and gory to keep me company till Powari. Ah, I also tanked up at Jeori and had the tyres filled. To my sheer amazement the rear had gone down to 20 psi!! That too, when the roads where great!

                        Anyhow, i overlooked.."Ignorance is Bliss".

                        Reached Powari around 9, and tanked up again, just to be sure. Took out me foot pump and re-filled the rear. I was sure that there is some serious sh** going on between those tubeless vulcanized rubber panels!! But didnt pay much attention and moved on, just after finishing me second red-bull.

                        At Karcham:









                        Post Powari:







                        Khab, confluence of the spiti and sutlej ...



                        Yours Truly..



                        Loop-e-Loop!



                        Enroute Nako:





                        Spello, pooh, nako and chango crossed. Malling was a puddle. I actually crossed it and realised that this must have been the infamous malling, so took a pic:






                        I was now feeling really sleepy. It had been almost 13 hours that I'd been riding with just around 2 stops, all mountain!

                        Somehow reached Sumdo and quickly gulped down a third bull to rejuvinate my senses. Checked from the security folks, and they were affirmative that Geyu is a must visit as most folks overlook the poor mummy that's been grounded there for centuries!!!!! (Actually, for decades)

                        Entering Spiti..



                        More coming.....
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                        • #13
                          Awesome ride and beautiful pics !!
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                          • #14
                            Lovely stuff Kurt! Bring the rest of the log and the pictures on.
                            :)

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                            • #15
                              Phew! So much of RB and so little of food. You are running on adrenaline only. You are some marathon biker. I think we have Lovemax V2 here!
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