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Thread: Road to Paradise: R1 and Intruder ride to Rohtang

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    Default Road to Paradise: R1 and Intruder ride to Rohtang

    Somethings are just not meant to be. Our mission to reach Rohtang (effectively till Marhi since road from there is closed in this season due to snow).

    Anyways I was so dissapointed that we even could not reach till Marhi due to a series of unfortunate events.

    Started from Delhi at 7.30AM on Sunday - me on the R1 and Anurag on the Intruder.

    We covered 630kms and reached Manali at 10PM after numerous breaks for food and photography. It was an easy and relaxed ride until tommmorow...


    ^En route Manali


    ^Evening


    ^Dusk, twilight


    ^Night


    ^The night gets even darker and the lights on the mountainside shine like fireflies




    The Next Day...

    We had lodged into the Log Hunt, run by the HPTDC. It was a good experience, quiet, clean and the wooden work made it seem very snug in the cold.

    The following morning we were greeted by dark skies and pouring rain.



    We were thoroughly depressed and were hoping that the rains would subside soon. But the hotel guy and internet told us that the rains will not away for another two days.

    We were so close yet so far.

    At 12, the rains was reduced to a drizzle but the skies were still holding a tremendous amount of water. Everyone advised us not to go to Marhi, but we still decided to take a chance.

    Just after Vashisht there were some serious bridge repairs going on and an off road diversion was created. The R1 might have made through the slush but the intruder was too heavy for it and it looked almost impossible for it to get through.

    We turned back and decided to go till Mandi for the day and then Delhi tommorow...

    It was a tough decisions, specially for me since coming so far on the R1 and not experiencing the real deal was real bad...

    Anyways we turned back, in the next 10kms we thought 10 times whether we should stay back and try Marhi without the Intruder. But logic said no. The decision was sealed when we met a lady on a bullet. She used to lead professional tours to Ladakh. She also advised not to go to Marhi on these bikes.



    So with a heavy heart we returned and rode till Mandi where we stayed in a nice place called Visco resorts.



    Anurag on the Intruder. He was very comfortable with the big bike now and also he also rode the R1 like a pro in the hills.




    To Mandi






    We had a very nice lunch by the river side en route to Mandi. We met a foreigner on an Avenger. He was transfixed by our machines and spoke to us at length about how India was progressing fast and how he has seen it all since 25 years of his visits to India.



    Day 3

    We had a nice long philosophical chat. I got to know and understand a lot of things from Anurag's mentoring. He is indeed a brilliant and motivated individual and I was lucky to have got some time out with him. Guess the trip wasnt all in vain. But today was left. We had a ride from Mandi to Delhi, which according to our calculations shouldnt have taken long...

    En route Chandigarh we discovered a big nail in the Intruder's 240 rear. As long as the nail didnt come off we were safe.

    We reached Chandigarh by 3 comfortably. We had lunch in once of the sector markets where we soon became the most popular guys around, courtesy our steeds.

    What was to follow will make us even more popular...

    We left Chandigarh at 3.30 PM. 25 kms towards Ambala the Intruder got a total flat rear. And that was it...

    Between 4PM and 12AM we covered 30 kms back to Chandigarh to lodge into the Taj.

    What ensued between these 8 hours is worthy of making a comedy show - me running off to procure a foot pump, then riding the R1 to Chandigarh to get puncture repair kit, air compressor and tyre sealant.



    ^ Time to packup, the petrol pump which was our roadside workshop for 5 hours.

    I fixed the puncture, it was 8 PM by then. We went 10 kms towards Chandigarh when the repair gave way and the tyre was flat again.

    Incidentally we met Akshay from Ambala on his way to Chandigarh in a car. He obliged us by taking out luggage and dropping it off at Taj.

    The remaining 20kms were covered by attaching the compressor to the batter and me refilling it every couple of kms. It seemed like a adventure game, maybe we can integrate a round like this in the next Passion Hunt

    All in all it turned out to be a fantastic experience, to our surprise we were enjoying it very much.

    And then a relaxing night in the comfy of the 5 star Taj was not bad either.

    The next day a guy from Suzuki came and fixed the puncture in minutes. he then took it to the Suzuki service station and gave the bike a thorough checkup and washed it way to showroom condition. The return from Chandigarh was in 3 hours flat, without any problems at all.

    All in all it was a trip which was enriching in many strange ways, it gave us time to ponder on life, or sometimes how luck and time would not let it have your way and still everything would turn fine.

    This is one roadtrip to remember for a long time.
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    Wow.. Eagerly waiting for more pics and log

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiran_borra View Post
    Wow.. Eagerly waiting for more pics and log
    +1

    more is never enough kya sunny?
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    Lovely pic Sunny bhai
    When everything comes ur way, u r in the wrong way ;)


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    Quote Originally Posted by onlinesatish View Post
    more is never enough kya sunny?
    For him, it seems more is actually never enough! But, I don't see OF this time.. The Intruder and the 'One together, for a change. Waiting for more
    ...in search of that perfect world - My Travel Blog :)

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    ^^^ your plan was the first thing to come to my mind once I read the thread name

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    Quote Originally Posted by onlinesatish View Post
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    more is never enough kya sunny?
    Kya buddy this not fair... Please do upload pics waiting...!!
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    waiting for rest of the pic.

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    good stuff

    more than the snow, i'll be intersted in hearing the reaction of turist janta after they see these 2 monsters in Manali

    bring it on
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    Nice, waiting to hear how far up you guys went up the Rohtang path.

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