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Indo-French Joint Venture 2010: Ride in North India, Leh and Beyond!

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  • Aryan
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    Originally posted by fayet brigitte View Post
    I have a Lumix PanasonicDMC-TZ7 12X and a video camera Sony40x optical zoom, HDD .This ride was very physical for me,like "enduro"on difficult tracks because i am only 1m52 and 52 kgs
    Great! Thanks for taking your precious time out to reply to the queries, Brigitte.

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  • Rockkyyy
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    Great Shots Ken, 220 looks Sexo Naked

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  • ken cool
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    Originally posted by fayet brigitte View Post

    Yes it was strange, but , the Bajaj had 100 kgs less than my Harley and was easy to move ,even though it doesn't go more than 110 km /h ( with a good wind in the back ) and i was surpriesed that it keep a right speed at 5000m .
    Welcome to xBhp Brigitte FAYET!

    Great to see you as a registered member and replying and posting on the forum.

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  • fayet brigitte
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    "horse's mouth"

    Originally posted by aargee View Post
    Just a little note from my side, if possible, pass on to Madam Brigitte FAYET

    True, but as an Indian, I'm embarassed to see where we stand now!!!


    I was trying to disagree on first go through; but yes, everyone is extremely vigilant, its the "ME FIRST" attitude, indiscipline, nnfriendliness are the ones causing the chaos


    Not around, but only on the front (and sometimes that also doesn't happen)


    This is one part I agree with my eyes closed; yes we're alive everyday due to miracle, or may be, since we're part of the system, we'ree used to live like this.

    Edit - One more question to you Ken Sir - What's Madam's impression on Avenger - Did she feel like Godess? Would like to hear from the horse's mouth on a little comparison between HD 1200C & 200 cc.
    It's impossible to compare 2 very different bikes,and on the road so different conditions .Avanger can't go quikly but it had not importance on tracks ,i could move it easily because it wasn't heavy for me and on regular tar, driving was pleasant.But the back break was too soft and the light's conception are bad and a dangerous error for life because light depends from "dynamo".So when you are breaking , it's because you are in danger, and in this case you need to see more what happens and when your light die away you cant see nothing and i fell down in dangerous conditions . I think that 's inadmissible ,near criminal for a bike's manufacturer.

    To be more positive, Avanger is a strong and reliable bike.If you want i talk about my sportster 1200 ,you can ask me and at Ken Cool more questions and tell me if you are interested by Free Wheels , a great bike meeting in France 6, 7, 8 august because i'll take photo and i can relate for xBhp this event if you are interested .
    Last edited by ken cool; 07-16-2010, 09:23 AM.

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  • fayet brigitte
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    Brigitte 's equipement photo

    Originally posted by Aryan View Post
    Very nicely detailed and 'different' write-up. I am enjoying reading through it. However, it would be even better if Brigitte could put up her 'account' of the whole ride. After all, it is not everyday that one gets to ride to such beautiful locales.

    Also, I would like to know does an International DL (Driving Licence) work for India? After all, for them it would be riding/ driving on the "wrong" side of the road. How was that sorted out? Additionally, how did she and Mael take the whole trip? Any health issues faced because of the long hours on the saddle and the extreme weathers?

    I liked the photographs too, especially the ones in which the refletions are so crystal clear in the water. I am sure as each day's account is posted, more and more beautiful landscape photographs would eventually show up. Did you take your whole camera equipment (the 5D, 24mm, 200mm, the tripod, etc.)? What kind of equipment did Brigitte use?

    Waiting for more to follow.
    I have a Lumix PanasonicDMC-TZ7 12X and a video camera Sony40x optical zoom, HDD .This ride was very physical for me,like "enduro"on difficult tracks because i am only 1m52 and 52 kgs
    Last edited by ken cool; 07-16-2010, 09:21 AM.

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  • fayet brigitte
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    Indo -French joint venture June 2010

    Originally posted by animeher View Post
    Great going. The lady must be feeling strange on downgraded motorcycle! Intersting writeup too! I am hooked, ken.
    Yes it was strange, but , the Bajaj had 100 kgs less than my Harley and was easy to move ,even though it doesn't go more than 110 km /h ( with a good wind in the back ) and i was surpriesed that it keep a right speed at 5000m .

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  • Aryan
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    Nicely narrated dada, khub bhalo. And some good photographs too, provided it is not easy at all to shoot snow/ ice.

    Waiting for more.

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  • aargee
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    Wow, that's a huge list of Italian food & what did I read now? Mexican? I guess only the pancakes & maples are missing!!!

    What's that 54RCC written under the Khardung La board? Any idea?

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  • ken cool
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    Originally posted by kurtrules View Post
    Ah! Now comes Baralacha.. This should be fun!
    Fun indeed! I am laughing as I read your comment!

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  • kurtrules
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    Ah! Now comes Baralacha.. This should be fun!

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  • ken cool
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    Day9:We will set off avalanchesDiamox.

    The Exit road from Leh to begin the ascent to K-Top is not really a shining example of a hygienic clean city. One literally drives through garbage dumps posing an eyesore for such a beautiful place. The road is well paved all the way till South Pullu. That is where there is a check-point barrier. Last time around, traffic was stopped here. But Sunny, GasolineLike Father, like son!


    We moved on. Other than the occasional black ice patch, some snow on the road, a lot of puddles, some slush and a very bumpy track, it was not very difficult to negotiate this road for Brigitte. Reaching Khardung La seemed like a piece of cake after having done Chang La and after hearing all that we had been hearing for the past 3 days.

    Once we were up there, photo sessions, souvenir sessions, tea sessions. I simply love the Kashmiri Kahwa tea! And it was available even here. At this altitude.

    Photo sessions






    Poser sunglasses, they are really effective, like Axe!






    The cafeteria is buried in snow!


    Look at how the walls of the cafeteria are caving in from the weight of the snow on top




    Darth Vader, here I comeKhardung La, highest motorable road?!!

    It is printed everywhere, on the boards, placards, on the souvenirs, T-shirts, engraved and etched on the rocks, in the snow that you are at 5602mts. This seems is an inflated number which seemingly does not have much support in hard evidence. It has been inflated for the sake of records. A little research will show you that the actual height of K-Top is at 5359mts. To verify I checked my GPS showing 5337.5mts showing a margin of error of 21.5mts! I have the location stored still. In that case there are other paved road passes which are higher than this notably Suge La and Semo La, both being in Tibet.

    At the summit of the pass, I met an enthusiastic off-road rider, rally enthusiast and erstwhile national junior basketball team captain, Adarsh Saxena. It was interesting talking to him. He is very enthusiastic about getting into rallying. Brigitte took a liking for the young man.

    Adarsh Saxena


    While riding back, we made a quick photostop at the famous India Gate



    Frozen Rock Juice










    On the way back, we stopped at the Spituk monastery, 8kms from Leh with a commanding view of the Indus Valley and the city. The Spituk Monastery dates back from the 11th century and was reconstructed in the 15th. When we reached there, the palatial part was being restored. We visited the temple and monastery to take some pictures. The place is vibrant with colours. And there is a huge idol inside the temple worth visiting.

    Spituk















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    "It is undoubtedly a special feeling having ridden on a motorcycle to the highest motorable pass. The road has been quite good for most of the way and the views fantastic. What I have been particularly impressed by is the way the road-building engineers have developped the gradient and engineered the slope of the entire climb till Khardung La. It is supposed to be a very steep ascent to do 2000mts climb in 35kms. But not once in the entire climb does one feel that the ascent has a difficult gradient. The whole planning, development and building of the gradient of this road is an engineering feat.

    The second part of our journey today, which was totally unplanned, the visit of the Spituk Monastery has also left me quite fascinated. I love the way they designed these monasteries and the way they are still used. Thank you for stopping to take the pictures.

    And also thanks for reminding me of the Diamox. I think that it is essential. Now that I have successfully experimented with it, I will recommend it to anyone manifesting symptoms of AMS above 4000mts to take Diamox as it really helps. Today I had no uncomfortable feelings, no headache, no heavy effort symptoms and I could enjoy the day fully."

    Short Video taken during the descent
    YouTube - Return from Khardung LaChinese whisper about the arrival of ONE solitary vehicle sauntering across town in a battered shape but having made it from Manali and having crossed Baralach La. This was big news and was enough encouragement for us to hurriedly start packing. Coz for Brigitte, nothing can be worse than Godzilla pass!

    Did we make it back through Baralach La? Did we make it beyond Sarcchu? How far did we make it? Coming up shortly...
    Last edited by ken cool; 07-16-2010, 12:00 PM.

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  • ken cool
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    @MG: I am surprised that you know me so well. The night shots is another tall story. We will talk about it.

    Originally posted by aargee View Post
    Waiting for adventures to begin with Khardung La
    Coming up soon...

    Originally posted by aargee View Post
    Italian food? Was it a pizza or you really mean pastas & stuff like a real Italian food? I'm quite surprised to read the availability of non Indian food at that altitude.
    Originally posted by Technician View Post
    Once-in-a-life-time Experience (for us lesser mortals).
    Awesome Photography.
    Great Courage and persistence on rider's part.
    One wonderful trip.

    PS - Chewing raisins every then and now is a good antidote to hypoglycemia
    Thanks. Will remember about the raisins bit. Good to see that you read the log!

    Originally posted by bhargava_sr View Post
    LEH visits are the hot topics, just cant miss these threads,
    Specially this one - Amazing writeup and mind blowing pics.
    Hats Off to your adventurous trip. Keep going.
    Thanks.

    Originally posted by tNaish View Post
    is a French masculine name of Breton origin meaning "chief or prince". It was popularized by a fifth century Saint
    He is Really a Prince.

    Congrats to all three of you for this.
    Thanks. Wow! You know quite a bit of the origin of the name . I knew about the chief/prince bit. But not the part about the 5C Saint!

    I will send the link to your post to his mom!

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  • tNaish
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    Originally posted by ken cool View Post
    Day 7

    And finally...
    Pangong Tso:



    4237Mts



    Emerald green


    Ken Da, I must admit this must have been an out of world experience soaring your adrenaline level to an all time high but for me (while sitting @office worksation ), the adventure starts from here, THE DAY 7 @ PAGONG TSO. GAR FIRDAUS BAR RUE ZAMIN AST, HAMI ASTO, HAMI ASTO, HAMI ASTO is a French masculine name of Breton origin meaning "chief or prince". It was popularized by a fifth century Saint
    He is Really a Prince.

    Congrats to all three of you for this.

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  • bhargava_sr
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    LEH visits are the hot topics, just cant miss these threads,
    Specially this one - Amazing writeup and mind blowing pics.
    Hats Off to your adventurous trip. Keep going.

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  • Technician
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    Once-in-a-life-time Experience (for us lesser mortals).
    Awesome Photography.
    Great Courage and persistence on rider's part.
    One wonderful trip.

    PS - Chewing raisins every then and now is a good antidote to hypoglycemia

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