So we finally have permits for all the places we aimed for, except one. This is a major achievement.
Usually one needs to go to Leh and apply for the permits to these restricted areas. Not only does that take one whole day, it makes it necessary to first go to Leh before going anywhere more interesting and creates a lot of riding repeat sections.
With all kinds of hard work, we have these permits in advance, so we cut off into our intending riding areas without ever hitting Leh till right at the end. Just as planned and intended. And even more exciting, permissions of travel to many of these areas were withdrawn three weeks back, but we've somehow been given those permits too! Maybe they're opening up and all one needs to do is ask real nice.
This routing creates a loooooong section of 750kms without any re-fueling possibilities. That's a lot of kms. But the friendly 4wd comes in handy.....my friend SP will be carrying 60ltrs of fuel for the three bikes on his roof carrier, besides 60 for himself. So we now have a fuel tanker along :)
So 4 more days till the rubber meets the road.