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Old 05-23-2012, 09:20 PM   #2971
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you guys are glad to be out of the Delhi heat.

Is Rhotang open?

p.s. It sucks not having a horn, huh?
So glad to be out of the heat. Unbearable for sure!

Rohtang is open.... Will be on the road in a little bit.

Would not want to ride without a horn
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:47 PM   #2972
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:59 PM   #2973
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So glad to be out of the heat. Unbearable for sure!

Rohtang is open.... Will be on the road in a little bit.

Would not want to ride without a horn
Hurry up.... I'm waiting for a new report! (enjoying the story big time!)
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:26 PM   #2974
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When I saw PFB's post on where the best Enfield shop was, I thought to myself..... "he's already been there" BOOM !! Next post from RadioMan confirms...

Just great you are sharing the first part of this with MoBill. Very cool he was playing stickball with the local boys

Never been been there, but have talked with many who have. Very spiritual place, I'm sure you will not regret one minute of your time there.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:54 PM   #2975
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And the adventure has begun
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:34 AM   #2976
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Hurry up.... I'm waiting for a new report! (enjoying the story big time!)
Me too !!! I am enjoying the photos, story and community comments big time.... Love MoBill joining in the neighborhood games....hilarious comment about Radioman with the fez...

Be safe .... Can't wait to see photos of the snow banks .....
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:35 AM   #2977
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May 24, 2012 Manali to Keylong via Rohtang Pass

Just have a few minutes at as cyber cafe..... Wanted to post a couple photos of todays EPIC riding!!

This is exactly what I came to India to do. Loving riding the Royal Enfield as it is simple and we are having a blast "dual sporting" on them!! We road over Rohtang pass which is just a boy 3,990 Meters ( of just over 13, 000 feet) they were still removing snow since it has been open only one week this year!! What a blast we are having!!

This is my spot tracker google map..... Yes it was as fun as it looks.!



Rohtang pass. You have to look close to see the traversing switch backs, loaded with tourists.



Lined all the way up. We waited over an hour to be be able to start up.



But were totally rewarded after we passed the checkpoint above all the tourists and headed over the pass!



Wahooo!



They were still clearing and we had to maneuver around them, no safety crews needed



SNOW.



Riding the back side.... Yes MoBill was stoked!



Up the next valley



Top of the Pass 13,000 most to ourselves and the crews.



I love this Ride!



Met these guys on the downward side. They are Sikh's on there was to a Temple pilgrimage .



They put Turbans on us for the photo it was so cool!!



The mountain vista's were amazing! This is certain what drew me to make this trip!



Had a few trucks...... Glad I have a horn



end of a great day of riding!!



Made it to ... Keylong. Check you google maps.



Good night for now! What an awesome day of riding in the Himalayas and lots more to come!

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:49 AM   #2978
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Running Fat!

" And for some reason my bike is getting about 20% less milage than MoBill's ?"

If your bikes running fat (too rich) now at low altitudes, what are you expecting once you reach the real mountains. It will probably be impossible to start, or keep it running when you come to a stop. But I'm sure somebody can cure that for you with all the bikes shops in that part of the world.

Please keep up the photos, nice to see a different part of the world.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:32 AM   #2979
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I like the picture with the turbans too. Keep the fun coming, double points for flowers.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:33 AM   #2980
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There has got to be at least one front page shot in that post.. I see 3 or 4 that should make it. Jealous.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:03 PM   #2981
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Great stuff Mark and MoBill! Lovin' this RR! Keep the hits coming. Thanks!
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:20 PM   #2982
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Point of Trivia

Did you know that I was among the first civilians (including Indians) to ever travel that road? It was 1990 and I had taken the bus to Ladakh from Kashmir. Fighting was fierce around Dal Lake then and they cancelled all transoprtation past Srinagar (and most of it TO Srinagar). The road you are on was built by and for the Army only. I was stuck in Leh for weeks and finally they allowed half a bus load of forieners on a bus- the rest of the passengers were military. We were the first non military guys to ever go there (legally I guess). I don't know if they opened it just to get us out of there or if they were planning on doing it anyway, but they have opened it every summer since then as far as I know. I remember it was July 10th because it's my birrthday and July 10th both began and ended and we were still on the bus (often on the roof). That was the day I turned 25.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:39 PM   #2983
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My father in law travelled that very road (srinagar to leh) in 70's many times when he was working with geological survey of india. He told me that they would take about 10 days to traverse which now usually take 20 hrs.

I guess you are partially right because there was NO ROAD when he did it
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:59 PM   #2984
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That must have been real adventure. The Srinigar to Leh road was spectacular and much more easy than the Leh to Manali route. Both were awesome! I envy the guys exporing the area 20 years before me. I once met an old Austrian who had led people from wherever the road ended to Kathmandu when it too a couple of weeks to walk there. I MET this guy- not read about him in some 100 year old book. It must have been truly something before the cars got there.

Still such a facinating area. Really a special place in the world.


Edit: That section from Srinagar to Leh took two days when I did it- and that part had been open to the public for a while. 20 hours now? It must be a great ride!
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:02 PM   #2985
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[QUOTE=Johnny Drunkard;18753397]
For hippies and "counterculture" the place to be is the Parvati Valley particularly Kasol.
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That was true then too. Kulu valley as well. The place is so beautful I can't describe it.
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