Charlotte, NC to New Delhi, India - The Journey Continues

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by SgtMike, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. petefromberkeley

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    WoooooHooooooo!!!!!:clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap
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  2. petefromberkeley

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    Ahh, Manali........... Well, CJ is the expert and my info is old, but I think you would want to stay in Old Manali. Or even better, go up the hill to Vashist and hang with the hippies. I forget what time it is that they change the water in the hot springs, but you only have to ask, then go right after that. It's very cool (well hot, but you know what I mean). And the view of the river is nice from a few of the cafes up there. I rented a house up there for a month and really liked it.
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  3. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Excellent SgtMike! Go man go!
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  4. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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    Oh Boy Oh Boy!!!!
    :lurk in a big, huge way!

    Remember Sgt. Mike took Shustrik to the races when he visited? It was awesome! Now it's payback.

    Gonna check your myspace later for any updates there too.

    Suz
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  5. petefromberkeley

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  6. arn

    arn Been here awhile

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    You'll have to wait a bit.

    Internet where they are going ranges from the slow and sucky to the nonexistent.

    The wait will be worth it, I'm sure.
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  7. Dark

    Dark Been here awhile

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    Safe travels fellows, looking forward to the complete report. We'll be here when you get back.:lurk
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  8. dugmar

    dugmar Pinball Wizard

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    Scott at Bilstein just gave me the heads up on this thread. Anxiously awaiting the rest of the trip report!
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  9. Dave-in-Turkey

    Dave-in-Turkey Mild Mannered Adventurer

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    :lurk:lurk Looks like a great RR starting.
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  10. Super Suz

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  11. SgtMike

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    something doesn't go wrong.











    My Royal Enfield 350 Bullet has decided the journey is over. Bad "CDI", or coil, will not allow it it to start - ever - until replaced. The bad news, Srinigar, Kashmir is not a big Enfield town like Delhi. No part means bike on truck, Mike on Van-Bus-Cab 18 hour marathon to get back to CJ's place. As we speak, he and Sharad are riding back on their 500's, will arrive tomorrow.

    To say this trip has been amazing is a HUGE understatement. I never thought I could hurt so much on a bike, or have such awe inspiring moments on a bike. Like riding up these passes, putting my left foot down while stopped for a passing truck - then realizing 4 inches further would be a 3 THOUSAND foot drop!!!! Long days riding in that terrain stretches your endurance, concentration, and desire. You REALLY have to want to keep going. A couple days I wanted to park it and camp, but that's not possible up there.

    Before Chris and Sharad get back, I want to say a couple things.
    Chris's inspiration and joy are what kept me going. He is one of the most giving and supportive people I've known and deserves every bit of credit coming to him. His and Richa's willingness to put me up, put up with me, with open arms and smiles has been unbelievably comforting. They will always have an open door to my home - no question.
    Sharad, will never know how much it means to me that he stuck by me when it got tough. He helped me learn the Enfield's unique operation, offered advice on riding here in India that kept me out of ditches and Tata grills (more to come about this subject). When the 350's death rattled started, all the lights went out. We had to cross a lower pass (12k-13k ft) into Kargil and Sharad rode by my side giving me light to see. If you don't think this would be difficult, ride blindfolded on a 1.5 lane road with a couple thousand feet drop on one side - see how it works. Sharad saved my life in my opinion.

    They'll be bringing all the photo's and their thoughts tomorrow, this is just my update - this is gonna be good!:deal
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  12. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    wow!...Wow!!

    I'm excited for all involved!!

    take it all in !
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  13. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    cant wait..... feel free to add more insights Mike!!:lurk
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  14. SgtMike

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    Chris is inbound right now. Richa spoke with him, he's about an hour from tire stop.

    Here's a little sumfin fer ya....



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  15. knybanjo

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  16. SgtMike

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    CJ just just rode 900km on 3 hours sleep. Must sort pics, all that stuff.
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  17. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    As you've already read, Mike landed in New Delhi about 3 weeks ago and we rode through some of the most treacherous riding conditions ever. From single track riding at 18000 ft to getting washed away by icy water-crossings. From a tiff with indian army to the ever welcoming people of ladakh. From back bone hurting terrain to butt massaging tarmac. We did it all.

    Here are some pics !!


    We all started from my home to an adventure of a lifetime.

    Here's me with my Bullet !


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    SgtMike with his

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  18. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!:lurk
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  19. TO107

    TO107 In need of more CC's

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    More, more :lurk
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  20. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Riding through Kashmir wearing a US army jacket --- :ricky

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    Fully loaded at 400+ lbs
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