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

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

  1. SgtMike

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    The twisting hills, the trucks chugging along, a trial by fire for sure. We stopped on the way for some lunch. Great little road side cafe.


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    Our friend Sharad enjoying the break.


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    ...it's the journey.

    The place to get fuel is the Indian Oil stations. Our rides after filling up.


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    This is one tired rider. The Enfield is a tough bike to ride over long distances. My left hand was so worn from pulling the clutch I could barely move my fingers.

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    The view from our "Rockin'" hotel room.


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    "We're gonna ride some passes." Chanderjeet tells me, but getting to those passes wasn't what I expected. Some of the best tarmak roads and some of the worst dirt/rock roads I've ever seen. That is what makes this ride so difficult.

    This was the first pass out of Minali - I stalled the bike, Sharad helpin' a brotha out;

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    Here's more shots of those mountain side roads.

    Sharad keeps moving;

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    Chanderjeet taking in the scenery a bit;

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    Traffic jams are common on the tight pass roads. We caught a few, this is usually how we delt with them;

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    Chanderjeet offered some Nirvanna to help calm my nerves and focus for the ride ahead;


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    We rode out and found a shop to get the Green Monsters' brake pedal repaired. Sharad looks on, checking his bikes' load during the break.


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    the view from Chris' 5oo Bullet.


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    We got around the "tourist" area and headed down the other side of the pass. Snowy at the top, cagers come up to ride sleds and throw snowballs. Cold wasn't really a concern, not that low as far as temps go - maybe 30's farenheit.


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    Mountain top eatery. they do a good business, but they nearly DOUBLED the normal price for a meal.


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    Just finished with lunch, getting ready for the the drop to Pak.


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    The snow melt makes things interesting, watercrossings are common on these routes. Sharad pushing H2O;

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    And your truly;

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    We were climbing and came across an Australian fellow coming down from the top. He warned us of an avalanche at the top that blocked the road. "Don't go up there, if it falls again you're stuck for the night!" We waited a short while and proceded up. It had started to snow and got cold as it does at the top. We found a traffic backup and some Russian riders as well. One of them found some black ice and dropped his bike. Sharad helped him right his Enfield just as we started down the other side.


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    At the top, getting snowed on;

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    Sharad at our stop on the other side;


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    Our friend Chanderjeet - self portrait.


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    Break on an open plain, ancient sedimentary plains like this offer great views.

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    View from a climb. This is how many of the passes reach up the mountain sides;

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    AWesome AWesome !!:clap:clap
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    What was wrong with SgtMike's bullet? Clutch slipping? Looks like his load was on Sharad's bike.

    Awesome pics as always...Chanderjeet Bhaiyya, mujhe bi ladakh jaana hai.
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  13. funklab

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    looking good sgt mike

    show 'em how we ride in the queen city
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    The rider was inexperienced, and the 350 had some power-to-weight issues. Me and my gear weighed too much for the available power.:rofl

    It got more difficult at altitude. The hairpin turns on top of the passes took alot of aggressive riding to climb.
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    more, please.

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    You should come too. Its gonna blow you away sirji.

    :clap:clap Hows everything. It was awesome staying with you in NYC. Thanks again for everything you did :thumb
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    Holy crap

    My brain starts to quit at around 10k feet.

    15k?!?! :huh
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    Wait for the 18k pics :ricky
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    Sorry for the recent delay. My family has become busy getting ready for memorial services. My Grandmother has passed at 93, the foundation of our clan, after a long illness.

    Will get things going again in just a bit, still sorting through 500 pics:evil . AND - Chanderjeet, my brotha, may have additions.
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  20. jjustj

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    great report, worth waiting for.