#Repost from @poshgoondas ・・・
Day 3 | Kalpa to Nako |
The Windy Flags 🏍
This part of the day's ride fell into a post lunch ride. A stark contrast to the morning's ride. The morning's ride didnt involve much of an elevation change. Starting off from Kalpa (9711' elevation) and reaching Pooh (7421' elevation), a few kms past the man-made 'landslide' shown in another video. 🏍
The ride in the morning was mainly alongside the Sujlej river flowing down. A quick stop at Pooh for lunch and a Police Checkpoint saw us reach Khab - a small town sitting near the confluence of the Sutlej River and the Spiti River. It is here that the Spiti River starts accompanying us as we meander up through the moutains towards Kaza and the Spiti Valley. 🏍
This segment of our ride had us climb up through the switchbacks and good tarmac roads from Pooh (7421') and ultimately reaching Nako (12,014' elevation) where we would stop for the night in a 'Camp Hotel'.
The smooth ride up the mountains on tarmac roads made for welcome change after the morning's rattling over rocky trails. Cloudless blue skies and bright sunlight as opposed to overcast and cool temperatures from the morning's ride. Wind in the hair, Bullets gunning up the mountains at a fair clip. 🏍
More or less the half way stop for the afternoon was at a corner in the road where a ton of Prayer Flags had been put up. This spot can be seen in most, if not all, photo journals of rides by other riders. A popular spot for that 'Kodak moment' picture. A breather. A stretch of legs. Get the group together for some pictures. Gear up, kick stand up, and onward to the day's destination at Nako. An exhilarating day's ride.
- this is the uncut video of the day when I travelled on the "World's most treacherous road" for the 10th time in 2017. When 2017 had begun, I had never thought that I would end up doing this, but that is the thing about life; you never know where it might throw you
With every passing minute, I knew the signboard was inching closer and my levels of excitement rose too. Have a look and tell me about it
If you like this video, you can check my vlog for more unseen footages like these. The link has been updated in my bio. Cheers
Day 3 | Kalpa to Nako . .
Kalpa to Nako. Along the Satlej
The roaring gushes and gentle flows of the Satlej kept us company practically all the way through along this stretch. The initial tarmac roads soon gave way to rocky dirt tracks with overhanging rock faces. This is the stretch where travelers come across the the famous 'You are driving along the world's most treacherous road'. I'm glad I stopped and took a picture with this famous sign.
This was a memorable ride. Adventurous. Dirt track, traffic, pot holes, the odd temple along the way and the River alongside. There were areas where the BRO (Border Roads Organization) were trying to widen the roads by cutting into the mountain rock faces in preparation for laying a 'good black tarmac'. (There goes the adventure!) This meant creating man-made landslide by blowing up the rock face and then bulldozing the big rocks into the river and grading the smaller loose stones into the 'road'. We were held up for a few hours at one such 'land-slide'. Motorcycles, Cars, Trucks - all cooling their heels patiently. A different kind of a traffic jam! It is at this point that we met up again with another motorcycle group riding all the way from Pune, Maharashatra (Central India). The group was traveling under the Tyremark Motorcycle Group. Nice bunch of riders and photographers. We had bumped into them at our first night's stop in Narkanda, near Shimla. This video was shot by their cameraman filming all the riders navigating over the freshly dynamited rock. Amol Desai was kind enough to send this video after his return back to Pune. Much thanks Amol (@amold79) and the @tyremarkholidays team and happy riding!
The video shows Kalpesh going across the rocks first under the guidance and supervision of the Tyremark Team. Then follows 'Mr Patel' - Jatin. The rocks seemed to be winning there! Following him is me. I got the better line through and over the rocks and crossed the rocks in a flash. Blink and you'd miss me!
Up and over and once again on the roads, into the wind, traversing the winding tracks as it went up and over, switching in and out. Good times! Miles of Smiles!