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Old 08-02-2009, 07:56 PM   #166
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Cry The route took us past a moving memorial

In 1999, there was a conflict between Pakistan and India over the region near Kargil. The battle claimed many lives and ended with a region in mourning. We spent a few moments in memory of them on this trip.








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Old 08-02-2009, 08:04 PM   #167
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Getting to Srinigar proves to be a great ride.

Covering another pass at this point was not as much a challenge as it was fun! We had to deal with the traffic of an Army convoy on some VERY narrow mountain side roads. We enjoyed the view and had a snack - made for a fun day of riding.




Sharad getting wet through one of the MANY crossings on this route;




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Old 08-02-2009, 08:09 PM   #168
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Dusty break waiting on the convoy to pass by...

a chat with other riders, snacks to keep hunger away, a pee off a 3 thousand foot cliff.









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Old 08-02-2009, 08:22 PM   #169
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Cool2 My bike struggles continued into Srinigar

At this point, I hated turning off the bike. On any hill it wasn't too bad to bump start it, but that became difficult as well. We found our way into the BUSY city and luckily found a secure parking lot. Adjacent to the lot was a river front area lined with houseboats. Chanderjeet negotiated a nights stay and it was fantastic. Our hosts took good care of us, arranging dinner and breakfast. This was June, 25 - my birthday - happy 40th...

Our water taxi carrying 5 guys and all our gear...









"Have I got a deal for you!" These guys row up and down the river front, selling their wares, hand made paper mache'.

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Old 08-02-2009, 08:37 PM   #170
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Pissed "Let's find a mechanic." says Chanderjeet

No problem! Or so we thought. Srinigar, it turns out, is not a big Royal Enfield town. Add to this the fact that the Muslim majority is starting holiday, the town is shutting down!!!!! CJ managed to find a shop that could help us. A small place next to a parts store, problems solved... not so fast Amigo! The electrical system was finished. After a couple hours trying to start the bike, we faced the fact and decided on a course of action.

If you look close enough you'll see the tow rope between Sharad's and my bike...




The course of action - me getting on a van to Jammu. The bike was dead, CJ arranged transport by truck back to Delhi. The van ride was, how do I put this, SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!! About 4.5 hours of rally driving in a van full of people, across 2 passes, through a tunnel, stopping only to cool the brakes. My only real problem was that my bag carrying my gifts for home was lost, not being secured atop the rack. I missed the boys and the last two days of riding, but did get more sight seeing in...


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Old 08-02-2009, 08:57 PM   #171
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Cool2 My last bit of tourista action...

CJ and Richa had been absolutely amazing hosts. Allowing me to stay with them, arranging a bike, acting as linguists/translators, cultural advisors, best friends was immeasurably valuable. My gratitude to them is endless! My home will forever be open to them.

My day after arriving back in Delhi was spent visiting the #1 tourist spot in India. Built 400 years ago, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, an ADV checklist location - The Taj Mahal.






CJ and Sharad made it back after some LONG riding sessions. We spent a while trying to reflect, but it all happened so fast. Not until I returned to Charlotte and caught up my routine that it all really set in. An amazing journey with amazing people in an amazing land. Ancient and magical, India has made me look at the world a little different now. It has brought it a bit more close for me - we're all in this together.
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:51 PM   #172
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What can I say?

All I can think of is OMG. SgtMike, Semper Fi. What an adventure. Fantastic pictures.
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:55 PM   #173
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You're welcome my brother.
Lets do this again sometime.

Good writeup and stuff !
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:59 PM   #174
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Riding around Pangong tso




Mikey, im sure you remember this, the pagal nallah.

This is where I pushed across the water crossing and up the steep climb. This was just before pangong tso !
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:45 AM   #175
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Thumb The detour...

Yep, it was a rough section for sure. I couldn't help but think how those trucks were gonna make it. Good stuff!
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Talking Semper Fi!

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All I can think of is OMG. SgtMike, Semper Fi. What an adventure. Fantastic pictures.
Thanks for checking in .

I'll put up some scenery pics later, without us FF's to mess up the shot.
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:55 PM   #178
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that's what I call a "birthday trip"

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Old 08-04-2009, 07:51 AM   #179
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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....



What's a "Dipper" and how do you use it at night?
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:52 AM   #180
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What's a "Dipper" and how do you use it at night?
Means, you flash headlights when you are overtaking someone.

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