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Old 02-11-2011, 01:37 PM   #196
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JoeMX:...... the incidence of rainfall, snow, cyclones,.....
You will get in very hot and very muggie weather south of the mountains, but as Buuurt mentioned you can expect anything, including snow at higher elevations, even in August.



Loved your picture stuck in the mud.

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Old 02-11-2011, 03:13 PM   #197
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You sure have me interested in a trip.

Milady is now very hot to go to.

Thanks and looking forward to the rest of the tail.
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:24 PM   #198
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...Milady is now very hot to go to....
Huh? How do you guys find these adventurous women?
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:45 PM   #199
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Huh? How do you guys find these adventurous women?
Took me 15 yrs,
Ya got to keep your eyes open.

(mine said she Might like to ride someday, so we got her into a course, she got her MC endorsement last June and went on a 2200 mile ride to montana in July. )
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:44 PM   #200
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Now it's time for our buddy to return the favor!! Great. All of a sudden, he's a tire expert!! Too funny!!




What Joe failed to mention was just before we realized we had a flat tire the chummy Indian boys were following us out saying "one photo" "please one more" I said lets go NOW! We saw our break to pull out after a military convoy..... I looked down and said SHIT we have a flat! The boys got off the bike and started the "flat tire stop watch" Maja and I decided it would be best to keep our helmets on for fear we both might get licked. They asked many times please one more photo... So as you can see in the picture we have our helmets on... for an extra 40 minutes that day!
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:32 PM   #201
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Sounds like it was worth it though.

even as a guy the thought of that "friendly" lick made me squick a bit. lol.

Good to hear your input getting in here Minxter. Love seeing the other side of a RR when it is available.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:47 PM   #202
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DAY 14 continued:
We were traveling through the high country and decided it was time for lunch. The terrain was very desolate at this point.



Minxter and Buurrt decided it was time for the "turban try outs". We were laughing and totally soaking it in. The journey was going well.



We continued to climb into some totally amazing mountains.



There were sheep and goat herders taking their animals to lower elevations for the winter. They didn't even notice us coming by.



Even though we were higher in elevation a few days back, the peaks here were more stunning in our opinion.



The road wasn't great but we were used to it by now and were just really enjoying the slow ride.



We were approaching another high pass and came across this lunatic that pushed a tuk-tuk up there!! And we thought we were creeping!!



The weather was perfect. Couldn't have been better.



Bricks were used for this high elevation stretch. The road is closed in the winter. Perhaps these are ideal to except changes in the land through the winter and maybe easier to repair as well? They looked nice but it was still slow going.



We reached the high point of the pass and came to this fork with no signs. We guessed to take the low route.



Turns out we guessed right. We could see that this hairy section was split into two routes; one for upward traffic and one for down. They were both blocked because of a landslide. You can see some of the cars backed up along the cut in the hillside.




We continued down to where the landslide had cars stopped.



With the bikes it was easy to thread our way passed all the cars and trucks and get right up to the front where the road was getting cleared.



We got this shot of these Indians. Lots of the males in India are quite affectionate to other males and it's not uncommon to see them with their arm around their buddy or for them to be holding hands. This is kinda strange coming from our "homophobic" country of the USA but as we understand, these guys are strait. Just out of the ordinary for us Americans.



We waited for an hour or two and then there was enough room for us to squeeze the bikes through. Us and the rest of the motorcyclists punched it and started descending. It took a little longer for the four wheeled vehicles before the road was cleared enough to proceed. It pays to be on a bike where you can "dice" through situations.



Dropping into this valley was outrageous!! You can see that we are now on the rainy side of the mountain range again with evergreen trees on the hills.



All the trucks were stopped down in the valley and someone got word that the road was open. THE RACE WAS ON!! These guys started jammin' gears with the peddle to the metal, two abreast with no concern of anyone on their way down!!



We were in awe late this afternoon.



We were nearing the town of Sonamarg where we were planning on staying the night. We couldn't stop "rubber-necking" at the terrain surrounding us!!



We made a pass through the town and chose this place to stay. The guy running the place was super friendly, as usual.



We were loving it!! We settled in, went to dinner at the place with the most locals. Dinner was, of course, excellent!!



We were very pleased with the day's journey. We had no idea where we'd end up. Sonamarg ended up being one of our favorite spots!!
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:01 PM   #203
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:16 PM   #204
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Both front page photo candidates - superb photos!
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:36 PM   #205
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Agree!

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Old 02-12-2011, 06:14 AM   #206
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Mountain Views

What a ride!!!! The views are wonderful and worthy of being the reason for such a trip. Time to save some $$$ and make the plunge into the Indian Mountains.

Continue to ride safe and keep the RR coming.

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Old 02-12-2011, 07:06 AM   #207
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Turns out we guessed right. We could see that this hairy section was split into two routes; one for upward traffic and one for down. They were both blocked because of a landslide. You can see some of the cars backed up along the cut in the hillside.
How wide is the road ? Hope you didn't have to face vehicles coming up at this point.. incredible

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We made a pass through the town and chose this place to stay. The guy running the place was super friendly, as usual.
Seems the hotelier is making money out of landslides too..got his excavator kept handy
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:00 AM   #208
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Before reading this RR I'd never before considered going to India, and now it's most DEFINITELY on my list of places to go. My sister went through Delhi on her own RTW trip and got lots of pictures of those busses (even inside). Everything in that part of the world is SO colorful, including it seems the countryside!
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:29 AM   #209
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Before reading this RR I'd never before considered going to India, and now it's most DEFINITELY on my list of places to go. My sister went through Delhi on her own RTW trip and got lots of pictures of those busses (even inside). Everything in that part of the world is SO colorful, including it seems the countryside!
You, me & Roo. all feel the same on this one I think. *grin*
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:37 AM   #210
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You, me & Roo. all feel the same on this one I think. *grin*
I'd totally ride with you two. Rent a couple bikes, pack fairly light, go see the country. Don't think my family'd let me do this one alone.

Maybe not on Royal Enfields though, judging from comments here.

Can't wait for the rest!!
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