Remember singing the song ‘I’m on the top of the world’ in school? We were literally going to be on top of the world after about 48 hours of reaching Ladakh. How? Our troop of soldiers (read riders) was making plans of conquering Khardungla, the highest motorable road of the world, which lies at a height of 18,380 feet above the sea level. With the four of days continuous riding that we had been doing, our confidence levels had definitely risen, but the sight of the mountains, clad with heavy snow, which we got from our hotel, still gave each one of us the shivers.
After the excitement of finally being in the northern-most state of the country began to sink in on day one, day two is when our real adventure started! 4 days of riding to reach Ladakh, distances of 110 km, 183 km, 237 km and 210 km to be covered, and one hotel, one houseboat and one tent stay. Bikes, riding gears, helmets, rain gear, gloves, riding shoes; all the dressing up made us feel like soldiers, soldiers going on wars to conquer different mountains. In retrospect, we did, in fact, conquer them! That’s how we dressed up, and that’s how onlookers on the road made us feel. Waves from friendly locals, hi-fives from excited kids, looks of amusement from pedestrians and thumbs-up from fellow riders.
Yeah I did not want to use the extremely overdone cliche of ‘Getting Leh’d’ so I went with this one. Anyway, this is where I am going to be spending the next 14 days, beginning tomorrow. The picture looks exciting? Yes, that’s how excited I am! No wait, I am way more excited than that and of course, absolutely cannot wait to get there!