Friday, December 30, 2016

Tigers in the land of the Snow Leopard


So as I got back from thrashing around the dunes in Dubai on the Christinis I made my way to Delhi. Harsh and I wanted to beat the crowds and make an early ride to Ladakh via Srinagar as it had been a while since the two of us had been into the mountains just for our selfs and even longer since we had taken the route through Srinagar. Triumph was brilliant in providing a Triumph Explorer 1200 to me and an Tiger 800 XCX to Harsh for our trip.

It was horrid and hot in Delhi and our plans were to do as many miles as we could the first day but we overslept and by the time we left Delhi it was Chandigarh that we ended up in for the night (just making it more obvious we can't bypass Chandigarh ever). That turned out pretty well because as we got into Chandigarh I got a call that our first Himalayan was ready for delivery. Always a fun evening going to get a new motorcycle.



You forget how spectacular the state of J&K is until you go through the Jawahar tunnel and you come out into the Kashmir valley. The roads were in a horrid state in many places but all because there is lots of construction and upgrading of the existing roads. So hopefully 2017 the same ride will be far easier. Not like it made us much of a difference because the Tigers are totally at home on the highways as they are on the rough stuff that we refer to as roads.

I have been sitting on this post for a few days now so maybe I shall just let the images tell the story...