Monthly Archives: July 2016

Prep in Manali, full of challenges before heading on highway

There were two days planned at Manali to prepare for the the trip 29 and 30 July. Final preparation and final workout just before getting onto the highway leading to Leh.  After over 2000km drive with cycle in the car from Gandhinagar to Manali it was important to get body used to cycling, final testing of the cycle and shopping of fresh food item were important during these two days.   On the first day in Manali, I stated my […]

Efforts to make trip successful

Nine days of cycling, from Manali to Leh and then to Khardung La one of the highest motorable roads in the world was not simple as it sounded. This needed a lot of preparation, physically, mentally, monitory and logistics. More than six months of physical preparation, I chose not to take any experienced rider’s help as the trip was being planned to test my understanding of cycling, mountain and test of will to conquer all the challenges faced in the […]

From the trip diary of a dreamer: Final day of packing and embarking on the journey 27July 2015

‘From the Trip diary of a dreamer’ is experiences, incidents that I faced during my solo cycle expedition from Manali to Leh, starting from July 27 2015 to August 9 2015. Different pages from the diary will be shared here time and again. It is a journey of patience, passion and willpower, where riding solo to cross 6 high altitude mountain passes and gained 12000feet height starting from 6000 feet at (Manali) to 18300 (Khardung La) ahead of Leh. Dreams, […]

Why burn rubber on the road?

Recently I took up cycling seriously and did few long distance trips and expedition. It is not only about strength and paddling from Manali to Leh and Khardung La (known as One of the highest motorable roads for tourist at 18300feet) but it is all about burning rubber on the tarmac. Be it bicycle or bike, it is beyond what is seen, observed and experienced. After paddling about 4000km in about a year and 4 months, after riding motorbike for […]