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Manali to Leh and the Khardung La

Old 07-27-15, 03:47 AM
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Manali to Leh and the Khardung La

Hi,

I've recently completed a trip in the Indian Himalayas - it was one of the most beautiful bike tours I have ever done and a great physical challenge. You might be interested to read my new blog post on the trip at:

www.tombrucecycling.com

Thanks,
Tom Bruce

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Excellent photos all 800+ of them!
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Wow... some excellent trip footage on the website. Makes me want to go myself.
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An epic ride! Esp since Indian drivers are reputed to be rather maniacal by "western" standards. A Washington Post newspaper feature article once detailed the life of an Indian trucker who sipped whisky to get thru the long days. Article noted that Indian pedestrians & cyclists had to scurry off the road when they heard a Tata approach. OTOH (according to the article) if a trucker accidentally kills a local ped/biker he risks getting beaten to death by the locals.

TV show Ice Road Truckers is usually about trucking in Arctic regions of Canada but a block of episodes featured the truckers going to India to conquer the mountains. Heh, the Ice Road Truckers are tough & skilled guys but they were aghast at the dare-devil passing antics of the Indian motorists, not to mention narrow sketchy roads, crumbling bridges etc.

I like Indian food & find the religion/culture pretty fascinating--I used to think it would be an interesting place for cycle touring but later I learned it was hardly a picnic. OTOH Bicycling Magazine once had a series about a guy who rode 'round the world...he found, like yourself, that at least Indians tend to be quite friendly & inquisitive. Interestingly the author found Afghanistan the most unpleasant country to tour thru (this was in ~70's before the wars) due to unfriendly locals.

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