Day 7(28 june 2018):- Keylong to Manali:- 120 km , 6 hours.
Video Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReKkynqlOWs
Damaged road – 20 km (Between Koksar and Rohtang Pass. Was in worst condition due to continous rain.)
It was morning 8am but route was still blocked . At 10 am left the room because came to know till 12 pm route will be opened. And it will take an hour to reach there.Went to Tandi petrol pump refilled the tank. There I met a bikers group from spain with a local Group leader ‘Sunil’ from Manali. They asked
Are you solo on scooty? I said ‘yes’ He was not able to believe . He said to his friends “ yaar ye ladhki akele hai scooty par” And I left him with his mouth opened.
Than the most intresting water crossing came 8 km before Koksar named ‘Pagal Naala’. It was not less than the hell. I was scared because I had heared many incident of this Naala as it directly flows to Pakistan. Crane was working there for removing big stones so the flow was increasing due to that.I was saying please stop for one minute but he was not listening at all.
Got stuck ,water deapth around 2.5 ft.and scooty stopped any how started again I guy pushed my scooty I was on full race and finally I came out of it.
That time I was feeling as don’t know what I had achieved. Parked my scooty at one side and strated making video. This was the biggest mistake I did that I stopped , so water went inside it.And when I tried to start it didn’t .Even the kick was jammed. And that was the time when I got stuck.Stopping the riders group as they have mechanic with them who can help me but all mechanic said they don’t know anything about scooty. Now I have to take best decision for me n my scooty.
I met the group one I met at Tandi petrol pump they said you can come with us than you can search for help. I joined them and they stopped at Koksar for food. Options I have:-
1- There was no mechanic in koksar they said you have to go keylong but I was not at all interested in crossing that ‘Pagal Naala’ again.
2- Toe it with the help of bike .till koksar but that already tried till 2 km but than it was becoming difficult as it was all incline.
3- To arrange a pick up. The gujarati group that I met in pangong was running one day back to me. So thought of contacting them.anyhow was able to contact asked them to pick up my scooty in there back up vehicle. They said yes we do that. I was so thankful to them because they didn’t charged me for that. In all this my friend Jhaba from Manali helped me.
(Note:- When you don’t have budget issue things become easy for you. Pick up option were avaible at koksar but I was left only 800/- in my pocket so it was a bit difficult. But I always stick to my budget and make things happens in that only).
I opted 3 rd option.
Left key at koksar in a 'dhaba'. There was a option of taking public bus but I didn’t opted that because further as I came to know is full of jamm so in bike I will cross anyhow.So, continued till gulaba with the group.
(Note- when you are travelling alone you have to be super smart and always choose the best
option even still if it is tough.)
Now 20 km road was severly damaged full of big stones, mud, and slush as it was raining so it was difficult. I was just cheering the group for positivity. And now again there was a water crossing ‘Raani Naala’. With a team spirit we all crossed I was pushing bikes to cross and they were happy that I was helping them. Finally reached ‘Rohtang Pass’. It was full of fog and crowd so we didn’t stopped there continued. At once bike slipped at a point due to that big stone I fall down Michael however controlled the bike . He was fine I had little blood on my teeth. But was totally fine. Michael was feeling so guilty for me but I said its ok and all this happens. So Zavier said Tanu come and sit on my bike its not loaded at all so it will be fine. I sat behind Zavier.
Reached Gulaba there Jhaba was waiting for me. When I saw him I don’t know why but I wanted to cry for a second because today was the toughest day of my journey where I was the one to take best decision.
Next day got my scooty back without even a single scratch. Was really thankful to Gujarati group.
Petrol – Manali –Leh & Leh –Manali 3,430/-
Fooding and other exp 3,105/-
Total expenses 9,735/- Manali to Manali from Uttarakhand 14500/- was total expense of my trip.
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