Here are the things I learned as a first-time group biker:
• The speed is determined by the slowest rider, not the fastest one. Essentially I decided the pace by being the last one, invariably.
• As a group, you stop for each other no matter what.
• There is a ride captain that you never overtake.
• There is a sweeper vehicle, backup van in our case, which always follows the last rider.
These are the things specific to Bhutan I understood after a week of riding.
• There are no straight roads. It’s a hilly country and a normal road is sloped and S-shaped. Full of hairpin bends. So if you’re a riding enthusiast, Bhutan is your promised land.
• People follow traffic rules religiously, even when no one’s looking. Which means no honking. No overtaking. No lane cutting. No random parking. No J walking. Nothing like India. Such a pleasure.
• Petrol is cheaper. At INR 55 per liter, it almost brings a tear to your eyes.
• The roads are excellent for the most part.
• Traffic jams are rare and peaceful.
• Pedestrians are respected.
• There are no traffic signals in the whole country.
Kids are very friendly and would always
wanna high five when riding across a village.
I wish I could reciprocate but I was too worked up riding.