Cycling is an anchor of my life. The motion of the pedals soothes me. The weight of the helmet on my head makes me feel secure. High speeds and the winds in the face give me a sense of freedom; the absolute control hunching over the front wheel and the brakes give me a sense of power. My cycle makes me feel one with myself and the Universe. It makes me happy. I was looking for a new challenge in cycling and came across the Manali-Leh route. If you are looking for an adventure filled cycling trip in picturesque settings, there cannot be a better route than this one. What I experienced during those ten days goes beyond anything words can explain. If there were the daunting challenges of continuous upslopes, biting cold winds, and uncertain weather, there were also the joys of riding miles of downslopes, getting the first glimpse of the destination and the spellbinding beauty of the mountains. Every morning I woke up wondering what challenges the day would bring and every night I went to sleep with the satisfaction of having lived up to another challenge. I wouldn’t say that the days flew by, because they didn’t. It would be more appropriate to say that each day ambled away as we pedalled through it and yet in no time we found ourselves in Leh.