17th August 2019 (Jispa to Leh 340 kms) Morning started with the view that we didn't want to see dark black clouds and rain, actually it rained all night and we were afraid as the road from Jispa to Sarchu was not good and baralachla pass bharatpur Nala there were river crossings and now it was raining so we expected "sea crossing " now. 😋
We had protein bar and diamox and started at 6 AM by chanting Jai Bhole Nath as he could only give us strength and get going. On the first check point Policeman stopped us as landslides happened on the road ahead and he told us to go back and start next day. But we waited for an hour and then he allowed us to move ahead. Trust me rain, bad road and fog was making it very difficult to ride but we were also prepared for this just one problem was there our hands were freezing as we dint had waterproof riding gloves. But we managed some how and crossed zing zing bar, baralachla pass and bharatpur nala which was real tough. We took a breakfast break before Sarchu and had coffee, Maggie, soup and charged up for journey ahead.
At Sarchu you have to Register your bike at check point and Guys from Sarchu the real view started weather changed suddenly there was 🌞 sunshine all over colourful mountains straight long black road woaaaah ! It was amazing we were excited and enjoying the drive. We crossed Whiskey bar, Gata loops and crossed lachungla pass. The road was fantastic and mountains we're if different colors green, chocolate brown, yellow and many others. And moving ahead we were amids the Grand Canyon of India and sand Mountains, I can't believe what I saw the structures in sand Mountain was like some great sculptures of Temples and there was series of such Mountains.
We took our next chai break in Pang, it was small break and time was about 5 pm we were late,and Tanglangla pass was waiting for us with the hardest challenges.
Soon we started from Pang we were on Moore plains. I can't describe it accurately just imagine you are below Mountains and driving up suddenly you see Mountains are below you and ahead is miles miles long plain and Mountains also miles ago felt like came to some other world.
Slowly it became dark and started raining and we have just started the ascend of Tanglangla and guys condition got worst in few minutes it was rain+fog+snowfall+high altitude.. OMG we were driving at worst riding conditions and we nailed it ( though exhausted as hell) we reached Rumsee. Dried socks and gloves had tea. Now leg was 80km/ 2hrs ride.
Our few riders were not able to go ahead as they were drenched, tired and freezed they decided to stay there that night. And rest 7 of us we reached Leh about 12 AM.