It was extreme temperatures there at -10 degree Celsius at that time, we all started feeling a bit uneasy. One of the camp officer offered us hot water and gave away his full packet of biscuit kept in his bag, when I asked if there is anything that we could buy to eat as I was having slight headache.
On our way back, we were asked to stop at the army camp hospital. The Doctor himself had asked for us to meet him..!! (After knowing that IIT were students and one of us from his own native, guessing that information might have passed on to him when we had submitted our ID proofs). He welcomed us and offered us hot water and there was a Malayali doctor too to my surprise He enquired about our health conditions and even gave us medicines to take it back if were to face any situations. Actually that indeed came to our help, as our way back almost all of us had this vomiting sensations, took haults in between and we had to skip Madhuri lake.
Extremely tired all of us went directly to bed, by evening we checked our bikes for brakes, air pressure.
Started our journey back from next day morning after a memorable trip and we covered the same route in 2.5 days ( Tawang to Bomdila in one day, Bomdila to Tezpur and Tezpur to Gauwhati on the 3rd). Apart from one minor injury to one of us, nothing else happened and entire journey went smooth like a wing and was indeed a journey to remember for life.
According to me the best moments from this journey, would be awesome feeling of riding this bikes across the North eastern streets, (we riding in one line, always been a dream for me, when I see Harley Davidson bikers riding along together). People, kids all looking at you with awe..! The joy filled faces of kids, waving hands at you; The feeling oneness when you see fellow riders from other groups - all these are a feeling which I think can’t be expressed in words but only to be experienced.
Not to forget the warm welcome we received throughout the journey when we came across any army personal, still finding cheer in their faces standing tall, even in these extreme temperatures, far away from their families protecting our families. Big Salute!!!
None of us were professional bikers, and to say the truth just one out of 5 of us had driven bullet before this trip and for myself, took a test drive two days before the journey and went ahead. You just need the passion to achieve your dream..!