"You're waiting for a train. A train that'll take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you. But you can't know for sure. Yet it doesn't matter. Now, tell me why?"
"Because I will live!"
The melodramatic 'Inception' (click to read reference to movie) to this tale might not seem such an overkill compared to the surreal moments I got to experience during this trip. Furthermore the reference has a much deeper connect because of its uncanny subliminal resemblance to my excursion.
The answer 'I will live' however is another question altogether because of its paradoxical endeavor in this context. That's because I had hardly ridden a bike properly for long-distance/time or outside city limits, with no clue of highway or mountain riding. So, the decision to travel to Ladakh, that too on a bike, riding by myself for 3500 km seemed somewhat of a death wish.
But I wanted to be a part of this expedition, as only such forays into the unknowns give you an opportunity to admire the divine essence of your existence and discover your true caliber .
I registered with a bike tour group and made arrangements to reach Delhi.
And thus began the journey towards Leh, and also, within.
"You never remember the beginning of your dreams, do you? You just turn up in the middle of what's going on."
I remember the trip in form of flashes, as if I were living inside a dream-space those 15 days!