Day 15:- 16th June 2019
Got up had some coffee and they checked is the tyre ok. We then had to fuel up,and got the fuel for 140rs/litre,the highest till now. The initial plan was stop at sarchu then it became jispa for breakfast, but soon we realised that it won’t be possible. As the roads from pang to the next 30km was again in a very bad state and it was as if every metre seemed to be a kilometer. Initially thought we have reached the highway so the road will be good. It took hours for us to reach the whisky nala after crossing lachungla at 16616ft and we had our breakfast there. The main struggle was till now we heard the difficulties to cross the baralacha and this road used to get closed due to snow then open in few days, similarly when we started the ride from Mumbai, baralacha was closed so we changed the route and thought we would exit from baralacha, we got a news after few days that it has been opened, then the very next day we got to hear it was closed. This kept on going and no one was in a mood to return through the same route again. After that we crossed nakeela at 15547ft and gata loops which is 21 hairpin bends, in few hours we reached sarchu. Here they stopped all the heavy vehicle and cars from proceeding and only left bikes (i mean machines). Now as this baralacha was notorious , i didn’t want to get stuck anywhere my next task was to cross this pass first. So i didn’t look back to see who all are following me, but almost i crossed this pass solo and waited for the rest to join me. It took more than 2 hours to cross it. Though only the bikes were allowed in the direction i way travelling, trucks and cars were allowed from the opposite direction. They were hundreds of trucks at several intervals. At places the road had only rocks on it,it was difficult to cross as those places would have uneven surface. Whenever a truck arrives we need to stick to the ice walls on our left. The whole road was carved out form the ice on both side, the ice wall was 20 to 30ft height at some places, though i took some time to take photo wherever possible and it was fun riding through the ice. But we have to be careful from black ice. It can skid your vehicle at anytime. It is risky to drive at night due to this i might have seen at least 10 bikes at different place while crossing this pass abandoned and left on the snow, thats because any issue to the machine of due excess snow they leave it behind also saw few bumpers of cars lying around, that’s due to low ground clearance and highly uneven road here. I heaved a sigh of relief after crossing this notorious pass, by now 2 other reached me rest were still behind. Saw some traffic there and thought that we would cross this traffic and wait for the rest. There was a water crossing in which a car was stuck leading to pile of traffic on the opposite side and less on our side. I waited for sometime the stuck vehicle was removed then i somehow made my way through the water crossing, only to find hundreds of trucks on the opposite side. We then managed to cut through the traffic and we reached zingzing bar which was 7km from this water crossing. We halted here,had coffee,maggi,chips we waited then waited people inside this small tent hotel were watching India Pakistan match,time went by and we couldn’t see any vehicle coming. We then met few guys who were coming from the manali side,they said there are 2 to 3 water crossing and the water level is high so be careful,as they were planning to cross baralacha in night i adviced them it’s not a good idea,take care and ride safe,We waited for 3hrs now, then a jcb drive was going up to the water crossing to remove another vehicle we told him if you find our friends there inform about us, in sometime we could see few bike coming down, we stopped them and asked they said our friends are there near the water crossing, so i sent kunal 7km to ask others to come time passed by but he didn’t return, in sometime Prasad came down and said everyone is planning to halt there tonight and kunal was tired so i came to inform you. So we went from zingzing bar back 7km to the tents where the remaining riders were staying. After reaching the tent , we saw the tent owner had arranged a heater for us so everyone sat around it, to warm ourselves. Then i asked what made you guys to delay, they said there was a few trucks there out of which the first one brokedown so the remaining truck had to wait behind it as there was no place to overtake. And in this line of trucks that last one had parked it such a way that even a bike could not pass, rest have parked properly. They had to fight with for some time and that some time was more than 1.5hrs, after which he gave way to the bikers. So they were stuck in the same place for 1.5hrs and when nitin saw a car from opposite direction he stopped and gave way for it, there was ample of space, even then the car came and hit nitin who waiting in a side. He fell on the ground and his gear lever broke and a crack on the side panel, when stopped the car, they didn’t even knew that they had hit a bike, and everyone including the driver was heavily drunk. So we sat inside that tent where other riders like us also halted, everyone introduced ourselves,it suddenly started snowing now. Nitin told his ride story and the story about how army took care of them when they were stuck in a landslide in turtuk, then we got some hot rajma rice and omelette. Then came to know there is no washroom close by and everyone has to attend the natures call in open,some like me was little tensed as we don’t have that experience, but thought we see that in the morning, then spent some time transferring the data and then went to sleep.