We often are told that while doing a motorcycle trip in the mountains, one should always start the ride early in the day, end the ride early, and sleep early.
Because these tips are usually given by those who have been there and done that, you might take their word for it and do as said, without actually knowing the exact reasons why this should be the rule in the mountains.
Let me list out in detail why this is a habit you should follow, irrespective of how seasoned a motor biker you are:
1. Once the sun starts to shine bright, water crossings increase
Riding in the mountains means you are riding through roads carved out of mountains that could have snow-capped peaks (depending on the season you are riding in). Once the sun comes out and the day progresses, the sun’s heat starts to melt the snow on the peak, forming innumerable water crossings. While this is fun and adventurous, and no matter what, you will definitely get these crossings, they may become massive rivers flowing on the road in the later part of the day, sometimes making it impassable on a motorbike.
So, start early, complete a good part of our journey while the sun is still not showing its effect on the peaks!
2. As the winds pick up, there might be loose stones flying about
Weather in the mountains is quite unpredictable. However, usually, as the the day progresses, the winds tend to pick up. A windy day in the mountains means the fear of shooting stones and pebbles. You don’t want to be riding with this threat hovering over you, thus substantially reducing your enjoyment of the ride itself.
3. Great photo ops early morning and evening
A lesser known fact about the mountains is that the sun is way harsher here than in the most tropical beaches or plains. If you are a photographer (which everyone becomes in the beautiful mountains, wanting to capture memories and take them back home), day-time is the worst time for it. Your pictures won’t look as surreal as the place actually is.