On the way out of Leh
135 ‘Petrol station… of sorts’ – Ladakh
Amazing Ladakhi Valley climbing back into the high mountains
Sorting the wheat from the chaff… so that’s what that is!
Very typical Ladakhi house
So this is where Alice’s back went for the second time on the trip… going nowhere!
Our first ride. This one took us over the Taglang la pass, then dropped us in the back of beyond.
The back of beyond
Waiting at the roadside to hitch a lift.
Plan B. Hitching.
Pete chose to get out ad ride the las 50kms to Manali. You can see why!
We set out from Leh in good form looking forward to one of the most infamous high altitude roads in the world. Unfortunately two days into the ride Alice’s back seized up at 4600m and we were forced to find another way…
One of our more testing sections.
137 ‘Inspiring Words…’ – Ladakh
Our favourite bit of advise ever
that’s why you don’t see too many cats driving…
that’s just confusing!
Being entertained in the Indian Himalayas
One of the best bits about riding in this part of the world are their truly unique road signs. Here’s a few of our favourites..
Moving from Muslim Kashmir to Buddist Ladakh was a real eye-opener.
Manjor gave us a place to sleep and showed us around his village. Top bloke!
Don’t look down!
More big passes…
138 ‘Living On The Edge’ – Kashmir
These road working teams are all over the Himalayas, working stupidly hard in extreme conditions. Makes our lives seem too easy.
Hmmm. Chai stops. Our favorite!
Road to Ladakh
Stunning roads… even when you’re going up them!
The top of another pass..
Definitely crossed to Buddhist Ladakh!
Not a bad view to wake up to
136 ‘Winding Road’ – Ladakh
Still colourful after a year on the road.
Long mountain roads… again
Riding from Srinigar in Muslim Kashmir To Leh in Buddhist Ladakh was an awesome experience. We followed a (mostly) amazingly smooth, paved, high altitude road between two very distinct and beautiful cultures & some awesomely rugged landscape. Obviously, the region has it’s troubles and there was a very strong military presence in Kashmir (of which we thought it wise not to take photos…) but the people here were nothing but kind towards us. Cycle touring don’t get much better than this…
After a bit of time off the bike this road put us back in the groove!
This is ‘Mr Delicious’… he sells tasty treats from his boat!
143 ‘Floating Traders’ – Kashmir
view from the balcony
The Srinigar old fort
142 ‘Lotus’ – Dal Lake, Kashmir
140 ‘Scaffold’ – Kashmir
141 ‘Dal Lake’ – Kashmir
High street… Dal lake style.
After flying from Kazakstan to Srinigar, Kashmir, we took the opportunity to celebrate our one year anniversary (and Pete’s birthday) by floating about on the beautiful Dal lake for a few days…