rld and a lot of gear, Delhi.
wo Sarah the most understanding wife in the With three bikes I sweated exactly like the dude in the film ‘Airplane’.
Somehow falling from the sky is a scenario I am more comfortable with than drowning. The madness of Running and jumping off a mountain is followed by the serene quiet I travelled up the hard way, by road. The easy way is flying hiss of the paraglide chord cutting through the Himalayan into Kullu airport, one and half hours from Manali. It is a no breeze, a moment later you are where the eagles fly and brainer - take the plane all the way. With flying there are they are cruising on the thermals beside you. only two risks - take-off and landing. The drive up on the The mountain side is well behind you and you have 1000 windy roads it feels like there is a risk on every single meters plus below your feet. Priceless. corner. Riding a bike in the Himalayas is very different to riding the regular DH MTB resorts on the western trail. The Himalayas will, for your first jeep assent and first few runs, humble you as you realise the gravity of the situation you have put yourself in. Riding down the biggest mountains on earth, where no or very few tyres have been before, feels like the road builders and drivers are battling nature to get you to the top. Simply being a passenger up to the 4000m What you want is an old driver but not so old that he can’t Rhotang Pass once is a massive workout for the abs, come ride the Himalayas go home with a cut six pack. see or is falling asleep after 10 hrs.
My first bus journey up took years for me to mentally recover from The young drivers were racing, smoking pot and at the limit of traction.
Having visited India many times the crazy becomes normal and the bonkers becomes standard. I am referring here to both the locals and the modern day hippies who are draped over the seats of the cafes like...stoner hippies. In tandem with the hippies, adventure tourism has been a big business for the local economy over the past few decades although it has been based on the more traditional trekking, paragliding and rafting. I’m not a water baby and the rivers are beyond wild so the rafting I have missed out on, but the paragliding is another thing all together.
At the Marhi drop in pint on Rhotang Pass.
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