Women Only Himalayan Moto Expedition has come to an end… It’s been a lifetime experience! Being able to combine passion for motorcycle touring and my love for mountains, and to experience that with a bunch of crazy, passionate and inspiring chicks was priceless! There are plenty of stories to tell and twice as many pictures to show. I will try limit talking this time and just let the pictures speak for themselves.
NOTE: all pictures are as they are (my reality = no time!), there are few authors (thanks girls!) and since I want to show you it all, I will use also some of a bit worse quality, forgive me and enjoy 😉
We have all met at Delhi International Airport to take together a local flight to Manali. We were very lucky with the weather that day and our flight had not been cancelled (that happens quite often and then you start your adventure by enjoying 11h bus ride through Himalaya). No, thank you…
Exhausted after long trip, few flights and a couple of airports we all needed some sleep. The rest of the day was dedicated to getting to know each other, visiting Manali, local hot springs (just two of us were brave enough to dip in the hot water – and I mean boiling hot!) and of course receiving and checking our motorcycles.
Day 1, Manali – Banjar ( around 100km )
First day was short but intense. We had to get used to the bikes (driving out of a garage was a first test) and driving on the left side of the road (some failed twice, ups…)
Whoever have never been to India before or haven’t have any idea about local driving style until now, had to learn and adjust FAST. If you have no idea either, let me tell you… local traffic is a pure madness. You have to be vigilant, watch out for cars and trucks (that most of the time don’t even consider letting you pass), for people crossing the street in the weirdest places and of course for animals!
Honking is a sound that doesn’t disappear. You honk to let those in front of you know you will be overtaking. You honk while driving through the villages to avoid people walking directly under your wheels. You honk to scare animals away (same reason as honking on people). You honk on the turns so that cars coming from opposite direction don’t cut them… you honk… and you honk… and squeeze through, overtake, and honk… and…
After we reached our cozy and quiet Guest House honking has still been resonating in my ears! Therefore, evening plan included visiting small and QUIET village located at the top of a mountain, a bit of hiking, beautiful sunset, local homemade food, drinks and evening conversations.
Our drone became a huge point of interest.
The villagers were happily posing for pictures.
The whole experience was truly inspiring. It’s incredible to see people living simple lives, nearly “at the end of the world”, yet filled with joy and love. We all should experience an encounter like this once in a while, to remind ourselves how amazing life is and how easy it is to make ourselves happy. We should remember to cherish simple things, feelings, relations we have with others and remember how important non material values are.
I went tool sleep relaxed, happy, fulfilled and inspired. What an experience and it’s just a begging!