Winter Spiti ride – the begining
The plan was to start at 4 AM so that we can cover atleast tapri or reckong peo but when there are 7 riders delay is bound to happen.We could only start at around 6:30
The first stop of the day was chachu da dhaba at barog which is a very famous eating point for sunday rides.It never disappoints you and the gud ka prantha is a must try.
Did bfast and then there was no stop till narkanda as we bypassed shimla due to shimla being famous for traffic jams and we didnt wanted to loose time there.But the first problem of the trip happened before we reached taradevi.Sumit’s bikes carb was creating some problems and he wanted to change it but we couldnt find it and were told that we may not find it anywhere above shimla.Sumit had some known mechanic in Rampur so we decided to ride till rampur and then get his bike checked there.At narkanda we filled up tanks and also the extra cans were taking along just in case.Next stop was rampur where we went to the mechanic who told us that the bike was doing great and there will be no problem with it.we had lunch at cafe satluj and it was late than what i had initially planned.Due to late start and then the time we wasted at shimla looking for carb i was unsure if we could make to tapri.But we kept riding and as it was getting dark already we decided to look for options at BhawaNagar.I knew thatnks to BCMT that there was a PWD RH there so enquired about it and went there only to find that the caretaker had already left for home.we were a bit worried as it was already dark and now the RH was without a caretaker which means we might have to ride till tapri which was another 20 kms from there in dark.luckily there were some HP ayurveda employees staying there on duty.One of them Mr kashyap was glad enough to call the cook of the RH back who in turn gave us one room and one dorm for the night.We were served food too and what else could we have asked for.
The first Kalol of the trip :
We bought some sleeping bags from an army store before going to this trip.That Night we opened them for the first time only to find that they were of small size.Atlast we had to put on extra clothes and then use those sleeping bags as blanket to keep us warm.