Here is a short video taken by my Canadian good friend Mark Takefman. We were on our month long trip from Delhi to Leh back through Spiti Valley. This was just one of a number of "challenges" we faced on the so-called roads. Mind you - there were wonderful roads too - freshly paved wide winding beautiful roads. But there were also shit roads (or non-roads!) where you had to just 'gun' it through - keep your nerve - and hope for the best. This one was a stretch of river bed really - the video does not really show the large stones on the river floor!
There were also mud (knee deep) roads on Rohtang Pass (on a switchback straight - so if you dropped over the side you were done for! A long way down!); rocky roads that went on for hours over passed (like Kumzum going into Spiti); the wonderful Jalori Pass into Bangor Valley which was just mud and required 1st gear and careful braking all the way down; places where the road was ankle deep fine dust which just caused havoc with the back wheel of the bike; and just plain BAD roads full of potholes. The thing was that apart from the obviously NEW roads - any other good road could just turn into crap around the next corner or be pitted with holes - so it was intense awareness requirement all the way.
Having said that..... worth it all..... see previous blog on the Mountains.
Note - the video downloads as you look and you might get stops and starts - once it's downloaded you can look again without stops (it's only 8 seconds)