The beginning - Delhi
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September 16th, 2007 – by: cja17
Hotel Relax in Pahar Ganj was to be our holding camp for 24 hours as we arrived in dribs and drabs, most with bags and bikes, but also those who'd lost the conveyor belt lottery and were facing a Himalayan biking trip with hand luggage. As an India virgin I'd spent the past few months being warned by Delhi old hands that the city can be a little, shall we say, intense, but I loved it - the heat, the life, the energy.
My trip was being organised by Out There Biking, a sadly now-dormant guerrilla travel outfit created by two travel-mad cyclists, Cass and Cara, who had stylishly leveraged their passion for adventure cycling into a low-impact, high-thrills travel experience for a lucky few - they typically did 3-4 trips each autumn, to different corners of the Indian Himalaya, with just 8 riders per trip.
This was a maiden voyage for OTB. Starting in Manali, the route was to take us over the near-4000m Rohtang Pass into the Valley of the Chandrabhaga River, following the classic Manali-Leh cycling route for the first couple of days, before branching off North West towards Kashmir, then turning South just short of the border and up to the big challenge of the trip - the 4450m Sach Pass. Once safely down the other side we'd find our way to the regional capital, Chamba, then over a smaller pass to Dharamsala and our endpoint at McLeod Ganj, the former British Raj hill station now more famous as the home in exile of the Dalai Lama.
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