Gondhla - Udaipur - Sach Kas
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September 23rd, 2007 – by: cja17
Fertile land is obviously at a premium in the mountains and every flat or vaguely flat space was intensively farmed, mostly it seemed with potatoes. The various villages were clearly preparing for the winter to come, but it was refreshing to see that this area of Himalchal Pradesh seemed quite prosperous, with solid houses and smartly dressed schoolkids waving from the roadside as we passed.
Our camp for the night was just past the military town of Udaipur, close to the river, in which I made a perfunctory attempt to bathe, before being beaten back by the currents and icy cold of the milky grey Himalayan meltwater - cleanliness becomes a very relative thing on the road. As cyclists we were all obsessed with keeping just one part of us clean - how shall I put this - our main "contact point" with the bike.
Next day we journeyed further away from the highway as the river narrowed and dropped into a gorge with the road clinging on besides. It turned out to be a hard and long day of riding - the last few kilometres or so spent walking not riding as my rear mech kept jumping forwards and jamming the chain. It was with some relief then that I arrived last and least at our night stop - Sach Kas. Nowhere to camp, so we ended up sleeping on the bare concrete floor of a half-built government resthouse - 5 star luxury with the added bonus of a cold shower.
Cass made short work of getting my bike back to full health the following morning, eschewing my hi-tech tools for the more practical approach of simply cleaning the chain and cassette - "we'll need a rag and a twig".
On the plus side, after a couple of grey days the sun came out, as did the monkeys, so it was a fine morning's work, with the highlight of seeing a rainbow inside a waterfall on the other side of the valley as we steadily climbed towards Killar.
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