(World’s Highest Motorable Pass, Khardung La 18,379 ft)
Well it’s been hard to connect in Leh, not only because I’ve been having too much fun but also because I dropped and broke my iPhone. Not too happy about it but I must accept it and move on.
The past few days have been easily some of the best in my life. This group of friends we’ve made is beyond amazing and it’s been heartbreaking splitting up. On our trip to the hot springs in Nubra Valley we met Chris, a Swiss who has been traveling by bike for 2 and a half years. His bike has a map on the locker that shows where he’s been, including all of Asia, most of Europe, and Australia. He wears a helmet with a camera attached and is seriously treated like a celebrity when he stops with his bike. Funny enough the hot springs wa just a big hot tub with lukewarm spring water but we enjoyed it with a bottle of whiskey. After that we took off in to the night in search of a guest house. Riding at night was beautiful and peaceful. We drank around a fire again and learned some great dance moves from our Indian friend Jerry. The next day we rode two-humped camels!!! I can finally say I rode a camel in India. Then we headed back to Leh on another long 6 hour ride. Oh and I learned how to drive a motorcycle! It was actually pretty easy minus when a bus came towards me I automatically moved to the right. They honked and looked at me funny. I practiced a little more on curvy roads and now want to rent a bike for myself. I definitely need more practice, but it’s so thrilling and the best way to travel in this country. The past two days we have hung out Leh, checking out the festival in town and enjoying each others’ company. We met two awesome guys from North Carolina who fit right in to our group. We celebrated our last night all together yesterday and in honor I bought a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. We laughed, drank, and hugged a ton. The restaurant kicked us out and we left singing in each others’ arms. This is why people travel. This is why you fall in love with it. Though it’s hard to make friends and leave them, everyone is so honest and loving straight from the start. No bullshit just compassion, love, and so much fun.
Tomorrow at 7am I embark on my first trek (hike). We are doing the Markha Valley 7day trip that takes us to 16,895ft! I’m a little nervous, but we do have a guide and the two Americans, Brad & Charlie are coming with us. So adios for a good week, I’ll be back to share all the stories soon.