|Day 1, Marrhi, 11,050', H.P., India
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Start ride: 8:00 AM Manali to Marhi
Ride: 5 hours total
Total Miles: 30
Start Altitude: 6000ft.
Ride: all uphill
End Altitude: 11,050 ft.
We ride out of Manali at 8:00AM and up to the end of the valley. From there we climb
switchbacks for four hours up to the village of Marhi. At the edge of Marhi, I made the
mistake of challenging Mr. Ugs (Urgen Lama ) to a race to the campsite. He left me in the
dust. As we sat in the dinner tent having some chi, a blackened figure approached the
tent. He was a very dirty Englishman (blackened by diesel exhaust and dust) who had just
ridden back from Leh in Ladakh. He rode his bike from Delhi to Kathmandu, Kathmandu to
Shimla, Shimla to Leh, and was now going to ride back to Delhi! We gave him some chi and
listened to his stories. A bold adventure but not for the faint of heart! Riding the
plains of north India on a bicycle is to play chicken with trucks and busses, day And
night. They spare no one.