Thursday, October 13, 2011

Khardung La, here I come


As far as new years resolutions go, this was one that I was determined to follow all the way till the end of the year. Yes siree, 2011 was going to be my year of travel. No roads were going to be spared and no destination was too far away for me. All I needed was a map, a camera and a debit card.



As with all other resolutions, my determination fizzled out soon and I havent done too much travelling this year. I have done a solo 1200 km round trip on my bike in the summer & a very memorable group biking monsoon trip to the very wet Wayanad as well a solo high speed car run to Madras but thats been about it. I still have hope though cause I am planning a week long holiday in November followed by my mandatory fortnight off in December. Mile crunching will happen for sure, just how much of it is something I'm not too sure about.



What I am sure about though is that come hell or high water, cranky bosses or broken limbs, next year I will be biking to the Himalayas. Last year I really wanted to do it but could'nt make it due to logistic issues. This year for some reason didnt seem right and I pushed the thought of hitting the Himalayas to next year. Or the year after that. All until I read about the Red Bull Racing team taking their 2005 Formula 1 car up to Khardung La which is regarded as the highest altitude road in the world.



As a publicity stunt, it has done wonders for Red Bull. It has also inadvertently reawakened me from my corporate world slumber. Within the next 364 days, I will be be taking a picture of myself next to the very same board you see below. And as far as mid year resolutions go, this is one that Im definitely determined to follow.


6 comments:

Buls said...

Umm... you cannot go there in winter... plan something for July/August

Nefertiti said...

umm... dont you like travel like normal ppl ever? like the mundane train/flight/bus wala thing...

this one sounds scary and sadly enough, i can't pile on :(

Neil said...

Buls - I know, which is why I have kept a one year window for me. Planning on doing the whole Ladakh / Leh / Khardung La / Spiti thing next year.

@ Nef - Normal travel is too ummm normal. There are a bunch of other places that are on the list including Pondicherry, Coorg etc: Plan.

Aastha juneja said...

Please plan it accorfing to my leaves so that i may oblige you with my presence as a pilion once again :)

Zakir Ulla said...

I could join in too :)

Neil said...

Aastha - Wasnt that obvious?

Zakir - The more the merrier !