A Motorcycle / Bike / 2 Wheel Ride to The Highest Reachable Lake of India and world's 15th Highest Lake at 17100 ft in a Cold Desert
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Day - 6 (Lachen - Gangtok - Silligury)
It was 7 am and I woke up hungry as we were sleeping since yesterday 6 pm approx. I make my partner wake up as I didn’t find snacks I left last night. He smiles and informed that he ate all J. Soon, he has arranged for some snacks as I was feeling hungry and we started packing our luggage as we have to reach Gangtok or may be up to Silligury. Once we got ready we found still it was raining, horrible. We were packing our saddle bags and suddenly I remembered my buddy’s rear tire is punctured. There is no way to fix it until Gangtok and we have to travel 130 kms. from that pathetic road to reach Gangtok. There were 2 ways. Either I have to open the tire & tube and change the tube or put some amount of air and left for the destiny. I decided to choose the 2nd one as I may open the tire from chassis but could not remove the tube. Immediately I started pumping in air and started the journey.
As we move on the weather becomes a bit clear and we stopped to take some snaps we missed while going.
I was checking every now and then if there is any way to fill in some amount of air on the rear tube even entering Army camp but everything went in vain. Soon we reached Thang and found the road is blocked due to landslide L at Tung. What a mess we are going through but we were enjoying every bit of it as it was making us stronger. I tried to find if there is any way to pump in air and with my utter surprise the police personal arranged for the same. What a moment for me. Now at least I can drive easily to Gangtok. We waited there for 1 hr 30 mins after pumping air on rear tube and during this time I came across so many tourist who got astonished to listen to our ride. I also find one of my best friends there …
Soon we started for Gangtok at 12:30 pm. Once reached Mangan we have a beautiful lunch with chicken meal and then goes on …
On our way again it started raining heavily and we have to stop. Then suddenly I planned to take the bypass to reach Silligury directly avoiding Gangtok as we do not want to waste time anymore and we approached accordingly.
Our journey continued for next couple of hours through rain getting totally wet and taking halt whenever it was profuse in nature. Finally we reached Silligury around 10 pm. We searched for a hotel which have parking for our 2 wheelers and found one soon. It was a nightmare to stay in a room where there is no light but we didn’t have any other option. We were riding since 8:30 am and it is now 10:30 pm and do not have any energy left to search for a good one.
We parked our buddy’s and got fresh and went to have dinner outside. It was almost 12 am and at last found a roadside hotel to full our stomach. We did the same with mutton and rice only and came back to hotel.
Please click on Day – 7 Travelogue to know our next day’s journey …