Bari’s Motorbike Diary
Circumnavigating India by Motorbike, Sept-Nov 2005


petrol please!
rangoli dhaba
lunch from scratch
wheels a go go

Got up to clear skies and were off by 7 am. The roads out of Amritsar were very good. The previous night’s rain was evident by the puddles on the roads. The smell of the rain soaked soil and the farms next to the highway reminded me of my childhood in my native village, Vakadu.
We stopped off for petrol which always takes us about a half hour. (see pphoto). Lots of locals come around and ask if we are promoting these bikes or shooting a advertisement or something. Most asked questions are how much they cost and what the average is? (mileage). Navroze gets about 50+ km / litre. Our imported bikes get 20 km / litre. One guy had commented with a smile that we must be just going from one gas station to the next.
We carried on towards Pathankot a small town at the end of the punjab state line from where we had our first view of the Himalayan mountain range. The terrain was still flat and we soon crossed in to Jammu & Kashmir state. We were actually doing real well with time and stopped off at a small dhaba (see photos) and had lunch. Soon we reached the outskirts of Jammu where the BRO (border roads organisation) were hosting us. They accomodated us at a nearby guesthouse as they did not have ant available rooms.
Joe changed the tires on Navroze and Dinesh’s bikes ( see photo). The threading on the tires had worn down quite a bit and needed to be changed before we got to the himalayas.

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