Saturday, May 25, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
This ride is also to be a continuation of where should Ian move to when he retires. Spain keeps popping up on the list so voila, here I am. Nowone of the suggestions that always shows up when researching on how to become an ex-pat, or in my case and ex-ex-pat, is to rent before if ever buying a residence. Thing is, here in Spain there are whole villages for sale - cheap.
Hey Google, how do you say open house in Spianish?
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Hey Google, thanks for being so helpful.
“I’m sorry but I can’t help you with that now”
The question I should have asked is “Hey Google, how do I get to Malaga?”.
But then I already knew the answer to that one.
1) 9AM airport shuttle to Seattle,
2) 4PM flight to Calgary
3) 11PM flight to London - Heathrow
4) 3PM airport shuttle to London - Gatwick
5) 8PM flight to Malaga
6) 11:30PM taxi ride to the hotel.
And in the midst of all that I managed to make a foodie tour reservation for Saturday night, change my return Heathrow airport shuttle drop off terminal and the departure time for my SeaTac shuttle pickup. Logistics, it’s all about the logistics... at least until you get there.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Saturday, July 7, 2018
We’ve saved the big one ’til last: Khardung La Pass! Join the elite handful of motorcyclists that have stood on top of the world with their motorcycle by their side. Reputed to be the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La pass sits at 5,380m above sea level (that’s the same height as Mt. Everest basecamp!). The views from the top are second to none, looking across Zanskar and the Kangri Mountains. We’ll ride down the other side on rocky dirt roads until we reach our final destination.
Having returned to Leh after a night at Pangong Lake it was off to Nubra Valley in the morning. Again the landslide revised the itinerary from what was originally supposed to be 2-nights luxury glamping at the eco-lodge to just 1 night. However due to the 8AM departure we would be arriving in the early afternoon with some time to explore. The next day it was back over the highest motorable road in the world for a second time and into to Leh for the last time.
On the ride through Nubra Valley the locals were all out lining the street with all the buildings adorned with gold and red fabric. While they all politely waves at us it was the Dalia Lama they were all there to see.
Best government road sign of the day: "Life is not destination it is a journey"
...things got very zen in the Nubra Valley.
After enjoying breakfast and a couple of cups of chai tea down by the lake, we’ll saddle up for another days fine riding through the mountains. We’ll travel through an incredibly remote region along an old military road that has only recently been opened up to tourists. The smooth road surfaces cruise us down into the beautiful Nubra Valley.
That was what our ride was supposed to have been today but a landslide in one of the narrow canyons north of Pangong Lake had us coming back into Leh for the night.
Best government road sign of the day: "First you speed then you divorce"