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No plan Riders - Trail to Spiti Valley

Amit Mallick

About Trail

Vehicle: Yamaha Rx100

Start Point: Goa

Start Date: 16-June-2018

End Point: Spiti

End Date: 04-July-2018

The best way to make plans for road trips is to not make plans at all. One just needs to learn and accept that things will never go accordingly to the plan. This is what I think and this also happens to be the inspiration behind my Instagram username @no_plan_rider. So, just accept it and go with the flow, just like I did a few weeks earlier. It was quite spontaneous, I’d say but it was something I will never forget for the rest of my life.

All we did was to choose our destination, which was Spiti, almost 2700 kms away from my starting point, Goa. This was the journey I was waiting for long as it was in my bucket list for so many years and finally, it was about to come true. I was excited, yes, but worried as well. The bike which I normally use is a Kawasaki Ninja but, I knew that my bike would not survive the harsh roads and weather. I was in a fix.

One fine day, just a few days before my trip, I saw this beautiful bike which was a two stoker- Yamaha Rx 100. Yes, it was an old bike but was pretty durable. While the whole world was going gaga over KTM and BMW bikes, I was mentally prepared to take this bike for the trip and so I managed to get hold of this bike, Yamaha Rx 100, from a friend.

Goa was fun and finally, the day to start the trip had arrived at last. My friends cum teammates from the Freaky Rovers were supposed to join me en route for the trip. We had decided to start our trip on 16th June that too, early in the morning and also decided that we’ll take it slow by riding approx 12 hours a day, taking our sweet time and enjoying the picturesque landscape which was all around us.

The whole journey was a treat for my eyes and soul. Even now, when I close my eyes, I can picture myself riding in the highway which was between Delhi and Chandigarh. It was a beautiful ride in total but mostly, it was tough. The terrain, weather and other conditions really made it difficult for us and the most challenging part about the whole trip was to cross the Sach Pass route which is infamous for its landslides and muddy roads during the rains. We tried our best to cross it but sadly, we had to head back to Udaipur due to the roads getting washed off. Our trip got delayed for 3 days thanks to the weather and we were stuck at a place for almost 3 days as all the roads had washed away.

As for my bike, it went through all- rains, winds, sun, and breakdowns in no man’s land, muddy roads, landslides and what not yet; it emerged to be victorious on 26th June, 2018, the day we reached Spiti.

The best part of this trip was to meet the riders from New Zealand who were riding from Oz to London. We rode with them for couple of days and had a great experience in doing that. You know what made this trip worth remembering? I was the first person ever to ride a two stroke bike to the world’s highest village Kibber, which is in Spiti

In total, I rode about 4000 kms; Goa to Spiti and from there I decided to ride back home to Odisha, where I reached on 4th July, 2018.

I am Amit Mallick and this was my story, my adventure. When are you making yours?

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