I have never used the word "Adventure" in any of my trips despite of being into touring from last 4 years and have covered almost every location of Pakistan on my bike with an exception of North. But this trip was truly a masterpiece when it comes to adventure.
Faced flat tyre, shivering cold breeze, heavy rain, hailstorm, running bike over camelion, racing with horses, broken rear shoe in drum, slipped chain, sleeping in truck wala hotel with insanely poor hygenie, insanely long heard of sheep's occupying road, eating canned food, having chai infront of indian occupied kashmir, witnessed a fellow jeep accident, group politics and what not you name it and we faced it.
But indeed Kashmir's beauty is so enchanting it overcome all the hurdles.It was a complete adventure to visit the undisturbed beauty of beautiful Pakistan.
We were three bikers from different regions and localities but pooled in our ideas and effort through pakwheels platform.
1. Imran Afzal from Lahore (Atlas Honda Pridor 100) 2. Muhammad Imran from Sialkot (Ravi Piaggio 125) 3. Sikander Akram from Islamabad (Ravi Piaggio 125)
It was decided that we will leave at 3rd morning of eid and return by next Monday in anycase. As Imran Afzal bhai has some important project ongoing for which he had to report in any case. We planned to do camping so we distributed stuff and duties in-time to avoid any confusion.
1. Imran Afzal is responsible for bringing cooking posts, utensils, pans and stove 2. Muhammad Imran is responsible for bringing all the stuff like canned food, cleaning stuff, puncture kit and tool kit 3. I was responsible for arranging camps and camping related stuff
Every detail will be shared stepwise so that it wont ruin the taste of keeping interest in whole story expense details will be shared at the end of the thread as well
Locations Covered: Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Kundal Shahi, Shardah, Keel --> Taobat
Day 1 = Lahore to Islamabad
Day 2 = Islamabad to Kundalshahi
Day 3 = Kundalshahi to Keel
Day 4 = Keel to Phulwai
Day 5 = Phulwai to Taobat and back to Keel
Day 6 = Keel to Shardah and Shardah to Islamabad
So here's a small intro of bikers riding to devour the mesmerizing and enchanting beauty of Echoing Green i.e Kashmir (Neelum Valley)
So it was decided whoever reaches first will have to hunt for tubes of both bikes :p so i went to bazar as it gets closed at dawn. But badluck i wasnt able to find any tube of Honda Deluxe even there Remember in that area Muzaffarabad is like Islamabad and Keel is like Lahore
You were carrying camps with you but I never saw you camping anywhere.
Exactly !! I was asked to carry camps as we will be camping. I carried two camps one was for regular use and self opening and the other was for very heavy use like wind or snow
But MMA was not interested in camping at any site and this was imranafzal's first tour so he was like Allah Miyan ki Gayen although i insisted on 1st day that we should camp as thats what iam carrying them for. But we opted for Hotels.
There were excuses like:
1. Its cold
2. We werent able to find camping site as we reach in dark (Logical to some extent)
3. I dont know north and didnt try to be audacious as MMA knows north better than me
And i was carrying all the stuff literally useless apart from my sleeping bag
While leaving 2 days back for Taobat, MMA said that he will be extending his plans by atleast Thursday although it was decided we will be at Islamabad by Sunday.
@imranafzal4 had some commitments so he was quote frustrated while i was totally free and didnt mind even if the plan was extended by 1 week
But i told @imranafzal4 we will go as per our commitment although it was my dire wish to continue touring with MMA. But still commitment is commitment so we woke up early next day while MMA decided to stay at same hotel
And bad news was Pridor was again flat so went immediately to Puncture shop and asked him to put new tube