So after i was done with the things in ISL, it was time for the pleasure trip.
Having covered most of the margalla hills and murree already, Nathia Gali side was apparent option for a quick tour.
So even though weather forcast wasn't looking good, we decided to give it a go.
We left at around 8 am, plan was to make it to murree first and have breakfast there and then continue. I realized that even though i had used Murree Express Way many times while coming down, i never tried it for going up. So we took the Express Way to Murree and it was fun. No traffic blocking you and you can use all the horses in your bike as you wish. While i was pushing my GS and feeling good, suddenly two heavy cruiser bikes passed us like a bullet. I thought those were intruders but my friend said they were harleys. Anyway, my GS felt emasculated but continued all the way to Murree in 4th gear without any need to shift down.
As we got near Murree, it started drizzling and we rushed into a restaurant for breakfast. While we were waiting for breakfast, i suddenly heard loud noise outside and to my amazement, it was hailing outside like crazy. Nothing we could do, so we had our breakfast and waited for the rain to be over.
After breakfast we analyzed the weather, and decided to go on.
As we continued, we noticed the ups and downs were much tougher than getting to Murree. GS was now moving in 3rd gear but it kept going on without a hiccup.
Somewhere near Nathia Gali
While enjoying the ride and battling with rain, we continued towards "Thandiani". Yup, that's right. It was our final destination. Soon after we took a turn towards thandiani, climbings got even tougher, but nothing GS couldn't take. It went on and on in 2nd gear and never asked for 1st. I would have loved to take some photos of the tough thandiani road, but we were facing heavy rain and hailing so forgot all about pics and focused on getting to thandiani before our core temperature became too "thanda"
We finally managed to get there and quickly booked a room. We were in no shape for roaming around at the moment, and weather was getting colder and colder. So we changed out wet clothes, had a quick tea and asked for nice spicy Karahi. Meal was delicious. After eating, got into the bed and that was all for the day. None of us was in the mood to come out. When i went to sleep, it was still raining outside, and it was looking like tomorrow is gonna be the same.
Next morning, first thing i noticed was bright sunlight outside and i felt like i have never been happier before.
Quickly jumped out of bed, and it was lovely outside.
Well first things first, we took our wet clothes and spreaded in Sunlight to get them dried as much as possible.
Then had breakfast in the warm sun of Thandiani.
And went for a little stroll... It was lovely.
Then we decided to come down as we decided to meet a friend in Abbottabad while we were there, and then we had to make it back to ISL before sunset. So we went to Abbottabad and met him. After lunch, we started out journey back on Haripur Road to Hasan Abdal.
From Hasan Abdal, we got on GT road and we were back in ISL before we knew it.