DEATH VALLEY, NEVADA INDIA
You never quite get over just how hot it is riding in Death Valley. The heat just seeps into you and gobbles up your energy reserves and warps your sense of reality.
In this dust bowl of America you are only a stone’s throw from the casino tables of Las Vegas and yet it can seem the most inhospitable place on earth. And yet again, it can also be the most exhilarating.
There are dunes and trails and mountains and all sorts of different terrain to test your ability and nerve. But you soon get used to the challenges and push yourself to achieve. Bike hire is no problem out here and you if you like things little more controlled you can join a company tour where there is always help at hand.
The roads in India are treacherous, hair-pinned and protected by shields of harsh weather. But that just makes them even more addictive. Straddling a combustion engine through their winding passes, braving the terrain and battling our way to the peak turns us into conquerors and it’s what makes this such a great place for a motorcycling adventure.
Europe’s mountains have been beaten many times; strapped down and tamed with well-laid and ridden tarmac. But there is one road which towers above others, still untamed and wild – the Khardung La pass. The highest rideable road in the world. And it belongs to the Himalayas, home to the highest peaks on our planet.
Our destination, New Delhi, is mental. The sights, sounds, sweat and smell crawl under your skin and turn you inside out, exposing your soul to the vibrant and manic city. But here, travelling on the dusty road to Keylong, we couldn’t be further away. The tracks go on forever, taunting you to wind open the throttle and lose yourself in the nothingness, until you realise your delirious dash has become rather lonely.
The mountain range spreads out over the planet in ever-changing landscapes – from rolling green mountains to red and purple rock fields. The only thing that stays the same are the crumbling roads and sheer drops.
Trucks bellow out nauseating plumes of black smoke, mixed with sand, dust and grit, which fill your helmet if you get too close. We’ve never seen a bus take a blind corner so fast that it kicks its tail end out over a cliff edge before.
Exploring the Himalayas is one of the best motorcycling experiences anyone can have. You should try it.
‘Tracks go on forever, taunting you to wind open the throttle and lose yourself’
If you can’t stand the heat, get back in the kitchen
Straight back to the wild west