The long Roll up Rhotang (4000m)

After rainshowers all night we were pleased to see gaps of blue in the whispy clouds veiling the pine and deodar forest that creep up the mountain slopes. We headed to the halfway point of Marhi around 37km from Manali. This is the only real spot to break this 50km climb of just under 2000m up to the 4000m pass.
The pelaton: me, dale and leeanne lapping up the loops!
Dale super impressed with the sweet road surface (that was soon to run out at Marhi) 'You call this mountain-biking? Note: the fab deciduous forests.

 

Cycling in the clouds - and she is still smiling. Lovely roadside flower kept Cath and I busy snapping away.

 

Dhabba in the Mist. A welcome spot for a cuppa chai kindly offered to us all by some newlyweds (Manali is a big local honeymoon destination).

  

Beautiful bride
Marhi: a hodgepodge of dirty dhabbas with views down the incredible Kullu valley. Taken from our campsite.

Bridget Ringdahl

Pedaling has been natural to me since the tender age of three. Cycling is practical, fun, it gets you to the corner café, across countries, continents, keeps you fit and is by far the most efficient and environmentally friendly transport option around, being virtually carbon neutral.

I live in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal which is great cycling country, within 10 minutes I can be bouncing along some of the finest single tracks in the province.

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