After being stuck in Pin Valley, waling through the deserted roads of Spiti valley[for complete story read:Pin Valley Mud Suprise], it was time to get back to Pin Valley to get my Bullet back. I was in regular touch with Mr. Tundup regarding the road connectivity to the Pin Valley and after a long wait of 40 days he asked me to come down to the valley to take my bullet back as the road was almost cleared by then. With no time wasted, I packed up my bags and hoped into an HRTC bus to Manali . I reached Manali at around 5 AM and just missed the cab to Spiti by an hour and there was no other mode of transportation to Kaza from Manali .There was only 1 bus that leaves Kullu early in the morning at 2:30 am due to rush at Rohtang pass, and many cabs cover the Manali Kaza route on sharing basis. So I decided to wait a full day in Manali and took a room at a strategic location, in the Hotel Kiran which is the starting point of all modes of transportation to Spiti valley.Then i decided to go to the famous Manu temple located in Old Manali and explore the region to kill time. Wandered around till the evening, then went for a movie and called the day off early as I had to get up early next morning to get a cab.
Next morning I woke up on time and was lucky enough to find a private vehicle leaving for Kaza. It was a brand new Xylo with only 4 passengers . This made me wonder how lucky I was to find the conveyance instead of an old Tata Sumo with 4 people sitting in middle seat, It would have been a terrible experience. We reached Rohtang top in no time and with no fuss as there was no traffic at all in the morning and the pleasant sunrise at the top was just so amazing. Reached Chatru, had breakfast there and kept on move on. A chilly cold cloudy day , mesmerizing natural beauty. Let only pictures talk.
Ah what a delight. Reached Kaza around 2 pm with very ease. Since the Xylo was heading towards Tabo so they offered me a lift till Atargu. As soon as we entered the Kaza market I saw Mr. Tundup and approached him. He was a little surprised but happy to see me and asked me to wait as some vehicle was going to Pin valley and arranged a Lift for me till the point of slush. I was amazed to see how things had changed since i left the valley 40 days back. The slush had completely dried up and was one km long . The road cutting work was under progress and only 50 mts of road was left from cutting and they had made a small trail for walking across. Finally I saw my Darling after 40 days and to my surprise in prime condition with not a single dust particle over.
I had to wait for the labor to arrive as it was not possible to take my bullet out of the Pin valley without any help. They came around 5 pm and agreed to help me cross the bike. I started the bullet and Ah! the experience, the feeling of riding the bike after 40 long days. Wow! cant explain in words 🙂 , and in no time we reached the spot where road building work was on . I was shocked to see the blasting. Around 20 mts of area was still remaining to be cleared . I was worried now and and wondered if the laborers would help me cross. What of they refused? I would be stuck in the valley for yet another day at least. But after a successful effort of an hour of 4 laborers, Mr. Tundup and myself, we crossed the area. Now i was free bird with my bullet Out of the Pin Valley. I thanked Mr. Tundup for his generosity and paid 600 rupees to the labourers as without them it wouldn’t have been possible at all to get out of that mess.
Now I was flying on my bullet enjoying the scenes of nature, Pin river and Spiti valley and was on the way to complete my unfinished Spiti Solo Ride. Reached Kaza around 7 pm and parked my bullet. The joy of getting my bullet back can never be explained. Neither could have I done it that day , nor today and neither will I ever be able to explain it in future !