The ride from prior to Khardung village until KhardungLa Pass was braced with rains.
The Hat rode in -5°C temperature amidst intermittent rains, thin air that pierced even through 4 layers of specialised clothing. Droplets were freezing to icicles, while own breath created fog over the visor of the helmet. The gloves got wet and hands started to feel hypothermia creeping in. Thankfully a good biker is always prepared. Had a set of extra gloves and winter wear which provided much needed reinforcements.
While one part of the mind wanted to take refuge under shade from this weather. The adrenaline was setting perspective to ride high above these rain clouds (literally) like an eagle. So the Hat did, it rode through rain, slush of snow and mud, then snow to reach the #KhardungLaPass
Though it was still halfway through the battle.
The way down from KhardungLaPass till Leh city was braced with solidified ice, rain and twilight which gave way to dusk in quick progression given the overcast conditions.
With pure grit and focussed riding, the Hat made it to Leh city.
Let's hope the mother Nature is kind to bless with a sunny day tomorrow. So that the hypothermic shoulder and shreds of bruised muscles can be nursed to health. Until then Good night.
The Battle of Paoli (also known as the Battle of Paoli Tavern or the Paoli Massacre) was a battle in the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary War fought on September 20, 1777, in the area surrounding present-day Malvern, Pennsylvania. Following the American retreats at the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of the Clouds, George Washington left a force under Brigadier General Anthony Wayne behind to monitor and harass the British as they prepared to move on the revolutionary capital of Philadelphia. On the evening of September 20, British forces under Major General Charles Grey led a surprise attack on the sleeping Americans on Wayne's encampment near the Paoli Tavern. Grey had ordered his men to remove the flints from their rifles before the attack began. Bayonets, — a weapon Americans considered barbaric — would be the weapon of choice.
This ambush in the dead of night left 53 Americans dead and over 100 wounded. The British lost 4 and 7 wounded.
The engagement became known as the "Paoli Massacre."
This so outraged American civilians and soldiers alike that it crystallized American hatred of the British. Our nation’s first battle cry, “Remember Paoli!” was heard repeatedly in later battles.