14-06-2013. got up from bed by 6 am after a sleepless night. the cold kept me awake most of the time. the sun was up and it was a bright day. went down to where the storm was parked. removed the news paper with which we had blocked the grill to prevent the cold air getting into the engine bay. cranked up the engine.... it didn't fire. repeated the same to no avail
cranke in short bursts but the storm didn't fire. all around me all the vehicles had started some have even started leaving.opened the bonnet to let the bright sunlight warm up the engine. some guys from delhi in a toyota fortuner came over and tried to start the engine. while one of them cranked the engine they asked me to manually pump the diesel pump. no response.
will i be stuck here......... then one of them called a local driver over and he continually cranked the engine while i went on pumping. after eternity the engine started and every one applauded by clapping ....
the guys from delhi had been to leh before and hence i had a long discussion with them regarding the route. then the scorpio parked in front of my storm had an almost flat tyre. the guys came over and enquired whether i had a foot pump. i lent them my electric pump and we filled in 30 psi in the Tyre . they too were going to manali.
todays drive was to sarchu/ jispa. felt very sad in leaving the beautiful lake . took some time to take many a snaps. will we ever come back to this land in this life ?
we took snaps with the owner of the camp and his manager. the manager was claiming to be a mountaineer and adventurer. he had gone on bike tours from goa. we started our return leg by 9 am. by this time most of the visitors had left. we were waived and stopped by army men just on the outside of the camp site. they asked us our details and whether we had registerd the previous day. when we said no as no one had stopped us on the road yesterday. they just filled the register marked 13 th with our details and entered our exit on the 14 th.