Introduction to Off-Roading - the Coates Way

It was time to get dirty- some off-road riding practice for my group - some of whom have only ever ridden on the smooth tarmac of the UK
we cross the bridge out of town and take to some quiet roads out of Manali

lots of concentration as I take them through gravel, sand, dust and small river crossings not to mention narrow tracks around the hillside

Past women washing clothes by the street

We arrive at Ride Inn

A place that I'd stayed at on my way up. We parked alongside the other Enfields

where another group had just arrived back from Ladakh

We made our way up to the terrace café bar where everything is made from parts of motorbikes

Including the ashtrays

We found the map on the wall very useful

there are various inspirational travel quotes on the walls

a chance for Barbara to relax and enjoy a cold drink