I was getting a good hang of these camping experience and i was pondering about past few weeks and thinking ‘why the hell i have not been doing this from the very beginning’.I almost forgot to mention about a German motorcyclist i met on Giau pass.He was riding around with his wife on scooter,he tells me that he is slightly bored with the big adventure bikes he has and want to try something different.I am pretty sure he was trying to encourage his wife to get into adventure touring .
We exchanged some memories and each others phone number,he also requested to drop in at his home if i am around his place in Germany.He also shared this pen as a memory,which had his address 🙂
I was very delighted with this experience and his kindness,i also wondered how instantly we connect with total strangers.Is it because we share a common bond or it is because it is unique human nature.This is beyond my level of understanding.However,this reminded me of an incident which happened with me in India,while i was in North India in a place called McLeodganj.I met a German biker travelling around the world, who looked slightly worried as he had a bad time in Himalayas.It was almost evening and he was having difficulty to find a accommodation with decent WIFI connection.He also had some trouble speaking English and communicating with hotel receptions as he told me with broken english he can speak ,for a moment i thought of helping but i restrained myself and thought i will do it if only he asks for it.Eventually the guy left on his own and i continued on my errands.Later i felt bad about it and regretted that i should have helped him irrespective of him asking for it or not.It is not that i did not wanted to help him,i believe it was to do something with me being slight introvert and arrogant perhaps.
Atleast,above case did not happened with me wherever i had been in my journey so far.People were very nice to me and very welcoming,very helping..which often makes me regret that incident more,well i cannot change the past so best thing was to let go that feeling and be wise and helpful to others in the future.
May be this is how traveling changes you 🙂
From the people you meet in your journey..I believe a part of goodness and kindness is left along,it is not just the memories you take back home.
As i continued on my journey,I reached first pass of the day ‘Tonale Pass’ in Italy.More of a place for ski,but beautiful in all terms.
Gavia Pass – Tenth highest paved road in alps they say and you do feel it while you are at the top.Park your bike and walk a bit few hundred meters to the top and you are rewarded with much serene views.
So happy to be here,Climb to Gavia pass was rewarded by quite beautiful views and i caught fellow bikers to capture the mood 🙂
Met these two blokes from Italy,they were nice and happy.Bikers are happy breed,it’s a known fact.We had a good chat before everyone took off.
I headed to Livigno to stock up some alcohol and cigarettes for the journey to come.For those who don’t know,Livigno enjoys its status of duty free town.Which means everything is cheap,from food to beer and wine to vodka.I stocked up a pair of scotch bottles.Also,don’t be surprised to see heaps of bikers filling up their panniers with booze and cigarettes,its a common sight there.Some of them i met told me that these visits are frequent and mostly to stock up for winters 🙂
Meanwhile landscapes in between were as surreal as the other alps passes i have been to.
Next up was Bernina pass as i cross over to Switzerland.
From one pass to another,that was my routine in Alps everyday and next in the list was Julier Pass.