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Time to do a little shopping in Manali and find a good place to eat.
Day 10 - Manali To Delhi
This was going to be a long and tiring day. Last day of the trip is anyways the most boring one when you are returning home and if home is 550 kms away on a motorcycle, it would tire you even before you started. Same thing happened with us. We were already feeling sleepy and bored the moment we left Manali but had to take this journey non the less.
A little before Sundernagar, I got this weird idea in my head to take a diversion towards Tattapani and reach Shimla today. From Shimla we could go home tomorrow, thus extending the trip by one day. Others were not too excited about the idea and did not want to prolong the painful journey home by one day. For a while I decided to let them go and continute to Shimla alone but by the time we hit Sundernagar, I too just wanted to go home.
Near Chandigarh, we got seperated. I took the bypass throught Berut while the other three continue to ride through Chandigarh. We all met again near Karnal and then an incident happened which has its effect on my mind till date.
I was riding ahead with Rohit while Sunny and Shoaib were following a little behind. All of a sudden, I noticed that the vehicles were taking a sharp turn as if trying to avoid something on the road. It was midnight and was dark all around on NH1 except for the headlights of the vehicles. The truck in front of us did the same and I saw what looked like a piece of cloth lying horizontal in middle of the road from distance. As we got close, I realized that it was a guy who was lying there in middle of the road. When we crossed him, I saw pieces of glass scattered around him but no blood. Probably he was hit by a car and the driver didnt bother to stop. We applied brakes immediately stopped a few meters ahead.
"Was that a guy lying on the road?" I asked Rohit to confirm, as If I could not believe my eyes that a man was lying in middle of the road, unattended like a dog.
"Yes" Said Rohit.
We got off our motorcycles but the moment we turned around, a speeding truck ran over the guy. Driver of the truck did apply the brakes and stopped but It was already too late. His front wheels had already crushed the guy. We knew that what lies on the road isnt something that either of us would want to go and see so after looking at all the fuss on the road for a while, we got on our motorcycles and continued towards Delhi. I knew there was no blood on the road when we crossed on that guy so there was a very high chance that he was still alive, until the truck ran him over.
By 2 AM, we were all comfortably home but I could not take my mind off what I saw and kept thinking who actually killed the guy. He probably was some villager who got drunk and was trying to cross the road late at night and got hit by a car. I wondered who really killed him. Was it the alcohol? Was it his carelessness? Was it the car who hit him and didnt stop? Was it the trucker who ran over him? Was it all those people who saw a guy lying in middle of the road but just avoided him like a dog, rather than stopping to check?
Or was it us? We did stop but wasted those precious seconds discussing what we saw. If we had acted in nick of time, we could have saved him from a horrible death.
Till date I wonder, who really killed that guy?
Thanks everyone for reading !!!
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just read through the travelogue, certainly helped me plan ahead my upcoming trip to Leh ...
I have read lot about leh and itineraries there-to. This is the best account so far. A real test on all fronts dealt with a success. Awesome dear ! Kudos to the group.
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