Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bike Maintenance

After Breakfast we took our motorcycles to get their oil changed, Husain wasn't feeling well so Tashi one of our guides rode his bike to the repair shop where we managed to get semi synthetic oil for our bikes from one of the bike clubs stock.

While we were changing the oil a Tibetan girl who spoke English told Ali that her father wanted him to see his motorcycle. Ali agreed and followed the girl and her father. He entered a small courtyard filled with bikes a 4x4, then he found out that the Father owned a Hotel that catered to motor enthusiasts.

Ali told the father that we all needed to see the place once we finished with changing the oil on all our motorcycles.

When we entered we found that owner had wildly decorated the hotel as a mix of Auto , Tibetan, Nepal, and some European. He had two bars, and each room was decorated differently. He also had a room for group motorists with bunk beds and lockers.

He gave us the grand tour, and told us that many motorcyclists know his hotel, and make a special effort to stay there. Had we known we would have stayed there as well.

We then took the bikes back to the Hotel, and had lunch at a Muslim restaurant.

We then went in town to see the souvenir shops, and took a bicycle taxi to the Potala Palace, which had 400 steps to get inside.