India’s military garrison in Leh helps patrol the borders with Pakistan and China.
To supply the base Tata trucks drive back and forth between Manali and Leh during the summer months.
Heading back to Manali with an empty payload, they often stop to offer rides to struggling bicyclists.
Personally, I think they regard western cyclists as ‘lunatics who need to be saved from themselves.’
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