We were in for a surprise. Nelson and Allroy went ahead as me and Ajay were left with a bit of packing. I got onto my bike and so did Ajay and just then Ajay realized that his rear tyre was flat. The sun was bellowing down even at 9:30 AM and there was no way of towing/pushing the bike out of there. Ajay asked me to go get Nelson and Allroy while he would remove the tyre. Allroy suggested that we just inflate Ajay's tyre and get him to the hotel for breakfast and where we could operate in some shade. It turned out to be a fruitful idea as Ajay's tyre was difficult to open up and ate up quite sometime. It was almost 12:30 PM until we were done and exhausted too. Amidst all of this, we had met some Britishers and Israelis when we had arrived at La Himalaya who had advised us to head to Padum before noon because there is a stream up ahead approx. 10 kms that runs very high and will be difficult to cross once the sun goes up. We were late and unsure about what to expect. We rode on. Shortly, we arrived at the said stream. For the record, this was our first major stream. With all the preface we had received about it, we stopped in our tracks, questioning our ability to go through it. Ajay went right until it's far end trying to find a spot to cross through, there was none. Me and Nelson walked through it to gauge how deep it was and where the sturdy spots were. There seemed to be soft sand at the entry point which caused doubts. We must have spent about 25 minutes deliberating and then finally, Nelson's patience caved it. He got onto his bike and just rode through it standing on the Himalayan. Ajay followed next, Allroy took a different path and i followed Allroy's path and we were all across. Much ado about nothing really . This experience was to serve as the launch pad for all of the stream crossings we would do next on the trip (with ease).