The city of Srinagar was not fully active when i left at 8.15am and i made good progress to quickly cross the main areas,skirt the Dal lake and onwards to Ganderbal and towards Sonmarg.Zozila was totally dry and was quickly covered and i was in the Ladakh valley.While at the top it is always a pleasure to see the birth streams of the river Sindh flow towards Kashmir and another river (Sindhu AFAIK) birth and flow towards Ladakh-the charms of nature. The weather was overcast with spells of sunshine in between.The roads were relatively empty i was enjoying having them to myself.I spent a lot of time stopped ,soaking up the nature and beautiful surrounding-but i guess that was the purpose of the trip . Caught this chopper high above when it emerged from the clouds i was shooting-it was so high that there was no noise of it over and above that of the cascading river besides me. At the Gumri Shiv mandir,paid my respect to the deity while on the move and stopped at the Pandrass checkpost to enter my details.From there to Drass was a speeding whir .Drass was fully filled with festivities with lots of people leaving for their pilgrimage-UMRA-lots of hustle and bustle on the road here,so stopped for lunch here. Spent full 2 hours and multiple cups of coffee talking to the local people and taxi drivers at the Drass dhaba -was fascinating to hear their tales of going on the Umra.Then at about 1.30pm noticed the sky was even more overcast and so resumed my journey onwards to Kargil. It is always such a pleasure to view this half of Kargil city across the river Sindhu-here while parking my bike on the road shoulder,the side stand sank into the sand and the bike fell on me -had a difficult time extracting myself from under it all by myself.