The lorry dropped me off at about 5.30am at Iqbal’s ‘Honda Centre’ and I waited for it to open but I was so tired and could hardly stay awake. A while after the monsoon rain came poring down and as I had been in the lorry all night and before that trying to repair my bike I stripped to my pants and got some soap out and showered in the heavy monsoon rain.
At 8am there was no sign of the Honda Centre opening, I banged on the shutter and an elderly man told me they are closed for Eid until next week, after much persuasion he let me leave my bike and stuff inside and I walked away looking for a taxi to go to the India visa centre. They were also closed until next week.
At about 10am I checked back into ‘The Hunza Embassy Lodge’ where I stayed two weeks ago and rested until Heiko turned up.
I called Iqbal later in the day and he insisted on picking me up and taking me to his workshop where he repaired my bike and insisted I return on Monday to get the bike fully ready for India.
It’s all about the people.