Motorcycling the Himalayas: MOUNTIAN: Part 3


“I say without hesitation, that motorcyclists love the mountain. It is where we dance. We freely fall into gravity’s demanding arms then with a twist of the throttle are thrust into the next delicious curve. A graceful ballet of endless pirouettes lifting the spirit as we ascend, as we transcend, riding high, above the mundane until among the stars we fly. And the mountain is where we fight, wrestling perilous hairpin turns, battling hard against opposing forces, often for our life. Because if the mountain wins…we die.

It’s where we face our fears, test inner resolve or chase foolish whims. Be it the path of least resistance or the hard arduous climb, it’s here, from the top, the breadth of our journey is revealed. The passage past, we cannot change, memories blurred in rear view mirrors. The present moment holds infinite possibilities to a fulfilling future that we have the power to create…motorcyclists love the mountain.”

Gary Koz Mraz

Ronbuk Mt. Everest

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At 35,000 feet on twenty-hour flights, one finds ample time to wax poetic, time to ruminate over the sheer magnitude of the highest mountain in the world. Contemplating the scales balancing human experience between earth and heaven’s ceiling, or the gyroscopic forces that balance motorcycles between your legs; it’s cold and lonely at altitude and those fearless few who attempt the Everest ascent every year know that more than anyone. At a permit cost of $45,000 to summit Everest, it’s a very serious undertaking, for us motorcyclists, Himalayan Roadrunners– all will ascend to nearly eighteen thousand feet and view Mt. Everest from the highest Tibetan monastery in the world.

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Motorcycling The Himalayas: And Other Amazing Places

Motorcycling the Himalayas is without a doubt, an adventure of a lifetime. 1000 miles of rugged terrain, sleeping in monasteries at the base of Mt Everest, to the amazing Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama. Take an exciting trip with me and visit remote villages dating back a thousand years. This apostolic adventure began as a curiosity and became an obsession. I had visited the world’s largest Buddhist temple in the western hemisphere, a 100-million-dollar Swaminarayan Mandir Temple and the amazing mountain roads below the Malibu Hindu Temple, all in my back yard. Then the ride got real. It was off to the Yucatan peninsula to see pyramids and temples. Then motorcycled Bali and Java visiting the Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. Culminating in the biggest adventure of my life, Motorcycling the Himalayas. Koz Mraz

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