Some may call filmmaker Andrew David Watson a crazy motorcycle adventurer. Personally, I applaud him. It’s a common phrase in motorcycling to say we’d rather take the long way home, but Watson took those words to heart. Last year, while traveling home from a shoot in Sri Lanka, he decided to veer off course to Ladakh, India, a mountainous region in the north of the country, to explore via motorcycle. Being early April, cold weather and treacherous conditions were abound. But still, Watson soldiered on, in what he calls “The Low Season.”
Armed with just his camera, tripod, and a few lenses, this short captures Watson’s trip through Ladakh aboard his rented Royal Enfield. In his own words, Watson says, “I spent the next week exploring the region, although due to it being the Low Season, many roads were closed, restaurants boarded up and mountain passes snowed over (including the famous Khardung La Pass, one of the highest road passes in the world at an altitude of nearly 18,000 ft, the apex can be seen at 1:32, taken right before I had to turn around due to ice). Despite all of that, or maybe because of the sleepiness, this ended up being one of the best trips I have ever taken.”
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