Jacob and I had been cycle through central Asia for over 4000km. It had been a relatively comfortable existence thus far, I had not suffered from injury, experienced discomfort or saddle sores until the ride from Agra to the Nepali border. During this period, due to our Kathmandu Christmas deadline, I had very little down … More Cycle Touring Nepal. Chapter 2: The Final Leg, Kathmandu for Christmas
Nepal has been a country on my ‘Must Visit‘ list for as long as I can remember, though I had always assumed that the intent of my inevitable visit would be to tackle some form of long distance, high altitude trek or perhaps even make it to Everest Base Camp. It never occurred to me … More Cycle Touring Nepal. Chapter 1: Nepal with no Hiking Boots!?
In recent posts I have made quite clear my passion for mountains and emphasised that this love was the inspiration and rationale for planning to cycle the Karakoram Highway, track the Himalayan foothills across north India and cycle into Nepal, home of the most eminent mountain range on the planet. I have also outlined my … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 7: A 900 Kilometre Detour to the Architectual Symbol of Eternal Love
The previous six weeks cycling in and out of the Himalayan foothills of north India had been relentlessly tough, and although I strive for a challenge, sometimes a period of rest and recouperation is imperative and in this instance, a necessity. I had found myself in some pretty dark places struggling for hours up steep, … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 6: Rishikesh
By mid-November the daylight hours were diminishing, this meant that I would be setting the alarm before sunrise. We routinely roused in the early, dark hours, though to a morning lark such as yours truely, this meant that I had the pleasure of watching the colours change as the sun peeked over the horizon. We … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 5: Half a Pint of Lager & a Ride to Rishikesh
Jacob and I started our cycle tour from Osh, Kyrgyzstan on August 10th 2018. Cycling through Kyrgyzstan we were merely cycle touring amateurs and were finding our feet in the world of long distance cycle touring. Before we could adopt a routine we were crossing the border into China, both enduring a period of ill … More Cycle Touring Central Asia: A Day in the Life of…
Shimla, the capital of the north Indian state Himachal Pradesh is situated atop a ridge at 2,276 metres above sea level. During the time of the British Raj, news of the somewhat “English weather” had spread, popularity increased as Officials and their families temporarily relocated to escape the stifling heat of the Indian plains during … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 4: Shimla