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
Those who know me well are aware of my deep passion for mountains. Whilst perched high up in Shimla of the Himalayan foothills, the capital of the Himachal Pradesh state, I contemplated this notion as I sat gazing out at the distant, majestic, snow peaked summits of the Himalayan range proper. The seed of this … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 3: The Ride to Shimla & A Woods Philosophy
During our first week in India I developed a sense of frustration, I felt that I had lost the enthusiasm for the cycle tour. We had been sedentary for some time, however, it should be said that much of this was unavoidable due to the processing time for my Indian visa in Islamabad. The preceding … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 2: To McLeod Ganj.
The next stage of our cycle tour was underway, we cleared customs at the Pakistan, India border with relative ease. Immediately after leaving the border we amusingly passed signs of roadside stalls advertising “English Beer and Wine“, quite a shock after almost three months alcohol free (we shared a bottle of red wine whilst dining … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 1: Amritsar
During the planning phase of the cycle tour, even before I had purchased my bike, if I was asked where I was most looking forward to visiting, my answer was undoubtedly “Northern Pakistan“ and at the time I didn’t know a friend or family member who had visited the infamous country. This meant that to … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 12: Pakistan, Final Thoughts