Finding solace in a country as large as India should be straight forward, until you realise that 1.3 billion people, which is almost twice the population of Europe, are squeezed into a country one third it’s size. I was cycle touring solo for just over a week and the lack of solitude was slowly wearing … More Cycle Touring Solo. Chapter 2: The Wonderful Spontaneity of Cycle Touring. An Unexpected Invitation to Bloombuds School and Boarding House
Continued from ‘Chapter 7: Annapurna Base Camp. Part I’ …I woke just before my alarm for a routine jaunt to the latrine and slid across the ice in my untied hiking boots and, to the amusement of two Korean women, my skin tight long john and down jacket combo. I peered around the corner to … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 7: Annapurna Base Camp. Part II
It seems almost customary to be preparing for an expedition or event of high physical exertion whilst nursing an injury. I pulled my hamstring one week before the Leicester marathon, I suffered tendon or ligament damage to my ankle one week before the Welsh 3000s and whilst enjoying “one last blow out before we turn … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 6: Annapurna Base Camp. Part I
As all mountaineers will know, summiting is only half of the challenge. We had made it over Thorong La Pass in good time, it was 10:00 and the weather was divine except for the winds. We had heard rumours that a storm was on it’s way and will hit within the next 24 to 48 … More Trekking in Nepal. Chapter 5: A Full Circle, Reunited in Pokhara
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
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.
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