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.
Jacob, I and our trusty touring bikes had been put through our paces, we were in dire need of rest, relaxation, recuperation and a wash. Skardu provided the perfect opportunity to achieve this with a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, shops and even a bakery that emanated the sweet scents of freshly baked goods, situated … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 9: The Skardu Dairy Milk Massacre & Returning to the Karakoram Highway
The sky widened as we neared the end of the ascent, raw excitement ignited, we knew the next crest was the final big push and from there, our route was generally a descending trend for the next 200 kilometres, or so we naively thought. The view of Sheosar Lake from the official National Park entrance … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 8: The Deosai National Park
Jacob and I have experienced cycling over 4800 metres at the Khunjerab Pass during our early days in Pakistan, though we have never experienced consecutive days cycling and camping at such altitudes. Deosai National Park was a highly anticipated destination on our Pakistani travel plan. The National Park has an average elevation of 4,114 metres … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 7: Astore to Chillam & the Climb to the Deosai National Park
During the 18 month’s leading to our departure date, with the exception of an occasional pizza base, I had almost eradicated bread and other flour based products from my diet. Throughout many central Asian countries, bread in some form is often the staple of the local diet. The glazed flat bread of Kyrgyzstan was often … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 6: Homage to The Naan Man & Rama Valley
The trek to Rakaposhi Base Camp was the perfect break from the cycle tour and enabled me to experience more of the natural beauty that Pakistan has to offer, the only regret was that Jacob couldn’t join the adventure, although he was having a Pakistani adventure of his own in Islamabad. The 14 hour taxi … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 5: Reunited & The Road to Astore
As a stranger stepping foot into a foreign country there is most certainly courtesies that you are yet to be accustomed to, likewise, there are behaviours that, to the compatriots of such a country, may be harmless but could be perceived as invasive or rude. One example of this could be someone watching you like … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 4: Tea & Biscuits with the Assistant Director General, Mr Adeel, Projectile Vomiting, Base Camp Trekking & Digital Potty Training