I cycled away from the pleasant experience at Bloombuds School and Boarding House, I was on top of the world, smiling and singing to myself. It is often unexpected experiences such that which can make and define a trip. But throughout the course of the morning the elation soon wore off. I had to make … More Cycle Touring Solo. Chapter 3: Onwards to Varanasi
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
It had been seven weeks since I was last united with my touring bike, Victouria. These seven incredible and unforgettable weeks were spent rather unexpectedly exploring, adventuring and trekking in Nepal. If you are interested and haven’t already, you can read about these adventures here. I met some great people along the way, many I … More Cycle Touring Solo. Chapter 1: Leaving Nepal, Return to India
Jacob and I had been cycling through central Asia for over 4,000 kilometres. 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 … 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