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
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
Eight months of preparation, route planning and endless hours spent scouring the web researching and reading other people’s accounts of their cycle touring experiences of the Karakoram Highway, few that there are, were finally becoming a reality. The places we had read about, photographs we had admired and our dreams were unfolding. We had put … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 3: The Karakoram Highway & The Hunza Valley