I was going over the old stuff again, reminiscing, and came across the film clip I made during our fateful attempt to ride the Annapurna Circuit in the rainy season. We crossed landslides, mudslides, rivers and went through waterfalls on the way. Never a dull moment 🙂
A British citizen, a Belgian citizen, a Nepali student studying in Aachen driving a Luxembourg registered car going from France to England. This was a bit complicated for the border control ☺so we got questioned at French customs, British customs and the border control.
Still everyone was polite and satisfied so we are off the Adam & Ying’s wedding
The photos have been updated with a selection of the photos Ria made in the Terai and at the kitchen inauguration
I have just uploaded the first photos from the Annapurna circuit MTB attempt we made this August.
Today we had a little reunion from our Annapurna adventure. We invited all who were involved with their families. We had to negotiate the enormous flooding in Thamel.
11 days since my fall and I am getting more mobile even though I still can’t sleep more than 2 hours at a time because I am uncomfortable lying on my back. This really has no relevance as I have nothing to do all day and can sleep here and there, no problem. Continue reading
Having spent 139.82€ on my mobile phone yesterday just to get the insurance to send a confirmation that they will pay the bill for the helicopter I was not in a very good mood this morning. I also didn’t get any sleep as I have to sleep on my back and that since the accident, so my back has also had enough. 1 hour sleep then sit or stand for half an hour before trying to sleep again. Continue reading
Lower Pisang to Manang
Start height: 3240m Finish height: 3540m Total ascent: Don’t know
Problems: Still can’t use my left leg at all.
A relatively good night’s sleep and my leg was a little more mobile which was a good sign at first, but, in fact, there was no improvement at all and after breakfasting on buckwheat pancakes I mounted Single Speed for the second day of tortuously slow and painful ride to Manang, BJ’s hometown. Continue reading
Chame to Lower Pisang
Distance: 15km Start height: 2710m Finish height: 3240m Total ascent: 830
Problems: Can’t stand on my left leg, let alone walk or ride a bike.
A change of vehicle was needed for me today. I can’t even stand on my left leg and any movement is excruciatingly painful. No problem! Chame is a relatively big village and they have horses. Our hotel owner is married to a relative of BJ so he was asked to find a suitable horse (pony) to transport me to Pisang, just 15km away.
A horse was hired for 2 days at 5;000 NPR (+- 50€) per day, not cheap but the only alternative was to walk. I can’t remember his real name, but I quickly dubbed him ‘Single Speed’. He was lazy and slow but this really didn’t bother me at all because the route was going to be hard and a quiet steed was the best choice. Continue reading
Dharapani to Chame
Start height:1960m Finish height: 2710m Total ascent: 950m
Problems: I fell on my left hip and had to be carried the last 2.5km to Chame!
It was raining when we set off this morning, for a change 🙁 , but it cleared up after the first hour. We expected to be able to ride over 60% of the route today so we (BJ & I) started in SPDs and cycle clothes, Ria in cycle clothes and walking shoes as the first part was more portage than riding. The second part would be more riding so she took her SPDs in her backpack. As promised the first part had a lot of portage but there were always bits to ride in between so we rode slowly. We had an adventure with a young cow with horns which was startled by our bikes and galloped back up the track nearly crushing BJ and one of the traveling salesmen. Continue reading