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... would be great to do some kind of study down there too, to give some inspiration for the next chapter back home. Hopefully we will get a little visit from someone special back home too, which would be awesome! Sometimes we get a little flash of "what the hell are we doing!" albeit in a very positive way, and that feeling is a reminder that this time is something special. It’s exciting and we just don’t know what is going to be around the next corner for us. One thing is ...
Woken at 5.30 with a knock at the tent door and presented with a bucket of hot water for ablutions. Breakfast at 6 and suitcases ready to be loaded. Briefing and on the bikes at 6.30 with a very long day ahead of us. We have 270kms today of some serious stuff and it starts with about 20km of reasonable seal before we starts ascending the Gata Loops, a steep pass with 21 hairpin bends as it zig zags up the mountain. The road is rough and the downside is not ...
... to have caught on that to get people into their restaurant they need to make it welcoming. They never have the lights on or the heater and no effort is made to attract guests. Just a few candles on the tables might help!
Day 3 – We slept in late , its so peaceful here and wrapped up under the duvet and blankets is not a bad place to be ! We wandered into town along The Mall to find somewhere to eat , we found a little rooftop café ‘ Mountain View ...
... negotiating the challenging road, Tim and I turned our attention to the slopes, our eyes straining for the first signs of a landslide.
Both of us were fully aware that that the pass might still be closed when we arrived at the police checkpoint. Sure enough, it was. However, instead of turning us back, the guard suggested we wait and, for once, the fates must have been smiling on us. About 20 minutes later, we received ...
... know better by now”
The fear of rounding a bend at ‘enthusiastic’ speeds only to be met by loose rocks or a pool-table sized crater made it difficult to establish a rhythm. We were constantly wary; never knowing what might be around the next corner or over the next rise. It was tiring.
However, that’s not to say we rode like old ladies. An hour outside of Keylong, high on a well-paved, snaking mountain road with the Bhaga ...