Hard days on the Road
Trip Start May 07, 2007
23Trip End Aug 06, 2007
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On my left hand side a lovely river kept me company, with views relieving the boredom of turning my chainwheel. Small villages were perched on the riverside, green mountains loomed in the distance, and a slowly changing landscape kept me company. The hills became far gr
eener then the dusty brown landascape from where I had come from in the West. namely around Shigaste, a 7 day ride away should I ever need to backtrack! (never in my mind)
As I headed for The Samye monestary, with the aim of completing a circular navigation back to Lhasa, in total approximately a 1000km bicycle ride
Getting beyond Samye Monestary would always involve some risk and heading further East, alone without a permit was illegal. Highly so! Nevertheless I would try it anyway, up for the challenge of dodging army and police checkpoints, the naughty boy that I am!
After another day on, an over night camp, and hardly seeing anyone, I arrived at the centre edge of the spectacular Yarlung Tangpo(Lake). I needed to cross it to get to the Samye monestary. The ferry master was drunk, and tried it on, as I was alone, and had been for the last 3 days. He wanted to charge me 300 rmb, 21 pounds. Illebriated, I laughed at his request especially as eventually his son told me it would cost 30 rmb, 2 pounds! I learned a minimum of 4 people were needed for the boat, cum ferry to take us across the lake.
After an hours wait a young couple turned up, a chinese chappie and his Hong Kong girlfreind. Five minutes after this a monk followed and then there were 4!
We were set for the fanastic voyage, which lasted just over an hour. In splendid sunlight the views were spectacular as the sunlight reflectd off the deep dark blue water, and the calm was punctured only by the diesel engine that powered our vessel along, completing an unforgettable experience. A half hour bus ride to the Samye Monestary followed where I planned to stay there only one night, but eventually stayed for 4 night's as it was such a special and spiritual place.