Sailing at the top of the world
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Looking back to check on Polly and Mikey in their paddle machine, we wondered why they were so far behind. We sailed over to see what they were up to and for Polly and I to swap boats. Once installed in the pedalo, I could see the problem – lots of rapid paddling and very little progress
We strolled along the lakeside and stopped at 'Elegant View Restaurant" for cold drinks and were much amused by a charming little family of guinea pigs – mum, dad and two babies – just free to munch their way around the restaurant garden.
Back to the hotel and Dan came out on the roof for a bit and we watched the paragliders (probably from the course he wasn't fit enough to attend) who were spiral diving, helicoptering (scarey) and doing s. a. t.s (circling round with the wing to the side).
Dan back to bed and Alan and I got a taxi and Polly and Mikey followed on their scooter and we circled up the narrow road to Sarankot – stunning views of arable fields (mostly rice) and exciting glimpses of very simple, family life. Women carrying huge baskets slung on their heads and one had enough leaves to make a tree on her back. Children called out all the way. At the top (very cold) we saw several paragliders taking off and launching themselves into the blue – all very exciting and we wished it was Dan we were watching. We managed to take pictures of some interesting 'chinese tractors' that many locals use to travel around and carry loads in. We wound up a really great day, with a cocktail in Moondance, followed by a meal, by a roaring internal fire, in Tea Time Bamboostan once again.