Overland London - Katmandu

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I have long wondered how we come about the big decisions in our lives. How, when faced with a fork in the path, one person chooses to go left and another goes right. For my own part, I seem to have made most of the big decisions in my life at an unconscious level without actively thinking about the different choices. No doubt this was all going on in my brain, but in the background. So it was that one day I found I had made a decision to leave my job, flat, family and friends to go traveling and would start the journey with an organised trip from London to Kathmandu on an overland truck.

Seeds had been sown to make this decision for many years, mainly from the traveling done during my annual leave each year. Most notable was a five week trip to Nepal. This was the longest trip I had done to this point and at the end of it I realised a) I wasn't ready to go home b) it would be a long time before I could make another comparable trip (I'd had to get special permission from work to be away for such a length of time and take leave from the end of one year and the start of the next). Wanderlust had bitten hard.

A couple of years later I went on a trip on an overland truck in southern Morocco. This was great fun and the drivers had both done the London to Kathmandu route several times. They both raved about it and I came away with another seed quietly growing.

However I came by my decisions, they were the best I ever made. The two years I was away were the two in which I have felt the most alive. This trip, to Kathmandu, was the perfect way to start out. Not flying halfway round the world to culture shock with no sense of the distance traveled, but gradually moving forward on a journey of discovery. I count myself very lucky to have done it. In today's political climate it would not be possible to travel to some of the places now.

Apart from the UK entries and this introduction, this blog is transposed from the pages of the diary I kept along the way. The photos are not of the best quality as they were taken before I had a digital camera. They were printed at various places along the way and then scanned in. The memories they bring back will never fade though.

  • Inauspicious beginnings.
  • Fun in Cappadocia
Trip Start Jul 01, 1997
Trip End Oct 29, 1997

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