Rod McLaughlin


Nepal (17 may 17...19 may 17)

So far I've ridden my bike from Kathmandu to Pokhara, done the four-day Poon Hill trek, to see Annapurna at sunrise, thence to Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha, ridden to Dhunche from Kathmandu (up 600m, down 1100m, up 700m, up 700m) and done the Langtang trek to earthquake-destroyed Langtang village, and rode back (down 1400m, up 1100m, down 600m). Now I'm in Bhaktapur. It's an interesting ancient city, but I'm only here by mistake. I was trying to get to Nagar Kot, from which you can see Everest on a clear day, but the bus stopped here.

A taxi driver said there is no bus to Nagar Kot - you have to get a taxi. Naturally, I said "bullshit" and "you're a liar!", because all over the world, taxi drivers say this when it isn't true. On this occasion, though, it was true - they are having an election, and half the buses are canceled. I'll go tomorrow instead. Was I embarassed by this mistake? Not in the slightest. 

Nagar Kot is surprisingly cheap considering it's a popular destination. It's a hill overlooking gorgeous terraced hillsides. I saw Everest this morning (May 19) but I arrived too late to see the sunrise. Tomorrow I'll start walking from the hotel at 03:50.



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