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Thumbnail Pictures of Kathmandu, Bandipur, Pokhara, Tansen, Terai, Nepal

(April - May, 2011) 

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Kathmandu to Bandipur, Nepal

(April - May, 2011) 

Back on the road at last! Leaving Kathmandu on a hot busy morning battling horrendous traffic. A whole lot slimmer than a few months ago but now woefully out of shape for the upcoming mountain climbs.

Ticky tacky houses climbing up a hill. They look as if a stiff rain might sweep them all down! A few of the hotels we stayed in were just as precarious.

On the steep road to Bandipur. The only other vehicles on the road are tractors pulling trailers, usually hauling timber or some other farm products, and the occasional jeep overloaded with people.

Nepali women wear spectacular saris. The men's clothing is quite drab in comparison.

The lovely car-free streets of Bandipur. The buildings are old wooden affairs with balconies and great views.

Bandipur, Nepal

(May, 2011) 

The car and motorbike-free ancient Nepali village of Bandipur.  A difficult hill to ride a loaded touring bike up but the lack of constant honking and polluted air makes it an addictive place after Kathmandu.  I liked it so much I stayed five nights just relaxing and hiking in the hills.

Down in the center of town we found this neat little temple.

Two very cute little girls playing in the village of Bandipur, Nepal

That pile of gravel was carried off by a couple of tiny little ladies.

The streets of Bandipur are paved with fitted-together stones. Some of the building are constructed of the same material.

Notice the water tanks on most of the roofs. Most people store up rain water for their daily use.


Pokhara to Tansen, Nepal

(May 2011) 

Just after Tim took this picture, we were nearly caught in a sudden downpour and had to wait it out at a tiny shop.

It doesn't look so bad here, but trust me, that road behind Gretchen is one heck of a climb.

The road between Lumbini and Pokhara is a scenic and quiet road in Nepal and perfect for bicycle touring - if you like long climbs.


Tansen to the Eastern Terai, Nepal

(May 2011) 

Once a week Tim gets an old fashioned shave with a straight razor.  The whole process is about 30 min and costs less than US$1.  The Nepalese barber even bangs shockingly hard on your head (he calls it a massage). To finish you off, he gives your neck a good crack.  There are several lotions and creams applied and at the end a bunch of smelly cologne that lasts all day. 

Gretchen getting mobbed by a bunch of curious kids.

Villagers gathered under a shady tree to sing protest songs.

Everyone loves looking at maps.

We were glad to be leaving Tansen, a town where Gretchen was attacked by bedbugs.


Eastern Terai, Nepal to Indian border

(May, 2011) 

I have to turn this touring bicycle upside down and use the brake pads as guides to true (straighten). Times like this, I'm glad I carry a spoke wrench and have worked in a few bike shops in the past.

I had an increasingly loud clicking noise coming from the drive train.  I suspected the bottom bracket and took the crank and BB out. While cleaning, I noticed that two of my small chain ring bolts were very loose.  A bottom bracket tool is seldom needed and a big thing to carry but hard to find in Nepal.

Numerous signs along the road warn cyclists of the danger of being run over by a truck.

An oxen cart made out of an old trailer bed. It's not uncommon to see carts with wooden wheels.


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