We left Pokhara at 8.30 and headed out of town, not as crazy as Khathmandu but you still need to keep your wits about you. We headed on a scenic road to Beni for lunch, the few km’s before Beni the road started to break up, an indication of what lay ahead. The road after Beni was unmade, some sections ok but rocks everywhere and some difficult rocky climbs and descents, we did our first proper river crossing without incident thankfully. We finally reached Tatopani and had a night there enjoying a bathe in the hot spring. The next part from Tatopani to Marpha had me a bit worried, the roads were just like a dried up river bed mainly, the Royal Enfields powered through but I’ll need most of my body parts replaced after this (including my digestive system), the suspension front and back isn’t made for these sections , to be honest i’m baffled how they got through some of the stuff but they did. It’s hard to describe the landscape and roads so i’ll let the pictures do that.
Today we are stuck in Marpha as there is no movement allowed due to the elections, not much to do here except wander around. Our enforced stay here today means a big day tomorrow from here to Muktinath then retrace our steps to Tatopani on the same shit roads and now doing double the miles we done yesterday which wasn’t part of the plan so i figure tomorrow will be a 12 hour shift riding these bikes on the equivalent of a dried up river bed.
The group are working well together and our tour leader is a nice guy but i suspect tomorrow will challenge patience. As always pictures tell a better story!
|View from our hotel in Tatopani|
|Posing for pictures|
|The guys looking for a footrest that snapped off in this river crossing|
|Yak, yakkety yak don't come back|
|Lunch (Curry again!!!!)|
|Fi jumping for joy to reach Mustang|
|Fi through saftely|
|Fi getting air on the rocks|
|Open water system|
|Horse in the house|
|Fi ringing the bell|
|Men with goats|
|men with ox|
|Men with horses|
|Posing in front of the mountain|