I decided a break in my lounge experiment was needed. So…I spent the day examining Nepalese road conditions; nice!
To do this required the hiring of a twist and go scooter. I did try and find one which had good brakes front and rear and tread on the tyre. After 10 minutes I gave up looking and got the cheapest one instead.
Now I bet you’re wondering why I didn’t hire a motorbike. Patience, the answer will come along soon enough
1. They are covered with tarmac, well apart from when they ain’t and you never know when that is going to be. A good guess is just after a corner.
2. Potholes: unlike England these really are what you would call holes.
3. Bumps: now that doesn’t sound too bad. Actually having a bump that is 2 or 3 foot high is “interesting”.
4. Dips: like bumps but the other way round.
Now imagine a stretch of road with potholes, bumps and dips all at once. Then add in traffic, like trucks and buses and combine that all with a motorbike that can go fast and handle corners! Now you know why I chose a slow and amazingly bad handling scooter. It can’t go fast and you don’t want it to….SAFE!
Back to the day trip…the 1st 35km was up hill, followed by 25km of downhill then 5km was (almost) flat and the last 5km was once again up hill
I stopped many times to take photographs, smoke view inspired cigarettes and to get some feeling back into my fat arse…damn, was that scooter seat uncomfortable!
Not to worry, I could free wheel for at least 20km on the way back. That might just be enough…it wasn’t!
Coming back into Pokhara I thought a late afternoon BLT at Maya Devi would be nice. I bumped into Adam who mentioned that my super duper ultra light weight amazingly expensive paraglider would be turning up in a couple of days…yippee!!!!!!