WAyataar to Bhureguan 98km
Here are some hints on how to survive cycle touring in 46°C:
Start early. Getting on your bike at 6am is barely early enough. You need to get some kms behind you before 9am, when it's likely to be 40°C.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. Electrolytes are really handy. Remember, no matter how much you drink, your one pee each day will be a dribble, and dark yellow.
It is possible to sweat 24 hours a day, several days in a row, even in the shower. You do not need to consult your doctor.
Eat. It's hard, because in this type of heat, who wants to eat, but we find grazing, small bits often, helps to keep the energy up. Be aware, that chocolate or soft jubes, stashed away in the bottom of your panniers, for just such times, will be liquified.
Rest lots. Every 10km works for us, in some shade, preferably with a breeze. I find lying on my back, with limbs aloft, helps you collect every puff of passing, cooling air. Do not flick the flies away. In the extreme temperatures, their wings provide a breeze.
Bistari, Bistari, (slowly, slowly in Nepali). Take your time. Better still, plan you trip so you don't have to cycle in these conditions....we didn't.
Let Tessa have a day on Fiona, with 35kg of weight, while you ride her 10kg bike.
Be aware you will likely burn your hands on the handle bars, and scold your legs on the cross bar. You will also likely be covered in a rash each day.....heat rash. It's normal. Don't panic.
Try not to fantasize about cold beers, icecream, smoothies, sorbet, frozen yoghurt, pims, ice cold cokes. Nepali, and Asian, fridges are not cold. (Although today we found one.....and the ice cold coke was glorious)
At every chance take a swim......hard in much of Asia where some of the rivers are pretty clogged with rubbish, gross green slime, or completely dry. We found one river in the west of Nepal where we were prepared to plunge up to the neckline. Only later were we told of the crocodiles and poisonous water snakes in the area. (But it was soooo good).
Do not try to drink from your water bottle while lying down. You will scold your face and neck when you react to the boiling water.
Remember that escaping from the warm air bubble in these conditions does not always work. Screaming downhill, hoping for a cool breeze, is not going to happen when the air temperature is so much hotter than body temperature. Expect instead to slightly sear all exposed parts of flesh, similar to cooking venison over a hot flame.
When finally getting your cold shower in your hotel, kneel down below the lower tap, as the water pressure will not be enough to reach the shower head (if there is a shower head). Be aware that the first five minutes of your "cold" shower will be too hot to stand under. No problem. You will be kneeling. Use those first five minutes to wash your cycling gear.
Don't try to sleep naked. Even if you get all the mosquitos, spiders, noseeums, and bed bugs with your super bug off spray, you will still be kept awake by the droplets of sweat crawling down your face, neck, back, chest, arms and thighs.
In fact, don't bother trying to sleep at night at all, unless you've got AC or a fan, it's just too hot. And as most of Asia, especially Nepal, has a lousy record of providing 24 hour power supply, the chances of your appliance working all night are almost zero. You could sleep outside, but the mosquitos, which are bigger and more numerous than the sand flies of New Zealand's West Coast, will pick you up, carry you into the jungle, and feed you to the tigers. Best you cycle all night, for then a least you will have a breeze in your face.
There is a very good chance that the pressure, read heat, will get to members of your party. Should you hear words similar to these: "Frig this heat. It's just too frigging hot. This is not a frigging adventure, it's frigging torture. Get me the frig out of here", just remind them that there is no way out. The buses are overcrowded and have no AC, there are no taxis, there are no trains, and the airport is clogged up with Earthquake relief flights. The only way out, in the words of Freddie Mercury, is to " get on your bike and ride".
Best of luck. We've survived so far. Only 150km to the Nepal/India border.