No Name to Pulchowk 55km
We were on the road at 6am, and pretty pleased with ourselves. It was lovely and cool, the road was flat, and it seems as if most of the traffic has turned off this road, heading south to India, or north into the western mountains. So chuffed were we by the pleasant conditions, that we did a 20km stint, without a break. Then we stopped for some breakfast.
Tessa is nagging me to eat, especially protein. Trouble is, once I get riding, I find it really hard to eat. Food rolls around in my mouth as if it can't find the route to the stomach. And I'm normally really dry, even when we are drinking 3 litres of fluid every 20km. Still, I managed some roti, with omelet, although it took me twice as long to eat as the young one (Tessa).
20km, and breakfast, and it's not yet 8am. Looking good for a big km day. Just to stay in a routine, we stopped for a drink at 30km. We didn't want to get all cocky, feeling great, let's hit it..... It was starting to get warmer, and then for the next 10km we had uphill..... once again, not steep, but the heat takes its toll, even if it's only 38°C.
The climb was through a glorious valley, with lovely rivers, beautiful forest, and carved out canyons. Trouble was, not a drop of water in what should be cascading creeks. This terrain would be an amazing ride if it was 20°C cooler, and after rain. Today, as glorious as it was, it was tough for this old boy. The small shop just before the summit was welcome, especially as we were down to our last drops of water.
The downhill was once again fun. We passed through some cool villages, with lots of thatched roofs, and cheerful kids, and out on to some flat road. But now it was getting very hot. We decided to push on for 10km, and have a lunch break at the "village near the bridge" (translates as Pulchwok). It was a tough 10km, and the first two litres of watered down fruit juice disappeared pretty quickly, as did the samosas, and the roti. But then I felt tired, and nodded off, while Tessa chatted up the owner, and got some free wifi.
When I woke, we decided to get back on the road, and headed out to the bikes. Conversation went something like:
"We need more water."
"Damn it's hot."
"It feels a lot hotter than before lunch."
"S##t its 46°C."
Simultaneously...."I don't think we should bike in this.....let's find a room with a fan."
And that's what we did.........