Pulchowk to Ayataar 101km
Having dreams is pretty normal. Following them is something we should all strive for, but sometimes, you just need to put them into the "hopefully later" box.
I'm certainly following a dream. Have been doing so for 362 days, so consider myself very fortunate, having a wife and family, and so many friends that are supporting, and encouraging me on my quest.
But sometimes, despite all you efforts, things do not go to plan. Like Juliet objecting to my original plan of a four year and eight month cycle trip around the world. (I'm told I've got a wonderfully understanding wife, allowing me a leave of absence of 900 days.....I agree.) But that's not the part of the dream I'm upset about.
My hope, my dream, was to cycle around the globe. I'm pretty happy with that so far. Only 120km, along an unridable road in Myanmar, have been covered in or on anything other than Fiona, my trusty Surly Ogre.
My route was to include crossing China into Tibet, and then Nepal. Chinese visa regulations and permits stopped that, but the alternative through Myanmar, across NE India, and the Nepali Terai, was a pretty good alternative.
I was really hoping to cycle the Karakorm Highway through northern Pakistan, into China. Pakistan visa problems stopped that, but maybe for the best, with the political unrest in that area.
And now, it seems the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan is in doubt. Permits may not be issued this year because of more political unrest.......bother.
So I'm having to make some compromises. Progress across Nepal has been a bit slower than expected, the heat having been intense, and my Indian visa is running out.......it starts running as soon as it is issued. So the plan.....
Nepal/India border, catch a bus, Tessa and bike, Grum and Fiona, to Mandi in NW India. Then it's a two week cycle ride through the Indian Himal to Leh. It's meant to be amazing, and is an area I've always wanted to visit. Then it will be back to Dehli, somehow, and a flight to Biskek in Kyrgyzstan, on the 15th June. It's going to be tight.....but we all love a challenge. It's very disappointing not being able to cycle the whole route, but that's just the way dreams unfold.....unpredictably.