Back On The Bike: 3440km

“If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

*Since I haven’t had internet the last few weeks, I will post the entries I have been writing along the way every day or two until you guy are caught up! In the meanwhile, I am now making my way to Nepal.

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After a three week break from cycling, I found myself, once again, planning a bit of a ridiculous warm-up to get back into the world of touring. I decided that a 55km climb, up a pass with a 2,500m gain, sounded just about perfect. And it was. Though I could feel my legs had lost most of their strength, I climbed 40km uphill the first day through the beautiful lush landscape. Unlike the high mountains in Ladakh, the ones surrounding Manali are much lower, making a green, rather than dusty gray ride. Most of the road was paved, though there were a few difficult sections that were dirt packed and rocky, which left me pushing my bike through ankle deep mud.

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Here comes the rain!

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Most of the signs posted along these roads are reminders to drive carefully, this one was a bit unique.

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If you look closely, you can see the switchbacks climbing up this part of the pass.

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And more switchbacks…

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Here is a picture of the road on a pretty good section (for off road, there were sections that were paved as well). Sometimes it looked like this, with a few big boulders and six inches of mud on top as well.

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Dinner and a sunset. My favorite kind of evening.

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I camped on the only small piece of flat land for miles, it was just big enough for my tent and bike. The night was calm and starry when I went to bed, but by midnight, a storm had rolled in and I spent a sleepless night listening to the rain and wind pound my poor little home.

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There is nothing better than a curious cow!

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