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Nepal - September 2018

Discussion in 'Asia' started by Doogle, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    2018-09-17 Ghangri Boutique Hotel $34.42.

    After riding for 3 weeks in India, I flew to Kathmandu Nepal. The immigration line was the slowest I've ever waited in. I took a cab to my hotel 3 miles away. It was 5 pm when I arrived. Judging by the drive there, traffic seems less deadly. And they blow horns, but less frequently. Very relaxing after India. Buildings looked to be cleaner. That's my 3 mile judgment. My room is good size and clean. I'm staying here 2 nights so I can take my time and find a bike to rent. The receptionist said I could take his bike or he would help me find one. I have a list of shops. But I'll see what he comes up with.

    While the room is cheap meals here are $15. I went out to see what was near. They're putting in new sewer or water lines. So the street is a mess. But even at 7 pm in the dark shops were open. It felt lively. I walked down a dark alley about a block and saw a stupa all lit up. It was huge. And I saw a small restaurant 5 floors up a spiral stair case. That's where I'll eat. They will accept my Indian rupees. I don't have Nepalese rupees yet. I had American chop suey-their version.

    I had a great view of the Boudhananath Stupa. It's one of the largest in the world. It's a center for the Tibetan community. I'll come back tomorrow. It's only 500 feet from my room.
    2018-09-17 Boudhananath Stupa 2.jpg

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    From my table. Not worth posting. But I did.
    2018-09-17 Boudhananath Stupa 8.jpg

    I'm going out on a limb here. I think these are prayer candles. You give money to the person and they light a candle for your prayer. There were several of these around the stupa.
    2018-09-17 Boudhananath Stupa 5.jpg
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    2018-09-18 Kathmandu Ghangri $34 No bike yet

    After breakfast I walked towards Pashupatinath. It was on my list of things to see. At the same time I was looking for a currency exchange and bike rentals. Pashupatinath was a mile walk. But I wanted to look at the shops and stores also. There was a $8 entrance fee. I walked up a hill looking at many structures needing maintenance-a hundred years ago. At the top of the hill I was going to turn around and go back. I bought a coke and a bag of chips. I had one hand full of chips when the bag disappeared. Monkeys are sneaky and quick. A couple told me there was a temple down the other side of the hill. And I almost missed it. It was Pashupatinath, the most sacred temple in Nepal. Only Hindus can enter.
    A river runs next to it.

    Their burial ceremonies are quite different. They have a dozen places where they stack wood and straw. Then the deceased person is placed on top and set on fire. These ceremonies go on one after the other.
    2018-09-18 Pashupatin Temple 14_1537265508560_25.JPG


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    9-18-18 A few other things at the temple.
    2018-09-18 Pashupatin Temple 08_1537265500823_9.JPG

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    And the thieving monkeys.
    2018-09-18 Pashupatin Temple 31_1537265505787_19.JPG
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    Doogle Do it while you can

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    2018-09-19 Kathmandu - Ghangri Boutique Hotel $34 0 miles again

    I've been idling here for a couple days. They'll remove this ride report if I don't show a motorcycle pretty soon. I had a $20 cab for half of the day. First I went to Bikemandu. I will go back there tomorrow and decide what I will rent. Most of their bikes are out on tour right no. A Royal Enfield 500 will be available tomorrow evening. But I would prefer the Honda 250 if I can get all my equipment on it. One other problem with it is a small gas tank. A range of a little over 100 miles. I'd need to carry extra gas many places. We'll see tomorrow.

    After leaving there I went to Durbar Square. It was the hippie place back in the 60's. They charge $10 to go in the area. They have a lot of things here. Market place, temples, shops, people.
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    Swaymbhunath Stupa, also known as "Monkey Temple" because they are there, is at the top of a hill. It has great panoramic views of the city. A stupa is a place for meditation and is usually hemispherically shaped. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises.I think the stupa was built around 500 AD. Buddhist and Hindus both come here. They really crowd a lot of religious things in here.
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    And this is the last picture I will post of the Boudhananath Stupa. I've eaten at different roof top restaurants there the last 2 nights. But this is the first day time picture I've gotten a daytime picture .
    2018-09-19  Boudhananath Stupa07_1537354890653_2.JPG
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    Doogle Do it while you can

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    A few observations about Nepal. The driving seems 4 times safer. India was extremely dangerous. I had numerous close calls. Most would have been minor bumps. But some would have been sandwiches between buses and trucks. When someone says I survived India, don't take that lightly. Both Delhi and Kathmandu are extremely dusty. It's from dirt roads that gets airborne. Everyone uses a grass type broom to sweep the dust to the road. Some squirt water to hold the dust down. You constantly see shop keepers beating rugs and merchandise to remove dust. But the Nepal people are much friendlier. English is spoken everywhere. I don't understand it many times. But it is English.

    Things are a little more expensive than in India. So far. Motorcycle rentals are about triple. The religious community is very devoted. You see that everywhere. Not just Sunday. All the time. If you are shopping for something, I hope it's shoes, shirts, or Pepsi products. They do have many small restaurants.

    Depending on the time I get a bike, I am guessing I won't be hitting the road until Friday morning. My general plan is to ride to Pokhara. And then to Annapurna.
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    9-20-18 Jawalakhel, Shaligram Hotel and Apartments $68

    I got a cab to Jawalakhel this morning to be closer to Bikemandu. This evening I will look at their bikes. It's a mile and a half from here. My jaw dropped when I came inside the hotel. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, kitchenette, dining room.
    When I don't have any pictures to post I'll show pictures of my rooms. And I didn't have anything else to take pictures of.
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    By noon I showered, had laundry picked and was on my way to the massage parlor. Never done it before. Why not. 45 minute-$20. I didn't think I had any tight muscles. But she seemed to find some sore spots. I thought it would be more aggressive. But it was all gentle. I think I let a couple snores loose. I hope the laundry doesn't cost more than the room. I could have used the machines myself. But I always put too much Dawn in the machine.

    I walked to Bikemandu. 1.5 miles if I could have walked through a gated community. 3 miles with the detour. 14 tour bikes were being returned when I got there. My options were Honda CRF 250. Or a big fat Royal Enfield 500. Tomorrow morning I will take my luggage there and see if I can anchor it down somewhere. For 3 weeks it cost $56 a day. I'll need to strap on some gas containers somewhere. A 2 gallon tank won't get very far.
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    9-21-2018 Damauli- Hotel Mountain River View $25

    It's officially a ride report now. I went to Bikemandu and loaded my bags onto the 2014 Honda CRF 250. It's not the usual packing arrangement. But it will work.
    2018-09-21  Damauli  Hotel Mountain River View $2502_1537585829442_7.JPG


    Amar from Bikemandu. He was a great help .
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    It rides so much better than the Royal Enfield. They gave me a 2.5 liter container for spare fuel. I didn't fill it since they filled my tank to the top. That was a mistake. I rode up to the old town of Bandipur and was looking for a home stay.
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    2018-09-21  Damauli  Hotel Mountain River View $2506_1537585827350_3.JPG

    But thought I better get gas first. 6 miles back down the mountain to a town. Then another town. They're all out of gas. There's a strike. I gambled going to one more town 7 miles further. My fuel gauge has been flashing for miles. No gas. At least the hotel I got has WiFi. I could be here a couple days.

    The attached restaurant is 2 floors down and right out my room window. At 9:30 I was in bed. But the loud music and hooting and hollering got me up. I thought I might be missing a festival. I walkedin the open air restaurant and sit at a table in far from from the loud music. And I ordered a beer. There are 50 men and 2 women. There are 4 guys dancing. Eventually a guy asked me to dance. I said I prefer drinking and watching. Then a guy sat down next to me. You know what I'm thinking now. 10 minutes later the 2 girls came and sat with us. One of the girls is married to the guy sitting with me. Her father owns the company that most of the guys here work for. She went and made a plate of food for me from the company buffet. She said they will help me with my petrol problem. They put her phone number in my phone. I didn't understand what they were saying. But if it helps get me 3 liters of gas, I'll be going to Pokhara tomorrow.
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    2018-09-22 Pokhara Viewpoint Hotel $15 40 miles

    I did a bucket bath this morning with cold water. Burr.I decided to risk riding the bike into town to find an ATM. Eventually I found one that accepted one of my cards. I saw 2 young guys on a corner and asked where I could get a SIM card. Aanother couple guys come along. One of them takes me to a store that sets it up for me. I hope it works. He told me gas is now available. But lines are long. I went back to the hotel and loaded my bags up. Then I went and got in line. This was 15 minutes after getting in line.
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    It took about an hour to get to Pokhara. I found a room on Lake Fewa. Struggle up 5 flights of stairs to my room. It's very clean with good views out windows at each end of the room. It's worth the effort. Great WiFi and only $15 a night.
    2018-09-22  Viewpoint Hotel  Pokhara 01_1537668813915_13.JPG

    After eating dinner I walked down the road a hundred yards. I thought it might be thatched huts for rent. It was a bar and restaurant on the edge of a cliff next to the lake. Great setting. Wish Gayle was here.
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    Doogle Do it while you can

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    9-23-2018 Pokhara Viewpoint Hotel $15 25 miles

    This morning I rode in to the Nepal Tourist Board. I need a permit to ride to the Lower Mustang area. $23 for one permit. Then $20 for another. I won't be able to go to some areas because landslides haven't been cleared. And Upper Mustang isn't possible at all right now.

    When I left with my permits I rode up to the World Peace Pagoda. It's on the opposite side of the lake from my hotel. It was a couple miles of steeper dirt and rocks.
    2018-09-23  World Peace Pagoda 11_1537696851596_5.JPG

    I asked a man how to get up to it. He said I could park at his hotel and walk there in 15 minutes. The hotel was the only thing close. I looked at a room-$20. Very nice. Bookings.com rated it 9.7. I may stay there after returning from Mustang.II sat here and drank some water before hiking to the pagoda.
    2018-09-23  World Peace Pagoda 10_1537696849262_1.JPG

    The trail to the pagoda was rough and narrow. There isn't a road up to it. There is another shorter steeper trail. There are great views of the city and lake from the pagoda.
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    Tomorrow I will fill my tank and go ride the Mustang.
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    Doogle Do it while you can

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    9-24-2018 Beni Yeti Hotel $15

    I had breakfast at the Gecko Bar where I was last night. Great breakfast and setting.
    2018-09-24  Pokhara to Beni14_1537837857110_3.JPG

    I had a 1 hour wait for gas this morning.
    2018-09-24  Pokhara to Beni11_1537837859619_6.JPG

    500 rupees was maximum allowed. That's 4.3 liters. It filled my tank.
    Here's a couple things I didn't do. Flying high over the valley. And walking out to the middle of the bridge and seeing how much I could make it sway.
    2018-09-24  Pokhara to Beni10_1537837856395_2.JPG

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    The roads were not good. It's mostly potholes with dirt sprinkled in between. I rode about 90 miles with a couple mistakes to reduce gas efficiency. After getting my hotel a man helped me get another 4.3 liters of gas. Then he helped me get my phone setup for data and calling. My previous phone help was incomplete.

    They say the roads are probably open now. Maybe I'll find out tomorrow. The 2.5 liter jug I had for extra glas had a hole in it. Tonight I bought a 10 liter jug for a spare. Now I'll have to figure where I will put it.
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    9-25-2018 Jomsom Nilgiri View Hotel $10 46 miles

    I got a late start. It took a while to come up with decent placement for the 10 liter fuel container I bought. I put it right behind me, and had to wear the backpack/tankbag. Then I went to the gas station and bought 8 liters.

    There was a short spurt of pavement starting out of town. But I guess 80% of the day's riding was in 1st or 2nd gear. I rode through a lot of water. Many times it was more than axle deep. Some deep truck mud ruts were tricky. They were barely wide enough for the bike to go through. During the day there were several times I thought I was off the road. I was riding up through water flow that was more than a creek, but less than a river. I took this picture from one of the check points. It may look like a road. But it's all water.
    2018-09-25 Beni to Jomsom21_1537889130932_3.JPG

    When I looked up and saw a snow capped mountain, I thought my ride was finally giving some rewards.
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    I read that people stack wood on their roof like a status symbol. There isn't much firewood in the area.
    2018-09-25 Beni to Jomsom29_1537889132376_6.JPG

    There were several police check points. They stamped my permit and wrote down my personal information. I'm in the Lower Mustang District. I'm not allowed to go much further north. They only allow 1000 people a year to go to the Upper Mustang District. They don't want to spoil the unique native heritage.

    The room I have tonight is on the second floor and faces Nilgiri Mountain. It's over 23,000 feet tall.
    2018-09-25 Beni to Jomsom32_1537889138125_17.JPG

    Nearby the Dhaulagiri and the Annupurna mountains (both over 26.000 feet) are seperated by the Kaligandaki, the deepest gorge in the world.

    My permit is good for 10 days. So,I think I may stay in this hotel for several days. No soap, no towels, no heat. Going down into the 30's tonight.
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    9-26-2018 Marpha Hotel Tanpopo 43 miles

    I rode to the Muktinath Temple this morning. There is a small town below the temple. There is a path that motorcycles can ride up closer. I went up and parked near 3 other motorcycles. A guy said hello. I said I remember you from 2 days ago. I had stopped to take a picture where he was. He took my picture there. Before that happened I stopped to take another picture. One of his friends went past me and said don't stop. Falling rocks. Then today they tell me 2 men were killed there by a landslide, days earlier.

    We all went to the temple together.
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    They said this is the place everyone in India and Nepal want to come. You go under 108 water faucets of cold water and it cleanses you of your wrong doings. They forced me to do it. In my underwear. Burrrrr.
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    They also have 2 pools of cold water you go through. Not me. Maybe I'm not completely cleansed or forgiven then.
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    They only have a few days until they must return home in Kathmandu. I had paid for 2 nights at my hotel. But I forfeited that money so I could ride with them some.

    After I collected my gear from the hotel we rode to Dumpa Lake. It was important to them since it was in a movie. We had to cross the river on this bridge.
    2018-09-26  Marpha & Lake Dumpa15_1538022654774_72.JPG

    Then we rode to Marpha. They had some apple brandy to share as we ate at the hotel restaurant. Going to the temple and meeting these 4 guys made this the best day in Nepal.
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    9-27-2018 Muktinath Eureka Inn $10. 19 miles

    At 7 a.m. my new friends woke me up to say goodbye. I got up an hour later and had a good breakfast. I nosed around the back porch where breakfast was served. They have a good size yard with many plants. Several apple trees. The husband was cutting apples and laying them out to dry.
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    Apples seem to be a big crop in the area. Many surrounding towns had Marpha apple juice, cider,wine, and brandy.
    This is the entrance to the village of Marpha.
    2018-09-27   Muktinath 01.JPG

    I had another long day-19 miles. I went back to Muktinath. I wanted to spend a night in the small village. It's over 12,000 feet elevation. I didn't go back to the temple. I walked around and looked at gloves and headbands. Women were making them every 30 feet.I bought a headband, hand warmers, and a pair of wool socks.
    2018-09-27 Marpha   07_1538056902659_6.JPG

    I ate at a restaurant down the street after only seeing the price of coffee at my hotel. It was the same at the restaurant I went to. Cup $1, medium pot $9, large pot $17. As I walked down the road I passed many older people on horseback being led to or away from the temple. I think the elevation may be too much for them.
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    Yesterday a woman from Israel I talked with was laying on the ground. Later they carried her away on a stretcher. I think it was altitude sickness.

    I came back to my cold room and took a medium warm shower. Then I filled a garbage can and the bathing bucket with warm water and put them next to my bed. I hope they don't freeze overnight. I'm on the 4th floor. But I need to go down to the 1st or 2nd floor to use WiFi. And it's open air-cold.
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    9-28-2018 Tatopani Mount Annapurna Resort $12 50 miles

    I wanted to follow the road farther towards Manang. But I got to Kagbeni and I was told I could only go a little farther. Then I would be in Upper Mustang. And without a permit I would get a $100 fine. So I'm routing back towards Beni. I hope to find a small town to stop for the night.This is a monastery I saw in Kagbeni.
    2018-09-28  Muktinath to Tatopani 18_1538144550467_13.JPG

    I might not make it to any town before dark. The road is blocked till 6 p.m. It's 2:40 now. They are working on the site where the 2 men were killed. They were cleaning up a landslide there. I got to this road block about 2:35. So I was first in line to wait 3 1/2 hours.
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    This road follows the river. And it is a steep drop off almost everywhere.
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    When the wait was over, I got to be the first to go through. I had 20 minutes to go 14 miles to the town I wanted to stay in. In 20 minutes it would be dark. They claim this Kali Gandaki Gorge I'm riding through is the deepest in the world. When it gets dark, it's like someone flipped a switch. And this is the wettest,muddy,rutted, mess I've ridden in. So i rode about 1/2 hour in the dark. I'm 6 miles from my destination. But I stopped at the first hotel I saw. I am getting old.

    This hotel is $12. And dinner and breakfast combined are $5.
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    Awesome report! Thanks for bringing us along.
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    9-29-2018 Ghorepani. 11 miles.

    I'm at the Super View Lodge near Poon Hill-$10. Poon Hill is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal. I had about 1-2 miles of pavement going there. Then there was hell to pay. The first 4 miles were very steep, rocky, and muddy. After that it was better in many places.

    I did drop the bike today. I turned on the trekking path instead of the road. It looked better. I rolled backwards to turn around. It stopped on a rock that slipped. The bike tilted over horizontally. I couldn't lift it back up. My foot was under it at a bad angle. I held it about 2 minutes. I was worrying about breaking body parts. Not Honda parts. My foot was on the low side of the road. When I finally couldn't hold it up anymore and the cavalry didn't come to save me, we went down. I jamed my finger and bent the brake pedal. I swung the bike around so I could pick it up from the high side. Life is good again

    After about 7 miles I saw 2 Americans going up and 2 women and a sherpa going down. The sherpa told me I could only ride a little farther. Then there would be steps. When I got to that point, I asked a man if I could leave my bike there overnight. He said yes and I gave him a dollar.
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    I walked a short distance and stopped at a restaurant/hotel. I had some food and a drink. Then I looked at a room. I got a $1 room. I only had my backpack with a few things in it. But I unloaded all but rain coat and a sweater. Then I hiked on up higher. I probably went 2-3 miles. UPHILL Everything is brought up on horseback. So you get this view often.
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    Eventually I came to Ghorepani.
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    Lots of hotels. I looked at the Super View Lodge and got another room for the night. $10. But it's nice.
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    And I want to see the clear view from Poon Hill in the morning before the clouds move in. It's too much climbing to go down and come back again for a dollar room. I just hope it's clear in the morning.
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    9-30-2018 Beni Yeti Hotel $15 27 miles

    Looking out my room window last night.
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    I woke up at 4 a.m. At 5, I was dressed and out the door. It was a 45 minute hike to Poon Hill. And it was a quarter mile elevation gain.
    2018-09-30  Poon Hill 12_1538318001336_3.JPG

    From there if it's clear you can see a dozen major peaks. I was there 3 1/2 hours. The clouds never disappeared completely. But I could see some of these giants some of the time. They are 23,000 to 26,000 feet high. Or 2 miles higher than Pikes Peak. Dhaulagiri and Annupurna are the big ones here.
    2018-09-30  Poon Hill 11_1538318000633_1.JPG

    At 9:15 I hiked back down to the hotel and had breakfast. Then I hiked another hour and a half to the other hotel I rented. Had to get the gear I left there. Then it was a short hike to the place I left the bike.
    2018-09-30  Poon Hill 02_1538318002783_6.JPG

    Then my misery started. It was 10 ugly miles to the main road. The ride wore me out. When I got to the main road, it was only a little less miserable. I'm at the same hotel I stayed in last week. And I think I missed a check point for leaving the Mustang area. Tomorrow I plan to ride back to Pokhara.
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  19. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Oddometer:
    940
    Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    9-30-2018 Beni Yeti Hotel $15 27 miles

    Looking out my room window last night.
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    I woke up at 4 a.m. At 5, I was dressed and out the door. It was a 45 minute hike to Poon Hill. And it was a quarter mile elevation gain.
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    From there if it's clear you can see a dozen major peaks. I was there 3 1/2 hours. The clouds never disappeared completely. But I could see some of these giants some of the time. They are 23,000 to 26,000 feet high. Or 2 miles higher than Pikes Peak. Dhaulagiri and Annupurna are the big ones here.
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    At 9:15 I hiked back down to the hotel and had breakfast. Then I hiked another hour and a half to the other hotel I rented. Had to get the gear I left there. Then it was a short hike to the place I left the bike.


    Then my misery started. It was 10 ugly miles to the main road. The ride wore me out. When I got to the main road, it was only a little less miserable. I'm at the same hotel I stayed in last week. And I think I missed a check point for leaving the Mustang area. Tomorrow I plan to ride back to Pokhara.
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  20. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Oddometer:
    940
    Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    10-1-2018 Pokhara Hotel Peace Plaza $20 50 miles

    The road back to Pokhara was a lot better. There were patches of blacktop in places. I planned to stay at the same hotel I stayed in last week. But decided to see what was in the business area instead. The Lake Side area is a couple miles from Pokhara. It's a pleasant area. Hotels, tour operators, restaurants, and bars. Hotel Peace Plaza is the one I picked. It's clean, near the lake, and has good WiFi. Looking out towards the sidewalk.
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    I had fish and chips at their restaurant overlooking the lake.
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    Then I walked down by the lake. I stopped at one of the thatch covered bars there and had a few beers.
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    At 8 p.m. I walked back to the hotel and started to write my ride report. I woke up at 3 a.m. and decided it could wait till morning.
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