Day One in Kathmandu and all is well
Touchdown – Kathmandu.
We finally arrived in Kathmandu from Bangkok on Monday afternoon and as we walked down the stairs of the plane into the sultry, damp air were greeted by a torrential downpour that signified the beginning of the rainy season. Now you might correctly wonder why would we would be here with our bikes at this time of year. But to fair the monsoon was an occcurance which most people had thought was going to pass Nepal by this year and more than once have been told in surprised tones that really it wasn’t going to happen and we are sorry you are going to get so wet .
Undaunted by our wet welcome, we faced our first experience of Sub continental beuracracy. For over two hours we watched an awe inspiring display by three immigration officials in the art of ego boosting self importance and the imposition false authority . That said I have always been a fan of people doing what ever they do well. These guys were masters of doing things the slowest way possible and you couldn’t help but admire them for that.
Formalities over we got a taxi,bikes and all, to our hotel, and were pleasantly surprised by our salubrious surroundings when we got there.
Our afternoon consisted mainly of wandering the back streets of Thamel ( the tourist quarter), getting my boots fixed by a little guy sitting on the side of the street, warding of hawkers and indulging in Everest beer, the local beer with possibiby the coolest label anywhere in the world. An obscene amount of Momo’s were duly inhaled, enveloping us all with a real sense of happiness descended and with the Cycle for Change project had officially begun.
At night we got down to the serious business of unpacking the bikes and seeing what damage had been done in transit. To our eternal surprise all three bikes were in perfect condition except for the curious case of two missing screws and it was generally agreed that the cycling gods have been kind to us so far and things are looking good for this crazy little adventure we are on.
What a great day. I am loving this place already inspite of the rain and we can’t wait for the rest of the trip.
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