Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in Nepal on Friday, 11th-November-2016. Pithauli to Butwal. 55 miles. Turned out last night my “Jungle Island Resort” was all-inclusive apart from the beer and was actually in the jungle!
There were only six other people staying last night, four Americans and a couple from France.
After we’d all had supper together, everybody retired to bed (was it something I said? I had had a shower, so I’m sure I didn’t smell anymore. But maybe I did!) It left me to drink beer on my own and talk to the staff, who were much more interesting anyway!
After the obligatory couple of pints, I, too, went to retire to bed on the way back to my room which were all individual buildings like huts in a village. I bumped into a member of staff with a torch who told me he was looking for rhinos as they entered the resort grounds at night! He asked me if I wanted to see them. Of course, I said yes and off we went in search. We went down to the river that ran by the resort, and although I never saw them, I could certainly hear them. I think if I’d waited longer, I might have seen them, but I was getting bored, and my back was starting to hurt, so I retired to my room.
Managed to find my way back to the main road this morning, although that took me nearly an hour on the rough track, and it was only about 5 miles!
Once back on the main road, it was a very good smooth surface, which made for good cycling. There was only one fairly big climb today, but at least I knew how far it was as there was a sign saying sharp bends and steep hills for the next 14km! Luckily for me, it was only 7km up, then 7km down!
I think today must be the first day in a week when the roads have been relatively good, and I’ve not arrived somewhere at the end of the day covered in dust!
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