Well I didn’t do too bad in the end today considering how bad my stomach was at the end of yesterday!
I didn’t venture very far from my room at all last night just downstairs to have an omelette which was alright and stayed in!
First thing this morning I loaded up on imodium and had another omelette (seeing as that was ok last night I thought it would be ok today!) I didn’t want to start the day the way I finished yesterday, which seems to have worked although I’ve not taken any chances and not stopped for anything to eat all day! At the end of the day I was pretty hungry and as soon as I’d found somewhere to stay I ate the packet of biscuits I’d been carrying all day!
I reached the Nepal/Indian border at about 2 o’clock and immediately stocked up on water and snacks, as I was half expecting to have to camp tonight, because not many places take plastic and with no cash I didn’t see an alternative!
As I went to the Nepalees immigration I got talking to a French guy who was coming the other way from India so I asked him what the money situation was like, a nightmare he said! Which is what I suspected! He said that there was a money exchange on this side and before I get my exit stamp I should try and change my money up there as you’ve got no chance on the Indian side.
Without delay I left the immigration office and headed back up the road. It was only about a 100 yards away and I don’t know how I missed it in the first place, but then maybe I was looking for the immigration office at the same time so didn’t spot it!
I managed to exchange my Nepalees rupees for Indian rupees and also some US $ which even the bloke in the booth said that I was being ripped off, but with no other choice what was I to do!
Once across on the Indian side I spotted one ATM that was open but it had a massive queue and all the others that I saw were all closed, so even though I was ripped off at least I had some cash!
Well that was a much better ride today although I never got quite as far as I wanted to!
It’s been a relatively flat ride and I was cycling through the Bardia national park for part of the day. I also crossed the Bardia river where I saw some crocodiles basking in the sun along the banks and some turtles swimming in the water, there was also some pretty big fish that I could see from the bridge I was on!
It was after crossing the Bardia river I entered the Bardia national park as I entered there was a police checkpoint as there has been so many times along this road. It was as I crossed the checkpoint I got stopped by one of the local guides asking me if I wanted to go into the park, there’s a 90% chance that you’ll see a tiger he said! Unfortunately I didn’t have time or else I would have. He did say to me though as I was leaving to be careful and keep an eye out for the next ten miles as a lot of wildlife crosses the road here including tigers! Great as much as I would love to see one not whilst I’m cycling!
Well I obviously managed to survive that road and I didn’t see any tigers, I did see deer and monkeys however and I must admit that every time I heard something move in the jungle it made me jump, but whatever it was was more scared of me as I’d hear whatever it was scampering off in to the jungle!
After surviving the jungle road I crossed another stretch of water the river Karnali at Chisapani where I decided to stop for a spot of lunch. Which was the normal affair of rice, curry, dal and some green veg.
Anyway 10 minutes down the road after having lunch I started to get that feeling in my stomach that I might be seeing lunch a lot sooner than I had planned! And the more I continued on the the stronger the feeling got! The only trouble was now that I was in the most populated area I’d been in all day with absolutely nowhere to go and do what I needed to do or rather had to do!
I continued on for a short while longer but there really wasn’t any holding back I just had to pull over to the side of the road and squat! Such relief I didn’t care that anybody was around it was either that or I would have shit myself!
Needless to say I didn’t continue on for much longer, in fact the first place I saw I stopped at and once I’d checked in I immediately sat on the toilet for the next half hour!