South Asia Bike-Ride 3rd-November-2016

Garry McGivern’s South Asia bike-ride, Thursday, 3rd-November-2016 Aralaj, India to Birguni, Nepal. 61 miles. It’s been tough going today. I managed to get lost coming through Motihari this morning, and I think that’s where it all started to go wrong! The road ran out, and it’s been more like a dirt track for most of the way, but at least I’ve made it to Nepal.

Whilst I was lost in Motihari trying to figure out which way to go, a friendly shopkeeper invited me for a cup of tea, which is always nice. It gave me a chance to try and work out which way to go in the peace and quiet of his shop.

Garry McGivern
It’s me!

I saw an actual working elephant today, as in it was moving some tree trunks around. Unfortunately, it was too far away to get a decent picture of it!

Elephant in the bushes
There’s an elephant in there somewhere
Made It To The Border

The ride up to the border was the predictable chaotic scene, with mile after mile of queuing trucks! It was so busy and hectic that I nearly left India without getting an exit stamp. Luckily somebody pointed me in the right direction. Had they not, there was no way I would have spotted the immigration office. Ha, I call it an office. It was just an inconspicuous room on the side of a building with no signage to say what it was!

Nepal border gate
The Nepal border, as seen through the trucks

After filling in the standard bureaucratic forms, I received my exit stamp and was allowed to leave India and continue to Nepal! Obtaining my “visa upon entry” at the Nepalese border was easy enough. Although I forgot that the visa was only obtainable if you paid in US dollars. So I had to rummage around to find where I’d stashed them.

My initial thoughts on Nepal are that the food portions are much bigger, and beer seems more readily available!

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2 Replies to “South Asia Bike-Ride 3rd-November-2016”

  1. Is that you on the road to hell. I thought one of those lorries was going to topple. You certainly go at a lick. Is this the man with the bad back?

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