Wrong Turn – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 108 – 25 May 2019

Wrong Turn – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 108 – 25 May 2019

– ODO- 13815 – 13910km
– Location- Down by the River, Gil Bazaar, Nepal
– Weather- 21-36

I’ve had a challenging morning. Last night I met a fellow cyclist called Scott and spent almost an hour talking by the side of the road. As we parted the clouds began to build and I decided to camp then and there. I slept lightly as monkeys shook the trees and ocasional rounds of drizzle threatened the clouds would break. They never broke but as I felt the first rays of sun come through the mosquito net I climbed reluctantly out and continued the 1000m climb to the my final pass in Nepal.

The climb wound up the mountain side with newly finished curves of smooth asphalt. I settled in and reached the summit elated. Soon the spell was broken on the decent. Sweeping round the corners and breaking hard I heard the tell tail ping if a spoke breaking, followed by the rhythmic rubbing of the warped wheel against the frame. I rolled onto the verge and emptied out my bags. In an attempt to save weight while I was in Turkey I’d ditched the two specialised tools you need to take off the back cogs. Any other spoke can be changed with out even removing the wheel. but – of course – the culprit today was on the drive side of the rear wheel. Here the spokes are shorter, steeper and take more load so are more prone to break first. All I could do was tighten the opposing spokes and continue on, taking the corners with a little less vigor.

I hit the flats and the sun hit me back. 32 then 33 then 34 degrees on my watch. I followed the road blindly. Weaving through roadworks of soft sand. A strong headwind pulling the prayer flags against their bamboo poles. Finally a hotel comes into view and I pull off to dry off and have lunch. I look at my watch 85km, not bad. Then I look at the map. Instead of heading east towards Lao I’d spent the last half of the morning heading south towards the Indian border. What a waste. Now I have to decide if I retrace my steps – the most demoralising thing on a tour – or risk cutting north east on sandy village roads. Neither option is appealing.

Ben

Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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