VANITY & PRINCIPLES: From the chaos of Kathmandu I detoured down to the fertile, quieter and rural lowlands of southern Nepal (the Terai). Having never been to India, I was surprised how much this Terai-region lived up to my inner visions of the big brother to the south.
Sociable, lazy days in Pokhara finished off a fantastic month in Nepal, and by now the nightmare of Tibet was (sort of) a thing of the past, and I’d well and truly found my expedition feet again.
Months prior (when in Central Asia) it was settled that my family’d come and visit me in Vietnam. Schedule looked uncomfortably tight, and realizing I couldn’t go through Myanmar (2006) from India - and wanting to be in Saigon for my family’s arrival - I, rather unwillingly, booked a flight from Kathmandu to Bangkok (2h45m) and biked from there through Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon.
With the flight I was breaking my RTW-principle of only flying across oceans/bodies of water, and, crazy as it seems, it did hurt my vanity on behalf of the expedition a little. Oh, well, I was dying to see my mom, dad, and sister again. Screw principles!
🚵🏼♂️ From 2006-2010 I cycled solo around the world. 1.413 days and 62.000 km through 53 countries on 6 continents. This post is part of a multi-chaptered recap of the expedition.
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