Monthly Archives: November 2014

Fooding in Sikkim: Homestays Win, Hands Down

All those long ascents and chilly, shivery nights left me with a major calorie deficit.  Most of the time, I battled it with the usual one-two punches that had served me so well for the previous three months in the … Continue reading

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India’s Northeast: Scenes and Scenery, Sikkim/September Edition

I’m afraid this edition is going to be a little sparse.  It’s not that Sikkim – a pinky-nail-sized Indian state sandwiched right between Nepal to the west, Tibet to the north, and Bhutan to the east – isn’t full of … Continue reading

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These Are (not?) Indians: West Bengal & Sikkim Edition

From the mountains of Nagaland to the plains of Assam to the mountains (again) of Arunachal Pradesh to the moors of Meghalaya to the flood plains of West Bengal to the mountains (again, again) of Sikkim, no matter how much … Continue reading

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Fellow Fauxbos Update (The Steve Edition)

Good fortune has brought two new Fauxbos into my life!  Both of the Steve variety.  I’m please to introduce you to:   1) Dr. Stephen Fabes Shared Exploits: 160km off-road bikepacking, 30km trekking, and not inconsiderable amounts of beer and … Continue reading

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Bhu-ya!

The immaculately-dressed immigration officer stopped me with a friendly smile on his face.  “Sir, cyclists must wear helmets to enter the Kingdom of Bhutan.” “Sweet, this might just work,” I thought to myself.  I turned around, pedalled down the wrong … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods in Nongriat

Imagine, if you will, the most eco-friendly bridge in existence.  Surely it wouldn’t be made of concrete, rebar, or steel girders, right?  Might it be a big slab of stone?  A few planks or logs laid across a stream?  A … Continue reading

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Playing Aesthete for a Day in Old Dirang

Among the many pleasures of cycling, one large one is the times when you’re not.  After so many hours spent on the saddle in the effort to get somewhere, it’s a real pleasure to get off and enjoy the little … Continue reading

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