Category Archives: The Road

Soundtrack to the Ride (My Favorite Travel Tunes)

Kilometer Count: 32,000 Average Speed: 17km/h Approximate Riding Hours: 1882 That’s a lot of time to fill. I could probably have used it to learn another foreign language or two, to listen to a few bachelor’s degrees worth of lectures, … Continue reading

Posted in The Road | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Lohardaga, Birmitrapur, Jharsuguda, Balangir, Bhwanipatna, Parvatipuram, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Gudur, Sulurupetta, Mamallapuram, and 2,000km Worth of Other Places I Can’t Keep Straight

At long last, uncharted territory!  Not the mountains of Nepal, trekked by tens of thousands yearly, nor the flats of UP, griped about by every cyclist who dares to take the shortest route from Delhi to Kathmandu, but a big, … Continue reading

Posted in India, The Road | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Nepal: Snippets, Tidbits, Fragments, Stats

“What is your country, sir?”  “I’m from the USA.”  “Oh yes, the USA.  Very good country.  Your country is free sex, no?” Such were the opening lines of my first interaction with a police officer. “Bananas!  Feed my body!  MINERALS!” … Continue reading

Posted in Costs, Nepal, The Road | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Feet in the Snow, Head in the Stars: Bikepacking the Annapurna Circuit

  Breathlessness comes in numerous forms.  There’s the kind I’ve experienced hundreds of times on this trip, where something about the scenery saps the air out of my lungs and the power out of my legs; I stop pedalling and … Continue reading

Posted in Nepal, The Road | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in India, The Road | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on India’s Northeast: Scenes and Scenery, Sikkim/September Edition

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

Posted in India, The Road | Tagged , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in The Road | Tagged | Comments Off on Bhu-ya!

India’s Northeast: Scenes and Scenery, August Edition

Frankly speaking, our performance in July – a measly 359 km – was pathetic.  Sure, we climbed Sela, the highest mountain pass (4200m) in the Northeast, setting personal records in the process.  Sure, we visited one of the oldest Buddhist … Continue reading

Posted in India, The Road | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

India’s Northeast: Scenes and Scenery, July Edition

My four months in India ends TOMORROW and I’m still just about 100% behind on the blogging.  Crap crap crap crap crap here’s the story of our 540km round trip (yup, that’s about all we managed in July) from Bhalukpong … Continue reading

Posted in India, The Road | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

India’s Northeast: Scenes and Scenery, June Edition

I’ve got this problem nowadays where I’m so far behind on sharing my pictures and stories that I don’t even carry my camera around anymore.  This is a terrible shame, since in India one is guaranteed to experience the grotesque, … Continue reading

Posted in India, The Road | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments