Day 2: Malekhu-Arughat

STRAVA DATA Hotel/Guest House: Third Step Hotel (500 rupees, WiFi) We rode down to the bridge to cross over the river to get on the road to Dhadingbesi.  A steep climb of about a few kilometers, maybe 2km but not long.  I am feeling the backpack straps much more than yesterday.  Lugging a 20 lbs backpack …
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Day 1: Kathmandu-Malekhu

I still cannot believe we are mountain biking from Kathmandu to Pokhara and that morning right  after breakfast, my stomach was feeling a bit nervous because what’s ahead is going to be a lot of unknowns.  We’ve plotted out our first day and have an idea of the second day’s route but after that, we really …
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Pokhara

We have a spontaneous lifestyle.  Things change almost at the last minute after we discover something new but we also plan once we commit to something we want to do.  The mountain bike “touring” we are doing is one of those spontaneous decisions.  Spontaneity usually leads to good adventures. Our decision to purchase a mountain …
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Tour of Kathmandu

So, we did the little mountain bike day trip loop from Thamel-Muhkdu-Tinpiple-Tokha-Thamel and it took us a little less than 3 hours with the traffic.  The traffic was not as bad as the day before but it was still chaotic to say the least. The whole Kathmandu loop we originally wanted to do and suggested by the …
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Mtn Biking in Kathmandu

We test drove our mountain bikes to see if we had to make any adjustments before we left the bike repair shop.  We rode out on the narrow streets of Thamel dodging people, scooters, taxis and rickshaws.  I was very nervous because we were headed out to the rush hours of Kathmandu and I’ve seen how …
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Life in Pai

The evening in Pai is very peaceful. The owner of our bungalow goes to town with her VW vanagon to set-up her stand to sell toys every evening.  It’s amazing how the Thai people are very business minded people.  It’s also impressive on how hard working they are in maintaining their businesses.  The Charn Chai …
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Muay Thai Day 1, 2

We woke up at the usual time, around 6:00 am and it’s always cool in the morning in Pai.  I can smell the burning of the field.  Every evening, we can see a fire line on the mountains near by.  It’s a controlled fire, must be to clear the bushes not sure if this happens …
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Good Morning Pai

Life is good here, now that we have checked into Good Morning Pai bungalows.  We checked out of Pai Walking Street Guesthouse not sure of what we will get next after the no-water, no-flushing toilet, no-toilet paper, no-fresh towels and no-cleaning experience for three days.  Feeling concerned, we checked out another place called Hotel Pailifornia …
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Muay Thai Training Camp

We drove into a dirt parking lot and got a view of where we will spend most of our day next week.  We’ve signed up for a one week Muay Thai Training Camp in Pai starting Monday. Yes, as soon as I saw the open fight ring and the number of people at that gym …
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