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Old 03-17-2012, 06:49 AM   #46
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The next day was to be our last on the bikes and although it started out OK, it soon deteriorated. There was a bit of a drag race happening and I was flat out at around 120km/h but Pete was slowly pegging me back. He drew up beside me then quickly dropped back again. I thought nothing of this and carried on. Somewhat further down the road we pulled up to regroup but Pete didn’t arrive. It turned out that when he dropped back it was because his mount had shat itself. The mechanic was behind him and was soon replacing the pushrods. They had spares on them so I assume it must be a common problem.
While we were waiting, this truck turned up. It seems they like their soccer in Nepal


We had to wait for an hour or so but at least we had some shade, unlike those stuck on the roadside, and it was bloody hot. Eventually Pete turned up on the freshly repaired Bullet and we were soon Kathmandu bound again.


A bit further on we stopped for smoko (beer) and this cruised past.


Overloading with humans is fairly common. I once saw a bus that was full inside and the roof rack was full of people as well.

We had left the main highway and were taking some less travelled roads through the hills to the city. The views were becoming more spectacular again but unfortunately we weren’t stopping much to absorb them.


After our lunch stop the road become far more interesting. It was a windy dirt road that wasn’t really wide enough to allow vehicles to pass easily. Soon we came across the inevitable.




There were cars and small trucks trying to push their way through but no one was going anywhere. After about 15 minutes someone took charge of the situation and soon traffic was moving again.



The run back to the city from here was a great ride. The dirt road eventually become a narrow bitumen road then gradually opened up to the craziness of the city traffic. We lost one rider temporarily but we all made it safely back to the Handle Bar where many more beers were consumed.
I think Colin quite liked his Bullet


I wasn’t sorry to hand mine back. I had thoroughly enjoyed riding it but I think 3 days was enough.


Steve’ machine had seen better days.


From there it was off to our hotel and then out for a final night on the Everest.
The next day we flew back to Delhi where we had a quiet day then we all parted company and headed back to our respective points on the globe.

There is some video here of the last half day on the Enfields.
Unfortunately it is fairly poor quality because it was only taken with a point & shoot camera, but it shows the varying road conditions on the way back to the city.
There is none of the heavy traffic because I opted to keep both hands on the Bars.



Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:56 AM   #47
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Well done. It was worth the wait. I like the video.

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Old 03-17-2012, 01:02 PM   #48
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Thanks. A good read.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:07 PM   #49
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Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for posting, bloody good yarn
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:08 PM   #50
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Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:42 PM   #51
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Seeing the small bar reminded me of the time in 1978 I was in Mildura, Victoria.
Spent several "hours" at the http://www.milduraworkers.com.au/html/longestbar.html
This had a profound effect on that days travels.
Great write-up, Thanks
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:11 PM   #52
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Thanks guys... great read!
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:58 AM   #53
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Awesome Howard, thanks for writing it up mate, looks like a bloody good time was had all round. Definitely added to my already looonnggggg list of rides to do. Cheers.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:03 AM   #54
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Enjoyed that, very much, thankyou.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:55 AM   #55
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Interesting report. I always wondered why KTM had included a photo of "Overlanding in Bhutan" in an old (04?) 640A sales brochure and now I know. It was of a guy crossing one of those narrow suspended rope (wire!) bridges - did you cross any like that?
I took a similar tour in Bhutan in Oct 2011 (reverse direction through the country) and yes, we did drive over a suspension bridge, although there was a perfectly good vehicular bridge right next to it!

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:41 AM   #56
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I took a similar tour in Bhutan in Oct 2011 (reverse direction through the country) and yes, we did drive over a suspension bridge, although there was a perfectly good vehicular bridge right next to it!


I didn't even see any bridges like that.

Who did you do your tour with?
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:22 AM   #57
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Good to see the finished product. Like the vid Howard.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:35 PM   #59
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Well Done Howard! Im glad you ride a bit faster than you type. It looks like Colin adapted to the wallowing DR like suspension of the Enfield well, but I was a bit worried at one stage when he took his eyes off the road in the video!
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