The entirety of today was spent in a car and was one of the most interesting car rides I’ve ever had in my life. The road of Phaplu to Kathmandu is full of constant bends and for the most part is about 1.5 cars wide meaning every time you pass someone on the road it gets a bit interesting. This is especially true when you are rounding a bend (honking to let anyone potentially rounding on the other side that you are there) with thousand foot drops on your side. We actually stopped one hour into the ride where a car had supposedly gone off the edge earlier that morning. Before that, about 30 minutes into our trip, we had to stop and wait as a 6 ft diameter boulder that had fallen into the middle of the road was removed using a series of long wooden poles, stones, and a hydraulic pump. The morning wasn’t too bad because we were still relatively high up and it was cool. From 11:00 onward, things were incredibly warm as we were driving along the Sun Kosi, which is at a much lower elevation and we had no air conditioning in the car. I shouldn’t complain as I had the front passenger seat all to myself, while the other six were scrunched in two rows of seats in the back – they sure are troopers!
The one benefit looking back was that it was quite fascinating to see the change in the villages and the different regions. It was particularly interesting along the Sun Kosi where there were a tremendous amount of rice paddies in the river’s flood plains. However, I am incredibly grateful to be writing this safe & sound from Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu. It feels absolutely wonderful after 11 hours in the car today to have safely returned and it’s time to get some rest.