Cycling in the Himalayas
The past few months have been a whirlwind. Renovating a house, planning my big trip to cycle the americas, researching and buying kit, winding down at work and getting all my personal affairs in order hasn’t left much time for anything but stress and a lot of long days.
In amongst all this I’ve been struggling to sort out my US visa in time. Following my visa interview last week its become apparent that its simply not possible for me to get my visa processed without waiting between 4-5 months, effectively meaning the North American winter would have set in by the time I have the stamp in passport.
To find this out so close to my departure date has come as a real blow. Having left my job, and let my house out; I find myself jobless, soon to be homeless and stuck between the seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres. Damn.
Whilst there are other options like starting further down in Central America it doesn’t quite have the same appeal riding through an entire continent. I’ve invested a lot of time and energy in to making the trip happen and with a heavy heart I have to accept the trip isn’t going to look like the one I originally planned given the time-scales and budget for the trip.
So what next?
I’ve decided to spend a few more weeks at home relaxing, catching up with friends and family and generally getting my head back in to trip mode.
By August I intend to fly back out to the Himalayas, a region which left a lasting impression on my first visit. Majestic peaks soaring as far as the eye can see along with the kindness of the people living amongst these giants.
My aim is to ride some of the highest roads in the world connecting the Pamir and Karakorum Highway running from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan through China and Pakistan before arriving in India and riding the Leh Manali Highway in to the Ladakh region and hopefully on to Kashmir.
For the moment at least I am immersed in sorting out my visas for the countries mentioned above.
Once on the road I expect a plan will present itself, whether that sees me explore the Himalayas further or whether South American beckons. Watch this space.