After last year's trip was cancelled due to Chinese Visa problems, I've signed up for the 2013 trip. Anyone else on this trip - it's Guaranteed to run, so there must be some other brave souls out there?
I ended cycing Vietnam last year - which was fantastic, and a great introduction to a cycling holiday. I did wilt in the humidity somewhat, so I'm hoping to go somewhere a little colder... and higher.
Fingers crossed it happens.
I'll also be there on the 31st (Flying from Moscow via Delphi on Air India, much more scary that the actual bike ride!). When I registered apparently there were already 12 (some from UK some from Australia ... I'm dual citizen so don't know where I count in such numbers?!) so I'm expecing almost a full group (I think 16 is max).
I was looking for details on my invoice, on the day it was due, and as I used to be "in the business", I rang up and paid..
as an aside my local radio stations and papers have picked up on the trip and i got a full page cover, partly as i am raising money for our local hospice as well. Having been assured it was happening, and having paid, and getting press coverage, I hope nothing goes wrong now (although i did come off my road bike two weeks ago and have a scabby leg - and on antibiotics at moment)
If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.
has anyone else booked the "Tibetan Chef" option
seems good value at £250 for the time we are there, especially if providing the necessary protein/carb balance?
I haven't "booked" it - I thought it was something that was organised in-country.... but having sampled the delights of Tibetan cuisine it's certainly something I would be wanting.
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The Trip Notes say "let us know in advance".. about the Tibet Chef, so I will be sending a mail tomorrow, as it also includes "drinking water" throughout the trip, which would be handy at times, I guess..
I contacted Exodus earlier today. The chef option is an individual one - so anyone who pays for the chef gets his food, and anyone who chooses not to will have to fend for themselves and buy whatever they can during the day or at the overnight accommodation. They also said that the chef includes water, lunch and dinner, but NOT snacks during the day.
I think I'll go for it - it means I'm guaranteed a decent meal cooked in a hygienic way!
Making a mental note of the equipment/clothing I'll be taking with me.... oh dear, I think I'll be paying a lot of excess baggage ;-(
Getting excited now, it feels like it's really going to happen this time.
Not sure how fast or how much energy will be needed. i usually take one gel after 45 mins, then one an hour after that, but thats up to 5 hours riding (cant take more than four or five without needin some savouries - but Powerbar nut bars do the trick there). Logged all the mileages, and trying to plot on mapmyride to see gradients etc, but it we ride as a group, and have a slow pace, with a lunch stop, then that all changes. Will have a camelback bladder in my rucsac, so planning on energy drinks as much as bars (SiS PSP as it was before the sell out) and real food at lunchtime. Its only the 90 odd and 60 odd mile days that I am concerned about, food wise, the others should be ok with a few Gels, drinks and real food, I think ???
What is going to be a realistic average speed 10mph ??? in that case, need something like 5 -6 kgs of product.... and that will cost a lot in baggage costs..
needs a more scientific approach, and maybe a few good old jam butties in the back pocket
If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.
hi, we have booked the Tibetan chef option. thinking that it will be good to hopefully get hygienic and nutritional food cooked for us, wont need to worry about paying individually at each place either.
we were in Nepal in 2007 and went to chitwan then. it was excellent, although took a long time to get there and rained a lot!! you can go on elephant safaris and also a walking bird watching trip.
have invested in some slick tyres for some of the better sections of road. need all the advantages I can get! also SPD / clip in pedals training not going too badly, one comedy fall from a standstill last weekend when overbalanced and couldn't unclip!!
not personally taken Diamox, and I wouldn't want anything to mask the symptoms of altitude sickness as the only way to get better is to descent.
not long to go now, getting v excited for 22nd!
Less than 6 weeks to go for me - I leave on Fri 21st Sept. Don't tell my boss, but I'm already in "holiday mode". Looks like there will be a few of us using the chef option - I hope he takes requests (I was in Tibet in 2010 and the local food wasn't the best, hence the reason for booking him).
Really looking forward to Chitwan - 3 days of relaxing after the strenuous exercise. This'll be my 4th time in Nepal and I've never done Chitwan, so I hope it's worth the wait. My GP has recommended anti-malarials, but Malarone which only needs to be started 1 day before I go (and not whilst I'm cycling at altitude).
I'm hiring a bike, so I suspect they will come with semi-slicks, but I'm taking my saddle and pedals. Clips can take while to get used to - depending on what cleats you have on your shoes they will unclip in single/multi directions (which can help when you're learning and get in a sudden panic).
If anyone is looking for the best place to buy their anti-malarial tablets, when I was looking last year after some research the cheapest was Supadrug. If you have to buy any vaccinations, the cheapest was Asda.
Not thought much re packing yet!!
Just seen that there's only one space left for the 21st Sept departure date.
4 1/2 weeks to go ;-)
One of my "penpals" (in new money - facebook friends) is a keen expedition mountainbiker (and professional) and is off on her jollies again, posting her packing list
remember she is a pro, and probably gets her excess luggage paid, but a useful list anyway..
well, you have been before, so expect you have some useful tips from fellow travellers to share ?????
she is off to Mongolia, so not as high, or probably as cold, but I know from working on a few long cycling trips that packing too much is far too easy, and my last ten dayer I used half of my gear as it was a case of sleep, shower, out all day, eat, shower, sleep..
Did a trial pack at the weekend..... time to rethink! 22kg for my main baggage - and I thought it was hardly anything when I put it all on my spare bed. Plus all my electrical gadgets were put on oneside to go in my carry-on bag!
I have the lightest bag I could find to put it all in. Plus the stuff from the trip notes that they recommend taking - down sleeping bag, down jacket, clothes for layering (thermals, t-shirt, fleece jumper), cycling clothes (shorts, tracksters, short/long-sleeved top, waterproofs, gloves), helmet, saddle, pedals, shoes. Minimal Toiletries (no hair dryer). My luxury item is a roll of soft toilet paper - but that hardly weighs anything! I even cut off the excess foil on my strip of Imodium tablets!
Tonight I shall resort to weighing everything and identifying which items are the heaviest (to wear whilst travelling), and which items I can replace with a lighter-version without compromising on warmth or comfort.
I can imagine the face of the customs guy as this "thing" weebles towards them, helmet over beanie, three coats, two fleeces and three layers of base over three pairs of cycling shorts, two pairs of tracksters and over trousers, plus waterproofs on top....
"do you need two seats madame???"
need some advice on footwear out in the wilds, and Lhasa/Kathmandu, from previous travellers.. are a pair of heavier boots needed for off bike, or is it riding shoes, and trainers will suffice?
Got the final Itinerary today (although looks a little like a "one itinerary suits all - apart from e-ticket numbers). Suggests carrying 20kg, which is cool, if taking a bike and a pair of underwear..
Rang Jet and spoke with a very helpful lady.. from London to Kathmandu, she assures me the cumulative allowance is 30kg and £25/KG over that, with two bags allowed. If you can get your bike in a TV box (which looks a lot like a bike box) then its only £140...lol... although the guys on the scurity scanner may not have a similar sense of humour... have been working on 30KG in total all along, so here's hoping...
Assuming you are with us next Saturday ???
I think we will all be trying to minimise that bit of the trip, seen some amazing trousers today with a dozen pockets, which may be useful for energy drinks, etc, and stop carrying by bag
I think If you worried about falling off, you would never get on in the first place.
Sorry i have not kept in touch ,yes i have taken diamox before over a two week period
with no side effects wether it did any good i am not sure.It is hard trying to pack for weight limit on flight from Kathmandu to lahsa Exodus have told me that there will be a set of scales to weigh our bags in Kathmandu looking forward to meetig everyone Paul
In a few hours time I'll be off to the airport. Safe journey everyone, and I'll see you all on Sunday.
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See you Sunday. hope you got your wellies on...
thunderstorms in kathmandu, but 28 degrees, suncream and brolly, on a bike, cool imperial look
Currently enjoying the BA lounge in Edinburgh - the sandwiches are lovely, and the alcohol is flowing. Lovely start to the trip ;-) Boarding in around 30 mins.
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