Day Out on the Enfield
Trip Start Sep 20, 2011
21Trip End Jun 30, 2012
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Butwal is the town at the entrance of the valley that leads toward Tansen and ultimately Phokara, the road is frequently covered with landslides thus the condition of the bitumen was seriously pot holed in the steeper sections. Now this is normally normal however the fog was thick and it seems that if you cannot see the road and or anything then you should drive in the middle of the road..
The funny part is I have taken to giving Lisa a quick tap on her knee so she is aware some rough stuff is comming up and hang on.. However sometimes I find i canot let go of the handle bar and she finds herself head planting into the back of me and then levitating her backside off the seat as we bounce over some bumps and holes.
The Enfield only has drum brakes.... well this means when you apply the brakes you feel the pads engage the drum and then expect the normal slowing down process to start.. funnily enough this is not what happens, you need to squeese a little harder then harder again and sometime so hard you are sure the cable will break with all the strain.. None the less in the main it all works out.....
However there was one corner... a blind right hander.... the turn tightened up as we progressed... i had the apex of the corner all lined up when i noticed some sand on the road surface...
We arrived in Tansen.. Tansen is known as an Ancient City with amazing views of the Annapuna Snow Capped Mountain Range. We got lost in the crazy small winding streets straight away... went the wrong way arround a roundabaout thing and the police man just gave us that look like... another forigner out of control... Lisa and i's tackticks with people in authority is to immediately engage them with a question, (directions are good) this distracts them and they normally point us in the right direction and wave us on.
Today we learnt a lesson if you go sight seeing on a Saturday do not bother, as everything is closed. We also knew Tansen was in coffee country and real coffee sounded like something we needed about now. We walked past the shops with organic coffee signs above all boarded over. This time of the year the mist is so thick you cannot see the Himalaya. Hence the photo of Darren admiring the Annapuna Range.
Went for walk.. checked out some temples... had lunch then headed back to Bhairawa. The return trip to us about 3 hours compared to our 1hr and 50 mns on the way up.