Risking Life by Bike

Trip Start May 01, 2007
Trip End Jun 17, 2008

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

I did the most dangerous thing I have yet done on this trip.  I rented a bike today and rode out to Bhaktapur, a smaller town with beautiful architecture near Kathmandu.  The ride was beautiful, crossed through rice fields and the outskirts of Kathmandu.  Riding in Nepal is a bit insane.  I thought I would be fine since I rode a little in China.  I think the difference is that the streets are much larger in China so there's plenty of room to dodge motorcycles, cars, buses, donkeys, and pedestrians.  Here in Nepal they drive fairly sanely, they just have tiny roads.  Even the highways are tiny.

At one point I came down a small hill into a village.  As I coasted into the village, a 5-yr old boy suddenly darts into the street right as I pass.  Ah!  I slammed on the brakes and almost stopped but still hit him, luckily, with just my leg and not the bike.  He fell over, of course, and scraped his nose pretty bad.  Of course I felt horrible, even though it really was entirely his fault.  Nobody got mad at me or anything but it really shook me. 

Other than that Bhaktapur was beautiful.  I actually ended up getting brushed and knocked by several motorcycles and a car myself.  I guess that's just what happens in Nepal. 
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dkirby210 on

next time . . .
Wow. Guess next time you head to Nepal, in addition to the cast iron Dutch oven pot your grandfather thought was a must for backpacking, you should take a motorcycle helmet!

Love ya.


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