As our world becomes more interconnected many countries around this world are entering moments of transition. They are working through how to accept modern technology, new cultures, social frame works, and government structures. I find that the most fascinating stories are of how the most ancient cultures seek to maintain their identity as they navigate the globalized world.
I plan to travel to Nepal in the fall of 2018. I will document my journey through photos and writings which I will publish in a small book in the winter of 2019.
Initially I will fly into Kathmandu. From there I will ride my bike self-supported to Pokhara and then ride and hike the Annapurna Circuit. The circuit is undergoing a drastic change that is bringing a much needed supply line to distant and remote villages much to the protest of western adventurers. Throughout my journey I plan to stop and interview people and seek to better understand how Nepal is changing and existing in the globalized era.
I have found that traveling on my bicycle represents a unique opportunity to develop relationships with the people, landscape, and climate of wherever I travel. I love the idea of traveling on my bike because it forces one to slow down, and because almost everyone, everywhere around the world can recognize a bicycle.
Risks and challenges
Self-supported international travel presents many logistical, cultural, and physical challenges. That is why I have given myself an extensive amount of time to prepare for this trip.
I plan on utilizing my past experiences biking alone and self-supported 1,200 miles across Mongolia, the least populated country in the world per capita, traversing 700 miles on my bike through Baja, Mexico, and racing self-supported 3,000 miles along the continental divide of the United States and Canada and 750 miles through the most ruggad terrain of Arizona on the Arizona Trail as well as the Colorado Trail. I am familiar with international travel as well having traveled, in addition, to Ecuador, South Africa, and Spain.
Utilizing my connections in the bike industry I have made contact with a number of people familiar with mountain biking through Nepal who currently reside there. Their expertise navigating such a vulnerable mode of transportation through Nepal will be crucial in helping me to travel safely and efficiently. In addition I plan on speaking more thoroughly about my plans with individuals who have not only traveled to Nepal but are doing research there currently through the University of Arizona in Tucson.
My experiences have taught me to be prepared to deal with mechanical issues, personal health issue, medical evacuation plans, basic necessities such as safely retrieving and reclaiming water and my own personal shelter, and understanding the dangers of being a foreigner in a sometimes unfriendly land.
I am also aware of the cultural sensitivities of traveling from a privileged position to the developing world. I plan on referencing the contacts I make in Nepal to ensure that I conduct myself in a socially and culturally respectful way.
Writing is how I process my travels and over the past four years I have developed a healthy habit of taking pen to paper after my journeys. My post trip writings and blogs have been published online through Facebook as well as local media websites. I have a healthy network of individuals in the literary fields and academia who are willing to help me throughout the process of writing the book. Being that it will be the first official book I have published I am giving a healthy amount of time of approximately one year to work on and complete the book.
I plan on using Lightning Press to quickly and efficiently publish a hard copy of the book once the digital version has been completed.
If there are any questions regarding my trip please feel free to ask a question and I will be more than happy to answer it in the FAQ section if it has not already been answered.
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