The good, the bad, and the progress!
Progress has been going steadily and as I learn more and more about Nepal I am becoming even more excited about this trip.
Earlier this summer I had the unfortunate event of my bicycle being stolen. This was not a cost I had planned on. However thanks to the great support of companies like Thomson Components, Stan's NoTubes wheels, and Soma Frabrications, I will be receiving a frame, handlebar, stem, and seatpost, and a set of wheels. This is huge! It is not everything one needs to build a bike but it is a huge offset towards the total cost and a huge help.
I have also interviewed a number of people who have gone to Nepal. Their stories and knowledge have helped me better plan my logistics and gain a greater understanding of the day to day interactions in Nepal.
I have found out about the permits I will need to acquire in Kathmandu for riding the Annapurna circuit. This was a crucial step that I found out during a phone interview with a friend who was traveling in Nepal.
I have continued researching about Nepali culture and have many more books on my reading list.
In terms of gear, I feel very well prepared and confident in my previous travels. Throughout my research about the gear requirements for Nepal it is looking like I will need less gear than Mongolia. I plan on using my Mongolia gear list and slimming it down for Nepal.
One final note is my physical preparation. I created a training plan I have been following to the best of my abilities in order to prepare my body for the rigors of riding for days in a row and climbing thousands of feet on my bike per day, not to mention the altitude. This has been the biggest struggle for me. It doesn't take much to suddenly have my training plans sidelined for an obligation either at home or the bike shop. Either way I am trying to take it day by day and to be as flexible as possible to whatever comes up. I know I can tap into mental toughness when need be and push through whatever comes up. I'm trying not to bank too much on that and instead be prepared physically ahead of time.
Welp, that's all for now. I will post more updates as I ready my gear and build my bike.
Thanks for following along.