And I'm off!
It has been one heck of a month leading up to my departure!
Here I am though, with all of my "i"s dotted and "t"s crossed. Tomorrow, I leave for Los Angeles and then on to Kathmandu.
I've attached a picture of all of the gear I will need to embark on a self supported journey, by bicycle across Nepal and around the Annapurna circuit. There is also a photo of what my bike fully loaded looks like. My excitement is beyond palpable, as I have ensured all of my preparations are in order. I am most excited to learn more and understand Nepali culture in a rapidly changing environment. I have loved reading the books I purchased to help educate me before my trip and to help guide my writing process after I return.
One of the more personal challenges I faced before leaving for this trip was the sudden onset of my dog becoming ill. She means the world to me and a week and half ago she had two seizures in twenty four hours after seven years of zero health problems. After a twenty four hour stint at the vet and anti seizure meds, she is making a recovery back to normal. Her health has since shown a steady improvement. It is a big relief to know she will be alright.
As I travel along my route I plan to post updates to Instagram when possible. Follow me @sonoranbiker.
You can also watch me live via my SPOT tracker. Just click the link below! It will be live once I leave Kathmandu around September 20th.
I would like to end by saying thank you. Thank you to my family, friends, the amazing employees of Roadrunner Bicycles, the awesome folks at Soma Fabrications, Stan's NoTubes, Thomson Bike Components, Dave at Nuclear Sunrise (he's your man for frame bags), and Topofusion (the best mapping software out there). Last but not least, thank YOU to all of you who contributed amounts small and large to help make this project a reality.