Our first motorized seats in 65 days! The whole crew jumped aboard a public bus (we hiked down to its first stop) and loaded all our packs for a hair-raising (for TA) ride to Barabhise (where we would connect to our bus to Kathmandu). Our last morning saw us up early to cross to Tinsang La (our last pass for the Great Big Walk. Fortunately, the day before had been very big so it was not much up but lots of down (1200 metres).
I who hates riding buses in Nepal more than most anything, was delighted to see that Great Big Bus Ride was protected by both a solar powered prayer wheel and Hindu deity.
Here’s a view out the bus window-we’re at least five feet from the edge here (unlike the usual 2 feet) and guards rails were non existent. The hairpin turns (about 50) were always exciting especially when another vehicle was coming up. Seven hours later, we were delivered safely to KTM.
The end of the Great Bus Ride signalled the end of the Great Big Walk…here we are with our crew from Stage 3. It was hard to say good-bye to the seven who had travelled the entire way with us. We’re back enjoyed some creature comforts in Kathmandu and I swear my thermarest is more comfy than the hotel bed. The walls on our hotel room are much thicker (i.e. don’t let the morning light through) so we’re adjusting to things such as electricity, flushing, and traffic (the yaks were easier to deal with)…1500 emails await but first a bit of shopping in Thamel (which requires a walk, of course!). More pictures in the days to come.
Thanks for all of your support. We’re back in Kathmandu and start for home on Friday-arriving back on the London Heathrow flight around 3 pm Saturday afternoon if you’d like to come welcome us home at the airport.