When you work in the industry sometimes one of the hardest things to do is find time to actually ride, the reason we are actually in this business! Our peak season always coincides with the best weather so we are always busy running a business, putting on and attending events, as well as all of the normal things everyone has in their personal life. So when my friend Bear the Motorcycle Sherpa and founder of Old Bike Barn gave me a phone call about an opening in a March expedition he was leading in Nepal, I pulled my calendar up immediately and discovered my schedule fairly open. When I realized I could make it happen on super short notice I jumped at the chance and said yes!
Beautiful landscapes and countryside. Crazy two lane roads and traffic. Densely packed cities with no traffic signals, yet it all seems to just work. Smiles for days, helmet on or off, the amount of true genuine happy smiles on this trip was amazing. A group of 10 people, most who I had never met before arriving in Nepal, became friends and teammates on the trip. Delicious local cuisine, River crossings, hairpin turns, and many rocks in the road. The occasional language barrier resulting in a cheeseburger actually being a hand formed patty of yak cheese on a burger bun. Some of the hardest riding I have ever done. Learning and becoming a better rider every day as the trip progressed. "Looks are free." Nimble little Royal Enfield Himalayan nicknamed the mule. Mud, all of the types. Amazing snowcapped mountain ranges, icy mountain passes, rocky river beds, dust like I have never seen in my life. The crazy horns on the local buses. Suspension bridges! Whiskey at 14,000 feet. Friendly and inviting people. Tattoos in Pokarah. Shrines and temples which were gorgeous and older than anything we have in our country. Monkeys! A sense of true accomplishment getting off the bike every evening, knowing I really pushed my limits as well as those of the machine. Facing and overcoming some personal fears. Holi Festival!
Take a look at some of my personal photos which will do no justice to the trip but will give you a small idea of what this adventure was about, and you can check out all the trips available through Motorcycle Sherpa HERE.