Episode 068: On The Road

Road Trip. Since we couldn’t get aboard the plane to Tibet today, we decided to carry on to Pokara about 200km west of Kathmandu. The Nepal national highway system is not your typical high-speed thoroughfare!

We thought that the road trip would be pretty easy but we’re not in Kansas anymore…and 200km ended up taking us over 5 hours. The terrain here in Nepal is pretty incredible and the highway snakes through, over and around the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s pretty heavily forested and for most of the route the road follows a number of rivers as they flow down from the higher peaks.

All along the way there are people. Some people living in shacks at the side of the two lane road. Some small villages down in the valleys the road overlooks. Then there are suspension bridges crossing the rivers that have dirt paths at the far end that snake up the opposite hillside and disappear over a ridge. I would love to come back here and walk over those bridges and see where those paths go! But this is not the time for that. No worries, I’ll be back.

We arrived in Pokara in the late afternoon and were able to take in some of the sights of this small “resort” town. Unfortunately, the hazy weather pattern that has been plaguing the Kathmandu Valley seems to be affecting the entire country. Even though there are 2 8000m peaks just to the north of us, we can’t see them.

Oh well, like I said before, I’ll be back and can see them then!

Jon Miller

Total Running Time: 24:08