Friday, June 19, 2009

Early to China

We got up early since it would be a long day riding to the border, then crossing the Chinese border before 4 pm Nepal time which is 6 pm China time. And we managed to get a truck for Ali's Bike while he rode with the tour agent in a car.

Once we got to the boarder is was very tight getting through the trucks, once we reached the friendship bridge where a line across the bridge signifies the Nepal and China part we were asked to push our bikes since there were not allowed to be driven until they finished the first customs check point.

The immigration process was quit quick, however the customs took a bit longer since we had to push the bikes to a place where they spray some kind of insecticide on the bike. And managed to get Ali's bike off the truck since he was well enough to ride now.

We then went up to the Chinese border town for the second customs point, and had dinner, since the road to Nyalam, where we were to stay the first night, was closed during the day for construction and we were told that it opened at 9:00 pm.

After dinner we went as far as we could waiting in queue to use the only road into Tibet from the boarder and waited. I started to get a little dizzy and tired even though we were only about 2500 m above sea level so I rested in the tour guide's car.

Finally at 11:45 pm we were told that the road will open soon. Although we were told that the road condition was bad for parts of the 25 km to Nyalam we didn't expect it to be this bad. The road then got much better but I started feeling the effects of the altitude and was riding really slowly.


  1. AnonymousJune 23, 2009

    Salam to all. We were extremely concerned about your well being since we did not hear from you effective 16th June. Therefore millions of (Alhamd-le-Allah 3ala slamatikim).You must have been exhausted, because it is unlikely for Bu Ali to sleep where he was sleeping. Lack of oxygen combined with difficult roads must have drained your energy. Having said that (Masha-Allah)you all look well. last night our group(Bikers)got together and they all send their best regards and wishes to you. We are proud of you and appreciating the difficulties you are encountering in crossing that part of the world. Finally, the movies you took was very good because your voices could be heard.
    May God bless you and go with you all the way.
    Bu Abdulrazaq

  2. Its good to hear from you all after so many days.

    Seems alls well. Keep Riding and posting for us to know more.

    TC. Santanu Banerjee, , Indian Bikers Community