I was a keen mountain bike rider and when I went to Dubai to live I decided to take my bike with me. I rode it to the Pharaohs Club in Wafi City each day as I was a personal trainer and spinning instructor there. When I had some spare time I caught a flight to Nepal taking the mountain bike with me with a plan to ride it while there.
It was very enjoyable riding around Kathmandu as I took in all the sights. One day though after reading about it, I decided to ride out of Kathmandu and do a round trip on the Scar Road in the Shivapuri National Park. It was reportedly an enjoyable but difficult ride that would take around six hours to complete.
Off I went. It was up hill a lot of the way and it was raining most of the time. I happily waved to the local people as I went by. Another crazy westerner I'm sure they would have thought! After about four hours of uphill riding I made it to the downhill stage of Scar Road which was now winding its way back to Kathmandu.
Woohoo! It was challenging but very exhilarating at the same time. I had to have the brakes on constantly as it didn't take long to have gained too much speed and then I'd be going too fast. If I hurt myself up here I'm on my own, I remember thinking. When I finally got back to my hotel in Kathmandu I checked my brake pads and found they were worn away completely and were now cutting into my wheel rims. For any further riding I would have to get new ones. But not to worry as the bike had served me well and I then hired a motor bike for my remaining time in Kathmandu. Getting around on that was a bit easier I must say. After a few days I caught a flight to Pokora which was also a very beautiful part of Nepal. But thats another story!