Friday, January 31, 2020

A Texan In Tibet - Riding Day 2 Plan

"I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's where the fun is."
- Donald Trump

Syabrubensi to Kyirong

The plan for this day's leg is a short ride split into two segments.  An interactive map can be found here.  Again, zooming in will reveal some pretty interesting switchbacks and mountain passes.

I will leave Syabrubensi and ride north about 25km/15 miles to the border.  I've read that I should expect hours-long immigration and customs formalities on both sides of the Nepal and Tibet border.  Kerung, Nepal is the last border town where I will finish the first riding segment, complete the Nepali emigration formalities, and push my motorcycle across the Friendship Bridge.  It seems to me that a real friend would let me ride across the damn bridge, but I digress.  Once across, I will (hopefully) meet my official Tibetan guide.  Chinese law prohibits me from leaving "unescorted".  After the Friendship Bridge festivities, I will clear Chinese Customs following what I am told will be a very thorough inspection of every piece of property I bring.

The second leg of the day from Customs to Kyirong town should be less than 35km/22 miles after which I will locate my night's lodging and chill out in what the locals call the "happy village".  The free time will also give me time to coordinate with my guide, do a little sight seeing, plan my next day, and acclimatize to the 5,470 meter/17,950 feet elevation.