a very short day

I spent a couple of days at the Golden Park Hotel and Resort. On the first day, I got a lift into town and bought a new data plan for my modem since my old one had almost run out. The staff at the Airtel office wanted me to come back when I had about …

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islampur – raiganj – malda

10th October: It was good that I didn’t pass the first lodge in search of something more comfortable; I didn’t see any other signs of lodging as I left Islampur. Maybe the Monalisa is the only one. In fact, I was pretty quickly out of Islampur and back on the NH31. I hadn’t even found …

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onto the flat

I woke to rain at 7:30 and riding today began to look doubtful. The weather forecast showed rain in the morning, afternoon and evening. But there wasn’t much that made me want to spend the day in Siliguri (although I could have spent the day trying to sort out why my 3G account with Reliance …

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out of the hills

I felt much more enthusiastic and energetic this morning so the day of procrastination was worthwhile. Hardly a crack of dawn start but after breakfast and checking out of Hotel Mhelung (700 Rs for a double room). I was on the road by 10:30. I walked out of town, up the hill and was ready …

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first day riding

Today’s the day – time to get riding. 7:00 am. Hi Bev, Getting going. Will text during the day. Up at a fairly leisurely 7:00 for the final packing of the panniers. Then loaded the bike and pushed it through the pedestrian-only streets to Sonam’s Kitchen for a good-bye breakfast. Too much stuff – the …

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