This is the personal blog of London photographer, backpacker, traveller Mark Coughlan. The intention of the blog is communicate updates from my personal website and on my photography projects and travels both in the UK and worldwide. When backpacking the obscure places on earth, this blog will be continually updated with images and thoughts from the road. [Read more about me]

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Day Sixteen: We've made it!

Day Sixteen: Wednesday 16th January 2008

Not sure where the other road was, but it became apparent pretty soon after leaving this morning that we were on the mountain road. 9 hours to do 142kms as we climbed to 2500 metres almost entirely in 1st and 2nd gear. Though it was a hard drive, the best day and saved for the last day of the trip with stunning views of the Himalayas and passing idyllic little villages with lots of waving and cheering. What goes up, must come down as we crawled around hair pin bends into Kathmandu.
Arriving at 5pm local time we reached the finish line at Rum Doodles pub parking up next to rickshaws that earlier today had crashed and rolled on the mountain pass with nothing left of the roof!
After 16 days, 4 hours and 45 minutes, travelling a total of 4,493kms through the entire length of India to Nepal, the adventure is over and we made it in one piece! An incredible journey and one of the best things we have ever done, which we would recommend to anyone else that equally has a screw loose.

Personally we would like to thank all our individual sponsors and Polaris Consulting. Every penny raised in doing this challenge will go directly to the Railway Children and Mercy Corps.

We're off to pat ourselves on the back with steak and chips, then onto the end of race party to get hammered, compare bruises and stories from the road.

Day Sixteen: Hetauda to Kathmandu
Total Daily Distance: 142kms
Total so far: 4493kms
Total Distance to go: 0kms

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