Kevin Vs India travel blog

Da Spider (note the reflecton of the flash in it's eyes, it...

One for the girls (can't/wouldn't forget you!)

Kinnaur Kailash +6000m

Frickin' Awsome!!

Countryside near Dharamsala

Near Dharamsala

Roadside chai stall going to Kashmir; notice the gun.


Oct 12, 2004

I would like to thank everyone who emails me. It is so nice to hear from home. Sorry I can't respond to everyone but the connections here are so iffy. Sometimes I write a long message just to have it lost. I left Shimla for Dharamsala (where the Dali Lama lives) a few days ago. Along the way I got my first flat (in the middle of no where). I managed to get the tire off and hitchhiked back to the nearest village and got it fixed. The mechanic came back to help me put the tire back on. Unfortunately we put it on wrong so my second day in Dharamsala was spent getting the bike fixed. The repair bill came to about Rs. 1500. I didn't see the Dali nor did I stay long. The whole place was way over commercialized. I even saw old white ladies dressed up as monks!! When I left Dharamsala I went to a Hill Station called Dalhousie. About 15km (30 min driving) it started to rain and at 2000m it was very cold. I ended up staying in a hotel that was build by the British in 1939. The Indians have let go to shit but if you use your imagination it was kinda cool. This morning I walked around Dalhousie for a couple of hours. There wasn't much to see as everything was still closed so I went to the market and had some chai and practiced my Hindi with a couple of locals. I left Dalhousie for a town called Chamba around 9:00 and arrived here about 12:00 (56km). It was cold as all my riding gear was still damp from the night before. On my way to Chamba I went through a park and it was really nice. I could see the peaks of the Himalayas in the background. From Chamba I plan on riding up the Chamba valley. I will use Chamba as a base camp as I will have to ride back through here to get to Srinagar in Kashmir. I have yet to see many Temples, unlike my other trips, but the scenery is unbelievable. It puts BC to shame. I have tried to post photos on several occasions but the computers are so slow, the connections are even slower and my photos are very large (2-3mb). I may try again tonight. I think will go eat something. I think I will have...let's see..Maybe tonight I'll try East Indian.

Kevin

Oct 12, 2003

I forgot to mention that I had a houseguest in my hotel room the other morning. I woke up and looked across at the largest spider I have EVAR seen. 5-6 inches across. I was afraid to kill it. I watched it for a while thinking that if it doesn't move I will go have a shower. Well it moved. Not a slow spider either. It went behind the curtain so I thought I would take a shit then come out and watch it some more. When I went to resume my watching of said spider I couldn't find it. I thought he moved further behind the curtains so I just stood on my bed and watched. After a while I started to pack my gear and I looked up and there he was right in front of me, completely across the room with out me realizing it. That was the last straw. I got the Manager to get rid of it. I still get the willies. I got some really good shots of it and have been in this computer place for about 2 hours now trying to down load photos to no avail. I will try when I get to a larger center that has faster Internet speed.

Kevin

Oct 13, 2004

If there is anything slower than dial up the Indians have found it. Today I took a road trip up the Chamba valley. I don't think much whitey has been here especially on an Enfield, I got the stares everywhere I stopped. I left Chamba about 7:00am and in no time I was putting on more clothes. I did put on my long underwear before I left though. I went up the valley to a temple called in a village called Chhatrari. This temple and village is not listed in the guild book. I got directions from some of the locals and the Temple was worth it. It was a set wooden structures build around the 8th C. AD. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva (whoe else). After that I tried to go further up the valley to a village called Bharmour. The road ends at this village. I got about 6km from the village and it started to rain so I high tailed it home to Chamba. I am soooo thankful that I brought my long underwear. I am wearing it every time I set off now as winter is setting in and I'm going further north yet. I can buy all the sweaters I need, but long underwear?? Not a chance. It is hard enough finding my shirt size. I buy samosas for 2 for Rs. 5. I was going to plan my route to Srinagar today but I realized I forgot my road atlas back in the hotel at Dalhousie. Good thing I have to go back that way so I can stop and retrieve it.

Thanks Kevin

Oct 13, 2004

One more note: Today is the start of a nine-day festival called "Navratri". This is a Hindu festival and is dedicated to the Goddess Durga who beheaded a demon for the sake of us immortals below. The goddesses Lakshimi and Sarawati, wealth and learning respectively, also are praised. During the day Hindus take part in rituals, fasting and prayer. In the evening there is folk dancing. The locals are setting up for it now. Should be interesting. Usually these festivals result in the white boy being accosted by several drunken Indians wanting to practice their English. This is not much different than what I do on a daily basis with the locals, except I'm not drunk. Until recently, this is was always a dry state. Most Indians that drink, very few, don't do this with grace and poise. They chug. And being unaccustomed to drink, a white boy is a good a target as any.

Thanks Kevin

Oct 13, 2004

I finally got a good connection. I had 1/2 a Tandorri chicken and chips for dinner and the cost Rs. 110 or $USD 2.44. I have three days of bike riding to get to Srinagar. There is really heavy security there. It is a hot spot for terrorist bombings. I haven't heard of anything lately. I think when I get to Armistar in the Punjab, the bike and I will take a 1500km train ride east to the city of Barnares or Varanasi as it was called it the British days. We'll see. By all accounts its sounds difficult but you never know.

Thanks Kevin



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