We have started the long journey to get home – today 13 hours in a small bus to Lhasa. Challenging drive as lots of snow in the mountain passes, and strict rules about the speed the car can go, including a lot of radar cameras. We said goodbye to Everest at a viewpoint. Waved to the farmers, yaks, sheep, goats, dogs, horses and donkeys. The Tibetan people are inspiring, they have been curious about us, welcoming and kind. The opportunity to learn about their culture and Buddhism has been extraordinary…….
When all was said and done we did the trip safely, though there were three over the handle bars (Ox, Mike and Perry), there were only some minor bruises; though many flat tires….
We biked for > 60 hours – of which nearly all was over 4000m
8 passes – 5 over 5000m
Almost 1000km cycling
Gained the altitude equivalent of Everest (> 8000m elevation gained)
and burned over 25,000 calories.
But most importantly we came together as a team, and through teamwork accomplished Everest Base Camp. I can’t thank the guys enough. They proved how tough they are …… and then hearing them all carpool karaoke Adele on the bus ride proved they are also in touch with their feminine side.
As always there are a lot of people to thank. IWD and Kiki most of all for making TYL possible. My team back home who are doing my job while I am gallivanting across the Himalaya! Stefan at SXS for making the body work, KVD for fixing it after, DOH for everything. HUGE thanks to Stefan for doing the blog!!!!
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This is the 7th TYL adventure……who knows what will come next!