July 08, 2003 GMT
Pokhara to India and nearly in Pakistan

I`am getting lazy I must say ! After 6 days Pokhara I was kind of ready to leave, I knew that the others ( companions from the trek ) had as well arrived in Pokhara and I only wanted to say goodbye, buy in there place was a room available so I stayed for about another week, room direct on a lake so waking up and go for a swim - paradise ( Green Peace Lodge ).
The way back to Butwal was not exiting and the next day half way to Bardia NP guess who was there in my rear mirror - a BMW with Rik. We joint for the way into India. The border crossing took more time than expected. Nepal side not problem but of course on the India side, we need this we want that paper and so on but after a couple of hours and the quite complicated part of getting from immigration into India via small bridge`s and gates where you have to ask people somewhere for key`s ( Banbassa border ).
Then it took about 5 km to feel you are back in India, streets full of Tata Truck`s, pollution, potholes and no smiling people anymore, yes back in India.
I was actually after 2 hours close to turning around and to go back to Nepal but I didn`t.
First destination Almora a Hill Station ( Indian way ) dirty and crowded ( I thing nothing is really got after Nepal so don`t take my word for these places in India now !! )
From there to Rishikesh ( The place where The Beatles meditated and the album Magical Mystery Tour is about ). Due to the monsoon and so quite a few landslides it took a while to get there.
Then over Manali, where I got my first upset tummy in 4 month, and the decision not to go to Leh and the second highest drivable pass in the world, due to shit tummy. As well the first sign of weakness on the bike, while adjusting the valves the main bolt that hold`s the valve cap came out of the housing, great - but thanks to Locktide things are good again. I`am now in McLeod Ganj ( the exilresidence of the Dalai Lama ) who had birthday on the 06.07.03 so it was quite busy in town.
And now something absolute different JAMES you should have been more careful, yes.
Ok so much for that matter !!!
Will meet with Dalbir ( Honda Dominator ) on the 10th and then to Islamabad to get the Iranvisa. That`s the plan but yes you never know.

And sorry but I don`t translate into german anymore, don`t be angry but someone that you know will be able to read this with you :-)

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