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Friday, May 18, 2001
Sukute, Bhote Koshi River to Katmandu, Nepal
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Katmandu, Nepal:
Latitude: 27° 42' 53" North
Longitude: 85° 17' 25" East
Altitude: 4610 feet
From Seattle: 8447 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Kathmandu Guest House

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Today's Travel:
Country: Nepal
Regions: Bhote Koshi Valley, Katmandu Valley
Route: Bus: Sukute - Katmandu
Path:Sukute, Bhote Koshi River - Katmandu, Nepal
Linear:29 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny / Rain / Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1499
Linear Dist: 277340
Countries Visited: 76
Regions Visited: 290
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Hotels: 623
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 133
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4648
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Journal Entry:
Last day of kayaking. In the morning we went back up river and came down - a quick ride, just over an hour. I only flipped twice, and both times were at the bottom of rapids rather than in the rapids. Even more impressive (to me) was that both times I was able to roll back over without any help! After a coffee break we got back in the water and continued another three miles down river. I only flipped once and again I was able to roll back over on my own. My wrist was still kind of bothering me so I didn't play anymore than I had to (i.e. I didn't flip intentionally, or try to surf). When we puled out we had to wait two hours for a local bus that was willing to pick us up - luckily the weather was nice. Back at camp had lunch and said goodbye to the other kayakers. After lunch I packed, showered, and waited for the rafters to get back.

The rafters got back and we left the camp a little after four. It should have only taken about two hours but we ran in to a massive traffic jam as we dropped into the Katmandu Valley. Finally around eight they dropped us off near Thamel. I stopped at my travel agent to pick up my passport and find out what the deal was with Tibet. I'm going. He needed to show me where to pick up the bus in the morning, but I was concerned about getting a room so I went and checked in then came right back - he wasn't there! I waited about half an hour getting more and more worried, but then he showed up - he had gone to meet me at the guest house. He showed me where I was to meet the bus at five in the morning and told me the guide would have my passport and plane ticket.

I had dinner with Chrissie who was still in town for a few more days then hit the supermarket for Diamox (for the altitude) and sunscreen. Unfortunately all the bookstores were closed so hopefully I won't have much time for reading. Then it was back to my room to pack. By the time I'd finished packing and checked my luggage it was well after one - at best it's going to be less than three hours of sleep.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Katmandu
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Nepal
CIA - The World Factbook: Nepal

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