We dropped a long way down from Gumkhal to a river at Satpuli, free wheeling the whole way. We passed road workers living in makeshift polythene tent campments, who were working on sections of collapsed road.
The next day leaving just before daylight we followed a well surfaced small road that ran alongside the river at Satpuli. This took us back to the Ganges river valley. The quiet narrow road clung to the steep valley side. The grey blue river below passed through many gorge sections. The mountains towered above us. We felt very insignificant in the giant landscape as we cycled on.
Delicate looking suspension bridges led to villages and temples on the other side of the river.
It was easier going following a valley, the road still climbed and then descended as it worked its way around cliffs and tributary streams, but it was manageable. The scenery was dramatic and beautiful, but the air was bitterly cold.
When we joined the Ganges valley we stopped for a well earned plate of noodles. We were really cold and the kind old couple made us tea to have with the noodles. Pack horses with bells passed us as we sat warming our hands on small glasses of chai.
We are following the Ganges valley for as long as possible before we have to climb over the watershed to the next river system. It’s not a very direct route but it is getting us closer to Nepal.