Crag's blog

Journeys End.   11 November, 2014
25/10/2014. Today for the Bangladesh border along the historic Old Jessore Road. This proved to be a delight under an ancient shaded tunnel of vast Stone Kori tre...


Kolkata (Calcutta)   11 November, 2014
24/10/2014 Today Kolkata (Calcutta). A wet start and a few skids quickly saw us transfer braking more to the front. We were soon wet to the skin whilst enduring 120km of dire road for hours until we re-joined the next dual carriageway. I had to un...
Steel Appeal   11 November, 2014
23/10 Today Jamshedpur.  Refreshed we headed south for about 25 kilometres until we reached the amazing NH 2 which resembled a German autobahn.  The route led through beautiful forested hill-country and then across the edge of the ‘Indian Ruhr’...
Bodgaya   11 November, 2014
22 - 23 /10/2014 There was a plan to to follow Budhas path southwards along the Gandak river. Sian and I never knew this so we whizzed past the rezt of the ...
The Middle Path   11 November, 2014
21/10/2014 Today we cross the border into India. Non Indians / Nepalis are only allowed to do this at Birganj and not at the locals crossing point just to our...
Slippery Progress   31 October, 2014
20th October 2014 In our tiredness, we did not take sufficiently strong defensive measures against the mosquitoes, who made a fine meal of both Owen and myself. We hoped our anti-malarial pills were having their desired effect.  Up early this morni...
HIGHWAY CODE for The Four Paths to Enlightenment   30 October, 2014
In case anyone pictures an idyllic pootle along sylvan lanes I might take this opportunity to disabuse you of such illusions and try to convey the true wonders we face. In the past, as a passenger, I have merely been a faithful spectator but n...
Setting Off   19 October, 2014
The next morning, the return along the track in daylight felt almost straightforward. We rendex-voued at Ishan Hospital for the f...
Kathmandu   18 October, 2014
As we travelled from the airport to Kathmandu, Owen’s eyes widened further and further. It reminded me well of the sheer force of first experiencing ...
Crag: Hallelujah   18 September, 2014
Passed at last as per Tom's news posting. I was beginning to succumb to the Stockholm syndrome! Oddly my c1970s motocross and trials skills had cut no ice with the examiners and so I had returned to the drawing board. Its an odd business but no doub...
Crag: Epic Fail   8 August, 2014
I'm rapidly working on 'Plan B' - pass next time. Module 1 went OK last week, that was a pass. Sian couldn't take hers then because she did not have the second part of her licence but stormed through both Mod1 and Mod2 yesterday making her an officia...
Crag: Many Moons Ago . . .   31 July, 2014
I did actually pass a motorcycle test. It was so long ago (1988) I thought it best to do it again. It also happened to have been in Port Stanley and Falkland Island licences were only valid in Britain for 6 months in those days. I remember ostentati...
Crag: With a bit more respect for the formal ways of doing things   30 July, 2014
I imagine my opening gung-ho rantings may have caused a few raised eye-brows if not shrieks of protest? The good news is I shall be very pleased to receive any certificates demonstrating what I  have learnt over the last few weeks and we’ll also b...
Crag: Every Journey …   29 July, 2014
My wife lies in the gutter covered in gravel and dust, unusually, if only temporarily, crestfallen from our attempt to ride motorbikes. Though hubris may well be out there, there is a frame of mind, an affliction even, from which we are fortunately i...