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Yuksom, Pelling, Siliguri, India to the Bangladesh border

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(October 2011)

Replacing worn-thin break pads and a general bike tune up before setting out.


Enjoying the view at midspan.


One of Sikkim's many crashing rivers.


A highlight of all jeep tours, Khangchendzonga Waterfall is proof that popularity can wreck a nice natural spot. Hard to enjoy the view when you're about to run over by a honking jeep!


The morning view from our balcony in Pelling. The snow-capped peaks in the distance are Mt. Pandim, Mt. Siniolchu and Mt. Khangchendzonga, third highest in the world.


Pelling has turned into quite a tourist hotspot for its morning mountain views.


The Yeti lives up there.


Going into mountain man mode.


Worth the early morning.


On our way down from Pelling we came upon this little traffic snarl.


Couldn't resist stopping at this magical Tibetan gazebo.


This little guy was just about ready to walk and completely unafraid of anything.


Leaving Jorethang, site of our tragic pannier robbery. I'm now carrying one of Gretchen's rear panniers since I just can't bear not having matching bags.


We get special parking in Melli Bazar. a pleasant little town where we spent our last night in Sikkim.


A chunk of glass, most likely from the famous Sikkim Hit Beer, put a deep cut in my Schwalbe Marathon tire.  Looks like I will be adding 2 new touring bicycle tires to my package of things being sent from the USA to Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Following the Great Rangit out of the mountains. There were numerous water projects being constructed on the river, making for lots of truck traffic and dusty roads.


A long drippy tunnel.


Car diving ahead.


On the highway before Coronation bridge, we were rushed by roadside monkeys. I think people feed them from their cars, training them to be aggressive and mean little buggers. Probably the same motorists that toss beer bottles on the street, making life miserable for cyclists!


Road King, I love you!


Somewhere along the road, my Tubus front rack broke.


The rack still functions as it is and I can fix it if I can find a hose-clamp. How I wish I still had my repair kit and tools!


Cooking up some tasty lunch.


If my Brooks saddle bites the dust, I could always buy the Indian version.


Our last lunch stop in India. We had delicious fried rice, under the watchful eyes of everyone in town.


A proud Indian lady.


Little boys interested in the bikes.


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