Welcome to Freewheeling across the Himalayas
WELCOME TO FREEWHEELING ACROSS THE HIMALAYAS
My name is Celine Soulard and on July 2010 I will embark on a 7 month cycling journey from Tajikistan to Nepal. This adventure will take me to some of the most challenging and beautiful roads in the world. I am also undertaking this journey to raise funds for the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation in support of the Ladakh Project (Health inc). I encourage you to subscribe to my blog to follow me in this great adventure. I will share with you in this blog stories and photos on a regular basis and hope to inspire you to contribute to the Ladakh Project.
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March 13, 2015
Leaving Coyhaique I got hit hard by the rain...but as usual this always brings some great encounter. I came to the "hotel" with the hope of warming up before continuing the road....well with the fire place, good food and great company I didn't leave until the next day!!! I was the only customer....evening was spent sitting by the fireplace talking with the two ladies running the place :-)
March 07, 2015
Hola Amigos y amigas,
Depuis mon dernier arret a Fataleufu, j'ai finalement rejoins la Carratera Austral et passee la marque des 800km! Je prends quelques jours de repos dans une petite ville de Patagonie Coyhaique ou j'ai aussi souffert d'un empoisonnement alimentaire ce qui est plutot rare ici. Pour les 7 derniers jours j'ai partage la route avec Magda et Kuba un jeune couple de Polonais fort sympathique qui terminent une annee a velo! Chaque jours je rencontre aussi des cyclistes qui arrivent de Ushuaia et qui sont en route vers le Peru ou meme dans certain cas le Canada et l'Alaska. Ils me reste environ 600 km pour terminer la Carratera.
Since my last stop in Fataleufu I have share my road with Magda and Kuba a young Polish couple finishing their year long trip in south America. We had a great time free camping, taking pictures and sharing experiences on the road. I had a couple rest day in Coyhaique followed by 2 forces rest day due to some food poisoning. This is the last thing I was expecting here. Fortunately the lady at my guest house took good care of me. I will start tomorrow for the last 600 km of the carratera austral before going back to Argentina. The bike season is on its tail end here but every day I keep meeting cyclist from all over the world coming from Ushaia (terra del fuego) on their way to the north which in some case is as far as Alaska!! I hope you will enjoy the photos
February 21, 2015
Freewheeling Himalaya is now taking you to a short 3 months cycling trip to Argentina and Chile! I hope you will enjoy the stories and photos. I have started my journey in Bariloche, Argentina February 9th and I am heading toward Chile to cycle the Carratera Austral.
January 12, 2011
December 12, 2010
When I left Canada last July 3 weeks after a knee surgery on a 40kg loaded bike my goal was to reach Kathmandu from Dushanbe on my bike through some of the most beautiful and dramatic landscape in the world. Most importantly I wanted to raise $5000 to support Health inc a small organization working in remote villages of Ladakh (India) since 1992 with some of their Projects for 2010. To achieve this goal I have created this Blog where I shared my experiences and photos with all of you over the last few months. Now my trip is coming to an end and I need your help.
November 27, 2010
|Sunset on Everest, Nuptse and Makalu from Gokyo Ri|
|Tsering Sherpa from Thame - a lovely little boy|
November 26, 2010
|Bad picture of Mt Kailash - taken during our "tour" with the PSB!!!|
I will certainly return to complete the route. Maybe this spring or later. It is the only part missing to be able to draw a line between Dushanbe and Bangkok so I want to do it and see the scenery. I don’t think I will ride illegally in Tibet anymore. Been there, done that twice. I am done with night riding through checkpoints. There are many places to ride in the world outside of Tibet that are hassle free so I think I will concentrate on cycling other part of the world for a while. Also the Friendship highway (Lhasa to Kathmandu) portion of the ride is not so interesting for me as it is a full on touristy road, cycled by thousands of people year after year.
November 25, 2010
|4600m Pass 25 km from Ali (photo: Pierre Payet-Burin)|
We officially entered Tibet at km 690. It was a nice feeling to finally be in Tibet. Still a long way to Kathmandu but at that point we were starting to think that our chances to get to Kathmandu by bike were pretty good.
Even tough we were physically in Tibet I never really felt like being in Tibet. The Western road is so different that the Eastern road. I am so glad I cycled the east before and experienced the real Tibetan culture. On the East we had the feeling of really being in Tibet (except for the bigger ugly Chinese villages and for Lhasa of course) with its beautiful villages with traditional houses, friendly Tibetan people, etc. For most of the road on the East there are very little Chinese presence. All the way to Ali I never felt like being in Tibet much. The scenery is outstanding and the riding a lot easier than the eastern route but it still feel like China.
October 30, 2010
Since the Kudie checkpoint I have been hoping to get to the Aksai Chin. The Aksai Chin is a very unique place because there is nothing there except for a few truckstops. The altitude is very high (4,800m to 5,000m), water is sparse, the wind blows in all directions and the temperature at night drops to -25C or lower. What a great place for cycling! It is like the Pamirs on steroids!!!
October 29, 2010
October 25, 2010
We were finally “released” in Urumqi (we had to fly here from Kashgar) with our passport free to continue our travel. I know you are anxious to know all the details of our week with the PSB but first I want to share with you this amazing month of cycling through western Xinjiang province and into Tibet and give you some background information on this “famous” route.
October 19, 2010
We left Kashgar on September 13th in an attempt to reach Kathmandu, Nepal. This is a distance of about 2,500km from which about 1,800km, according to Chinese legislation, MUST be travelled in a group with guide, Jeep driver, and a PERMIT that costs a fortune! Most importantly for me it removes all sense of adventure and freedom, which is why I travel by bike in the first place!
We managed to cycle about half of it on our own, but on October 14th, after we passed the city of Ali, we were "stopped" by the PSB and returned to Kashgar (a good story to follow). It was an amazing month of cycling though, with some unique landscape. We knew the risks and that we had little chance of freely cycling to Kathmandu, but it was worth a try!!!
|Cycling at 5000m in the Aksai Chin, China (photo: Pierre Payet-Burin)|
I will do my best to post some stories and photos over the next week or so.
September 12, 2010
|Kargush Pass (photo: Pierre Payet-Burin)|
- Get me out of here!
- "Bonjour la police" or "welcome" to China
- Short visit to Kyrgyzstan
- Pamir Highway - my cycling heaven
- Brinji, Naan and chai (rice, bread and tea) – An Afghan adventure
From now on I will not send the entire blog text and photos via email, but will send a quick note to let you know when I have updated the blog, this way you can go directly to the blog and have a look.
I have also uploaded all my photos to Flickr so it's easier to navigate through them, and also there is a link at the end of each posting which will allow you to go from the blog to Flickr.
We are finally leaving on Monday for the "forbidden land" and I don't know when I will have Internet access next. Inotherwords, "no news is good news" for the next couple of months. If we get turned back then I will have to investigate other route options and let you know how I will pursue my route to Nepal.
September 06, 2010
September 05, 2010
August 31, 2010
While cycling in Tajikistan, Ladakh has been very severely hit by flood. It is only today that I have caught up on the news. I am not sure how this was covered by the media in Canada but I assume you have heard about what has happened.
August 30, 2010
August 24, 2010
July 12, 2010
The end of the BC trip went well except for some pain in my right achilles. Not sure where this all came from. I hope that the last few days of rest will be enough.
After 24 hours of travelling, my bike, my luggage and myself are all in Dushanbe. After one day of recuperating I ate some local food and got sick. So sorry but no pictures from the city and I didn't really have time to learn much about life here. I'm happy to be in a Muslim country. I have only had the chance to travel to Kashmir, so my travel in a Muslim country is very limited.
June 30, 2010
My last week in Calgary has been very frantic, as it should be! Trying to get organized and ready for 7 months on the road is always an interesting time, to say the least! On my very last day in Calgary I had my bike at Campione to resolve some gear issues (a big thanks to James) and I was still running around at MEC buying the last few items!
June 15, 2010
My knee surgery went as planned and the morphine high after the surgery was a nice touch! More seriously the surgeon took out the tear on my meniscus and all should be good now. Got some cool pics of the inside of my knee. It was hard to believe that I was going to cycle the Himalayas in few weeks while spending 4 days laying down on my couch icing my knee but now it all seems to be far behind me. I will do some very easy riding here in Calgary for the next week and then I will ride the Sunshine Coast in BC with a good friend of mine. I think the first few weeks in Tajikistan on my fully loaded bike will be hard but after that it should be much better.
April 27, 2010
Only 6 weeks before I leave Calgary. Since I am still working full time I am very busy trying to get ready. Gears to buy, paper work to do, training ride, etc...it seems like my "to do" list is just getting longer. The good thing is that I have gone through this before so I know how it works!