Photo by Jeff Clark for Apolis Activism
By Shea Parton
At 630am Jeff and Dave joined a local cyclist for their scheduled ride (Source: Nov. 16, Dec. 3). Last night’s wedding kept me in bed and a lentil soup kept Cole tethered to the toilet all night. After having another fun morning with Nepali customs, the legend that is Dave joined me for his second ride (24 mi.). We made our way above today’s afternoon traffic strike and put the cyclocross tires to good use in the hills of Nepal’s capital. When we returned, Cole informed us that the lentil soup had shaken him hard enough to remember an easy fix from his paramedic days - a saline IV drip. A questionable third world option but we were his wingmen as the hospital pointed us to a smoking deal at a street side pharmacy, Rs 75 ($1 USD) for a needle and some saline. We were reminded again that town planning is not Kathmandu’s strength as we walked through yet another traffic seizure at the historic Patan Durbar Square. After dinner, the Mendies family doctor steered Cole away from the IV and towards good ole’ antibiotics. The weekend brings kilometers of Himalayan exploring and quick rehabilitation for Cole.