[We were nearing the end of the trip and our goal of Kathmandu, but running a few days late. So two Swaggies who had planes to catch left us at this stage, though somehow we’d acquired a couple more passengers in India: Irish Mike and Norwegian Anders. It was a time for photos and the first tearful goodbyes.]
TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER, 1976
“(Supposed to be arrival day in Kathmandu).
Janice [tent mate] and Ann left bus today – had “tent photos” – Jan, Jan, Jan and Di! Changed places for different cameras.
Then new Norwegian took photos of the whole group in front of bus – great heap of dead cameras on ground as he worked way through them! Janice in tears when we left! (Picked up Anders today – Norwegian – went to Amhurst Uni where Don cleaned loos! [Don is my eldest brother and did a holiday job at Amhurst, MS as a student]
Pleasant fields and trees. Stopped near school for lunch – nice salad. Cay stop at busy small town.
Border late afternon – coffee at cay shop where chickens wandering around – then fella picked them up and took them squawking behind a curtain – more squawking – the mind boggled as to what was happening!
Across border into Nepal without paying extra for visa. Camped by road – 10 o’clock curfew so road closed – very quiet.
Di, Jan and me had hysterics in tent talking bout Pen Overland princess on foamies with driver’s pea under them – or something insane like that!”