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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Day 7: Mt Everest / Basecamp

Today is possibly the hardest day of the trip. We need to cover nearly 110km/75mi to reach basecamp. The distance isn't the challenging part. In order to make the destination we'll have to ride across heavy offroad "moonscape" covered with rocks, gravel, occasional sand and cliffs with a major dropoff.  Most, if not all, of the distance is so bumpy (an understatement) that we'll be riding the whole way standing up in order to use our legs as shock absorbers. There is also a 17,200ft pass we'll need to achieve (remember the bike wants to die at 17,000ft) so the half way point will be interesting.

 Challenging, exhausting, but with a huge payoff. We have a very hard day ahead.