|Gilgit to 'Pindi
Not wanting to waste time I got an overnight bus out of Gilgit the day after my return. Not surprisingly the journey took longer than advertised, lasting about 20 hours in total. Luckily the weather was overcast and not too hot when I woke up in the morning. It had still been pretty hot when we had stopped at around 10pm the previous evening. Although the bus was supposed to be AC, it was not the same as an AC bus in the UK. The scenery lower down the valley was very different to that I had seen in the North - properly lush, green and wet, but by this time I was not really in the mood to appreciate. The last leg of the journey into 'Pindi was a bit of a nightmare - chaotic traffic, I guess the result of the bank holiday weekend. This made my decision to get off the bus and cycle through the traffic with my backpack and an unevenly balanced bike seem a little silly. Was probably the sweatiest moment of my trip yet, cycling through crowded 'Pindi streets in the heat of midday.
Next job would be to deal with the no doubt thoroughly unhelpful guys at the Indian High Commission and see if I could get a new visa.