With Christmas just around the corner and old friends to catch up with in Delhi it was time for us to pump up Jo's tyre and head down from the Himalayas. The road was even more crowded on the way down which could only mean one thing - more bus drivers! Trying to stay well clear of them one still managed to pull out onto Jo. With nowhere to go but a solid stone wall she had the brilliant composure to twist the throttle hard and accelerate out of danger, not that the same composure can be said of her language coming our through our intercom! Near misses aside it was a fun trip down the mountain squeezing through the queues of vehicles. At the bottom we replaced Jo’s bent valve on her dodgy inner tube, or rather a Michelin shop very kindly did free of charge. Keeping our fingers firmly crossed it was just the valve we started a long but highly rewarding five hour drive through the Himilayan foothills headed south, stopping shortly for some more momos and a string of crisps in a roadside hut. Several hours later after a highly entertaining drive that consisted of endless twisties, lorries to overtake and traffic jams to race to the front of, the road spat us out onto the plains and its dual carriageways. Now well into the night Jo's tyre had decided it had had enough and completely deflated, leaving us with no choice but to limp to a nearby town, via several garages for air, and find a hotel until we could fit a new tube in the morning. A couple of 'Kingfisher Strongs" later we collapsed into our bed exhausted but chuffed with our progress. The next morning once again an extremely generous hotelier came to our rescue and insisted we take his electric inflator to replace our knackered, correction mum's knackered inflator that I stole from her van before starting the trip (sorry mum!). We continue to be amazed by the kindness and generosity of people we meet along the way. Making it to a tyre shop we fitted a new tube and jumped on the dual carriage for Delhi. A good six hour cruise and fairly long drive through Delhi traffic we made it to our Airbnb Jo had found on the rooftops of the city. Not a bad place to watch yet another sunset and get ready for Christmas!