In the timeless words of Murphey -- if it can go wrong, it will. Taplejung is on its 14th day of a Maoist "Band" -- strike. This is a more strickly enforced than the Band in KTM yesterday. It is to the point that trucks delivering food have not been able to get to the District Headquarters and people are starving. This should not affect our trek -- we are taking a 24hour "night bus" to Basantpur and then trekking up to Phakumba but it does deter plans to visit the Headquarters.
Tomorrow, Suman is taking his driving test practical. David and I are going to SWC, picking up rice, dal, sugar, and tea, and preparing for our 2:00 bus ride. It will be our last access to internet for some time -- so we'll try to post again in the morning.