Many, many months and miles ago after leaving France I posted a blog update asking who knew France was so big. Well, after spending the best part of the last three months riding north through Canada, into Alaska, crossing into the Arctic Circle twice and then back south across Canada, my perception of scale has […]Read more "Land of the Midnight Sun"
Hello again. These typing fingers are a little rusty, in fact I think I can hear the joints creaking as I type, it’s been that long since writing a blog. A lot has happened since abruptly leaving you somewhere in the depths of Laos. When I deserted you last time I mentioned that there were a […]Read more "Hello Again"
The bike is fixed. Hooray. Leaving Don Det, where I’d planned a route through Laos, the bike stated leaking rainbow water. With the route being remote and the puddle behind the bike getting worse my initial backup plan to make 400 miles to Vientiane was scuppered, the only option was to divert into Thailand where […]Read more "Flying Again, Without The Ravens"
Between Turkey and Thailand roads are generally bad and shops are small, you ride where you want and how you need, and buy what you can and not what you need. Stood on Christmas eve in Tesco Lotus amongst the endless aisles of foods I hadn’t seen in months choosing ingredients to make tomorrows dinner, […]Read more "The Hiatus"
Myanmar is the other country on this journey which like China requires a guide for foreign vehicles, but really that’s where the similarity ends. It’s a country on the cusp of radical change from military junta to democracy and the requirement of an organised tour is an effect of this transition. For the last 40 […]Read more "Times They Are A Changin’"
Swinging gently in a hammock watching the Mekong roll towards Cambodia as I write this the two weeks back in November riding through the north east states of India seems a far removed distant memory, not only by time but degrees of change. The ease of travelling and hordes of tourists that South East Asia […]Read more "Faces Of The Seven Sisters"
Crossing back into India things began to change, this was West Bengal, somewhere I’d been before, somewhere I knew I liked and somewhere I hadn’t planned on spending much time. But for the first time this trip the bike was making the decisions, the battery was continuing to run down and at the cross roads […]Read more "Tea And Troubles"
Apologies for the absence and lack of posts, since Kathmandu there’s been a lot of riding to make it to Thailand for Christmas and visits from family. Hopefully now there’s some beach time coming up it’ll give chance to catch up. So without further ado. The tyres were on route to Kathmandu and the desire […]Read more "Nepal And Nowhere To Go"
An old man in Rishikesh told me he didn’t have children, this is almost unheard of in India a place of caste based marriage and huge families, now well into his 70’s he took the decision over 50 years ago believing the country was overpopulated. Back then it was around 400million, today 1.29billion. Leaving the […]Read more "I Feel Like A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!"
Entering India I was without a plan, slightly earlier than anticipated and just a rough date to reach Myanmar by early December. That meant there was around 10 weeks with no idea of where to go. After a couple of days in Amritsar with Frank and Petra, them describing how Spiti valley is one of […]Read more "Spiti And The Flats"