Posted: June 9, 2013, 10:38 p.m.
The cooling towers of Temelin Nuclear Power Plant. Steve and I have worked there several times over the past 5 years, it's nice to be back!
Posted: May 29, 2013, 10:57 a.m.
Not much has changed in old Ceske Budejovice, the home of the original Budweiser.
Posted: May 29, 2013, 10:55 a.m.
Camping spot by the lake
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Czech Republic, the last country, number 26
Posted: May 27, 2013, 1 p.m.
No picture could really capture the grandness of Vienna, but this is "Belvedere" right next to our couchsurfers house.
Posted: May 25, 2013, 6 p.m.
Arriving to Bratislava
Posted: May 23, 2013, 4:32 p.m.
Waiter, check please
Posted: May 23, 2013, 8:16 a.m.
I wanted a picture of this, it just looked cool. But it was really hard to take a decent picture while biking!
Posted: May 23, 2013, 8:16 a.m.
Slovakia, country number 25
Posted: May 22, 2013, 7:15 a.m.
Budapest's parliament building. Next stop Bratislava, Slovakia
Posted: May 21, 2013, 10:46 a.m.
Welcome to Hungry, country number 24
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Posted: May 14, 2013, 9:25 a.m.
Took a week off and toured around Slovenia with Steve's parents. Now back to biking, next stop Budapest
Posted: May 13, 2013, 7:13 a.m.
This is the best breakfast food ever! It's like a cinnamon bun with apple strudel inside the coils
Posted: May 4, 2013, 6:01 a.m.
We took a touristy train ride after entering Serbia. Zoom in on google maps and you can see the switchbacks and tunnels. Not really worth it since we biked almost the same route afterwords
Posted: May 3, 2013, 9:58 a.m.
What a great ride this has been
Posted: May 2, 2013, 7:42 a.m.
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That's the bridge Franz Ferdinand got assassinated on which started WWI
Posted: May 1, 2013, 1:07 a.m.
A 2,500' climb, hopefully it's all downhill to Sarajevo
Posted: April 26, 2013, 8:15 a.m.
Mostar's famous bridge
Posted: April 25, 2013, 3:08 p.m.
Welcome to Bosnia and Herzegovina everyone!
Posted: April 25, 2013, 2:10 p.m.
We took a trip out to korcula for the day, this is the sunset view looking back from the ferry
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The view looking down on Dubrovnik
Posted: April 22, 2013, 6:08 a.m.
Welcome to Croatia, country #21
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Posted: April 20, 2013, 10:43 a.m.
Running out of motivation and time. The trail after this is snow covered so we'll max out at 4200'
Posted: April 19, 2013, 12:15 p.m.
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800 feet, past the castle and starting the switchbacks
Posted: April 19, 2013, 9:33 a.m.
Going on a hike today, ill take pictures as we get higher up
Posted: April 19, 2013, 9:10 a.m.
Kotor old city
Posted: April 19, 2013, 8:12 a.m.
View of kotor
Posted: April 19, 2013, 8:11 a.m.
Quick bike trip around the peninsula,
Posted: April 19, 2013, 8:11 a.m.
Sunset from our couchsurfers place
Posted: April 19, 2013, 8:10 a.m.
The view of Budva from our couchsurfers house
Posted: April 16, 2013, 12:56 p.m.
Looking back onto Petrovac
Posted: April 16, 2013, 10:27 a.m.
Country number 20
Posted: April 15, 2013, 5:47 p.m.
View of Shkodra from Rozafa castle
Posted: April 15, 2013, 10:21 a.m.
Posted: April 14, 2013, 5:31 p.m.
Tirana for the weekend, forgot to take pictures
Posted: April 13, 2013, 9:22 a.m.
Short climb up 2000'. Now should be all downhill to Tirana
Posted: April 12, 2013, 11:26 a.m.
The Albanian flag sure is cool
Posted: April 12, 2013, 9:24 a.m.
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Posted: April 10, 2013, 2:24 p.m.
What a great camping spot!
Posted: April 10, 2013, 2:19 p.m.
Nice little climb up to 3800' from 2000'
Great view too!
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Proof that its cold up here!
Posted: April 9, 2013, 6:59 a.m.
One of the best parts of Greece. Bugatza (that's how it's pronounced) is a cream filled pastry, kind of like a creamy Danish with croissant consistency.
Posted: April 9, 2013, 5:58 a.m.
Mt. Olympos off in the distance (we think)
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That's Thessos of in the distance
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Back to main land, next stop thessaloniki
Posted: April 2, 2013, 9:03 a.m.
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Posted: April 1, 2013, 2:47 p.m.
Another quick trip out to an island. This one's Thessos
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Posted: March 31, 2013, 8:57 a.m.
Now this is what I had in mind for Greece! These are reportedly from ~1000 BC
Posted: March 30, 2013, 3:57 p.m.
Posted: March 30, 2013, 11:22 a.m.
Out to an island for a night
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Posted: March 29, 2013, 8:51 a.m.
999 hours an 59 minutes, what's gonna happen when it goes to 1,000? The highlight of my day, I hope it doesn't reset to 0.
Posted: March 29, 2013, 8:50 a.m.
Welcome to Greece! Country #17 and a whole new writing system to learn
Posted: March 29, 2013, 8:21 a.m.
Our last breakfast in Turkey. Another great couchsurfing experience, and it kept us out of the cold again too
Posted: March 29, 2013, 6:38 a.m.
So cold and rainy!! We got lucky and found a couchsurfer to stay with though, thanks Suzan.
Posted: March 28, 2013, 6:10 p.m.
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Back on the bikes, heading out of Istanbul tomorrow morning after a long winter break.
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Posted: Nov. 25, 2012, 2:38 p.m.
Rainy camping, not too cold for almost December. 160km left!
Posted: Nov. 25, 2012, 8:14 a.m.
Mashed potatoes, apple sauce, stuffing, pumpkin and turkey substitute (chicken). A pretty good thanksgiving spread... For three people... And this didn't include the three deserts I made!
Posted: Nov. 22, 2012, 6:52 p.m.
A great view of zonguldak after leaving the city
Posted: Nov. 20, 2012, 9:18 a.m.
Nice balcony view of the Amasra harbor.
Posted: Nov. 18, 2012, 5:45 a.m.
Lots of ups and downs, but the scenery has been beautiful, and makes the slow progress enjoyable... Even with the cold rain
Posted: Nov. 15, 2012, 10:13 a.m.
Our camping spot just outside of town
Posted: Nov. 14, 2012, 5:55 a.m.
A nice view of Sinop off in the distance after a 1200' climb
Posted: Nov. 12, 2012, 11:01 a.m.
Breakfast in our couchsurfing hosts living room
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Posted: Nov. 8, 2012, 9:52 a.m.
Our couchsurfing host was a coast guard captain. We got a nice tour of the ship this morning.
Posted: Nov. 7, 2012, 11:51 a.m.
Beach side/wedding banquet hall side camping
Posted: Nov. 6, 2012, 11:57 a.m.
There's a little garbage around, but the black sea is pretty nice
Posted: Nov. 6, 2012, 5:14 a.m.
Nice views of the black sea and Batumi from the Batumi botanical garden
Posted: Nov. 2, 2012, 6:34 p.m.
Add this place to my list of places to come back to. They're building a ski lift to the top, so our 4 hour climb would have been a lot easier if we'd only waited a year.
Posted: Oct. 31, 2012, 12:19 p.m.
My new favorite town name. Akhalkalaki, I'd been pronouncing it Ak-halak-halak-i, which was too silly to be correct.
Posted: Oct. 30, 2012, 8:34 a.m.
On our last day in Armenia we got a pretty good view of Mt. Aragat
Posted: Oct. 29, 2012, 7:51 a.m.
We stayed with a peace corp volunteer last night and had a great time in a small town outside of Yerevan.
Posted: Oct. 28, 2012, 10:33 a.m.
We got a little interview by a small online news agency in Yerevan!
Posted: Oct. 27, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
Ruins of a church built around 300, with its predecessors in the background.
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Armenia, the 15th country on our trip!
Posted: Oct. 22, 2012, 10:52 a.m.
There he is. George W. directing traffic on his road
Posted: Oct. 20, 2012, 11:20 a.m.
16th century church, this was the new one! There was a 5th century one a bit further up the road
Posted: Oct. 16, 2012, 2:13 p.m.
Visiting a vineyard
Posted: Oct. 16, 2012, 9:35 a.m.
Real coffee and cheesie bread! welcome to Georgia
Posted: Oct. 15, 2012, 7:02 a.m.
Our hotel is an old caravansary!
Posted: Oct. 13, 2012, 8:52 a.m.
Pomegranate season! 50 cents a pound
Posted: Oct. 11, 2012, 8:02 a.m.
Baku's "old city" with views to the newer city in the distance
Posted: Oct. 8, 2012, 8:31 a.m.
Sunset over the caspian sea
Posted: Oct. 7, 2012, 2:12 p.m.
We arrived in Turkmenbashi just in time to catch the ferry
Posted: Oct. 7, 2012, 7:30 a.m.
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More than half way
Posted: Oct. 6, 2012, 10:10 p.m.
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Hopefully the last train tide we'll need to take
Posted: Oct. 6, 2012, 4:08 p.m.
Ashgabat after our 13 hour train ride
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9 hrs down
Posted: Oct. 6, 2012, 2:02 a.m.
About half way to Ashgabat
Posted: Oct. 6, 2012, 2:01 a.m.
We managed to get an actual bed on the sleeper train this time. No standing for us!
Posted: Oct. 6, 2012, 2:01 a.m.
We were given a 5 day transit visa for Turkmenistan. We were told it was only going to be 3 days, so I guess we're happy to get 5! Gotta take trains across the whole country though
Posted: Oct. 5, 2012, 1:15 p.m.
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It was hard to pick a picture of Sumarkand. There are so many 15th century mausoleums it's ridiculous.
Posted: Oct. 3, 2012, 12:23 p.m.
We got our Turkmenistan visa, but we'd applied for a five day transit visa starting on October 11th; they gave us a three day transit visa starting on October 6th so we've gotta race through Uzbekistan. We decided to take a bus at least from Tashkent to Sumarkand
Posted: Oct. 2, 2012, 10:41 a.m.
Steve and some of his relatives we stayed with in Tashkent for a night
Posted: Oct. 2, 2012, 8:15 a.m.
Uzbekistan has the honors of being the home of our 14,000 km
Posted: Sept. 29, 2012, 6:17 a.m.
As we arrived in Khushand this kid came up and darted talking to me. He invited us back to his parents tea house and offered to how us a back room to stay in. We ended up spending a few days there (I took a trip back to Dushanbe to check o our Turkmenistan visas) with his family and got taken care of really well.
Posted: Sept. 28, 2012, 6:07 a.m.
The 15th century Abdullatif Sultan Medressa
Posted: Sept. 25, 2012, 4:09 a.m.
6,500' of climbing over 30km
Probably our last time over 11,000'
Posted: Sept. 24, 2012, 7:23 a.m.
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Somewhere above 9,000' in a tunnel with no lights and lots of pot holes!
6,000' of climbing, 5 hours
Posted: Sept. 22, 2012, 2:11 p.m.
We got our Azerbaijan visa, unfortunately for 170 dollars though. One more week and we'll have our Turkmenistan transit visa too and that should be the last of the hard to get visas!
Posted: Sept. 21, 2012, 6:45 a.m.
2,000' climb, 2 hrs
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We took this guy up on an offer to come in for tea. In addition to tea we got this massive wheel of bread, eggs, tomatoes, apples and candies. It was delicious!
Posted: Sept. 14, 2012, 7:26 a.m.
Kyrgyzstan emigration booth
Posted: Sept. 13, 2012, 8:49 a.m.
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6,800' of climbing, 6:45 hrs, 90km
Posted: Sept. 12, 2012, 4:28 a.m.
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Crazy downhill, I think I hit a new personal record maximum speed on the 3,000' descent
Posted: Sept. 10, 2012, 12:16 p.m.
4,500' of climbing, 4:45 hrs, 60km
Posted: Sept. 10, 2012, 11:21 a.m.
Back in civilization!!
Posted: Sept. 8, 2012, 12:36 p.m.
5,700' of climbing, gravel roads, it took two days!
Posted: Sept. 6, 2012, 9:36 a.m.
Off in the distance you can see the switchbacks and hopefully the pass at ~10,000'
Posted: Sept. 6, 2012, 5:08 a.m.
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4000' of climbing up gravel roads, 4hrs
Posted: Sept. 3, 2012, 9:58 a.m.
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Our visit to Song Kol was less than impressive, thanks to the clouds we couldn't even see the lake!
Posted: Sept. 2, 2012, 5:38 a.m.
4,500' of climbing 3h 30min
Posted: Sept. 1, 2012, 5:16 a.m.
Sunset over the valley we spent all say climbing up
Posted: Aug. 31, 2012, 1:01 p.m.
We'd hoped to swim in this lake... Waters pretty low though!
Posted: Aug. 30, 2012, 2:29 p.m.
Last night we stayed at a "homestay" that was more like a hotel. We did get this great meal though
Posted: Aug. 28, 2012, 1:47 a.m.
We took a day and hiked around Karakol
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Issyk Kol, beautiful snow capped mountains in the background
Posted: Aug. 20, 2012, 9:56 a.m.
Tajikistan visa! It took only 10 minutes too
Posted: Aug. 18, 2012, 9:11 a.m.
Our last sunset in Kazakhstan.
Posted: Aug. 15, 2012, 2:34 p.m.
Our first climb in a while, nothing compared to china, but at 4,000' it was pretty tough. 1 hour, 1500' of climbing, 12km.
Posted: Aug. 15, 2012, 8:41 a.m.
We spent the last few days doing a bus/train tour of south-western Kazakhstan, the highlight was Turkistan which is where this picture was taken. Now we're back on the road headed to Kyrgyzstan!
Posted: Aug. 14, 2012, 3:43 p.m.
Our view while we wait for visas to process
Posted: Aug. 6, 2012, 12:16 p.m.
The view of Almaty from a nearby mountain
Posted: Aug. 5, 2012, 11:03 a.m.
Lots of donkeys in these parts, they're pretty quick too!
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The line waiting to get into Kazakhstan
Posted: July 31, 2012, 2:14 a.m.
Posted: July 30, 2012, 9:05 p.m.
Gotta get out of china before our visa runs out. We took a 12 hour night bus to the border
Posted: July 30, 2012, 2 p.m.
Kazakhstan visa gotten, finally, central Asia here we come!
Posted: July 27, 2012, 12:13 p.m.
24 hrs, in the desert with only 2 left. I think.
Posted: July 25, 2012, 1:40 a.m.
Ugh. 22 hrs
Posted: July 24, 2012, 11:22 p.m.
I slept through the last 2 hr point, luckily. 20 hrs
Posted: July 24, 2012, 9:32 p.m.
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Our standing room environment, 6 hrs down!
Posted: July 24, 2012, 7:38 a.m.
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2 hrs down
Posted: July 24, 2012, 3:57 a.m.
Lanzhou, we've gotta take a train to wulumuqi befor our visa runs out... A 24 hour train... That was sold out of seats so we've got the standing room tickets
Posted: July 23, 2012, 10:20 a.m.
Lin Xia (临夏) sucked! We spent 4 hours trying to get a guesthouse after a long 100km day
Posted: July 22, 2012, 10:20 a.m.
Happy birthday to me! That's right, that's a wine glasses of Jim Beam...
Posted: July 21, 2012, 11:42 a.m.
Gan Su (甘肃)!!
Posted: July 21, 2012, 7:38 a.m.
Constant, amazingly beautiful plains
Posted: July 19, 2012, 4:13 a.m.
Posted: July 13, 2012, 9:50 a.m.
Something like 5,000' of climbing but it was spread out over almost 4 days! Following a perfect river valley
Posted: July 12, 2012, 7:37 a.m.
Posted: July 11, 2012, 11:22 a.m.
马尔康 (Ma Er Kang) - all of the places we checked wouldn't let foreigners stay there. Eventually one lady told us we could stay there but we would have to check in after 10:30, when the police were off work! It worked out perfectly, the best shower in a long time!
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1,800' climb - 1:45 hrs
Posted: July 8, 2012, 8:20 a.m.
Tagong monastery and surrounding hills.
Posted: July 8, 2012, 2:05 a.m.
6000' climb - 6 hrs
On the downhill I hit a new personal record max speed!
Posted: July 8, 2012, 2:04 a.m.
KangDing, getting our visa extended
Posted: July 4, 2012, 6:36 a.m.
Worst roads ever!
Posted: July 3, 2012, 6:17 a.m.
We took a rest day in Litang, but had to catch a bus to another city to renew our visa. We hoped to be able to do it here but will have to adjust our plans
Posted: July 3, 2012, 12:14 a.m.
After taking a rest in some nomadic herdsman's tent we dropped down for a bit, never getting below 14,000' though, and then back up again!
Posted: June 30, 2012, 6:08 a.m.
15,250' seems to be the top of this pass. From where we camped we gradually biked up for about two hours before coming to a sign announcing the entry into the "Alpine Wetlands" area. It was, as you'd guess, very wet, and very cold.
Posted: June 30, 2012, 3:07 a.m.
A perfect camping spot. Just us, a freezing river to take a bath in, and a bunch of yaks
Posted: June 29, 2012, 8:14 a.m.
6000' climb - 5 hrs
Very hard to breath!!
Posted: June 29, 2012, 3:06 a.m.
The streets of XiangCheng
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Posted: June 27, 2012, 12:26 a.m.
After the 14k foot pass the road rolled up and down five times, each time with about a 500' climb. Hard to breath up here, and the road really sucks! This pass seems to be the last one though, it's all downhill from here!!
Posted: June 26, 2012, 11:37 a.m.
4,200' climb - 5 hrs
(crap road, lots off the bike pushing)
We're in Sichuan!
Posted: June 26, 2012, 8 a.m.
3,400' climb - 3hrs
Posted: June 25, 2012, 4:26 a.m.
Terrace camping spot, the road is over the hill and then down 20' is a nice little (freezing cold) river
Posted: June 25, 2012, 12:45 a.m.
Very slight climb out of shangrila, we go down a bunch from here before starting the real climbs
Posted: June 24, 2012, 6:50 a.m.
We arrived in shangrila just in time to see one of their horse festivals. It was interesting, like a slow motion horse race.
Posted: June 24, 2012, 12:53 a.m.
1,800' climb - 1.5 hrs
Posted: June 22, 2012, 3:01 a.m.
2,500' climb - 1:45 min
Posted: June 21, 2012, 10:01 a.m.
600' climb - 30 min
Posted: June 21, 2012, 6:56 a.m.
2000' climb - 1.5 hrs
Posted: June 21, 2012, 5:48 a.m.
We've spent 500 hours on our bikes so far!
Posted: June 21, 2012, 12:10 a.m.
700' climb - 30 min
Posted: June 20, 2012, 9:50 a.m.
3,000 ft climb - 2 hrs.
Posted: June 20, 2012, 7:42 a.m.
Posted: June 20, 2012, 6:04 a.m.
虎跳峡 (Tiger Leaping Gorge), 4000 ' below that last pass. The descent was amazing, 1 hour of cruising down out of the clouds to the warm valley below
Posted: June 17, 2012, 10:40 a.m.
10,500' pass. Probably a 1,500' climb on cobblestone roads, not the easiest thing to bike on!
Posted: June 17, 2012, 3:56 a.m.
10,000' pass after a 2,000' climb, we're at the viewing point for 玉龙雪山 (A really high mountain). Unfortunately we're in the clouds so we can see anything.
Posted: June 16, 2012, 10:40 p.m.
Ok, it's not all that quaint but in its own way, 丽江 (Li Jiang) is pretty interesting
Posted: June 16, 2012, 9:10 a.m.
We rolled through 9,000km on the way up this 2000' climb!
Posted: June 15, 2012, 7:15 a.m.
Crazy kilns for roofing tiles
Posted: June 15, 2012, 1:18 a.m.
Camping spot at 8,500 ft.
Posted: June 14, 2012, 11:05 p.m.
大理 (DaLi), from here we'll bike north to 丽江 (Lijiang) and maybe take a few days to hike around Tiger Leaping Gorge
Posted: June 13, 2012, 8:21 a.m.
Since we only have a 30 day visa, and China is huge, we decided we needed to maximize our biking efforts. We took a bus from KunMing to DaLi so we could see more of the valley from there north to Shangrila
Posted: June 12, 2012, 4:50 p.m.
昆明 (Kun Ming)
Posted: June 11, 2012, 10:41 a.m.
Our friends who flew to Hanoi needed to get to Kunming by today to catch their flight so we took a bus
Posted: June 10, 2012, 9:44 a.m.
建水 (Jian Shui) YHA
Posted: June 10, 2012, 4:13 a.m.
36 km later and 5000 feet up we made it to our destination! 个旧 (Ge Jiu)
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Beautiful no-name china village, but it's good to be back!
Posted: June 6, 2012, 10:33 a.m.
Border with china!
Posted: June 5, 2012, 7:20 a.m.
Some tough days; dirt and gravel roads through rolling hills culminating with a steep pass we got over at dusk.
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We met up with our friends from the US, now on to china!
Posted: June 3, 2012, 12:29 a.m.
Hanoi at last! We'll spend also a week here getting our Chinese visas
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We're so glad we took the Ho Chi Minh road, the scenery has been amazing!
Posted: May 24, 2012, 5:48 a.m.
Camping on a farm! Notice the broken tent pole on my tent, this is the second time...
During the night we got visited by the police telling us (through a translator they brought) how we couldn't camp there, because it was unsafe. I said to them "are the people around here bad people?" which they said "oh no, we're very good people" ... "so there should be no issue with safety then!" they eventually agreed
Posted: May 23, 2012, 11:17 p.m.
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After a mountain pass a little over 2000' we've been cruising down through some really beautiful surroundings.
Posted: May 22, 2012, 4:57 a.m.
Phong Nha Farmstay
Posted: May 20, 2012, 11:08 a.m.
We think this is the DMZ we're crossing, it's weird to be biking through an area that was so awful a generation ago.
Posted: May 20, 2012, 12:16 a.m.
Rubber plantation camping spot
Posted: May 19, 2012, 10:56 p.m.
Hue, an old capital of Vietnam. From here we're wading north towards Hanoi, maybe 10 days along the Ho Chi Minh trail
Posted: May 19, 2012, 3:16 a.m.
Made it to the top of Sea Cloud Pass, 496m up from Sea level where we started the day.
Posted: May 17, 2012, 6:39 a.m.
Steve rounding the last switchback
Posted: May 17, 2012, 6:30 a.m.
Beach camping near Danang
Posted: May 16, 2012, 10:50 p.m.
Hoi An's streets are car free, quiet and beautiful.
Posted: May 15, 2012, 8:54 a.m.
Beautiful road following this river
Posted: May 14, 2012, 7:31 a.m.
At the top of the 3,500' pass we rolled through our 7,000th kilometer... Slowly rolled through
Posted: May 14, 2012, 3:13 a.m.
The standard road and scenery has been beautiful
Posted: May 13, 2012, 9:54 a.m.
Lucky this awesome bridge is here
Posted: May 13, 2012, 4:24 a.m.
We seem to have taken a wrong turn!
Posted: May 13, 2012, 4:21 a.m.
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The streets of Pleiku are lined with these little coffee stalls, this is us having our breakfast.
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Some flooding, water up to my bottom bracket!
Posted: May 8, 2012, 10:25 a.m.
Hit 6k just as we rolled into phnom penh
Posted: April 29, 2012, 1:34 a.m.
One more day to phnom penh
Posted: April 29, 2012, 1:33 a.m.
Pursat for the night
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River villages along the way
Posted: April 24, 2012, 3:29 a.m.
From Siem Reap we're heading to Battambang by boat. We heard it was a beautiful ride and after all the biking around temples, it'll be our rest day.
Posted: April 24, 2012, 1:35 a.m.
Posted: April 23, 2012, 5:14 a.m.
Ta Prohm, being taken over by the jungle
Posted: April 22, 2012, 8:38 a.m.
Posted: April 22, 2012, 4:57 a.m.
Bayon, it looks like a pile of rubble but it's very detailed once you get closer.
Posted: April 22, 2012, 4:26 a.m.
Angkor Wat, the picture doesn't do it justice. It's huge and amazing.
Posted: April 22, 2012, 2:46 a.m.
Overgrown ruins of Beng Mealea, from around 1200
Posted: April 20, 2012, 7:36 a.m.
Some of the 1000 year old ruins around Koh Ker, the capital of Cambodia around 950.
Posted: April 19, 2012, 9:56 a.m.
The metropolis of Tbaeng Meanchey, capital of the province.
Posted: April 18, 2012, 8:09 a.m.
This has been the road for the past two days, someday it'll be a highway and a lot less dusty.
Posted: April 18, 2012, 2:44 a.m.
On the ferry about to leave Stung Treng, across the Mekong to the west we hope there's a road towards Siem Reap.
Posted: April 17, 2012, 1:12 a.m.
Largest, by water volume, waterfall in Asia.
Posted: April 16, 2012, 3:13 a.m.
Siphondon, which means 4000 islands, some of them are pretty small. 30km north of the border with cambodia, we'll likely use up the rest of our Laos visa relaxing
Posted: April 13, 2012, 3:44 a.m.
Awesome staircase going up to the temple
Posted: April 11, 2012, 6:51 a.m.
11th century ruins of Wat Phu
Posted: April 11, 2012, 6:38 a.m.
Posted: April 11, 2012, 2:42 a.m.
I thought about rolling around the block to get this over the 5000km mark but it was too hot, and I wanted a shower too badly. Close enough for me
Posted: April 10, 2012, 2:22 p.m.
Today's swim spot
Posted: April 8, 2012, 6:26 a.m.
Aaron teaching the local young'ns how to change a flat tire.
Posted: April 7, 2012, 8:31 a.m.
Unimpressive historical downtown Savannakhet
Posted: April 7, 2012, 5:13 a.m.
Great biking road! Locals had told us there was no road so I'm glad we didn't listen
Posted: April 6, 2012, 4 a.m.
The Thakhek travel lodge, we took a rest day here and are now headed south towards Pakse
Posted: April 6, 2012, 12:09 a.m.
Breaking down our behind the school campsite
Posted: April 3, 2012, 11 p.m.
Temple camping spot overlooking the Nam Kadang river
Posted: April 2, 2012, 10:22 a.m.
Today's swim break on the Mekong
Posted: April 1, 2012, 4:02 a.m.
Ban Na homestay, very simple lifestyle.
Posted: April 1, 2012, 12:13 a.m.
Vientiane's Arc De Triumph
Posted: March 29, 2012, 9:26 a.m.
Sweet traveling back of a truck band
Posted: March 29, 2012, 2:19 a.m.
Typical Laos highway.
Posted: March 28, 2012, 2:28 a.m.
Swim spot with a big group of children, they all got out of the water to stare
Posted: March 27, 2012, 9 a.m.
Staying at the Mulberry Organic Farm. On the right is a mulberry bush which we scavenged for a while.
Posted: March 26, 2012, 9:11 a.m.
And I'm really glad I did. It's beautiful here!
Posted: March 23, 2012, 8:25 a.m.
I took a bus to avoid some mountains, but the bus broke down! Lucky for me, I was able to just take my bike out and leave everyone waiting for a new bus.
Posted: March 23, 2012, 7:59 a.m.
Luang Prabang, one of the coolest towns I've been in for a while. Very small, super relaxed and full of history. Highly recommended. The picture doesn't do it justice, but it's the view from the Mekong looking up towards the town
Posted: March 23, 2012, 2:33 a.m.
Morning view over the Mekong
Posted: March 20, 2012, 1:44 a.m.
Probably about half way for today, it's a two day ride. The river seems pretty shallow, our pilot is doing a great job though!
Posted: March 19, 2012, 8:28 a.m.
Our slow boat on the mekong from huay xai to luang prabang, Laos. Note the bikes strapped to the roof.
Posted: March 19, 2012, 2:54 a.m.
Crossing the Mekong to Laos!
Posted: March 18, 2012, 8:36 a.m.
I'll be honest, I got tired of counting 7-11's. We'll just round it to 250 for all of Thailand
Posted: March 15, 2012, 4:35 a.m.
It's very beautiful up here in the mountains
Posted: March 14, 2012, 10:07 a.m.
Chiangmai at last! It's been the goal for so long... Time to rest
Posted: March 9, 2012, 6:31 a.m.
Camped in this forest park with some peacocks, but I couldn't get a picture of them
Posted: March 8, 2012, 11:38 p.m.
Breaking down camp in the morning at a playground outside a temple. Trying to get a little past lampon today.
Posted: March 8, 2012, 12:34 a.m.
I realized I've only been taking pictures of where we've been sleeping as of late. In an attempt to switch it up, I'm going to focus on daily swimming spots for a while. It's really hot up in the north, usually it gets above 38 (100) in the afternoon sun so the swims are going to be mandatory
Posted: March 7, 2012, 6:44 a.m.
Old city guesthouse, our lodging for a few nights while we explore the old capital of Thailand.
Posted: March 5, 2012, 4:39 a.m.
Last night we camped at a highway rest stop, which was actually really nice. Last night, at this temple.
Posted: March 5, 2012, 12:03 a.m.
Posted: March 3, 2012, 9:47 a.m.
Ayuthaya, the old capital of Thailand, full of ruined wat's sacked a few hundred years ago by the Burmese.
Posted: March 1, 2012, 10:23 a.m.
Posted: Feb. 29, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
If you want greatness, give it a call
Posted: Feb. 29, 2012, 10:50 a.m.
7-11 number 100
Posted: Feb. 27, 2012, 10:41 a.m.
Phetchaburi, a sleepy Wat filled town
Posted: Feb. 26, 2012, 9:24 a.m.
The view from the sirima guesthouse in Hua Hin
Posted: Feb. 25, 2012, 6:57 a.m.
I think this is an airport runway we just crossed!!
Posted: Feb. 24, 2012, 10:24 a.m.
YHA youth hostel near Khao Thong Chai. Not bad! We got here at 11:30 so we only stayed for a drink, trying to get a little farther north today
Posted: Feb. 24, 2012, 4:39 a.m.
After a night inland we decided to push on yesterday to get back to good camping spots. What a sunrise!
Posted: Feb. 23, 2012, 11:26 p.m.
This is a better picture, sunset over Myanmar. This is the narrowest point of the Malayan peninsula at 53km
Posted: Feb. 22, 2012, 10:46 a.m.
Hard to see but that's Burma of in the distance there.
Posted: Feb. 22, 2012, 1:56 a.m.
Our bungalow at cashew resort on Koh Chang island. 50m from the sea, 200 baht per night, bout a dozen folks on the beach, doesn't get much better than this!
Posted: Feb. 21, 2012, 6:34 a.m.
Koh Chang (the small one)
Posted: Feb. 20, 2012, 4:35 a.m.
In Ranong for the night, hoping to show Steve's parents an island tomorrow. Maybe Koh Chang
Posted: Feb. 19, 2012, 7:26 a.m.
Another awesome spot to mark our 2000th kilometer. There was even a restaurant and shower!
Posted: Feb. 18, 2012, 10:45 a.m.
These awesome camping spots probably won't last forever, we're appreciating them while they do
Posted: Feb. 17, 2012, 10:04 a.m.
The 50th 7-11 we've seeming Thailand. I started counting them because there's something like 4100 in all of Thailand. I'm going to use it as a judge of how much of Thailand we see.
Posted: Feb. 17, 2012, 8:39 a.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Slusarski arrived!
Posted: Feb. 17, 2012, 12:28 a.m.
I had no idea pineapples grew like that! I guess I thought they would grow on a tree
Posted: Feb. 15, 2012, 5:06 a.m.
Heading towards the airport to meet up with Steve's parents tomorrow!
Posted: Feb. 15, 2012, 2:52 a.m.
Patong is the heart of the party scene in Phuket. The beach was packed with people so we just biked by, this is a picture from the road. I there's a beach there somewhere
Posted: Feb. 14, 2012, 8:49 a.m.
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Near the southern tip of Phuket
Posted: Feb. 14, 2012, 3:35 a.m.
Phuket. We got the penthouse unit somehow!
Posted: Feb. 13, 2012, 10:39 a.m.
We found somewhere that accepted us for who we are. Currently sitting having a beer watching some fire spinning show
Posted: Feb. 12, 2012, 3:51 p.m.
We pushed our bikes 6 km over the island mountains to get to Loh Moo Dee. We were going to camp there but got turned away, when asked why the owner wouldn't answer. I think my big nose, curly hair and cheapness finally had a negative consequence (see the bottom of the picture)...
Posted: Feb. 12, 2012, 7:02 a.m.
Ko Phi Phi
Posted: Feb. 12, 2012, 3:51 a.m.
Damn thumb got in the way! But this is what the boat ride scenery was like
Posted: Feb. 11, 2012, 10:43 a.m.
Posted: Feb. 11, 2012, 8:19 a.m.
Local bus ride to Railey, climbing Mecca
Posted: Feb. 11, 2012, 7:22 a.m.
Krabi for the night at the KR Manson
Posted: Feb. 11, 2012, 6:11 a.m.
Camped at this monastery last night
Posted: Feb. 11, 2012, 12:07 a.m.
Stopped for a long lunch to escape the heat. 65 km down in the morning, the roads are pretty flat so we can go fairly quickly.
Posted: Feb. 10, 2012, 9:49 a.m.
Well, in Malaysia we could read, which helped us learn foods and made ordering easy. Thailand seems like it'll be harder!
Posted: Feb. 10, 2012, 2:56 a.m.
Well, it turned into 90 km but we made it to a great night market and asked people if there was a cheap hotel around. We got escorted to this, which I thought was a car wash but ended up being a really dirty flee bag motel. It did the job
Posted: Feb. 10, 2012, 12:35 a.m.
It felt so good to be biking again!! We couldn't force ourselves to stop, the temperature at dusk turned out to b perfect so we stopped and put our lights on and kept going another hour. 70 km isn't bad considering we started at 3 pm
Posted: Feb. 9, 2012, 12:04 p.m.
Finally! Back on land!!
Posted: Feb. 9, 2012, 7:43 a.m.
Not a bad camping spot!
Posted: Feb. 7, 2012, 4:46 a.m.
Speedboat to Ko Tarutao National Park was packed! The bikes were strapped on top though so it should be ok
Posted: Feb. 7, 2012, 3:05 a.m.
We got the Super Bowl streaming on my laptop!
Posted: Feb. 6, 2012, 2:07 a.m.
We swam around the peninsula, snorkeling was great but it took 6 hours!
Posted: Feb. 6, 2012, 1:56 a.m.
Ko lipe is pretty amazing. We're camping at a resort for 3 dollars and I'm pretty sure we have the best seats in the house!
Posted: Feb. 4, 2012, 7:35 a.m.
Thailand!! Ko Lipe doesn't show up on google maps because it's so small, but it's here. I promise
Posted: Feb. 4, 2012, 4:12 a.m.
On the way to Thailand! Bye bye Malaysia
Posted: Feb. 4, 2012, 2:12 a.m.
Beautiful beaches up here but there are little jellyfish, about 1/2 a centimeter long, that sting you. After 10 minutes you're getting stung all over your body. Not really painful but enough to make you not want to swim anymore.
Posted: Feb. 3, 2012, 1:14 p.m.
This little guy wanted some of my snickers bar
Posted: Feb. 3, 2012, 4:02 a.m.
We will not be going up this cable car, but a lot of others will. Tour busses are lined up dropping people off
Posted: Feb. 3, 2012, 3:46 a.m.
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Finally some nice coastal roads!
Posted: Feb. 3, 2012, 2:20 a.m.
Gecko guesthouse for the next few nights, then Thailand hopefully!
Posted: Feb. 2, 2012, 7:36 a.m.
Posted: Feb. 2, 2012, 12:59 a.m.
Back to Georgetown, picked up our bikes and we're off to the ferry terminal. Going to Langkawi island
Posted: Feb. 1, 2012, 10:45 p.m.
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Trip to Kuala Lumpur to pick up my replacement tent poles (one broke a few weeks back). This is a couchsurfing friend who we had them shipped to
Posted: Jan. 31, 2012, 1:33 p.m.
Today we took a scenic ride around Pulau Penang
Posted: Jan. 30, 2012, 10:06 a.m.
We stumbled onto this Chinese new yet part and were swarmed with people forcing beers in our hands. Next came food and deserts, we ate a whole chicken, duck and side of beef plus some sausages and deserts. It was ridiculous
Posted: Jan. 28, 2012, 1:46 p.m.
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Ferry to Georgetown
Posted: Jan. 28, 2012, 11:06 a.m.
Ice coffee and tea in a bag is a great refreshment on a hot day
Posted: Jan. 28, 2012, 9:34 a.m.
Posted: Jan. 28, 2012, 2:42 a.m.
Taiping for a good nights rest. 90km today and another of the same tomorrow will get us to our destination of Georgetown for the weekend.
Posted: Jan. 27, 2012, 11:24 a.m.
This is for you Greg Beardsworth. You're famous in Malaysia, and we're 95km from you. It's really a marker to Butterworth, our next stop
Posted: Jan. 27, 2012, 9:50 a.m.
Posted: Jan. 27, 2012, 4:31 a.m.
Mmm, ice white coffee, and coffee smoothies. This is apparently the home of white coffee. I think it's just coffee with cream...
Posted: Jan. 26, 2012, 11:21 a.m.
Our first 1000km!!
Posted: Jan. 26, 2012, 6:31 a.m.
We left Pahang forever and are now in Perak.
Posted: Jan. 26, 2012, 5:16 a.m.
Leaving Troji, our Cameron Highland host. Going to Ipoh
Posted: Jan. 26, 2012, 4:12 a.m.
I was really sick the past few days, so after 28km I flagged down a truck and got a ride to town. Steve is more of a man and did all of it on his own. Something like 3000 feet of vertical over 35 km. crazy
Posted: Jan. 23, 2012, 9:56 a.m.
Posted: Jan. 23, 2012, 1:27 a.m.
These hills suck!
Posted: Jan. 22, 2012, 10:04 a.m.
Finally came across a resting spot, get some lunch and recharge out of the midday heat
Posted: Jan. 22, 2012, 5:55 a.m.
Lots of ups and downs!
Posted: Jan. 22, 2012, 4:46 a.m.
Gua Musang. It reminded me of GuiLin
Posted: Jan. 22, 2012, 2:08 a.m.
The best part of bike touring. Gotta get those calories back somehow.. Two tubs of ice cream should do it!!
Posted: Jan. 21, 2012, 1:31 p.m.
Made it! Just.
Posted: Jan. 21, 2012, 11:16 a.m.
Massive cliffs, would be a great climbing area. Its probably bigger than the gunks
Posted: Jan. 21, 2012, 8:30 a.m.
We spent two hours at this roadside restaurant. Sleeping and eating during the hottest part of the day. 55 km down, probably won't make it to Gua Musang which is another 55 km away.
Posted: Jan. 21, 2012, 7:16 a.m.
Posted: Jan. 21, 2012, 4:58 a.m.
32 km into today and I'm already exhausted. The next town is another 75 km away, do I'm not too sure I'll make it that far
Posted: Jan. 21, 2012, 3:04 a.m.
Kuala Lipis for the night. This was the hardest day yet, big hills and really hot, but feeling good after a shower and some cold water. We're staying at Appu's guesthouse, I really liked this ad he's got on the wall for a guided your of the jungle. All the people in it look miserable.
Posted: Jan. 20, 2012, 9:44 a.m.
Stopped for a tea, it's so hot!
Posted: Jan. 20, 2012, 5:24 a.m.
Dear god, huge hill, ugh. Luckily there was a banana stand at the top! We sat and ate about 9 bananas and some other crazy fruit I don't know the name of.
Posted: Jan. 20, 2012, 4:07 a.m.
Back to Jerantut by bus to pick up our bikes.
Posted: Jan. 19, 2012, 12:03 p.m.
Morning boat into Taman Negara, then a short hike through leech infested forest (I had four bites and Steve had one). Spending the night in a cabin
Posted: Jan. 19, 2012, 5:02 a.m.
Jerantut, staying in a hotel tonight! Showers feel soooooo good
Posted: Jan. 17, 2012, 5:02 a.m.
Posted: Jan. 17, 2012, 2:59 a.m.
This picture doesn't do it justice but this temple with a huge tree growing out of it was really cool
Posted: Jan. 17, 2012, 12:29 a.m.
Our camping spot next to the school was recommended to us by the locals
Posted: Jan. 16, 2012, 11:19 p.m.
Stopped in Maran to use Internet (no wifi so I couldn't upload the trackmytour info) and get water.
Posted: Jan. 16, 2012, 10:01 a.m.
Our map didn't show a road linking the two towns but we found a motorcycle trail following the river.
Posted: Jan. 16, 2012, 5:37 a.m.
Belimbing jetty, The end of our boat ride. Now time to get back on the bikes
Posted: Jan. 16, 2012, 5:07 a.m.
And we're off! This is the way to travel! We got a boat from lake Chini to the nearest town. It saved us at least 70km if biking
Posted: Jan. 16, 2012, 4:03 a.m.
Lake Chini Resort, Lake Chini, Pahang. We were told not to swim in it by a local unfortunately.
Posted: Jan. 15, 2012, 6:45 a.m.
Longest steepest hill yet... This was on the down side. We are on our way to lake Chini in hopes of a dip in some cool water
Posted: Jan. 15, 2012, 5:19 a.m.
Tea and "nuur am" for breakfast. We bought 3 of them for the road. They were a deep fried chocolate soft pretzel with raisins or something. Delicious
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Then #5 and #6! There has to be something wrong with his rim or tire. We decided to switch his tire and put on his spare folding tire, it's held fine since then
Posted: Jan. 14, 2012, 9:46 a.m.
And then #4
Posted: Jan. 14, 2012, 9:25 a.m.
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Steve's flat #3
Posted: Jan. 14, 2012, 6:43 a.m.
We camped on a beach next to a community center. Spent the hole morning talking to a nice women about the area, got on the road at noon
Posted: Jan. 14, 2012, 12:14 a.m.
Bike fits in the garage!
Posted: Jan. 13, 2012, 10:20 a.m.
Goats in the road!! It's hard to see in the picture maybe but there were herds of goats that we had to swerve through
Posted: Jan. 13, 2012, 9:14 a.m.
Posted: Jan. 13, 2012, 8:38 a.m.
Bridge out of Johor. We're now in Pahang province, which is huge so we'll likely be in it for a few weeks
Posted: Jan. 13, 2012, 5:20 a.m.
Roti breakfast with tea
Posted: Jan. 12, 2012, 2:15 a.m.
Mersing Malaysia for a few days. At least one rest day
Posted: Jan. 11, 2012, 1:09 p.m.
Posted: Jan. 11, 2012, 6:32 a.m.
Lunch stop. These things this old lady was making were delicious. Just a little bit of dough rolled on a mold for texture, deep fried and spiced. Perfect snacks
Posted: Jan. 11, 2012, 5:09 a.m.
Best camping spot on the world! Steve even had three kids to help put his tent up. We had heard there was a camping spot on the other side of the river but the guy with the boats wouldn't take us over for some reason. We asked if we could camp here and he said of course!
Posted: Jan. 10, 2012, 11:25 a.m.
Posted: Jan. 10, 2012, 8:47 a.m.
Still rainy. Is comes in waves though, so it's kinda perfect. First you get hot, then it rains and get soaked. Perfect biking weather except we're starting to prune
Posted: Jan. 10, 2012, 6:56 a.m.
We found a buffet for lunch! Bread pudding is perfect for long bike rides I hope. It's been raining for the past few days, doesn't look like it'll stop anytime soon
Posted: Jan. 10, 2012, 4:48 a.m.
We camped at a scary beachside empty resort last night. This was a morning guest on the tent
Posted: Jan. 10, 2012, 12:25 a.m.
Kg. S. Rengit to change money. We totally missed the town we meant to go through, it seems villages here are pretty small... A little different than china, you blink and they're gone
Posted: Jan. 9, 2012, 7:53 a.m.
Ferry terminal in Malaysia
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I was so hungry I had to get McDonald's! 7am after spending all night putting the bikes together. This was the coolest McDonald's I'd ever seen too
Posted: Jan. 6, 2012, 11:01 p.m.
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Singapore to Portugal