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Asian Journey


Exploring Cultures and Landscapes in Southeast Asia, China, and India

11,042 km (6,861 miles) over 357 days from February 25, 2010 to February 16, 2011

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Expedition touring bikes, 6-12 months, World
Locales: Asia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu, Guizhou Sheng, Yunnan Sheng, Sichuan Sheng, Qinghai Sheng, Gansu Sheng, India, Union Territory of Delhi, State of Gujarat, State of Rajasthan, Union Territory of Daman and Diu, Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, State of Maharashtra, State of West Bengal, Calcutta
Years: 2010, 2011

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Copyright © 2009-2014 By Bill Weir - (contact)

Status: Completed Feb 2011
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Table of Contents

The Next Big Ride in Asia!
Equipment Notes

Panoramic Photos from the Ride

Route Details with Notes on Sights and Practicalities

Thailand: Practical Information on Visiting Bangkok
Thailand (25 Feb.-4 Mar. 2010): Mukdahan to Nong Khai
Laos (4-21 Mar. 2010): Friendship Bridge to Nam Can
Vietnam (21 March-30 April 2010): Nam Can to Friendship Pass
China's Guangxi Province (30 April-17 May 2010): Friendship Pass to Longlin
China's Guizhou Province (18-22 May 2010): In and Around Xingyi
China's Yunnan Province (23 May-4 June 2010): Xingyi to Ningnan
China's Sichuan Province (4 June-18 July 2010): Ningnan to Xiewu
China's Qinghai Province (19 July-13 Aug.): Xiewu to Guanting via Xining
China's Gansu Province (14-21 Aug. 2010): Guanting to Lanzhou
China's Sichuan Province (21-27 Aug. 2010): Chengdu
India--New Delhi (25 Sept. to 6 Nov. 2010)
India's Gujarat State (7-29 Nov. 2010): Ahmedabad
India's Gujarat State (30 Nov.-3 Dec. 2010): Ahmedabad to Ambaji
India's Rajasthan State (3-11 Dec. 2010): Ambaji to Mt. Abu
India's Gujarat State (12 Dec. 2010-23 Jan. 2011): Mt. Abu to Diu
India's Gujarat State (24 Jan.-10 Feb. 2011): Diu to Daman
India's Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, & Maharashtra (11-17 Feb. 2011): Daman to Nashik
India--Kolkata (18 Feb. to 3 March 2011)

THAILAND

Island Retreat and Chinese New Year--A Prelude to the Ride
Bangkok Temples and Other Delights--More Prelude to the Ride
A Hot Time in Isan--Cycling The Northeast Corner of Thailand

LAOS

Hazy Days in Vientiane
North Into the Mountains
East to the Plain of Jars and the Vietnamese Border

VIETNAM

From Mountains to Sea in North-Central Vietnam
North to Ninh Binh and Super-Sized Cathedral, Caves, and Temple
A Perfume Pagoda on the Way to Hanoi
Hanoi Wanderings--Part 1: Visiting Uncle Ho and Taking in Temples
Hanoi Wanderings--Part 2: Literature, Prison, Water Puppets, and History
Hanoi Wanderings--Part 3: Old Quarter Walk, Ethnology, and Aircraft
Into the Wild Mountains of Vietnam's Far North
Out of the Wild Mountains and East to Cao Bang
Over the Hills to Friendship Pass

CHINA

Cavorting Amongst Limestone Pinnacles in Guangxi Province
More Pinnacles, then Revolutionary History in Baise
Over the Mountains to Xingyi's Delights in Guizhou Province
West into Yunnan Province to Luxi and Alu Caves
Into the Depths of Jiuxiang, then North to the Yangtze River
The Big Climbs Begin--Into Southern Sichuan Province
An Idyllic Alpine Ride to Wuxuhai Lake
A Wonderful Climb Onto the Tibetan Plateau
Verdant Valleys atop the Tibetan Plateau
Tagong Temple Splendors
Northwest Over Increasingly High Passes to Ganzi
A Lofty Ride to the Spiritual Center of Yaqing
The Return to Ganzi via a 4600-Meter Pass and the Yalong Jiang
Up the Grassy Valleys and Over the 5050-Meter Chola Pass to Dêgê
Bakong Scripture Printing Lamasery of Dêgê
A Journey to the Yangtze River and Tibet, then back to Manigango
Deeper into the Wild Northwest of Sichuan--to Dzogchen Gompa
Onwards to Shiqu and Shershul Monastery
Sershul Monastery Kora
Upwards to the Qinghai Province border and Down to Xiewu
The Long Road North Part 1: Xiewu to Wenquan
The Long Road North Part 2: Wenquan to Xining
Xining and a Ride to the Yellow River
Twisting on Mountain Roads High Above the Yellow River in Gansu Province
Seeing the Sights in Lanzhou, then R&R in Chengdu

THAILAND

Thirty Days in Thailand--A Non-cycling Interlude

INDIA

New Delhi Sights #1 (A Non-Cycling Interlude)
New Delhi Sights #2 (A Non-Cycling Interlude)
New Delhi Festivals #1 (A Non-Cycling Interlude)
New Delhi Festivals #2 (A Non-Cycling Interlude)
Ahmedabad Sights #1 (Gujarat State; A Non-Cycling Interlude)
Ahmedabad Sights #2 (Gujarat State; A Non-Cycling Interlude)
North to Visit the Goddess Ambaji
A Ride to Mt. Abu and the Top of Rajasthan
Deep into Gujerat's Distant Past
An Ancient Temple to the Sun on the Way to the Dhrangadhra
Communing with Asiatic Wild Asses and Riding On to Kutch
Knocking Around Bhuj in the Heart of Kutch--Part 1
Knocking Around Bhuj in the Heart of Kutch--Part 2
Way Up North in Kutch
Way Out West in Kutch
Palaces & Pills in Gujarat's Saursashtra
Knocking Around Junagadh--A Tough Trek to Temples atop Girnar Hill
Knocking Around Junagadh--Spotting Lions and Exploring Uperkot Fort
South to the Sea--Boats, Somnath Temple, & the Road to Diu Island
Rambling Around the Former Portuguese Island of Diu
Onwards and Upwards to Shatrunjaya--Place of Victory
Ancient Lothal and Whimsical Vadodara
A Pilgrimage Climb and Ancient Mosques at Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
South to the Former Portuguese Colony of Daman
Across the Hills to Sacred Sites at Trimbak and Nashik
On the Rails to Kolkata and 12 Days in the City

THAILAND

Bangkok Splendors and a Meditation Retreat Down South


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