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A long ride home


Yen for a bike ride: A cycling journey from Japan to the UK

48,576 km (30,184 miles) over 1077 days from August 1, 2005 to July 12, 2008

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Extended, World
Locales: Asia, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Tibet, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Middle East, Iran, Europe, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Africa, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, United Kingdom, England
Years: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/alongridehome

Copyright © 2005-2014 By Peter Gostelow - (contact)

Status: Completed Nov 2008Featured Journal #188
Last update: Tuesday November 4, 2008 01:58 (US/Pacific) (edited Thu 27 Aug 2009 19:05 (US/Pacific))
1,406,310 hits since July 19, 2005 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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Table of Contents

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Introduction

Route and Planning

Final Route

Japan

      Warming up in Hokkaido: Part 1: August 1st-13th
      Warming up in Hokkaido: Part 2: August 14th-26th
      Tents and typhoons: Preparations for Korea

South Korea

      Comparisons, mountain climbs and chilli: Korea (September 8th-30th)
      Departure for Dalian

China

      Lost in Liaoning: Dalian-Beijing 8th-18th October
      Shanghai bound
      A lucky encounter: Beijing to Dachang 26th-27th October
      Special guest in Shandong: Dachang-Nanjing 28th October-10th November
      Visions of the past and future: Nanjing to Shanghai 11th-16th November
      Missing mountains: Shanghai-Hangzhou 20-21st November
      Changing landscapes: Hangzhou-Pucheng 24th-28th November
      Through Fujian: Pucheng-Xiamen 29th November-7th December
      To Hong Kong and Home: Xiamen - Hong Kong 11th - 23rd December
      Re-aclimitisation: Back in Hong Kong
      Fireworks and detours: Hong Kong - Cangwu 25th January - 3rd February
      Slow roads to Yangshuo: Cangwu-Yangshuo 5th - 10th February
      Celebrating 10,000 km: Yangshuo-Nanning 16th - 22nd February
      South to the border: Nanning-Dongxing 2nd-4th March
      China map

Vietnam

      Two-tiered smiles: Dongxing-Hanoi 6th-12th March
      Hmong the mountains: A loop through the northwest: Hanoi-Vinh 17th March - 1st April
      Busing it south: Vinh - Hoi An 4th-8th April
      Cane sugar cool offs: Hoi An - Nha Trang 11th-16th April
      White sands to Saigon: Nha Trang-Saigon 20th-26th April
      Following the Mekong: Saigon - Chau Doc 30th April - 2nd May
       Vietnam Map: Our route through the country

Cambodia

      Cambodia Map
      Into Cambodia: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh 3rd -13th May
      A week in Phnom Penh: 13th - 20th May
      West to Siem Reap: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap 20th-23rd May
      Touring the temples of Angkor: 23rd-26th May
      Rough and the smooth: Siem Reap - Battambang 28th - 29th May
      The final leg: Battambang - Pailin and the border 1st-2nd June

Thailand

      Goodbye sugar cane stops: Hello 7-11 land: Daum Lem - Bangkok 2nd-5th June
      Bangkok blues and yellows
      Island chill out and farang fatigue: A week on Ko Tao
      On the road again: Bangkok - Ayutthaya
      Monkey Mischief: Ayutthaya - Lopburi
      North to the Mekong: Lopburi - Chiang Khan 12th-15th July
      Going with the flow: Chiang-Khan - Sangkhom
      Spoke Sounds: Sangkhom - Nong Khai
      Thailand map

Laos

      Across the Friendship bridge to Laos: Nong Khai - Vientiane
      Among friends and rice field thieves: Vientiane - Vang Vieng
      Climbing in the rain: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang
      River and rough road detours: Luang Prabang - Oudom Xai
      Rainy departures: Oudom Xai - Boten
      Laos Map

China: Yunnan

      Yunnan Map
      Re-aquaintences: Mohan - Jinghong
      Cobblestone climbs: Jinghong - Lancang
      Up and down to Dali: Lancang - Dali
      Mini Med tour: Around Erhai lake
      On the tour bus trail to Lijiang: Dali - Lijiang
      Tiger leaping gorge: Lijiang - Zhongdian
      Thinking of Tibet
      The last outpost: Zhongdian-Deqin

Tibet

      Introduction
      Under cover of darkness: Into Tibet - Deqin - Yanjing
      Beauty and Sadness: First Impressions: Yanjing - Baxoi
      Dust free days: Baxoi - Bomi
      Weather Changes: Bomi - Drakso Lake
      Final pass to Lhasa: Drakso Lake - Lhasa
      Cigarettes and alcohol: Lazy days in Lhasa
      Cold weather cycling: Lhasa - Gyantse
      Roads less travelled to the police station: Gyantse - Kampa Tsong
      Disobeying orders, getting lost and the moonlit escape: Kampa - Baiba and the Friendship Highway
      Headwinds to the border: Baiba - Zhangmu

Nepal

      Missing the silence: Kodari - Kathmandu
      What do Kat-man-du?
      The bicycle stealing butcher: Kathmandu - Shikharkot
      No horn please: Shikarkhot - Pokhara
      Without wheels
      Ted and the trail to Tansen: Pokhara - Kernash
      Kernash and the wedding
      Return to Pokhara and another wedding invitation: Kernash - Pokhara
      Christmas with Buddha and a view: Pokhara - Lumbini
      Along the Terai: Lumbini - Mahendranagar
      Nepal map

India

      Surviving the chaos: Banbassa - Delhi
      The Indian way: A week in Delhi
      Travels with my Mother and Aunt: A spell off the saddle
      Temple touring through Tamil Nadu: Trivandrum - Madurai
      Across the ghats to Karnataka: Madurai - Mysore
      Water strikes and ruins on the Deccan: Mysore - Hampi
      Tailwinds to Goa: Hampi - Panaji
      On the beach in Goa: Panaji - Arambol
      Up the Konkan coast: Arambol - Bombay
      A taste of Bollywood
      North to Rajasthan: Bombay - Udaipur
      Meeting old friends: Udaipur - Jodhpur
      Pilgrimage to Pushkar: Jodhpur - Pushkar
      Return to Delhi: Pushkar - Delhi
      Visa waiting
      Plains and foothills: Delhi - Amritsar
      The closing ceremony: Amritsar - Attari border
      India Map: Route through India

Pakistan

      A warm welcome to Pakistan: Wagah border - Islamabad
      Into the NWFP: Islamabad - Peshawar
      Climbing to Chitral: Peshawar - Chitral
      A short walk in the Kalash valleys
      Through the Hindukush: Chitral - Gilgit
      Waiting for Tim on the KKH: Gilgit - Karimabad
      Up and down the Khunjerab: Karimabad - Sost
      Pakistan map

China: Xinjiang

      KKH to Kashgar: Sost - Kashgar
      The cyclists' crossroads: A week in Kashgar
      Japanese company and Chinese farewells: Kashgar - Irkeshtam

Kyrgyzstan

      A glimpse of Kyrgyzstan: Irkeshtam - Kyzyl-Art pass

Tajikistan

      Onto the Pamirs: Kyzyl-Art Pass - Alichur
      Along the Wakhan: Alichur - Khorog
      Up the Shokdara Valley: Khorog - Khorog
      Dash to Dushanbe: Khorog - Dushanbe
      Last of the visas: Waiting in Dushanbe
      Over the Anzob to Iskanderkul: Dushanbe - Iskanderkul lake
      The worst day: Iskanderkul - Penjikent
      Tajikistan map

Uzbekistan

      Silk road to Samarkand: Penjikent - Samarkand
      Shakhrisabz and the steppe: Samarkand - Bukhara
      A word of thanks
      Waiting at the border: Bukhara - Farab
      Uzbekistan Map

Turkmenistan

      Across the Karakum desert: Farab - Saraghs
      Turkmenistan map

Iran

      Ramadan rush hour: Sarachs - Mashhad
      The carpet seller: Mashhad
      Between two Dashts: Mashhad - Yazd
      A mind elsewhere: Yazd
      South to Shiraz: Yazd - Shiraz
      Across the Zagros mountains with Ed and Alex: Shiraz - Esfahan
      Photos from Esfahan
      Through Lorestan under watchful eyes: Esfahan - Kermanshah
      Kurdistan and the wobbly wheel: Kermanshah - Tabriz
      Across Lake Orumyieh: Tabriz - Sero
      Iran map

Turkey

      Checkposts to Van: Sero - Van
      The Iraq plan: Waiting in Van
      Over old ground: Van - Sanliurfa
      Caught by the cold: Sanliurfa - Killis
      Turkey map

Syria

      Resting in Aleppo: Killis - Aleppo
      Dead Cities: Aleppo - Hama
      The road to Damascus: Hama - Damascus
      Christmas in Damascus
      New Years Romance: Delayed in Damascus
      Syria map

Jordan

      City of Hills: Amman
      Descent to the Dead Sea: Amman - Karak
      King's Highway to Petra: Karak - Petra
      A tale of two cities: Wadi Musa and Petra
      A walk in the desert: Petra - Aqaba
      Jordan map

Egypt

      Ghost coast: Nuweiba
      In a dive: Nuweiba - Dahab
      Celebrations and applications: Dahab - Cairo
      Meeting Mum again: Cairo - Aswan
      Restless on the Nile: Aswan - Luxor
      The Luxor Experience: Hell on earth
      Return to Dahab: Cairo - Dahab
      Delayed by Rum Rum: Gastritis in Dahab
      Back on the bike: Dahab - Cairo
      "This is Egypt. This is the rules": Cairo - Alexandria
      A night amongst the dead: Alexandria - Marsa Matrouh
      Way out west: Marsa Matrouh - El Sallum
      Egypt map

Libya

      From dawn till dusk: El Amsaad - Benghazi
      Visa extensions and the funeral wake: Benghazi - Ajdabiya
      Desert Blitz: Ajdabiya - Tripoli
      Leaving Libya with an expired visa: Tripoli - Ras-al-Jedir
      Libya Map

Tunisia

      Bienvenue a' Tunisie: Rad-al-Jedir - Medenine
      Edge of the desert: Medenine - Tozeur
      Company on the road: Tozeur - Kairouan
      No escape: Kairouan - Sousse
      Alone again: Sousse - Tunis
      The postcard town: Tunis - La Goulette
      Tunisia Map

Italy

      The 100 Euro wheel: Palermo
      Small roads through Sicily: Palermo - Messina
      Calabria to Campania: Messina - Naples
      Finding a roof when it rains: Naples - Rome
      Rome in two days: Rome
      Into Tuscany: Rome - Castagneto Carducci
      Strada del Vino: Castagneto Carducci - Grassina
      Wet Wet Wet!: Grassina - Trento
      Easy over the Alps: Trento - Resia pass
      Italy Map

Austria

      Through the Tyrol: Resia Pass - Reutte
      Austria Map

Germany/Switzerland

      With friends in Bavaria: Reutte - Faistenoy
      Fern Radlers: Faistenoy - Wintertur
      The Black Forest: Wintertur - Rhinau

France/Belgium

      Cottage in the countryside: Rhinau - Odrott
      Belgium isn't flat: Odrott - Brussels
      Gent in the sun: Brussels - Gent
      Cash Crisis: Gent - Calais

England

      London Calling: Dover - London
      The road home: London - Godmanstone

The Summing Up

      Introduction
      Accommodation
      Budget and costs
      Bicycle and components
      Dangers
      Equipment
      Food
      Health and vaccinations
      Insurance
      Languages
      Links
      Maps
      Photography
      Route planning
      Visas and permits
      Water
      What next?


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