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Go West


South Korea to England

24,616 km (15,296 miles) over 404 days from October 4, 2008 to November 11, 2009

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Extended, World
Locales: Asia, South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Europe, Turkey
Years: 2008, 2009

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/4242

Copyright © 2008-2014 By Leon Whiteley - (contact)

Status: Completed Dec 2012Featured Journal #331
Last update: Wednesday December 5, 2012 20:20 (US/Pacific) (edited Wed 5 Dec 2012 20:20 (US/Pacific))
296,136 hits since October 5, 2008 (hitcounts updated nightly)
1,380 pics


Table of Contents

Introduction
Why now?
Bike and stuff
Preparation

      KOREA

Day 1: Gumi to Sangju
Day 2: Sangju to Poun
Day 3: Poun to Osong
Day 4: Osong to Suwon
Day 5: Suwon to Seoul
Final route South Korea: Gumi to Seoul

      PHILIPPINES

Day 6: Seoul to Manila
Day 7: Manila
Day 8: Manila to Calaca
Day 9: Calaca to Naujan
Day 10: Naujan to Roxas
Day 11: Trapped in Roxas
Day 12: Roxas to Tangalan
Day 13: Tangalan to Roxas City
Day 14: Roxas City to Ajuy
Day 15: Ajuy to Victorias
Day 16: Victorias to San Carlos City
Day 17: San Carlos City
Day 18: San Carlos to Bais City
Day 19: Bais City to Dumaguete
Day 20: Dumaguete
Day 21: Dumaguete - Twin Lakes - Dumaguete
Day 22: Dumaguete to Argao
Day 23: Argao to Dumaguete
Day 24: Dumaguete (Again)
Day 25: Dumaguete (for the last time) to Zamboanga
Day 26: Zamboanga
Day 27: Zamboanga to Sandakan (Malaysia)
Final route the Philippines: Manila to Zamboanga

      BORNEO

      Sabah

Day 28: Sandakan to Sepilok
Day 29: Sepilok to 63km west of Sepilok
Day 30: 63km west of Sepilok to 166km west of Sepilok
Day 31: 166km west of Sepilok to Ranau
Day 32: Ranau to Kota Kinabalu
Day 33: Kota Kinabalu (KK)
Day 34: Kota Kinabalu (KK)
Day 35: Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort
Day 36: Beaufort to Lawas

      BRUNEI

Day 37: Lawas to Limbang
Day 38: Limbang to Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei)
Day 39: BSB (Brunei) to Miri (Malaysia)
Final route Brunei

      Sarawak

Day 40: Miri
Day 41: Miri to Niah caves
Day 42: Niah caves to Bintilu
Day 43: Bintilu to Tatau
Day 44: Tatau to Sibu
Sibu: Trip upriver
Day 45: Sibu to Sarikei
Day 46: Sarikei to Betong
Day 47: Betong to Sri Aman
Day 48: Sri Aman to Serian
Day 49: Serian to Kuching
Kuching: Getting beyond Borneo
Day 50: Kuching (Borneo) to Johor Bahru (Peninsular Malaysia)
Final route Borneo: Sandakan to Kuching

      MAINLAND SOUTH EAST ASIA

      SINGAPORE

Day 51: Johor Bahru to Singapore
Day 52: Singapore to Johor Bahru

      MALAYSIA

Day 53: Johor Bahru to Batu Pahat
Day 54: Batu Pahat to Melaka
Day 55: Melaka to Seremban
Day 56: Seremban to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Day 57: KL - tour of outlying bike shops - KL
Day 58: Kuala Lumpur to Tanjurng Malim
Day 59: Tanjurng Malim to Ipoh
Day 60: Ipoh to Butterworth
Day 61: Butterworth to Alor Star
Day 62: Alor Star (Malaysia) to Hat Yai (Thailand)
Final route Malaysian Peninsular: Johor Bahru to Alor Star

      THAILAND

Day 63: Hat Yai to Phattalung
Day 64: Phattalung toTrang
Day 65: Trang to Krabi
Day 66: Krabi: Rest day
Day 67: Krabi to Phang Nga
Day 68: Phang Nga to Khura Buri
Day 69: Khura Buri to Ranong
Day 70: To Burma and back again.
Day 71: Ranong to Chumphon
Day 72: Chumphon to Thap Sakae
Day 73: Thap Sakae to Praschuap Kiri Khan
Day 74: Praschuap Kiri Khan to Hua Hin
Day 75: Hua Hin to Samut Songkhram
Day 76: Samut Songkhram to Bangkok
Bangkok
Day 77: Bangkok to Chachoengsao
Day 78: Chachoengsao to 77km west of Chachoengsao
Day 79: 77km west of Chachoengsao to Aranyaprathet

      CAMBODIA

Day 80: Aranyaprathet (Thailand) to Sisophon (Cambodia)
Day 82: Sisophon to Siem Reap
Angkor
Day 83: Siem Reap to 115km north of Siem Reap
Day 84: 115km north of Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Sangkha (Thailand)

      THAILAND

Day 85: Sangkha to Surin
Day 86: Surin to some town
Day 87: Some town to Maha Sarakham
Day 88: Maha Sarakham to Khon Kaen
Day 89: Khon Kaen to Udon Thani
Ban Chiang
Day 90: Udon Thani (Thailand) to Vientiane (Laos)
Final route Thailand and Cambodia

      LAOS

Vientiane
Day 91: Vientiane to Phong Hong
Day 92: Phong Hong to Vangviang
Day 93: Vanviang to 25km SW of Phou Khoun
Day 94: 25km SW of Phou Khoun to Kiu Kacham
Day 95: Kui Kacham to Loungphrabang
Luangphrabang
Day 96: Lounagphrabang to Pak Mong
Day 97: Pak Mong to Oudom Xay
Day 98: Oudom Xay to Nateui
Day 99: Nateui (Laos) to Mengla (China)
Final route Laos

      CHINA

      Yunnan

Day 100: Mengla to Mengyuan
Day 101: Mengyuan to Mengyang
Day 102: Mengyang to Fongpen (I think)
Day 103: Fongpen to Simao
Day 104: Simao to Pu'er
Day 105: Pu'er to 6km north of Zhong'aiqiao
Day 106: 6km north of Zhong'aigio to Mojiang
Day 107: Mojiang to Yuanjang
Day 108: Yuanjang to 64km North East of Yuangjang
Day 109: 64km North East of Yuanjang to Yuxi
HELP!!
Day 110: The place I thought wasYuxi to Kunming.
Kunming
China tour
The Great Wall
Wuhan: Just another brick in the wall.
To Hong Kong
Scribbles
Route so far.
Hong Kong
Escape from Kunming: Kunming to Yanglin
Yanglin to somewhere in the hills
Somewhere in the hills to Daibu
Daibu
Daibu to Yi Che
Yi Che to Zhaotong
Zhaotong to Daguan
Daguan to Puerdu
Puerdu to Yibin

      Sichuan

Yibin to Zigong
Zigong to Zizhong
Zizhong to Jianyang
Jianyang to Chengdu
Chengdu
Chengdu to Mianyang
Mianyang to Wu Lian
Wu-Lian to Baolun
Baolun to Zhang Miao
Zhang Miao to Wenxian

      Gansu

Wenxian
Wenxian to Wudu
Danchang to Minxian
Minxian to Huichaun
Huichaun to Lanzhou
Lanzhou
Lanzhou to Yongdeng
Yongdeng to Gulang
Gulang to Yongchang
Yangchang to Zhangye
Zhangye to 121kms west of Zhangye.
Zhangye to Jiayuguan
Jiayuguan
Jiayuguan to 106kms west of Jiayuguan
106kms West of Jiayuguan to Anxi.
To Hami

      Xinjiang

Hami
Hami to 153kms West of Hami
153kms West of Hami to an entirely different ecosystem
Somewhere in the Kazakh autonomous region to Mori
Mori to Jimisar
Jimisar to Fukang
Fukang to Urumqui
Urumqui
More Urumqui
Urumqui to 118km west of Urumqui
118km west of Urumqui to 274km west of Urumqui
274kms west of Urumqui to Jinghe
Jinghe
Jinghe to Sayram Hu
Sayram Hu to Qingshuihezi
Qingshuihezi to Yining
Yining and a false start to nowhere
Hub run to Urumqui
Yining to Korgas
Final route China

      CENTRAL ASIA

      KAZAKHSTAN

Korgas to somewhere inside Kazakhstan
Somewhere inside Kazakhstan to 35kms West of Qongiroleng
35kms west of Qongiroleng to 21kms south west of Sariozek
21 kms south west of Sariozek to a 'large town' I can't spell the name of
That 'large town' I will find the name of, to Almaty
Almaty
Almaty again
Almaty to Shelek
Shelek to 15kms before Kegen

      KYRGYZSTAN

15kms before Kegen to Kyrgyzstan
To Karakol
Karakol to just past Tosor
South road round Issuk Kul
Balikchi to Kochkor
In search of Song Kul
Song Kul to Sari Bulak
Sari Bulak to 110km from Bishkek
To Bishkek
Bishkek
Bishkek to Sosnovka
Sosnovka to Too-Ashuu
Too-Ashuu to Chayek
Chayek to Kemin
Kemin to Bishkek
Update
Still Bishkek

      KAZAKHSTAN

Bishkek to Kazakhstan
Return to the city of joy
Almaty again
Almaty to 151kms west of Almaty

      KYRGYZSTAN

To Bishkek thrice
Bishkek to Sosnovka
Sosnovka to beyond the pass
To Lake Toktogul
To Dostyk
Dostyk to Osh

      UZBEKISTAN

Osh (Kyrgyzstan) to Mazlahat (Uzbekistan)
The morning in Mashalat
Mashalat to 71kms further west
To Angren
Angren to Tashkent
173kms south of Tashkent
To Samarkand
Samarkand
To 168kms from Samarkand.
To Burkara
Burkara to Gazli
Gazli to 125km NW
To Miskin
To 116kms NW of Miskin
To Nukus
Nukus
Nukus to near Qongharat
Into the desert
Desert to desert
To the border and into Kazakhstan

      KAZAKHSTAN

Into the Kazakh steppe
Steppe to steppe
More steppe
Aktau, glorious Aktau.
Aktau
Still in Aktau
Crossing the Caspian

      CAUCASUS

      AZERBAIJAN

Baku
84kms NW of Baku
149kms NWof Baku
130kms further down the road.
To Seki
Seki to Balaken

      GEORGIA

Balaken (Azerbaijan) to 40kms from Tiblisi (Georgia)
To Tiblisi
Tiblisi
Tiblisi to Gori
Gori to Akhaltsike
Akhaltsike to Vardzia
Vardzia to Turkey

      TURKEY

Posof to Ardahan
On the road to Erzurum
40kms from Erzerum
To Erzerum
Erzerum to Cat (pronounced 'chat')
Cat to Bingol
Bingol to Basyurt
Basyurt to Elazig
Elazig to Malatya
Malatya into the mountains
To Nemrut
Nemrut Dagi to Siverek
Siverek to Ankara
Out of Ankara
To Aksaray
To Urukisla
To Tarsus
Tarsus to Osmaniye
Osmaniye to Sakcagoz
Sackagoz to Birecik
To Sanliurfa
Sanliurfa to Harran to Sanliurfa
Leaving Ankara
To Nallihan
Nallihan to Dokurcum
Into the sprawling metropolis of doom
To Istanbul
Leaving Istanbul
To Luleburgaz

      EUROPE

      BULGARIA

To Bulgaria
On the road to Sophia
To within 60kms from Sophia
To Sophia
Sophia (Bulgaria) to Pirot (Serbia)

      SERBIA

Pirot to Nis
73kms north of Nis
Almost to Belgrade
To Srbobran

      HUNGARY

Srbobran (Serbia) to Szeged (Hungry)
Szeged to Lajosmizse
To just past Budapest
To Gyor

      AUSTRIA

To Austria
To Tulin
Tulin to Melk
To the Czech Republic

      CZECH REPUBLIC

To Tabor
Tabor
To Ricany
To Prague
To Litomerice
Litomerice to Dresden

      GERMANY

Dresden to Torgau
To Wittenburg
To Berlin


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