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One Year in Asia


High adventures in the Indian Himalaya, the long ride from Thailand to Central Asia via China, into India's far south, a swing thru Cambodia, then southern Thailand

20,038 km (12,451 miles) over 534 days from September 15, 2005 to March 2, 2007

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Extended, World
Locales: Asia, India, Himachal Pradesh, State of Uttaranchal, Union Territory of Delhi, New Delhi, State of Kerala, State of Tamil Nadu, State of Andhra Pradesh, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu, Guizhou Sheng, Chongqing Shi, Sichuan Sheng, Gansu Sheng, Qinghai Sheng, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia
Years: 2005, 2006, 2007

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

Copyright © 2006-2014 By Bill Weir - (contact)

Status: Completed Mar 2007Featured Journal #410
Last update: Wednesday November 14, 2007 11:54 (US/Pacific) (edited Tue 15 Nov 2011 15:24 (US/Pacific))
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These fellows have been "holding" the platform of Wang Jian's tomb since the 10th century. (Chengdu)


Table of Contents

Bill Weir and "Bessie Too the Bicycle" Return to Asia: Bangkok, Thailand
Map of Asia with the Rides

India--The Himalaya

to the Himalaya (New Delhi and Himachal Pradesh): Bangkok to New Delhi by plane, then a bus to Mandi in the hills
ups and downs and ups to Shimla (Himachal Pradesh): Mandi to Shimla
beside the Bhagirathi River (Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal): Shimla to Uttarkashi via Yamunotri Temple
ascending the Bhagirathi River (Uttaranchal): from Uttarkashi to Gangotri Temple and back
icy mountains at Kedarnath (Uttaranchal): Uttarkashi to Ukhimath via Kedarnath Temple
completing the Char Dham pilgrimage (Uttaranchal): Ukhimath to Joshimath via Badrinath Temple
amongst snow peaks and verdant valleys (Uttaranchal): Badrinath to Nainital
a wild ride down to the plains (Uttaranchal and New Delhi): Nainital to Haldwani, then a bus to New Delhi
hanging out in Dodgy Delhi (New Delhi): exploring art and history

Thailand--A Ride in the North

rolling across the green hills: Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son
going underground: Mae Hong Son to Pai
Happy New Year from Thailand's northernmost end: Pai to Mae Sai
beside the old Mekong: Mai Sai to Chiang Khong
way out in Nan: Chiang Khong to Nan
glittering temples across northern Thailand: Nan to Chiang Mai, then a bus to Bangkok
eight days in Bangkok: getting ready for the big ride

Laos--A Ride Across the North

lazy days in Luang Prabang: two days on the Mekong and exploring an ancient town
deep in the mountains: Luang Prabang (Laos) to Na Meo (Vietnam)

Vietnam--From Mountains to the Sea

three seconds of sunshine: Na Meo to Halong City

China--A Long Journey Across a Vast Land

drizzling days in southern China (Guangxi): Halong City (Vietnam) to Nanning (China)
knocking around Nanning (Guangxi): seeing the sights and meeting Dr. Lee
up on Western Mountain (Guangxi): Nanning to Guiping
over the mud and through the hills (Guangxi): Guiping to Yangshuo
up, down, and thru the limestone pinnacles (Guangxi): Yangshuo to Guilin
among the Yao, Zhuang, and Dong peoples (Guangxi and Guizhou): Guilin to Zhaoxing
cavorting in the hills of southeastern Guizhou (Guizhou): Zhaoxing to Taijiang
from silver headresses to limestone hills (Guizhou): Taijiang to Anshun
cycling the Bamboo Sea & other delights (Guizhou, Sichuan, and Chongqing): Anshun to Dazu
the Road from Hell and other diversions (Chongqing and Sichuan): Dazu to Zigong
meeting thousands of Buddhas (Sichuan): Zigong to Meishan
giant pandas and much, much, more in Chengdu (Sichuan): Meishan to Chengdu
into the mountains of northern Sichuan (Sichuan): Chengdu to Pingwu
romping across Tibetan grasslands (Sichuan): Pingwu to Zoige
horsing around in Langmusi (Sichuan and Gansu): Zoige to Langmusi
two sky burials in the hills--death is certain, life unsure (Sichuan and Gansu): above Langmusi
a day in Labrang Monastery (Gansu): Langmusi to Xiahe
meeting Tibetans and Salars (Gansu and Qinghai): Xiahe to Xining
over the lofty Qilian Shan and down to the Silk Route (Qinghai and Gansu): Xining to Zhangye
across the desert to the end of the Great Wall of China (Gansu): Zhangye to Jiayuguan
the lonely Gobi Desert (Gansu): Jiayuguan to Dunhuang
happily depressed in Turpan (Gansu and Xinjiang): Dunhuang to Turpan
Urumqi and a spell in the Western Siberian Taiga (Xinjiang): Turpan to Urumqi
snow, wildflowers, and the 4280m Shengli Daban pass (Xinjiang): Urumqi to Korla
west on the road to Kashgar (Xinjiang): Korla to Aksu
Kashgar! (Xinjiang): Aksu to Kashgar
exploring Old Town Kashgar (Xinjiang): Uighur life

Kyrgyzstan--A Mountainous Republic in Central Asia

over the hills to Osh: Kashgar (China) to Osh (Kyrgyzstan)
villages and yurts in the lofty heartland: Osh to Bishkek
last days in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, then on to India: Bishkek to New Delhi by plane

India--The South

the beginning of an adventure in Kerala (New Delhi and Kerala): New Delhi to Ernakulam by train
giant cows and Land's End (Kerala and Tamil Nadu): Ernakulam to Madurai
glorious stone temples beneath the Northeast Monsoon (Tamil Nadu): Madurai to Thanjavur
Brihadishwara Temple and other Chola wonders (Tamil Nadu): Thanjavur to Kumbakonam
beneath the French tri-color (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry): Kumbakonam to Puducherry
forts and temples among granite hills (Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh): Puducherry to Tirupati
pilgrimage to Lord Venkateshwara and other gods (Andhra Pradesh): Tirupati
a goddess takes a ride (Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu): Tirupati to Kanchipuram
Mamallapuram rocks and the end of India (Tamil Nadu): Kanchipuram to Chennai

Thailand--A Brief Interlude

a hot time in the City of Angels: Bangkok
on the road to Cambodia--back in the saddle again: Bangkok to Kabinburi by bus and bicycle

Cambodia

a dusty welcome to an exotic land: Kabinburi (Thailand) to Battambang (Cambodia)
tailwinds to Phnom Penh: Battambang to Phnom Penh
south to the sea: Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville

Thailand--Two Seas and an Isthmus in the South

following the sea back to Thailand: Sihanoukville to Bangkok by bicycle and bus
travels around Songkhla: Bangkok to Songkhla by bus, then a bicycle ride to Hat Yai
cycling through paradise: Hat Yai to Phang Nga
giant flowers deep in the jungle: Phang Nga to Chumphon
diving deep to meet the undersea life: Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand
exploring the mind, undersea nightlife, the end of the trip, & thoughts about the next big ride: Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Bangkok, and the journey home


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