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Travelling Two


We may not be fast but we're slow.

47,214 km (29,337 miles) over 1111 days from September 3, 2006 to September 17, 2009

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Extended, First tour, World
Locales: North America, Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Europe, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Africa, Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, Middle East, Syria, Iran, Asia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania
Years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Keywords: RTW Mather Camping

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

Copyright © 2006-2014 By Friedel Grant - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2009Featured Journal #260
Last update: Friday September 18, 2009 16:20 (US/Pacific) (edited Sat 11 Sep 2010 23:58 (US/Pacific))
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Corn fields and the endless Quebec sky.


Table of Contents

Who are those travelling two anyway....
Where we got this crazy idea
Equipment List
Radio shows from the road
Videos: Pull up a chair and enjoy...
We're leaving, on a jet plane
      Bonjour Quebec: St Bruno de Montraville – St Roch de Richelieu
      St Roch sur Richelieu -- Louiseville
      Louiseville -- Batiscan Marina
      Batiscan -- Cap Rouge, Quebec City
      Arrival at Quebec
      Quebec City -- Rail Trail Riviere de la Roche
      Riviere de la Roche -- Notre Dame Du Lac
      Notre Dame du Lac -- Edmunston
      Edmunston -- Grand Falls
      Grand Falls -- Beechwood Power Station
      Beechwood -- Woodstock
      Woodstock -- Bear Island
       Bear Island -- Fredericton
      Fredericton -- Sackville
A PEI side trip: Sackville NB - Kinkora PEI
      Kinkora -- New Glasgow
      New Glasgow -- Sackville NB
Back in Europe: Goodbye London, hello to The Continent
      Emmerich -- Oer Erkenschwick
      Oer Erkenschwick -- Loh, near Schalksmuhle
      Schalksmuhle -- Denklingen
      Denklingen -- Waldsee Maroth: (I`m crazy, but you`re really crazy)
      Waldsee Maroth -- Koblenz
      Koblenz -- Trechtingshausen
      Trechtingshausen -- Winnweiler
      Winnweiler -- Lauterbourg, France
      Lauterbourg, France -- Baden-Baden, Germany
      Baden-Baden, Germany -- Strasbourg, France
Bonjour France: Strasbourg -- Marckolsheim
      Marckolsheim -- Sausheim-Mulhouse
      Sausheim-Mulhouse -- Montbeliard
      Morvillars -- Isle sur Doubs
      Isle sur Doubs -- Besancon
      Besancon -- Dole
      Dole -- Sainte Croix
      Sainte Croix -- Villars les Dombes: A very windy day!
      Villars les Dombes -- Lyon
       Lyon -- Auberives-sur-Vareze
      Auberives-sur-Vareze -- Privas
      Privas -- St Gineys en Coiron
      WWOOFing: Working on the farm...
      St Gineys en Coiron – Bois des Bartres
      Bois des Bartres – Col de la Croix de Berthel
      Col de la Croix de Berthel – Millau
      Millau – Estelle
      Estelle – Lunas
      Lunas – Narbonne
      Narbonne – Sainte Marie sur Mer
Did someone say Tapas??: Sainte Marie sur Mer – Llanca (Spain)
      Llanca to Calonge
      Calongue – Lloret de Mar
      Lloret de Mar - Barcelona
      Barcelona - Vilanova
      Vilanova – Cambrils
      Cambrils – St Carles de la Rapita
      St Carles de la Rapita – Peniscola
      Peniscola to Benicassim
      Benicassim - Valencia
      Valencia - Xeraco
      Xeraco - Les Rotes
      Denia - Villajoyosa
      Villajoyosa – Cap de Santa Pola
      Cap de Santa Pola - Los Alcazares
      Los Alcazares - Isla Plana
      Isla Plana - Ramonete
      Ramonete – Mojacar
      Mojacar – Los Escullos
      Los Escullos – El Alquian
      El Alquian - Adra
      Adra - Ugijar
      Ugijar - Mellado
      Mellado – Almunecar
      Almunecar - Torox
      Torox - Malaga
Entering Africa
Moroccan food: A few thoughts
      Mellila – Plaine de Gareb
      Plaine de Gareb – Guercif
      Guercif - Taza
      Taza – Oulad Ayad
      Oulad Ayad - Fes
      Fes -- Ifrane: The Twilight Zone
      Ifrane – Timahdite
      Timahdite – Midelt
      Midelt - Rich
      Rich - La Source Bleue de Meski
      La Source Bleue - Erfoud
      Erfoud – Merzouga: Cycling In the Sand Dunes
      Merzouga – Near Rissani
      Outside Rissani to Alnif
      Alnif - Tazzarine
      Tazzarine – N9 Junction
      N9 junction to Zagora
      Kilometer markers in Morocco: A little guide to reading the signs
      Return to the desert: But not on our bicycles!
      Zagora – Tamezmoute
      Tamezmoute – Agdz
      The day we went nowhere
      A very windy ride...
      Cycling into Foum Zguid
      Foum Zguid to a campsite beside nomads
      Arrival in Tata
      Tata -- Tagmoute
      Tagmoute – Outside Ighrem
      Outside Ighrem – Tafraoute: The day we nearly cried
      Tafraoute – Outside Tirhmi
      Outside Tirhmi to Tiznit
      Tiznit to Agadir
      Agadir -- Imsswane
      Imsswane -- Essaouira
      Essaouira -- El Mehattat
      El Mehattat to Oulad Salmane
      Oulad Salmane to Safi
      Safi – Sidi Moussa
      Sidi Moussa – El-Jadida
      El Jadida to Casablanca
      Casablanca to Temara-Plage
      Temara-Plage to Ahfayfah
      Ahfayfah to Sidi el Hachemi
      Sidi el Hachemi to Larache
      Larache to Tangier
      Tangier: a city of change
Back to Europe: Tangier – Medina Sidonia
      Medina Sidonia to Chipiona: Sipping sherry
      Chipiona to Sanlucar
      Sanlucar de Barrameda – Nuevo Rocio
      Nuevo Rocio to Almonte
      Almonte to Monte Gordo
Hello Portugal, land of naked cyclists: Monte Gordo to Almancil
      Almancil to Ameixial
      Ameixial to Beja
      Beja to Evora
      Évora to Estramoz
      Estramoz – Nisa
      Nisa to Castelo Branco
      Castelo Branco to Paradanta
      Paradanta to Pião
      Pião - Torre (1993m) - Covão d’Ametade (1420m)
      Covão d’Ametade to Guarda
      Guarda to Escalhão
      Escalhão to Algozinho
      Algozinho - Mirando do Douro
A brief break from this journal....
Back to Spain: Miranda do Douro to Zamora
      Zamora to Cubillas de Santa Marta: Our longest day yet
      Cubillas de Santa Marta to Cevico Navero
      Cevico Navero to Covarrubias
      Covarrubias to Tabladas: Pannier emergency!!
      Tabladas to Elciego
      Elciego to Estella
      Estella to Pamplona
      Pamplona to Irotz
      Irotz to Saint Jean Pied de Port: Composing Haikus
France, take two: Saint Jean Pied de Port to Peyrehorade
      Peyrehorade to Morcenx-Bourg
      Morcenx-Bourg to Moustey
      Moustey to Saugnac et Muret: Stalled in the rain
      Saugnac et Muret to Grignols
      Grignols to Puymirol
      Puymirol to Montech
      Montech to Gaillac
      Gaillac to Courris
      Courris to St Jean d’Alcapiès
      St Jean d’Alcapiès to Estelle
      Estelle to Cendras
      Cendras to St Gineys en Coiron
      St Gineys en Coiron to Crest
      Crest to Chatillon en Diois
      Chatillon en Diois to Col Accarias
      Col Accarias to Le Rivier d’Ornon
      Le Rivier d’Ornon to La Grave
Entering Italy: La Grave to Cesana Torinese
      Cesana Torinese to Baudenasca
      Baudenasca to Sant’ Antonio
      Sant’ Antonio to Asti
      Asti to Sale
      Sale to Pavia
      Pavia to Canonica d’Adda
      Canonica d’Adda to Rodengo
      Rodengo to Pacengo
      Pacengo to Calliano
      Calliano to Bolzano
      Bolzano to Seiser Alm
      Seiser Alm to Costadedói
      Costadedói to Cortina d’Ampezzo
      Cortina d’Ampezzo to S. Stefano di Cadore
      S. Stefano di Cadore to Amaro
Cycling Slovenia: Amaro to Kobarid
      Kobarid to Hum
      Hum to Ljubljana
      Ljubljana to Zagorje
      Zagorje to Celje
      Celje to Studenice
      Picked up off the street: Studenice to Maribor
      Maribor to Veržej
Hello Hungary & Slovakia: Veržej to Felsőpáhok
      Birthday Beers!!!
      Felsőpáhok to Balatonszepezd
      Balatonszepezd to Kisfalud
      Kisfalud to Budapest
      Budapest to Tahitótfalu
      Tahitótfalu to Komárom
      Komárom to Vojka: Scorching sun
Austria & Germany: Vojka to Petronell-Carnuntum
      Petronell-Carnuntum to Korneuberg
      Korneuberg to Rossatz
      Rossatz to Dornach
      Dornach to Ottensheim
      Ottensheim to Passau: Beware the tank
      A train ride to Wurzburg
      Würzburg to Lohr am Main
      Lohr am Main to Frankfurt
      Frankfurt to Niedernberg
      Niedernberg to Altheim
      Altheim to Craintal
      Taking the train to Munich
      Munich to Gartenberg
      Gartenberg to Wallgau
      Wallgau to Seefeld
      Seefeld to Landeck
Return to Italy: Landeck to San Valentino
      San Valentino to Bolzano
      Bolzano to Roverto
      Roverto to Verona
      Verona to Ferrara
      Ferrara to Lido di Dante
      Lido di Dante to Riccione
      Riccione to Portonovo
      Portonovo to Lapedona
Indecision and a red tape headache: visa bureaucracy
On the road again: With butterflies
      Moresco to Igoumenitsa
      Igoumenitsa to Vrosina
      Vrosina to Ioannina
      Ioannina to Metsovo
      Metsovo to Meteora
      Meteora to Mega Eleftherochori: Being picked up by the local barman
      Mega Eleftherochori to Dolichi
      Dolichi to Thessaloniki
      Thessaloniki to New Vrasna Beach
      New Vrasna Beach to Nea Iraklitsa
      Nea Iraklitsa to Mandras Beach
      Mandras Beach to Alexandroupoli
Turkey, we have arrived!: Alexandroupoli to Ipsala
      Ipsala to Yenice
      Yenice to the Marmara coastline
      Marmara coastline to Yakuplu: Saved by a good samaritan
      Yakuplu to Istanbul: In the city, finally!
      Istanbul to Balıkesir
      Balıkesir to Duğla
      Duğla to Bergama
      Another day, another bus….: Bergama to Selcuk
      Selçuk to Baltaköy
      Baltaköy to Pirlibey
      Pirlibey to Geyre
      Geyre to Karahisar
      Karahisar to Karahüyükafşar
      Karahüyükafşar to Yeşilova
      Yeşilova to Sülekler
      Sülekler to Antalya
      Antalya to Ulupınar
      Ulupınar to Olympos
      Olympos to Kumluca
      Kumluca to Üçoluk
      Üçoluk to Antalya
Simply Wonderful Syria: From Hatay, Turkey, to Urum as Sughra
      Urum as Sughra to Aleppo
      Aleppo to Taftanaz
      Taftanaz to Idlib
      Idlib to Marayan
      Marayan to Kafran Booda
      Kafran Booda to Hama
      Hama to Ein Halaqim
      Ein Halaqim to Msheirfeh
      Msheirfeh to Hisyah
      Hisyah to Almarh
      Almarh to Damascus
      Damascus to Khilkhileh
      Khilkhileh to Ura
      Ura to Mhajjeh
      Mhajjeh to Damascus
      Damascus to Abu Shamat
      Abu Shamat to Al Busayri
      Al Busayri to Palmyra
      Palmyra to Al Hial
      Al Hial to Kbajeb
      Kbajeb to Deir-ez-Zor
      Deir-ez-Zor to Halabiayh
      Halabiyah to Raqqa
      Raqqa to Thawrah
      Thawrah to an unknown spot in the middle of nowhere....
      From the middle of nowhere to Maraka (still in the middle of nowhere)
      Maraka to Aleppo
      Aleppo to Qalat Samaan
      Qalat Samaan to Midanki
      Midanki to Killis: Goodbye Syria
      A Syrian footnote: Thoughts on how we react to challenging times
Killis to Gaziantep: Cash crisis as we return to Turkey
Iran, we've arrived: And it's freezing!
      Maku to Tabriz
      Stranded in Tabriz
      Escape from Tabriz
      Shiraz and a return to the saddle
      Shiraz to Jomarjan
      Jomarjan to Dehbarm
      Dehbarm to Pahnapahn
      Pahnapahn to Bushkan
      Bushkan to Bushehr
      The great visa muddle
      Bushehr to Borazjan
      Borazjan to Konar Takhteh
      Konar Tahkteh to Tang-e Chowgan
      Tang-e Chowgan to Famur
      High up a goat track
      Goat trail to Ahmadabad
      Amadabad to Dasht-e-Arzhan
      Dasht-e-Arzhan to Shiraz
      Shiraz to Persepolis
      Persepolis to Sa’adat Shahr
      Sa’adat Shahr to Haji Dad
      Haji Dad to Feyz Abad: Stop! I am Iranian Cycling Champion!
      Feyz Abad to Deh Shir
      Deh Shir to Yazd
      Adventures in Qom: What we've been doing while waiting for Central Asian visas
      Going to Turkmenistan, Inshallah
      Yazd to Kharanaq: Starting across the desert
      Kharanaq to Saghand
      Saghand to Robat-e-Posht Badlam
       Robat-e-Posht Badlam to Kaalzard
      Kaalzard to Azmighan
      Azmighan to Yaqubiyeh
      Yaqubiyeh to Anabad
      Anabad to a beautiful gorge
      Reaching Nyshabur
      Nyshabur to Fakhr-e-Dawood
      Fakhr e Dawood to Mashhad
      Mashhad to Tangal-e-Shur-e-bala
      Tangal-e-Shur-e-bala to Mazdavand
      Mazdavand to Gonbadli
      Gonbadli to Sarakhs
Transiting Turkmenistan: Sarakhs to Hauz Han
      Hauz Han to Merv
      Merv to Zahmet
      Zahmet to Repetek
      Repetek to Turkmenabad
      Turkmenabad to Jalkym
Uuuupla, Uzbekistan: Jalkym to Yakatut
      Yakatut to Bukhara
      Bukhara to Samarqand
      Samarqand to Tashkent: Visa fun in the capital
      Spring cleaning... watch a video!
Crossing Kazakhstan: Tashkent to Shymkent
      Made it to Taraz
      Road to Almaty
      Towards Taldykorgan
      Into Kyrgyzstan via the back door: Bump, bump, bump
      An unexpected left turn: out goes Bishkek, make way for Song Kol
      Leaving on a jet plane: enough of this bureaucracy
A new start in Bangkok
      Lazy departure from Bangkok
      On the beaten track: Ayutthya to Pak Chong
      Ant Attack!!: Pak Chong to Chok Chai
      Pedalling and perspiring in Thailand: Chok Choi to Praset
      Doing what we shouldn't do: Praset to Sangkha
      Running for the border
Entry to Cambodia: Sangkha to Anlong Veng
      The Long Run to Angkor Wat: Anlong Veng to Siem Reap
      Siem Reap: More than Angkor
      Roast spider with your rice?: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
      Learning how to slow down… the hard way: Phnom Penh to Kampot
      Kampot to Sihanoukville
      Sihanoukville to Chamkar Luong
      Chamkar Luong to Phnom Penh
      Phnom Penh to Kratie: Riding the back roads of Cambodia
      Kratie to Don Det: Crossing into Laos
Don Det to Champasak: In Laos and happy under the clouds
      Champasak to Tadlo: A humdinger of a stinger
      Tadlo to Savannakhet: Oh Falang, falang, falang
      The bus to Vientiane
      Vientiane to Vang Vieng: It's flat... honest!
      Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang: Rewards of the road

Two Years On The Road!!

      Luang Prabang to Pakbeng: Last loop in Laos
Back to Thailand: Finding Heaven between Houay Xai and Meng Rai
      Behind The Scenes
      Watching Myanmar: Chiang Mai to Mae Sot
      Lingering in Mae Sot
      Back on the flat: Mae Sot to Kanchanaburi
      And then there was Irham: Train ride from Bangkok to Pratchuap Kiri Khan
      Pedalling in Paradise: Pratchuap Kiri Khan to Paknam Lang Suan
      Two beaches, two universes: Paknam Lang Suan to Aonang Beach
      If you can't beat 'em, join 'em: Ao Nang Beach to Satun
Lazy Island Days: Welcome to Malaysia
      Two days in Penang: Langkawi Island to Penang Island
      Here, there and everywhere: Georgetown to Kuala Ketil
      Where the wild things are: Kuala Ketil to Gua Musang
      Rolling with the cabbages: Gua Musang to Tanah Rata
      The good, the bad and the ugly: Tanah Rata to Melaka
      At the tip of Asia: Melaka to Singapore
      Does my bike look big in this?: Packing for a flight
Australia: G'Day Mate!
      It’s a kangaroo world: Perth to Busselton
      Into the wind: Busselton to Manjimup
      Culture Shock: Manjimup to Waikiki
      It’s the small things in life: Train: Perth to Melbourne
      You call this summer?: Devonport to Gowrie Park
      A glamour shot: 35,000 km
      Meet a legend: Gowrie Park to Hobart
      Bliss in every moment: Hobart to Westbury
      Goodbye Tassie, Hello Sydney: Westbury to Melbourne
      The Tourist Dash: A bike-free break in Sydney
Ahoy New Zealand: Arriving by cargo ship
      Out in the wilds: Napier to Wellington
      Rain, rain, go away: Marahau to Greymouth
      There's a glacier out there somewhere: Greymouth to Fox Glacier
      Too much stuff: Fox Glacier to Wanaka
      Oh baby, it's a wild world: Wanaka to Dunedin
      Adventure is not in the guidebook: Dunedin to Geraldine
      The Molesworth Road: Geraldine to Seddon
      Cycling through the sounds: Seddon to Picton
      Going North: Picton to Raetihi
      To the end of New Zealand: Raetihi to Te Kouma
Welcome to the U.S.A.: California Dreaming
      Bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze: San Francisco to Davis
      Out on the hot, dry plains: Davis to Lakeview
      Apple Pie in the Desert: Lakeview to Pendleton
      Cool Winds: Pendleton to Lakeside
Back in Canada. Eh?: Lakeside to Cochrane
      Hello... taxi service?: Cochrane to Winfield and a ride to Edmonton
      On the road again: St. Albert to Vegreville
      Headwinds on the prairies: Vegreville to North Battleford
      The noisy non-stop talking day: North Battleford to Warman
      The millionaire question: Warman to Dauphin
      Cycling in the rain: Dauphin to Baudette
      Just imagine: Baudette to Cedar
      I'm a cyclist. Get me outta here!: Cedar to Garson
      Closing the loop: Garson to St. Bruno
An Epilogue: St. Bruno to Rimouski


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