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Bike-about - Scotland to Australia


A Journey Through Eurasia

12,458 miles (20,049 km) over 986 days from August 2, 2008 to April 14, 2011

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Events, Philosophy & Poetry, Tour diaries, Winter touring, Equipment lists, Expedition touring bikes, Hybrid bicycles, Road bikes, Extended, World, Alps
Locales: Europe, United Kingdom, Scotland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Monaco, Vatican City, Greece, Turkey, Middle East, Syria, Jordan, Africa, Egypt, Cyprus, Asia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Oceania, Australia
Years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Keywords: australia singapore malaysia Thailand Cambodia nepal india pakistan china uzbekistan kazachstan azerbaijan georgia turkey syria jordan egypt greece italy switzerland france lechtenstein germany

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Copyright © 2008-2014 By Keith Hallagan - (contact)

Status: Completed Oct 2011Featured Journal #312
Last update: Friday October 7, 2011 12:34 (US/Pacific) (edited Sun 16 Jun 2013 22:09 (US/Pacific))
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Blue Mountains


Table of Contents

Intro - A Strange Spanish Policeman
Accoutrements
The Route
Visas

Scotland

      Help! I'm lost already.
      The long Goodbye: Leaving Home

Belgium

      Miss Belgium 2003: Zeebrugge - Brugge
      Still learning: Brugge - Ghent
      The Guide: Ghent
      The Sepulchre that is: Bruxelles
      The Snails Trail: Brussels - Namur
      To the Caves of Frank Han-Sur-Lesse: Namur - Rochefort
      Mexican hedges: Rochefort - Champion

Luxembourg

      The Wind in my Wheels: Champion-Luxembourg
      Oz: Luxembourg

Germany

      Passions Broken: Luxembourg - SaarBrucken

France

      Over the border - again: Saarbrucken – Saverne
      The Victors Podium: Saverne - Strasbourg
      That's the way to do it: Strasbourg
      Route de Vin: Strasbourg - Some village
      Too much hilarity I tell you: Belheim - Munster
      Popping Balloons: Munster - Thann
      Le Corbusier: Thann - Belfort

Switzerland

      Crisis: Belfort - Basel
      Shocks!: Basel
      Human Rights and Human Wrongs: Geneva
      The Longest Day: Basel - Zurich
      Soap!: Zurich
      Guilo: Zurich - Weesan

Liechtenstein

      Revolving backwards: Weesan - Liechtenstein

Switzerland

      The Scream: Liechtenstein - Andeer
      Chinese water tent torture: Andeer - Splugen
      Its all down hill from here: Splugen – Lugano
      The Saint: Lugano - Bellinzona
      Beeps: Bellinzona – Simplon-Dorf
      Lead Wind: Simplon - Zermatt
      Rituals: Zermatt
      Worth the Wait: Zermatt - Gampel
      Opening Doors: Gambel – Martigny
      Forks: Martigny - Hermance

France

      Roughing it: Hermance – Belley
      In the belly of the Lion: Belley - lyon
      Barbie Dolls: Lyon
      The Protest: Lyon – Valence
      Telling Signs: Valence - Orange
      Playing Conquerers: Orange - Malaucene
      For all you Sado masochists out there: Malaucene – Fontaine-de-vaucluse
      Promises: Fontaine du Romaine - Apt
      On her Terms: Apt – Manosque
      Gorging myself: Manosque – lac de se-Croix
      A Blind date: Lac de se Croix – St Raphael
      Victoriana: St Raphael – Cannes
      Shorts!: Cannes – Nice
      Then there were three: Nice - Montecarlo
      I'm Back... I think!: Nice
      Its amazing what enters your ears: Nice

Monaco

      The Asylum: Nice - Imperia

Italy

      The Prisoner: Imperia - Genoa
      Dell'Amore: Genoa – Riomaggiore
      Fawlty Towers: Riomaggiore – Florence
      Florence: Part I
      Florence: Part II
      Pssssss!: Florence - Rome
      Rome: Part I
      Rome: Part II
      It's crazy, it's mad, it's Naples: Rome - Naples
      Art imitating nature, or...: Pompei
      A clattering of teeth: Naples – Sorrento
      Waiting for the ferry: Capri
      Wasting Time: Capri - Amalfi
      Meetings: Sorrento - Bari

Greece

      Groundswell: Patras – Athens
      Dogs!: Athens
      Facts from Fiction: Naxos
      Be Prepared: Santorini
      Marooned on the Rhode: Rhodes Island

Turkey

      The plodder: Marmaris - Fethiye
      Unchartered Territory: Fethiye - Kalkan
      The Messenger: Kalkan – Atlanya
      The Bookseller: Atlanya – Aydincik
      Heaven and Hell: Aydincik - Narlikuyu
      Catch-up: Narlikuyu - Adana
      Pizzaland: Adana – Dortyol
      The Cacophony: Dortyol – Antakya
      Turkish/Syrian Border: Antakya - Aleppo

Syria

      Dickens on speed: Aleppo
      The Souk: Aleppo
      The Parting: Aleppo - Hamas
      Green!: Hamas - Krak des Chevaliers
      The Prayer: Krac des Chevaliers – Desert fringe
      No Rhyme nor Reason: Desert Fringes - Palmyra
      City in the Sand: Palmyra
      The Bride: Palmyra - Damascus
      Its a twin: Damascus
      The bike's Gone!: Damascus to Amman

Jordan

      Telling of Tales: Amman
      Dissension, Descents and the Deadbeat.: Amman to Karak
      The Helping Hare: Karak - Dana
      Lessons: Dana – Wadi Musa
      The Twisted Siq: Petra
      The Thoroughbred: Wadi Musa – Wadi Rum
      Just Deserts: Wadi Rum
      Fumbling: Wadi Rum - Aqaba

Egypt

      The Pull: Nuweiba – Dahab
      Delayed in: Dahab
      Delusional: Dahab
      The Deliverence: Dahab
      The Waiting Room: Dahab - Sham El Sheikh
      Double Agents: Hurgada – Luxor
      The Hassle Factor: Luxor
      A Second Parting: Luxor – Abydios
      The Chase: Abydos – Sohag
      Life on the Road: Sohag - Asyut
      Coptic Monk: Asyut – El Minya
      What's with the Monkey: El Minya – Beni Suef
      The Pyramids: Beni Suef – Cairo
      Chaos and the story of bolt: Cairo
      I almost forgot: Giza

Turkey

      It`s gone - everythıng!
      The Press
      A thousand eyes and helping hearts
      National TV
      The Death Knell
      Page 2
      Hardly the place
      The Bench
      Three White Knights!
      One Small Hitch
      Walls and Doors
      Matching Faces
      Istanbul
      I love surprises: Mersin
      The Fraud: Mersin - Nigde
      Thrashed!: Nigde - Guzelyurt
      The Complainers: Guzelyurt - Derinkuyu
      The Wait: Derinkuyu - Goreme
      Eden: Cappodocia
      A brief Intermission: Wagons
      Wagons Ho!: Goreme - Devili
      The 'Pull' of the Mountains: Devili - Doganbeyli
      Starving: Doganbeyli - Akcal
      Scrumpers: Akcal - Cardak
      Twists and Turns: Cardak - Hamzalar
      An Off Day: Hamzalar - Adiyaman
      The Bridge: Adiyamam - Kocahisar
      The Hares Fable: Kocahisar - Cesme
      Stoned Gods: Cesme - Mount Nemrut
      The Celebrities: Mount Nemrut – Silverek
      Hot Tomatoes!: Silverek - Cemrik
      Tigris: Cermik – Dicle
      In The Movies: Dicle - Genc
      Ramadan and the Suicidal Donkey: Genc to Karliova
      Twin Peaks: Karliova to The Blue Lake
      The buzz: Blue Lake - Erzurum
      The Thriller: Erzurum – Tortum Lake
      Pinballs!: Tortum Lake – Aksar
      Potholes and Puddles: Aksar – Hanak
      Nipping out for a drink: Hanak – Uplistsikhe, Georgia

Georgia

      OoooooWhoah -my head!: Uplistsikhe -Khashuri
      Shakes and ladas: Khashuri - Gori
      That's another fine mess: Gori - Tblisi
      Butchers, Bakers but no Candlestick makers: Tblisi to Signaxi
      In Honour of Surburbia: Signaxi – Azerbaijan border

Azerbaijan

      Double Irony: Azerbaijan Border - Seki
      Land of Chocolate Rivers: Seki – Gebele
      Encounters: Gebele – Saxami
      It's true, they do!: Samaxi
      Ortliebs are bear-proof you know: Samaxi – Baku
      Up the Volga: Qubuston
      Scratching the Surface: Baku
      The Ferry: Baku

Kazakhstan

      This is a HOLD-UP!: Aktau
      A slight hitch: Aktau - Shepte
      Nowhere: Shepte - Beyneu

Uzbekistan

      Another Dead Sea: Beyneu - Moynaq
      The Ogress: Kungrad Station
      Meerkats and Marriage: Kungrad – Nukus
      Into the Night: Nukus - Urghench
      I See Siamese!: Urghench - Khiva
      On the Platform: Khiva – Bukhara
      Twisted delights: Bukhara
      City of Fables: Bukhara – Samarkind
      Hurdles: Samarkind – Tashkent
      A Criminal Proceeding: Tashkent – Andijon

Kyrgyzstan

      Don't try this at home: Andijon - Osh
      Osh
      Hanging out in Hip Cafe: Osh - Gulcha
      A Fraternal Reunion: Gulcha – Sary Tash
      Belittled and Bewildered: Sary Tash – Chinese Border

China

      That Elusive Character: Chinese Border – Ulughat
      Dancing on Fingers: Ulughat – Wuqia
      The Skids: Wuqia – Kashgar
      A City Removed: Kashgar
      A Fork in the Road: Kashgar
      Out of the day into the night: kashgar – Ghez
      They're Playing Games Again: Ghez - karokol
      Strange Customs: Tashkergan – Khonjerab Pass

Pakistan

      A Night at the Theatre: Khonjerab Pass – Sost
      Winning Mind Games: Sost – Passu
      Simply Divine: Passu – Karimabad
      Shangri-la: Kariamabad
      Leaden Feet: Kariamabad – Chalt
      Sucking it up: Chalt - Gilgit
      Loyalty: Gilgit
      Gremlins, the Indus and the view from a hole: Gilgit - Thalici
      The Edge: Thalichi – Chilas
      Wanted – Dead or Alive!: Chilas – Komila
      X-Factor Principle: Komila – Patten
      The Swatter: Patten – Besham
      Sad Farewells: Besham – Chattar Plain
      Spaghetti: Chattar Plain – Abbottabad
      How to Clean a Chain: Abbottabad - Taxila
      The Orange Army: Taxila
      Psssst – I want to tell you a story: Taxila – Islamabad
      A Nine Hour Ordeal in Custody: Islamabad
      The Chant: Islamabad - Rawalpindi
      The Three Estates: Lahore
      Fancy a beating – Oh yes!: Lahore
      Keystone Capers: Lahore – Wagah

India

      A Road of Two Colours: Wagah – Amritsar
      The Golden Temple: Amritsar
      Snakes, bricks and boulders: Amritsar – Gurdaspar
      The Anthropocene Age: Gurdaspur – somewhere
      A Sea of Clouds: Somewhere? – McLeod Ganj
      Meeting with a Remarkable Man: McLeod Ganj
      Cycling through symmetry: Mcleod Ganj – Jogindarnagar
      Ayran vs Simian – Simian Wins: Jogindamagar – Mandi
      Cemented Thoughts: Chandigarh
      Kumbh Mela: Chandigarh – Haridwar
      A Private Eclipse: Haradwar – Chilla
      The Fab Four's Hideaway: Chilla – Rishikesh
      Rishikesh: An Introspection
      The Sugar Factory: Rishikesh – Bijnor
      The Dash To Delhi: Bijnor – Delhi
      A break from the Saddle: North India
      The Break: Delhi - London
      The Pox: Delhi
      Escaping the Rain: Nainital – kathha
      The Comeback Kid: Kithha – Bambassa

Nepal

      A Renewed Faith: Bambasa – Chisapur
      A Sorjourn in the Jungle: Bardia National Park
      The Lost Valley: Babai River
      A Six Man Salute: Bardia National Park – lumbini
      Buddhist Hawkers: Lumbini
      Helluva Ride!: Lumbini – Pokhara (Butwal really)
      Annapurna Part I: Leeches and Fang
      Annapurna Part II: The Descent
      Relaxing on Lakeside: Pokhara
      Squashed Faces: Pokhara – Bandipur
      The Dead Dog: Bandipur - Kathmandu
      Kathmandu: Caught up in the Chaos
      One long trek, Everest and a plane crash!: Everest

Thailand

      Heading South too soon and two thousand miles too early: Bangkok
      Kao Tao - the short break from Bangkok: Pictures Only
      Two inches. Is that all!: Bangkok – Chonburi
      Piering Out: Chongburi - Sri Rancha
      A sordid Pleasure Ground: Sri Rancha - Pattaya
      Those Gilded Portraits: Pattaya to Rayong
      Concrete Cries: Rayong to Trat
      Playing Crusoe: Trat - The Beach
      Corrupt Cambodia: Beach to Cambodian Border

Cambodia

      Taking Sides: Cambodian Border - Koh Kong
      Water, Water Everywhere: Koh kong - Sri Ambel
      A Tragic Festival: Sri Ambel - Costa Del Cambodia (Sihanoukville)
      The Propers and poppers: Costa del Cambodia
      Cars of Corruption: Costa del Cambodia – Kampot
      The Collision: Kampot
      Salt ‘n’ Pepper: Kampot – Kep
      Doomed to Failure: Kep – Kompong Trach
      Bananas 'n' Rice: Kompong Trach – Takeo
      The Killing Fields: Takeo – Penhom Penh
      S-21: Penhom Penh
      Scarecrows and Landmines: A Brief Intermission
      The Flood Plain: Penhom Penh - Siam Reap
      Angkor What?: Angkor Wat
      Telegraph Road: Angkor/Border run

Thailand

      Bangkok & Beaches: Start of Christmas in the Sun
      It's no good, you can't escape him: Krabi - Phang Nga
      Heaven and Hell, Part Deux: Phang Nga
      The Missed Meeting: Phang nga – Phuket
      The Vast Supper: Phuket
      Trendy Wendys and Muscular Mikes: Ko Phi Phi – Koh Lanta

Malaysia

      The Recipe of Malaysia: Koh Lanta – Penang
      A Brief Intermission: Colonial Architecture in Penang
      A Kamikaze Death Dance: Penang – Taiping
      A Man Removed: Taipang - Ipoh
      Assumptions and their foibles: Ipoh – Brinchang
      A Taste of England - weather too: Brinchang to Tanah Rata and the Cameron Highlands
      A Snake through the Jungle: Cameron Highlands - Tanjurng Malim
      The Road Kill: Tanjurng Malim - KL
      In the Left Corner…: Kuala Lumpur
      Bird-brains: KL Birdpark
      The Invite: Kuala Lumpur – Seremban
      Being Kissed: Serembum – Port Dickson
      Quieter than Mice: Port Dickson
      Paradise Lost: Port Dickson
      In the Dark and Naked: Port Dickson- Melaka
      A Peddlers Powwow: Melaka
      The Prickly Heat: Melaka – Batu Pahat
      Practising Customs: Batu Pahat – Pontian
      The Shakes: Pontian – Singapore

Singapore

      The Lighthouse: Singapore
      Going Down!: Singapore
      Tiger Balm: Singapore
      More Hell from the Heavens: Singapore

Australia

      Is there no end...: Melbourne
      Mother West and the Super Service Bikeshop: Melbourne
      Praying for Forgiveness and The Invisible Tractor Beam: Melbourne to Philip Island
      P-P-P- Penguins: Philip Island
      Pelicans!: Philip Island – Inverlochy
      The Wet: Inverloch – Foster
      The Cow's hip and a Meeting of the Mad.: Foster – Sale
      The Battle of Britain: Sale – Bairnsdale (somewhere past)
      The Railtrail: Bairnsdale (somewhere past) - Orbost
      The Burning Bush: Orbost - Cann River
      Still in the Woods: Cann River – Merimbula
      Silent Oz: Merimbula – Narooma
      Poison your body and Free your Mind: Narooma – Batemans Bay
      A Brief Intermission: Mailboxes
      All in a Name: Bateman's Bay to Ullaulla
      'The 'itcher': Ulladulla – somewhere past Berry
      The Pie Stop: Somewhere Past Berry - Woolongooongoolo
      The End Is Nigh: Wollongong – Cronulla
      Captain oh my Captain: Cronulla
      Some more Pictures of my travels in and around Sydney
      The End...or is it: Cronulla – Sydney

Tips and Reflections

      The Bike - A dissection
      What's in the Bags - The Kit
      Photography
      Accomodation
      Languages
      Jabs and General Health


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