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Inching Around The World


Two people over 50 got tired of their jobs, sold their homes, and decided to embark on a world bicycle tour. They just couldn't do it quickly....

3,824 miles (6,153 km) over 503 days from January 1, 2009 to May 18, 2010

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Extended, First tour, World, Pacific Coast, North to South
Locales: Asia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos
Years: 2009, 2010

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

Copyright © 2009-2014 By Zoe Vaflo-Bakilo - (contact)

Status: Completed Nov 2010
Last update: Wednesday November 17, 2010 07:40 (US/Pacific)
157,856 hits since January 17, 2009 (hitcounts updated nightly)
1,624 pics

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Table of Contents

Introduction: And we are.....

The Pacific Coast Trail: Baby Steps

Singapore

      Getting There - Practical Information
      What Really Happened

Malaysia - West Coast

      Over the Causeway
      Business (and eats) in JB
      The Drink Man
      Escape from Johor Bahur
      Haven't We Been Here Before?
      Skudia: Where Are We?
      The Road to Pontian
      Benut: Crash! Bang! Ka-Bam!
      Batu Pahat: Recovering in The City
      Kampung Minyak Beku and Segenting: Field Trip
      Ayer Hitam: Bus Trip
      Parit Jawa: Fishing Village
      Muar: Like Batu Pahat, but Cleaner
      Melaka: Tourist City
      Masjid Tanah
      Tampin
      Rembau
      Seremban: Ostrich Farm & Five Broken Spokes
      Kajang: It's A Parade!
      Kuala Lumpur: Into the Beast
      Port Klang: Exiting Intact
      Klang: Ping! That Sounds Familiar....
      Kuala Selangor: Love Those Silver Leafs!
      Bukit Belimbing: Fireflies!
      Sekinchan: Rice Paddies and Fishing Boats
      Sabak Bernam: The many colors of ABC!
      Teluk Intan: Home of the Leaning Tower
      Sitiawan: Miles of Palms
      Pantai Remis: Detour at the Turtle Management Centre
      Taiping: The Garden City
      Nibong Tebal: Visiting the Collector of Cyclists
      Simpang Ampat: Rain, Rain, Go Away!
      Georgetown: Penang Island
      Sungai Petani: Pluggin' Along
      Alor Star/Setar: Flats: 2, Broken Spokes: ZERO!!!
      Jitra
      Kangar: Into Perlis State
      Where We Stayed: Towns and Hotels Listing

Thailand - Gulf Coast

      Sadao: It's the Year 2552
      Hat Yai: The End of Coffee
      Songkhla: Flats: 1, Broken Spokes: ZERO!!!
      Sathing Prah: flats: 0, broken spokes: one
      Hua Sai: Snakes and Frogs
      Nakhon Si Thammarat: It's A Fruit Frenzy!
      Tha Sala: Cottage Industries Along the Way
      Sichon: The Weighing Scales
      Koh Samui: Circling the Island
      Chumphon: A Day on a Boat
      Bang Boet Beach: hills and dogs, dogs and hills...
      Ban Bang Saphan: Relaxing at the Resort
      Bang Saphan: (or Bang Sa-Phan or Bangsaphan)
      Tha Sakae: Resort Row
      Prachuap Khiri Khan: Passing Close to Myanmar
      Pranburi: Pineapple Country!
      Hua Hin: A Royal City
      Cha-am: And a Delightful Fishing Village
      Bangkok: Business and Tourism
      Bangkok Again!: Itching to Exit
      Chon Buri: First 100 km. Day!!!
      Bang Lamung: Road Stop
      Rayong: Where did the hills come from?
      Kleung: Color Coded Town
      Chanthaburi: Last Days in Thailand
      Where We Stayed: Towns and Hotels Listing

Cambodia

      Krong Koh Kong: Riel, Baht or Dollars?
      Sihanoukville: Bus Bound
      Kampot: it was the best of days...
      Kep: Formerly a colonial seaside resort
      Kampot: Revisited
      Ta Saom: it was the worst of days.....
      Takeo: Recovery Time
      Phnom Penh: visas and such
      Udong: overnight stay and a nice market!
      Kompong Chhnang: Life on the River - a town not to be missed!
      Krakor: We're at the Paris Guesthouse, could this be Paris?
      Pursat: yet another provincial capital
      Muang Roessey: the 'wild west'
      Battambang: Butt Break
      Siem Reap: Temple Tourists
      Kompong Kdei: following the ancient bridges
      Stoung: power shortages
      Kompong Thom: Do you know the way to Sambor Prei Kuk?
      Kompong Cham: dealing with a trio: computer crash, illness and visa issues
      Phnom Penh: back to old stomping grounds

Thailand

      Bangkok: attending to business
      Ayutthaya: outta Bangkok

Cambodia

      Poipet: Across the border and back to Cambodia - for month #3
      Phnom Penh: again!
      Udong: back in the groove
      Kompong Chhnang: a trip to the floating village
      Udong: sleep, food and clouds
      Phnom Penh: 4th and final time - really!
      Ta Saom: a brush and a bridge
      Kampot: the tail of a typhoon
      KompongTrach: Paul vs. the tuk-tuk - and a trip to the hospital

Vietnam

      Ha Tien: Sage words from Paul - "I guess this road isn't paved."
      Kien Luong: the coastal road
      Rach Gia: canals and bridges
      Vinh Thuan: pig meat and rice x 3
      Ca Mau: how do you spell d-i-a-r-r-h-e-a ?
      Ho Phong: who let the crazies out??
      Bac Lieu: Mountain Troll Snot Balls (and other treats)
      Vinh Chau: we PAID, dammit!!!!
      Soc Trang: bats and pigs
      Can Tho: the floating market/canal boat tour
      Tieu Can: through the orchards
      Tra Vinh: Toilet Tales
      Ben Tre: close encounters with some 'PEC's'
      Go Cong: road under construction
      Saigon: rest and repairs
      Bien Hoa: a change of plans
      Dau Giay: where Hwy. 1 and Hwy. 20 meet
      Dinh Quan: we learn the meaning of 'chay'
      Da M'Ri: first guests in a new guesthouse!
      Dinh Quan: waking up with a swollen eye
      Dau Giay: the day kids threw stones at us
      An Phu: lost on Hwy. 743
      Thu Dau Mot: lingering
      Trung An: Cu Chi Tunnels, the hard way
      Dau Dieng: A tour of Cu Chi Wildlife at Risk (WAR)
      Tay Ninh: the temple of the Cao Dai faith
      Go Dau: the last straw

Cambodia

      Svay Rieng: side road to Basac
      Neak Loeung: another dusty ferry town
      Phnom Penh: meeting Sylvia
      Skun: spider town
      Kompong Cham: second time here, and sick again!
      Chhlong: rural Cambodia at its best
      Kratie: dust in the wind

Laos

      Don Krong: the big island
      Champasak: Wat Phu, UNESCO World Heritage Site
      Pakse: taking the 'new' road to Pakse
      Ban Muen Louang: Bolaven Plateau, attempt #1
      Pakse: up is slow, down is fast
      Ban Muen Louang: here we go again!
      10 km. west of Paksong: 2nd time's the charm
      Paksong: we made it to the Bolaven Plateau!
      Tad Lo: a beautiful ride and another waterfall
      Salavan: and a ride in the countryside
      Tad Lo: an overnight stop
      Pakse: back again

Thailand

      Phibun Mang Sahan: overtime?? again???
      Ubon Ratchathani: good food, good roads, and fast(er) internet!
      Si Saket: nine pounds vs. POINT nine pounds - it just isn't fair!
      Uthumphon Phisai: a stop at Prasat Srakampheng Yai
      Surin: a flat, a walk, a wait, a bus
      Nong Khai: 2 trains and 36 hours later.....

Laos

      Vientiane: lazy days

Thailand

      Nong Khai: the wacky world of concrete
      Si Chiang Mai: Meandering along the Mekong
      Sangkhom: enjoying a Mekong view
      Pak Chom: stuck in first
      Chiang Khan: final Mekong scenery
      Loei: repairs and purchases
      Wang Saphung: The Tidiest Town in Thailand
      Phu Kradung: close to some national parks
      Chum Phae: a 'fair' encounter
      Khon Kaen: Surviving the Songkran Festival
      Bangkok: End of the Road


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