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Hanoi to Chiang Mai on a Quote A Day


The Skinny Bikers Second Tour in SE Asia

2,705 km (1,681 miles) over 52 days from January 7, 2012 to February 27, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Expedition touring bikes, Hybrid bicycles, 1-3 months
Locales: Asia, Vietnam, Thu Do Ha Noi, Laos, Khoueng Louangphrabang, Thailand, Changwat Chiang Mai, Changwat Mae Hong Son
Year: 2012

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/3sbtour2

Copyright © 2011-2014 By Richard Palmer - (contact)

Status: Completed May 2012
Last update: Friday May 18, 2012 10:14 (US/Pacific) (edited Fri 13 Dec 2013 12:04 (US/Pacific))
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Mid-Afternoon Rest Stop


Table of Contents

      The Why's and the Wherefore's
      The Skinny Bikers
      The (Rough) Route
      Hanoi
      Day 1 Depart Hanoi: "Adventure is just bad planning" - Amundsen
      Day 2 Tourists in Mai Chau: Experience is that marvelous thing that lets you recognize a mistake when you make it again
      Day 3 Into the Hills: A man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can care for
      Day 4 Onward to the border: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." - Einstein
      Day 5 Na Meo (Vn) to Xam Neua (La): "Distance makes the mountain blue and the man great." - Icelandic proverb
      Day 6 Xam Neua to Phou Lao on 3 bananas, a boiled egg and a can of pepsi: "Only through suffering can we find ourselves." - Dostoevsky
      Day 7 Phou Lao to Vieng Thong: "We are all born ignorant but one must work hard to remain stupid." - Franklin
      Day 8 Resting in Vieng Thon: "The only zen you find on the top of a mountain is the zen you bring up there." - Persig
      Day 9 Vienthon to Vieng Kham: "A bad day on the bike is better than a good day in the office" - Richard Palmer aka SB2
      Day 10 Vienkham to Nong Khiaw: "The best zoom lens is your legs." - Haas
      Day 11 Doing sfa in Nong Khiaw: "The further one travels the less one knows." - Lao Tzu
      Day 12 Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang: "The wind shows us how close we are to the edge." - Didion
      Days in Luang Prabang: "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." – Russell
      Day 17 Bob shoots back to Hanoi & Richard takes a slow boat: "Each friend represents a world in us...
      Day 18 Nong Khiao - Muang Khua: Take the road less traveled by - there are fewer backpackers
      Day 19 Muang Khua to Oudom Xai: There's always someone going further, faster, longer
      Day 20 Oudom Xai to Luang Namtha: I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
      Day 21 Rest day in Luang Namtha: Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
      Day 22 Luang Namtha to Muang Sing: The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
      Day 23 Muang Sing to 21ºN 101ºE and back again: "Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from god." - Vonnegut
      Day 24 Muang Sing - Luang Namtha - Vieng Phouka: I smile because I don't know what is going on.
      Day 25 Vien Phouka to Houay Xai: “If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end”
      Day 26 Houay Xai to Chiang Khong: “The bridges that you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren't there.”
      Day 27 Chiang Khong to Chiang Saen: "Middle age - a time when men often collide with their limitations and feel the first chill of mortality".
      Day 28 The Obligatory GT Ride: Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live (Mark Twain)
      Day 29 Chiang Saen to Doi Mae Salong: The bicycle is a curious vehicle, its passenger is its engine....
      Day 30 Doi Mae Salong Rest Day: "I thought of that while riding my bicycle". ~ Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity
      Day 31 Doi Mae Salong to Tha Ton: "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving". ~ Albert Einstein
      Day 32 Tha Ton to Chiang Dao: "Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia". ~ H.G. Wells
      Day 33 Chiang Dao to Tha Pai: “What am I doing here?” A Rimbaud
      Days 34 & 35 Pai Rest Days: Travel is a lesson in self-preservation.
      Day 36 Pai to Soppong: Travelling makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. Flaubert
      Day 37 Soppong to Mae Hong Son: "Not everything that counts can be counted & not everything that can be counted counts". Albert Einstein
      Day 38 Rest Day in MHS: "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new". Einstein
      Day 39 Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam
      Day 40 Khun Yuam to Mae Sariang.: The trouble with life is there's no background music.
      Day 41 & 42 Rest Days in Mae Sariang: Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
      Day 43 Mae Sariang to Hot: “Freedom dwells among the mountains”. W Churchill
      Day 44 Hot to Chom Thong: “The gods are just and of our pleasant vices make instruments to torture us”. G Orwell
      Day 45 Chom Thong to Chiang Mai: "Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem." - Kissinger
      Day 46 - 48 Days in Chiang Mai: "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge......
      Day 49 & 50 Chiang Mai to Bangkok: Being 'over the hill' is much better than being under it!
      The End: "It's been a grand journey - one worth making once" Winston Churchill


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