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  • We're not in China any more
    26 May 2016

    As we head North Northwest towards the border, the sky grows dark. Thunderclouds have been threatening, and we've seen the occasional flash of lightning on the distant horizon. This is different though, as there is a reddish tinge to the swirling air. The train is heading into a sandstorm.

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  • Bagan Burndown
    22 November 2015

    While trains in Burma are relaxing and colourful, they are certainly not fast. Yesterday's moving rest still leaves us with a job of work if we are to make it to Bagan.

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  • Silver Happy People
    19 November 2015

    Just a short day today, taking us east to one of Myanmar's biggest tourist centres, Inle Lake, and the town of Nyaung Shwe.

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  • High Plains Drifting
    17 November 2015

    Cow bells. Wooden carts. Droves of cattle. Wheat harvested by hand. Cauliflowers, lots of cauliflowers, fields of cauliflowers, truckloads of cauliflowers. Cauliflower cheeeeeese!

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  • The Queen Stage
    16 November 2015

    Luzhong to Pianma, Luang Prabang to Phou Khoun, Meiringen to Grindelwald, assemble esteemed company, and welcome... Kyaukse to Ywa Ngan! What an absolute swine of a day.

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  • Are We Falling, Or Are We Flying?
    15 November 2015

    Sander calls my name to wake me. It works, kinda. I groggily come to, head still full of the vestiges of stressful dreams. My nights have been filled with paranoid dreams of packing up, leaving, cleaning, having rental places checked over, planes, airports and luggage. I'm not sure a bike trip in Myanmar is the best place to come down from the stresses I faced before getting here.

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  • All Hail The Golden Arches
    13 November 2015

    When we're set to roll out, we ask the hotel staff where the next hotel is on the road south. They say there isn't one. Not until Taungyi, at least, and that's miles away.

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  • The Inevitable Destruction Of Plans
    12 November 2015

    Slow off the mark this morning. The excuse is a debate about the route. The route I had planned has us returning the way we had come, descending back to the plain, before turning south towards Kyaukse. But, I had also pointed out that Pyin Oo Lwin possibly sets us up for an eastern route towards Inle Lake.

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  • The Road From Mandalay
    11 November 2015

    Wake up, pack up, roll out. It sounds easy, but when there's jetlag and other people involved, all bets are off.

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  • Into the south
    21 July 2015

    Followed Wye valley down to Boughrood. Climbed over the Brecons/Black Mountains towards Bwlth.

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  • Why oh Wye?
    20 July 2015

    Short day after hard day. Late start; Tom didn't seem keen. Lots of delaying tactics.

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  • Sunburn in Wales?
    19 July 2015

    Long day. Beautiful weather, got sunburnt. Rolled out and up. Lots of climbing. Some so steep I needed to push. Culinary excellence with pasta and sardines again, but better this time. Bala; Llanbrynmair. Hard day.

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  • Campsite premonitions
    18 July 2015

    Met Tom in Llandudno Junction after a short panic when he didn't pick up the phone.

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  • Not all those who wander are lost
    7 June 2014

    Sent by one who bears the globe Two will carry a minimal load Offering tribute on mountainous pyre Until inland sea inundates fire

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  • Thanks
    10 April 2012

    Nearly done. The Asia leg is complete: Kunming to Singapore. Now I just have to hop the aluminium bird back to Heathrow, clatter about in London a few days and then ride a couple more days across the UK's south east.

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  • Clear and Bright
    4 April 2012

    After an overcast start, it is a clear and bright day, which is appropriate for Qingming festival.

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  • Penultimate
    3 April 2012

    Palm oil plantations, lots of them. Consequently it's a bit of a tedious day.

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  • I'm Mersing Myself
    28 March 2012

    Today was pretty much as expected for a short day after a long day: difficult but over quickly.

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  • No Room at the Inn
    27 March 2012

    Something feels wrong with the day from the get go. My breakfast plans come unstuck, I can't find what I need in the shop, etc. Just got that feeling.

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  • Rest. Repair. Ride.
    26 March 2012

    Yesterday's short day seems to have led to good recovery. At no point was today's ride challenging, even when it looked like the wheels were going to come off.

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