Mini Itinerary

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  • Unpicking the Bangkok Lock, Block by Block
    17 February 2012

    Gonna be a short one today. I demolish three bananas for breakfast and roll out.

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  • I Can Ride Forever...
    16 February 2012

    ...but the sun's not going to stay up for me.

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  • Highway Grind
    15 February 2012

    I spend a few kilometres getting out of Chanthaburi and snaking north to get on highway 3, and then most of the day is a steady grind along it.

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  • A Fresh Look at Chanthaburi
    14 February 2012

    Today I finally manage to get back on the bike. I've been a week in Trat feeling under the weather.

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  • Trat Farang Mayhem
    7 February 2012

    Drunkenly tottering older female yank, Bond orchestra style horns and drums, a tribe of Germans, a polite Polish couple, and a Brit in an Hawaiian shirt that's bordering on obscene.

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  • Transposition
    6 February 2012

    Why did the cyclist cross the road? Because Thailand drives on the left.

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  • Heading Towards the Border
    5 February 2012

    This is my last full day in Cambodia. I head along route 57 to Pailin, a small provincial town that lies 19km short of the Thai border.

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  • Aeolus's Revenge
    4 February 2012

    After an easy, smooth day yesterday, today's the opposite: highway 5 is rather bumpy, and I'm going into the wind for most of the ride.

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  • Just Passing Through
    2 February 2012

    49, 42, 42, 44, 43. These are the rolling times in minutes of all of today's 20 kilometre blocks. This is what happens when the wind is on your side and the surface is golden.

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  • So, I Hear There's Some Temples...
    31 January 2012

    I'm well aware that my tolerance level for temples and ruins can be rather low. Ruined temples? Yep, turns out similar. I chose to get the one day ticket for the Angkor Archeological Park, and it was the right decision.

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  • Mr Front Wheel, You Must Be Here For The Slow Puncture Party
    29 January 2012

    Long day. First 20km goes in 50 minutes, as does the second, which is a reassuring start. I hit the Coke early, but it doesn't quite hit the spot.

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  • I'm Getting Tired of This
    28 January 2012

    Had a chat with Mrs Chen this morning. She said she was born in Cambodia, but her ancestral home is near Shantou in eastern Guangdong province.

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  • Half Century / Goodbye Mekong
    27 January 2012

    My first bike tour was from Kunming to Hekou for four days over the Christmas of 2009 with Chris. Then followed an ill-fated but educational five dayer around the Lincang area with Dan for Christmas 2010.

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  • Phnom Penh Pitstop
    26 January 2012

    First full day in the capital, I squirt some air in the troublesome tyre and head off to the bike shop to get things sorted. The bike shop's closed for Chinese New Year. I thought I'd got away from all that. I'm told it'll be open again on the 26th, which isn't too bad - I'll just be here three days instead of the planned two.

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  • No Let Up on the Phnom Penh Time Trial Let Down
    23 January 2012

    My day off the bike in Kampot was spent hanging out with Justin and Emma, reading, eating, strolling around the town and getting some fixes done on the bike.

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  • Back to Kampot
    21 January 2012

    Back to Kampot today. There's nothing really wrong with Sihanoukville, but I think I felt a bit more relaxed in Kampot.

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  • Sneaking to Snooky
    19 January 2012

    A longish but surprisingly easy ride today. I definitely get some wind assistance for a lot of the ride, as well as a helpful pull from another bike tourist.

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  • Into Cambodia
    18 January 2012

    Big fat breakfast at Oasis Bar. After eating and caffeinating, I go two doors down to the jeweller and sell all my remaining Vietnamese currency for US dollars, the de facto currency of Cambodia.

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  • This Is My Bicycle
    17 January 2012

    Lunch is for breakfast today - rice and chops, again - at my guesthouse. Rocket fuel coffee on the side.

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  • Another Day at the Office
    16 January 2012

    Just like a day job. Wake up, wonder where you are, who you are, what it all means. Put on your work clothes, grab some breakfast, begin your commute. Today was little more than quotidian drudgery.

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