Mini Itinerary

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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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  • Ferries Cross The Mekong
    15 January 2012

    Sore throat this morning. I make a mental note to have a few soothing cold ones if it persists.

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  • Into the Mekong Delta
    14 January 2012

    Getting out of Saigon was as easy as getting in. I track west on a busy but orderly road until I hit QL1, loop around on a feeder road and bam! I'm right back in the highway melee.

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  • Catfish And Mandala: Andrew X. Pham
    13 January 2012

    I picked up a copy of Andrew X. Pham's book Catfish and Mandala when I was in Hoi An. I'd seen it on the 'Asia Interest' shelves years ago, without realising it involved bike touring. Ostensibly, the book is about a Vietnamese-American bike touring in the US, Japan and Vietnam. In fact, it's better described as a personal exploration of the identity issues faced by emigré Vietnamese.

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  • Routines
    12 January 2012

    Here's what the rest of the day looks like, aside from bike time, starting with rolling into a destination town:

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  • As Brave As Traffic
    11 January 2012

    Piece of cake, really. Point bike at city, ride, arrive, stop. Well, ok, there's a bit more to it than that, but it's not too much of a challenge.

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  • Into Saigon's Gravitational Field
    10 January 2012

    Knobbled for baguettes again! I've really not sorted the eating patterns of Vietnam out. Rice is not for dinner, ok, I think I've got that straight. I've been offered rice porridge for dinner, but elsewhere in Asia, that's pretty squarely in the breakfast department. What's going on? Anyway, I thought baguettes were an all day kind of thing, but I don't see any on sale as I roll out of La Gi.

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  • Enter The Dragon(fruit)
    9 January 2012

    I cobble together a breakfast from my guesthouse's confused menu, do a bit of basic bike maintenance, and roll out.

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  • Sticks and Stones...
    8 January 2012

    Today turns out to be much longer than I'd expected. It's unfortunately all my fault.

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  • Distance Defeats Dismal
    7 January 2012

    About 100km on the slate today, to the twin cities of Phan Rang-Thap Chiam. Bit of a dismal day all round, thanks partly to overcast, blustery weather.

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  • Blowout
    5 January 2012

    The wind's really been the story of the past few days. Without it, I'd have spent a lot more energy getting to Nha Trang. Against it, these distances would have been hard. But today's blowout was of a different kind.

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  • Farthest East
    4 January 2012

    My first dorm night of the trip, and probably the last. Not the best of sleep, but the price was right. I'm slow off the mark, but take time for a sturdy breakfast of chips, eggs, bacon, toast and coffee.

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  • A Good Day Ain't Got No Rain
    3 January 2012

    Finally, a day on the bike with no rain. And what a difference it makes. Today's terrain is similar to the past couple of days, but paddy fields with their greens glowing do so much more for one's optimism.

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