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Coming to America: Washington State

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(James) It was a strange sensation to be arriving at the US border. It certainly hadn’t been part of our original plan and had only been mentioned when, having made it to where the land ended in southeast Asia, we were suddenly faced with the prospect of ‘what next?’ We didn’t have the funds to do the length of the…

Remember us?!….

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Hi all,
Sorry it’s been a while! We haven’t abandoned the website, honest, we just haven’t had much time to write recently due to a hectic schedule over the last couple of months, spectacular hospitality in North America and, of course, arranging the shipping of our bikes back to Europe.
Rest assured, we’re on the case and have entries in the pipeline which…

Viva Vancouver!

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(Em) We were mildly nervous as we waited in the long line for immigration at Vancouver airport – such a fuss had been made about us not having proof of onward travel when we’d departed Singapore that we were fully expecting to be given the third degree, or even to have to buy an onward flight just for the sake…

Singapore – the end of Asia

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(James) All too quickly our time in Australia had come to an end. We’d been busy throughout our stay but our list of jobs – top of which had been to get the blog up to date – was now even longer than before. We said a sad goodbye to Sal and Meg and then drove down to Melbourne airport…

Downtime Down Under

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(Em) I think I mentioned in the last entry that the budget Air Asia flight from KL to Melbourne was surprisingly good. We both remarked that it was one of the quietest flights we’d ever been on, both in terms of general engine noise and fellow passengers (well, you never know who you’ll end up sitting next to and in…

Swapping bikes for beaches

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(Em) At the end of our little road trip from Kuala Lumpur across the Malaysian Peninsula with Henry, we arrived in Kuantan on the east coast at lunchtime. Henry had parked up at the Hyatt (very flash) where he was having an afternoon meeting but his appointment wasn’t until 2pm so we sat down for cup of tea at the…

All go in Kuala Lumpur!

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(Em) Kuala Lumpur – what a cool city! And so bike friendly; no sooner had we hit the outskirts than we were getting waves and thumbs up from every man and his dog! Our first encounter with a super-friendly local occurred when we first arrived; we took an exit off the highway in what looked to be the direction of…

Living it up in Penang!

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(Emily) ‘Welcome to Malaysia’ was emblazoned in big bold letters as we crossed the border, and welcome is certainly what we felt! Customs was a breeze and while James was inside getting the carnets done, I chatted with one of the border guards who taught us a few useful phrases – this is how we usually get some initial familiarity…

Leaving Thailand – it had to happen eventually!

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(Emily) All things considered, our night camping out on the floor of the service station really wasn’t too bad (that said, our standards have dropped significantly on this trip, a fact normally made apparent when we bump into other westerners!) As I mentioned in our last entry, the locals were remarkably relaxed about this unscheduled and unwanted event and were…

Bangkok (again!) and the road south

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(Emily) Bangkok was only about 150km away from where we’d crossed in from Cambodia but we knew it could take hours to negotiate our way into the centre so given the hour, we resolved to find a guesthouse en route and do the remainder of the journey the following morning. Typically, for the first time and, of course, now that…

Angkor Wat

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(Emily) It had only been a short stay in Phnom Penh but we’d visited the important sites of S-21 and Choeung Ek and we knew that with all the nice cafes, bars and shops so close to our guesthouse, our budget-conscious resolve would soon be in danger of weakening if we stuck around. All in all, it was better for…