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04/19/2014 – 289 days/25618 miles

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After a change of plans, I decided to head southwest from Kota Bharu, to Merapoh, one of the entrances to the Taman Negara National Park.

On the ride there (which included some wonderful riding that continues to amaze me), I passed by the north side of Lake Kenyir.
 
At the entrance to the park, my buddy Ben (who I…

04/15/2014 – 285 days/25260 miles

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After heading east across the Belum Rainforest and the thai iced tea-looking Kelantan river, I arrived in Kota Bharu, capital of the state of Kelantan.

One very big difference I’ve noticed in Malaysia, compared to Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, is that it’s very common to see signs in various languages. In the other countries, it seemed like you typically saw…

Two Nights in the Orchard

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Almost two years ago when Europe still felt like a world away we were contacted by a fellow Volkswagen owner and mechanical engineer from Turkey, interested in obtaining a copy of the CAD file that Brad made of Nacho’s body, which he had used to design our cabinets. Eren, after receiving the file, invited us to his home for tea if…

04/12/2014 – 282 days/25125 miles

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With 25125 miles on the clock since leaving Denver, I’ve gone further than the 24860 mile circumference of the earth. I thought that was kinda cool…
I’ve left Thailand and entered Malaysia.  I’m already missing eating pad thai on a regular basis, but at least the wonderful roads make up for that loss.  So far, I’d say the roads here…

04/06/2014 – 276 days/24291 miles

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At this point, I had now real plans moving forward…All I wanted to do was head south towards Malaysia. It just so happens that there are a few islands that are popular destinations in the south of Thailand…so, Koh Tao it is!
In Thai, Koh (sometimes written Ko, in order to save ink by eliminating the useless H) is island,…

Take Me Back to Constantinople

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From the moment we set foot in Istanbul it felt like we had fallen into a love affair of sorts. It didn’t matter that we had unknowingly stationed ourselves for the next month in Balat, or Little Tehran as it’s known, Istanbul’s most traditional Muslim neighborhood. It took us a while to come to this realization but Balat was quite literally like no…

VAN LAOS (KIPPEN) NAAR CAMBODIA (DOLLARS)

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BOLAVEN PLATEAU
Het plateau heeft in deze tijd een niet te onderschatten plus: het scheelt graden met de lager gelegen gebieden. Verder heeft het gebied een aantal mooie watervallen, die zelfs in de droge tijd de moeite waard zijn. In feite rijd je hier een rondje: van de ene waterval naar de andere.

In Paksong zijn we bij de Tad…

03/31/2014 – 270 days/23938 miles

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Getting out of Cambodia was a breeze. I’d heard plenty of stories that there would be extensive waiting and bribery required both while entering and exiting, but I had the exact opposite experience. It’s probably been my easiest country to enter and exit, and no bribes were required on either end.
When I entered back into Thailand, I was immediately…

Go Go Goa!

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About a year and a half ago we got an email from someone in Pakistan inviting us to Islamabad when we passed through the Middle East. He was with the VW club of Pakistan, and had been following our trip through the Americas. When we got to Islamabad, he said, there would be a big community of friends waiting. We…

Cowboys and Indians

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At last we arrived in Mumbai, the planned termination of our Indian adventure. Lo and behold, as we wound our way into town, we were pulled over by a cop. Indian cops are nothing more than common criminals, and this one fit the stereotype to a T. After pulling us over in thick Mumbai traffic he got off of his…

Trouble on the Pakistani Border

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After the Indian wedding we skipped town and headed for the deserts of Rajasthan. We made a pit stop at the Taj Mahal near Agra, a building said to be the most impressive ever built. It was impressive, I will say, and the attention to detail and scale were remarkable, but to say it is the most impressive building in…

03/25/2014 – 264 days/23587 miles

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From Phnom Penh, I rode south in the rain to Sihanoukville. The rain wasn’t terrible, but it caught me off guard, as I’ve only seen it rain for about 10 minutes in over two months, and haven’t had to ride in it in that time. And luckily I arrived in Sihanoukville just in time to get my bike unloaded before…

The Big Fat Indian Wedding

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The Big Fat Indian Wedding

As seems to happen to us from time to time, we have fallen grossly behind on our blog. As the days and weeks pass, the interesting things keep piling up and eventually we become as we are now, struggling to catch up to the present. So much happened in Nepal that we couldn’t get ourselves…

03/20/2014 – 259 days/23208 miles

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Here’s a couple more stops I made in Phnom Penh.

First, the Royal Palace

And I saw this guy at a temple near the palace…the patron saint of concussion prevention

Next up, some fun at a military base. Thank to a little bit of corruption, its possible to go to a range at the base and shoot some of their…

SABAIDEE

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Hallo in het Laotiaans, en als je het zegt, krijg je altijd een big smile terug en soms Bibi of Hello, maar veel Engels wordt er hier niet gesproken. Soms makkelijk, want we worden nooit aangehouden…de enige persoon die dat heeft gedaan, stond heel geleerd naar ons rijbewijs te kijken, waar hij natuurlijk niets van snapte. Het alfabet ziet er…

03/18/2014 – 257 days/23208 miles

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Two places I knew I needed to visit in Phnom Penh were the Choeung Ek Memorial (Killing Fields) and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aka S-21), and yes, they’re as depressing as they sound.

 
First off, if you don’t know much about the Khmer Rouge, I recommend looking into it a little bit. It’s been interesting to learn about…

Welcome to the Jungle

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We stood at the water’s edge in our shorts and flip flops along with a horde of other Western and Asian tourists. Six massive elephants rested on their sides in the cool river water of the Rapti. Every day the elephant’s masters, or mahouts, brought them out to the water to be washed, and we were invited to help.
Claire stood before…

03/16/2014 – 255 days/22904 miles

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Another stop I made in Siem Reap was at the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

The museum was founded by Aki Ra, a Cambodian with a pretty fascinating life…He was born in 1970 (he was only able to confirm his year of birth recently), and at age 5, his parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge. He was placed in a Khmer…

03/15/2014 – 254 days/22870 miles

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There isn’t a ton to do in Siem Reap, but the one thing there is to see is pretty magnificent…Angkor Wat, or rather, the entire Angkor Complex.

If you want information and history on the place, there’s plenty out there, and I don’t really feel like typing a bunch right now, so all you’re gonna get is some pictures.
Angkor…

03/13/2014 – 252 days/22870 miles

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I saw two different temple sites today. In the morning I went to Koh Ker, then stopped at Beng Mealea on my way to Siem Reap.

Koh Ker consists of 180 individual sites spread out over 30 square miles. Not all the sites can be visited, as the area was previously heavily mined, and some of the areas have not…

Langtang Phooey

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A while ago in the Andes mountains of Argentina we passed through a place called Uspallata, and thereafter began our ill-fated international food smuggling debacle, which saw us retreating to Uspallata. Uspallata, as it turned out, was the home base for the filming of the movie Seven Years in Tibet, turning the surrounding Andes into the surrogate Himalayas. As we drove from…

03/12/2014 – 251 days/22781 miles

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While doing some more detailed planning of my route through Cambodia, I was having issues with what I was seeing on my map, and what I was seeing on Google Maps.  Seems like there were lots of main roads missing from my map, and often times, the route different roads took was not accurately portrayed.  Turns out, the map I…

03/08/2014 – 247 days/22472 miles

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Today had to be my most physically exhausting day so far.
It involved good asphalt, crap asphalt, gravel covered asphalt, hard packed dirt, loose gravel, looser gravel, washboards, rocks, ruts, sketchy bridges, steep hills, sand, silt, river crossings, and falling.
I loved it.I love the fact that I did it, and that I am now drinking beer instead of riding.…

03/07/2014 – 246 days/22224 miles

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Turns out Ban Nahin is on the northern portion of “The Loop” in Laos. Although I didn’t feel like riding the whole loop, I figured I’d make my trip from Ban Nahin to Pakse a little longer and ride the north, east, and south portions, rather than just taking the west side, which would’ve been much faster. The west side…

OP WEG NAAR LAOS

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OP WEG NAAR LAOS
OMGEVING CHIANG MAI
Op een klein halfuur van Chiang Mai wonen Els en Kees, die na een goed jaar reizen dit plekje hebben gevonden. We arriveren bij een mooi huis met weids uitzicht over de rijstvelden, waar de familie al op ons zit te wachten. Jammer genoeg voelt Kees zich niet echt lekker en gaandeweg de…

03/05/2014 – 244 days/21885 miles

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From Phonsavan, I had a long day of riding to get to Ban Nahin, which is near the Kong Lo cave (Tham Kong Lo)
I’m starting to find that as soon as you get off the few main roads in Laos, long stretches of dirt become fairly common.
I’m also starting to find that I’m getting more tired with each…

03/03/2014 – 242 days/21590 miles

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This happened yesterday.

I wish I had a more exciting story to go along with the picture, but all I have is this boring explanation…
I stopped to take a pee. I flipped the kickstand down with my foot. The kickstand hit a rock and bounced back up. I assumed that the sound I heard was the kickstand settling into…

03/01/2014 – 240 days/21308 miles

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The ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, and the surrounding area, might have me convinced that Laos is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been.

And the food at all their little roadside restaurants is amazing as well
One day in Luang Prabang was spent riding around, getting lost…one particular road I took seemed to get less and…

02/23/2014 – 234 days/20922 miles

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Vang Vieng is an interesting place. The landscape is absolutely beautiful, and there are endless possibilities for what one could do while visiting.

Unfortunately, however, pretty much all that the place has become is a huge party. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my beer, but drinking from the early afternoon until the early morning every day is a bit…

The Maoist Revolt

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You may recall a reference that I made a short time ago regarding Nepal’s turbulent recent history involving the fall of the monarchy, the rise of the Republic, and the persistent problem with those rebellious and violent communists, the Maoists. You may also recall my mentioning that the country is still plagued by periodic Maoist assaults. It should come as no surprise…