On the road for 2 years

DSC03516When we set out in June 2013 we had no idea how long we were going for. We had always enjoyed cycle touring but how would an open ended tour shape up. We had a rough idea of where we wanted to go, we were aiming to head  to Greece and spend the winter there.

The mountainous roads had the beating of us.

The mountainous roads had the beating of us.

Following that we would head on East. We missed out going through Iran when they changed their visa requirements. Lumping the Brits and Canadians in with the Americans who needed to be accompanied at all times. Instead we headed through Georgia and Azerbaijan and ended up getting stuck on the Caspian for 3 days.

Pip with some friendly Uzbek ladies.

Pip with some friendly Uzbek ladies.

We had planned to carry on through China but for a number of reasons changed our minds. We had heard negative reports from fellow cycle tourists, only 4 week visas were being issued by the consulate at Bishkek and we wanted a change from Central Asia. So instead we decided to fly to Japan.

 

Temple in the evening

Temple in the evening

We loved Japan, we spent ten weeks cycling from Hokkaido to the western tip of Honshu and we can’t recommend it enough.

DSC03901Our next goal was to get to Australia to meet up with my daughter who is living in Perth. We has some bad luck through South East Asia. By the time we left Lao neither of us were fit to cycle very far so we caught a sleeper to Bangkok and made for an Island near the Cambodian border to recover.

Koh Bida_290115_0025Thailand was getting hotter and we were getting up at 5am to catch the cooler part of the day. We enjoyed the beaches and I loved the diving in the Andaman sea.

We knew by the time we flew to Australia that we needed a break from cycle touring. We had seen so much that we were becoming inured to what was around us.We were missing our family and friends.  We needed to do other things to keep fit. We needed some down time to assimilate all that we had done and seen.

DSC04330We didn’t have a house and we didn’t want to settle down quite yet. We decided on trying to live in a motor home for a bit. This would be more luxurious than a tent but still mobile. We could stay near family and friends and still use our bikes to get around.

 

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