October
28th
2012

Coming Home


Coming home

In March 2010, we were leaving. Definitely leaving. I imagined that word in capital letters – six years of London life packed into three tea crates and left without a forwarding address. We would be fools to send our stuff back home, we figured. Sure we were headed towards New Zealand, but anything could happen in the interim. How can you begin to imagine the end, when you’re still haven’t left familiar roads? – Posted by Emma

February
13th
2012

Thailand By Numbers


Thailand by numbers

Our final country by numbers post has taken a while to put together meaning the memories of our brief time are a little faded. Along with swimming and good food, the ever present knowledge that things were coming to an end tinge all my memories of Thailand. – Posted by Justin

February
5th
2012

Rolling To A Stop


Rolling to a stop

At 4am I’m wide awake. I stare at the ceiling in the last cheap hotel in nameless small town of our trip willing Justin to wake up with the same urge to get going. Sensibly he doesn’t stir. By a slightly more reasonable 5:30am we haul our panniers down a flight of stairs one last time and clip them onto our bikes on a dark street. I wave goodbye to the half asleep security guard. He has no reason to suspect that this day will be different to any other. – Posted by Emma

February
4th
2012

Sidecars And Side Roads


Sidecars and side roads

When an official-looking man in a orange fluorescent jacket waved us off the road, I thought our bribe-dodging karma had finally worn thin. Only with the slow realisation that I had seen our assailant earlier, I pulled the brakes, coming to a stop a few metres ahead. Nic had passed us an hour earlier cruising on his motorcycle, while his son lounged in a deck chair side-cart as if they had the whole afternoon to kill. Introductions to him and his son Boy were made, and we were quickly offered huge slices of watermelon and an invitation to visit his home and farmland about 70km away. – Posted by Emma

February
4th
2012

Day Of Food – Thailand


Day of food - Thailand

We regularly enjoyed green and red curries at our local Thai restaurant in London so we were expecting big things on the culinary front from Thailand and we weren’t disappointed. Our first overnight stop in Trat saw us wandering through a bustling night market between thundery downpours, our arms bulging with bags of delicious takeaway food. We have been enjoying the availability of fresh fruit and (somewhat guiltily) the wide availability of western treats (and air conditioning) via the ubiquitous 7/11 stores. – Posted by Justin

January
31st
2012

23,000 Kilometre Photo


23,000 kilometre photo

The 23,000 kilometre photo was taken on 31st January 2012, our first day in Thailand and shortly after crossing the border from Cambodia. The kind lady who provided the additional three digits we required was a little confused as to our request but we managed to convince her to join us outside her shop. The photo was taken by her friend and accompanied by much giggling between the two. With less than 1000km to Bangkok this was our final kilometre photo of the trip. In hindsight, we wished we had involved locals from the very start. – Posted by Emma

January
31st
2012

Cambodia By Numbers


Cambodia by numbers

Our path through Cambodia was far from straight, bearing a more than passing resemblance to the signature sword stroke of Zorro. Our route was defined by a combination of wanting to visit a few temple sites and the desire to enter Thailand as close to Bangkok as possible. Between the temple visits we spent a very social few days in the capital Phnom Penh and relaxed in the quiet riverside town of Kampot with a visit to the beach thrown in for good measure. Cambodia is perhaps the flattest (and hottest) country we have cycled in seeing us set our trip distance record on the stretch from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, but we still left with broad smiles and good memories. – Posted by Justin

January
30th
2012

The Hot South


The Hot South

Our desire to get to the coast, and specifically into the sea, has been waning a little lately. Originally planning to spend a week sitting out the heat on the Sihanoukville peninsula, we didn’t have the energy to cycle 80km out of our way to a beach resort which not one fellow traveller had enthused about. Time was short too, with extra days in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh eating into what was left of our Cambodian visas. On top of this pile of excuses, Chinese New Year was upon us, meaning that many other people would be heading south. Instead we settled into the sleepy river town of Kampot for a few extra days. – Posted by Emma

January
26th
2012

Day Of Food – Cambodia


Day of food - Cambodia

On the all important food front, it has been thoroughly enjoyable to cross into Cambodia. An abundance of fresh fruit, what we call ‘pot-luck’ dinners (where you pick what you want to eat by seeing what is in each pot) and Cambodian-style icy desserts in all but the smallest towns means we’ve rarely gone hungry. If it wasn’t for the heat regularly robbing us of our appetites, I’d have some concern about the balance of calories eaten vs burnt. – Posted by Emma

January
21st
2012

Cycling Flat Out


Cycling flat out

We were eager to arrive in Phnom Penh, which was the biggest city we have visited since China. Flat roads devoid of anything to divert us from cycling gave us reason to speed south, and besides, closing in on the end of our trip, we both wanted to see how far we could cycle in one day. Phnom Penh holds dark poignant memories of Cambodia’s past and as we rode into the city that saw a forced exodus of its population into the surrounding countryside, the thought of these events swirled around my mind. – Posted by Justin