Toronto To Santiago

Fly by night
Canada outa sight
Three word sentences
Avoids the bog

Brother in law Randy put us onto a way of communicating events and things using only three word sentences. Try it once.

This method avoids writing in the bog (using 20 words when 10 would do).

We had a smooth 11 hour overnight flight. Landing on New Year’s Day and all was very quiet.

Today we go out to source white gas for the stove, food for the next week, and hopefully a bit of technology (110 volt adaptor, turbo stick for laptop etc).

Planning the next week’s routes and options.

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Testing new uv water treatment system

Bye For Now

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Choosing a destination for our 2013 winter biking trip

Well, we spent a lot of time considering four different locations.

1. Cycling Tasmania and parts of Southern Australia.
Pros – New destination, very scenic, warm weather, good road conditions
Cons – Expensive, some roads are busy, not Spanish speaking country

2. Cycling Cuba
Pros – New destination, Spanish speaking, relatively flat, very scenic, relatively inexpensive, want to see the country before major political changes occur
Cons – Maybe too short a trip for 90 day adventure

3, Back to South East Asia
Pros – Interesting, very warm, several places we didn’t get to see last trip
Cons – Expensive to get to, maybe too soon (we were there last year)

4. Cycling parts of Chile & Argentina
Pros – Amazing scenery, new destination, Spanish speaking, not too expensive
Cons – Mountains, desert...

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Touring – The Journey Is The Destination

We are done the cycling portion of our trip and are enjoying a little beach time before returning to Canada on April 02nd.

In the past, we have commented on how we tour. Now a brief summary on why we tour. The reasons are many, and they change day by day.

It is an amazing way of slowing things down that are being presented to you. From there your senses take over and digest what is in front of you, the sights, the sounds, the smells and the cornucopia of other snip it’s of a culture right before your eyes.

One could look at travel and see an evolution of methods of travel. All are good and serve a different purpose. In the past we have flown to a country, done the all inclusive thing and flown home with a new sense of understanding of that nation.

Next one graduates to flying to a nation...

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Pong to Song

This was a hot and hilly day. We did 95 km to Song. We had lunch there and then took a taxi tuk tuk to Phrae. The road was great with little traffic but lots and lots of aggressive dogs. We have been chased three times in three days. We didn’t encounter aggressive dogs in Vietnam (they eat most of them), Cambodia (too hot for them to bother running) or Laos (too sickly and scrawny to run).Read More

Massages In South East Asia – Lessons Learned

Well, we have had about 10 massages so far. Some include hot towels, hot stones, hot oil, hot glass jars and even one that had something like A535 rub.

And then there was the massage in central Vietnam. After a long hot day of biking, I booked us each a massage. This was not unusual, but what happened next was. We were at a relatively expensive hotel (the only one we could find). In the basement was a Karaoke /spa massage. We were taken to our perspective rooms. Part way through Janis’s massage, the young lady asked Janis to open here eyes. From there she gently touched Janis’s nose and asked “was yer name”. In a motherly stern voice Janis cut off the advance and the massage was finished.

Meanwhile, in my room, the young lady asked if she could crawl into the bed with me...

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Top 10 Foods We Encountered So Far

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Chiang Khong Thailand

We had to give up the three day ride from Luang Namtha to the Thai border as neither of us were feeling well for about a week. We got a van ride to the border. It looked like we missed a good but difficult three days of riding. The border crossing included a 5 minute boat ride across the Mekong and a 15 minute visa acceptance process.Read More

Farewell Laos

It is time to say goodbye to our most favorite country to cycle in. As we may have mentioned before, if the meek shall inherit the earth, then Laos is due. It is a developing nation, with lots of poverty, poor healthcare, schools without book, high illiteracy rate, no freedom of religion and a communist government, yet the families are intact and strong. The people are kind and genuine.Read More

Thoeng to Pong

We cycled about 75 km today. It would be more like 82 but we started 7 km out of town We climbed 460 meters and had 535 meter decent. Again good road condition and little traffic. Not much to see along this leg. Whenever we see people along the way they are friendly.Read More

Chiang Khong to Thoeng

This was an 84 km trip as we went 7 km past Thoeng. We climbed a total of 444 meters up and went down about the same. Road condition were great and we got the hang of riding on the left side of the road. While we bypassed the really bad smoke there was still Haze.Read More