For the Nepal trip I rode my 2008 Giant Trance X0. Any mountain bike would have been fine. With the high altitude steep climbs and occasional big distances, though, the singlespeeds would have been inconvenient. And […]
Muktinath to Tatopani. 8,300 feet of descent in 30 miles, warp 9 on the Trance 5″ travel doucherocket mayhem, I never ride like this, wide open hauling ass grip breathe boulders drops airborne. Now hot […]
On several occasions of traveling to destinations in Asia, I’ve had a layover in Hong Kong. It’s a great airport to spend the night in, with late night dining, free wifi, and comfy, quiet spots. […]
Vietnam is an easy and wonderful place to pedal. It’s energetic, beautiful, and has a powerful history. Citywise, I liked both Hanoi and Saigon, though they are very different. Hanoi is laid back and cosmopolitan, while Saigon is more of the chaotic whirlpool that Asian cities can be. More broadly, the attraction of the north is that it’s rugged and hilly. The attraction of the south is that the riverways and ferry travel around the Mekong delta are culturally interesting.
A substantial part of any cycling tour is the serendipity that originates in not having a plan and simply getting lost. But here are some notes on tidbits that are worth doing.
[From January 2009.] I’m sitting there near my bike, sipping a coke from a roadside stall, content. There’s a bunch of 20 something Vietnamese loafing about, it’s Tet after all. A woman comes up to […]
[From January 2009.] It’s the end of the day, I’ve gone 120k, encounter six or seven late teen boys walking their bikes up an incline, base of a longer climb, should be my last, I […]
[From January 2009.] Left Vientiane at my usual not too early start and pedaled out of the exhaust into merciless sunshine and sweat. Two hours in I see in the distance riders on touring bikes, […]
[From January 2009.]
[From January 2009.] Heat and shimmery day yesterday, hottest yet, delightfully, through the border from Cambodia to Thailand via the new crossing north of Anlong Veng. Now fast pace bound for Ventiene, then a more leisurely […]
[From January 2008.] “Where will you take your lunch today, Mr. Joe?” “With the dhosa man around the corner.” “Oh! Dhosas are very bad for lunch!” “Huh? How come?” “For lunch you need rice, daal, […]
[From January 2009.] Two days yesterday. One in sun embraced serenity along red clay Mekong delta roads and paths, school children in smart navy slacks and pressed buttoned whites, noodle shack, cilantro garnish with hot […]
[From December/January 2009.]
This is the setup I used when I toured Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos in 2009. On body: ss wool polo shirt, cycling shorts (baggy), money pouch, sandals, cycling cap, helmet, sunglasses, p&s camera In […]