Japan

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#11 10 January 2008—12 February 2008 ‘You have only to see what you see and feel what you feel.’ —Mineko Iwasaki I had a fundamental decision to make. One that had been rolling around in my head since day one, and I knew I would have to face up to it in the next year: east […]

China

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#10 26 November 2007—7 January 2008 One of my final glimpses of Vietnam was of a motorcycle loaded sky-high with caged chickens, hitting the skids and coming to grief on hwy 1A. Considering my experience there, a road accident full of chickens seemed an unsurprising and appropriate image to depart with. Needless to say, the […]

Laos & Vietnam

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#9 3 November 2007—25 November 2007 BACK INTO THAILAND Contrary to information I had received in Bangkok from the Laos embassy, I discovered that visas aren’t in fact available on entry at the Cambodia-Laos border on the Mekong River, which had supposedly been recently upgraded to International Status. This meant I had to make a […]

Thailand & Cambodia

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#8 9 October 2007—2 November 2007 ‘A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thought.’ —Alan Watts BANGKOK In Southeast Asia all roads lead to Bangkok, and if you can see through the smog you’ll see that even in Thailand’s capital city the Thai live by their maxim ‘chai yen’ […]

Indonesia

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#6 30 June 2007—5 September 2007 Not all straight sailing through Indonesia The day after I had arrived in Darwin was Northern Territory Independence Day, July 1. To celebrate, and because the N.T. is in fact a Territory as opposed to a state, it’s legal for any adult to buy and use fireworks for the […]

Airlie Beach-Darwin

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#5 23 May 2007—30 June 2007 Endless Dream Nowhere to go. I had five days until I needed to take my final course of vaccines and they had to remain refrigerated at the Airlie Beach Pharmacy. I gave myself this time to find another yacht before moving on and continuing the search. Once again I […]

Townsville-Airlie Beach

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#4 23 April 2007—22 May 2007 Seawanhaka Seawanhaka (Island of Shells) comes from the Native American Shinacock tribe of Long Island. By the time I had arrived in Townsville I’d cycled 3,300 km, but aptly it hardly felt like I’d cycled anywhere. Three months of travel, a minor vertical scratch on the globe and still […]

Gladstone-Townsville

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#3 24 March 2007—22 April 2007 Gladstone stinks! I don’t mean that as a derogatory remark. It’s a fact, and I couldn’t figure out whether it was emissions from the aluminum smelter or the coal plant or the mass of coalmines around the joint. The locals couldn’t shed light on the situation as they didn’t […]