Here I’ve cobbled together a selection of photos from the first stage of the journey. The photos are more or less in chronological order representing the 10 countries travelled: Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China and Japan.
#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 […]
#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 […]
#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’ […]
#7 6 September 2007 – 8 October 2007 ‘If you don’t go when you wanna go, when you do go you’ll find you’re gone.’ —Bert, The Worlds Fastest Indian On the sketchy road to Bangkok I arrived in Singapore a little worse for wear, though after the chaos of Indonesia it was just the place […]
#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 […]
#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 […]
#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 […]