It’s six o’clock in the morning and the passengers cautiously inspect Darwin airport’s arrival lounge for evidence of red backs, funnel webs and 8-metre long salt-water crocodiles. I decide to worry about box jelly fish, blue bottles, blue ringed octopus,...
February 13, 2003 GMT - Out of Asia
Sitting contemplating my pleasantly sweaty navel in the Indonesian touristic vacuum otherwise known as Bali, South East Asia has left me with decidedly mixed emotions. There have been many high points, but these are tainted by the disappointment of missing...
January 21, 2003 GMT - Jungle Book
The road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reep - home to the legendary temples of Angkor was horrid. OK, I only knew they were legendary after watching a trailer on Discovery Channel, but they might have added a parental advisory...
January 03, 2003 GMT - And then there was one!
Happy 2003 to everyone and thanks so much for all the emails and comments gush, gush, gush.... And news? Well, for probably the first time since we set off, we were overtaken by something. And unfortunately for Adrian it was...
December 23, 2002 GMT - Happy Xmas from paradise island
Just a quick post to say Happy Xmas and a Happy New Year from the tropical island paradise of Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand. Things just don't get better than this and I feel I am the luckiest...
December 01, 2002 GMT - What yetis?
India can sometimes bring the fundamentals of life into sharp relief and watching whilst a family cremates grandma on an open bonfire of banyan wood alonside the River Ganges inevitably raised uncomfortable issues of our own mortality. So, it was...
November 23, 2002 GMT - Sand and sandals, camels and rats...
Against all our expectations, and unlike many other visitors, we rather enjoyed the hustle and hassle of Delhi, we really did. But, after only one week, a combination of pollution and virulent colds left us both craving some clean air....
November 23, 2002 GMT - The route
We've had a couple of requests for details of our route so far, so here is the latest list of major and minor towns along the way (spellings are, as always, negotiable) .......
November 05, 2002 GMT - Happy Diwali everybody!
If I'm honest, the bulk of my many preconceptions about this journey have been inaccurate at best; I fully expected to experience the Indian 'culture shock' so often described. But, after the education of sharing a hotel room with a...
October 23, 2002 GMT - The Longest Day
We weren't too sure if we could do it, and nobody else was even vaguely interested in trying, but Adrian and I overslept soundly before leaving the others in an ultimately pointless attempt to climb the Karakoram Highway (KKH)...
October 15, 2002 GMT - And then there were six...
Five weeks away and I think we're starting to get the hang of this travelling lark. We're getting used to the large crowds that form every time we stop to look at a map. Developing techniques for getting rooms for...
October 10, 2002 GMT - Stop press: Across the desert into Pakistan
Just a quick note from a friendly internet company. Cliff, Jenny, Andreas Adrian and I arrived safe and sound in Pakistan yesterday after crossing the Baluchistan desert from Bam in Iran to Quetta in Pakistan. The border crossing went...
October 10, 2002 GMT - Persian travels
Tourists are still a relative novelty in Iran and as a consequence we have been formally introduced to at least one half of the population. "Hi, how are you?" rings constantly in our ears, proud fathers take photos of their...
September 30, 2002 GMT - Into Iran
Iran is big. Really, really big. Bigger than the UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland put together. Three times the size of France and one fifth the size of the US. Get the picture? It's big....
September 24, 2002 GMT - Dogubayazit and the Iranian border
Stop press - we have just arrived at the Turkish border town of Dogubayazit - near to Mont Arrarat and Noah's Ark. Will find a place to stop for the evening and make a break for Iran early as I...
September 24, 2002 GMT - To Nemrut and beyond
Sorry, but this is a big entry as we are still moving fairly quickly and have not come across any usable internet cafes for a while......
September 24, 2002 GMT - Rate of attrition
Well, what's gone wrong so far, not much actually... 1. Broken wire/connection on Adrian's intercom - still not fixed properly 2. Oil mist collecting in air boxes leaking out of carb inlets after prolonged high-speed running- they all do...
September 20, 2002 GMT - David Bailey's got nothing to fear
Well, there's clearly more to this photography lark than we thought, but we're starting to get the hang of Adrian's digital camera after some disappointing initial results. Regardless, we thought we'd post a few snaps for your obvious pleasure and...
September 18, 2002 GMT - Istanbul to Cappadocia
Thanks for the comments chaps, keep them coming... After our last post, we wandered over to the Grand Bazaar for a look around. It really is quite a spectacle. Adrian thought that it reminded him of the Victoria Centre -...
September 16, 2002 GMT - Istanbul and yet more rain
We set off from Budapest and headed for the Romanian border. Weather and roads were great but after making a slight navigational error, we ended up in a small town called Debrecen about 30 miles off our route. But what...
September 12, 2002 GMT - Budapest
Arrived Thursday morning in Budapest. Beautiful weather for a change as the ride down through Germany and Austria has been dull and grey. We have just stuck to the Autobahns so not much scenery and not much to report. My...
September 09, 2002 GMT - Wetter than fish
Just a quick entry on our first day as innocents abroad. Drove through torrential downpours to arrive without drama to a slap up meal at the groenedijk motorcycle loft hotel, outside Ostend. Greeted by Sonya, but proprietor Ivan was, perhaps...
August 30, 2002 GMT - The run up...
One week before our planned departure date and the sense of anticipation is growing. All that's left to do is pick up some US$, courses of antibiotics and get our Iranian visas back from the Magic Carpet Co. Oh, and...
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