Almost 1,5 month we spent in Thailand and paced the country nearly in it’s entire length, therewith accumulating about 2300 km.
Continue reading Thailand in Retrospect
As briefly indicated in a previous post, we indeed, tried to escape from the haze of smoke in Northern Thailand. We were just longing for a view further then just a couple of hundred meters and hoped Laos to be less affected. Continue reading Never-ending Dirt Road
My parents came to visit us in North-Thailand and were eagerly taking photos, more than 2000 – probably more than I am taking in two month. I tried to select a few below …
Continue reading Photos – Visit from Home
I am now on the road for about half a year. Months that passed quickly and I am happy that it’s by no means the end of my journey, yet. Hence, not a touch of homesickness.
Continue reading Visit from Home in Smoky Thailand
Late afternoon – after a day taken up by cycling – we had a rest at the road side for a fruit dinner with a couple of mangos, half a watermelon and a pomelo.
Continue reading Chan The Monk
Small selection of photos almost exclusively taken by Jela (with her camera) within the past two month … (see also https://quietschgelb.wordpress.com/)
Continue reading Photos – Through Jela’s Eyes I
Another small selection of photos, mainly taken in Thailand. As usual, more photos can be found at https://quietschgelb.wordpress.com/
Continue reading Photos Southeast Asia II
During the last days I hit the 10,000 km mark on a cycle trip again (whereof Jela and I cycled already almost 3,000 km together). Again, because nearly 10 years back I did my first extended cycling touring trip with Hannes, my brother. On that trip we achieved the 10,000 km after less then 4 month in Northern Mexico (see report here, unfortunately in German). Back then we already noticed how much “monotony, patience, ambition as well as love for cycling” is hidden behind that abstract number.
Continue reading 10,000
Interesting and hard to decipher post-title, right?
Continue reading โรงแรม
Beaches; palm trees; activities like snorkeling or diving in excellent areas; endless accommodations, bars, restaurants etc.; good food; quite easily accessible; … .
Continue reading Backpacker’s Realm
Since about week we are in Thailand now. A very popular and famous destination for travelers and vacationers. Everybody has probably heard about tourist destinations like ‘Phuket’ or ‘Ko Samui’.
Continue reading First Week in Thailand
We only spent a relatively short time in Malaysia, a bit more than a fortnight. Thus, we haven’t seen so much of Malaysia, but we loved it pretty much.
Continue reading Malaysia in Retrospect
After a 1.5 day ride from Ipoh–the night we spent camping in a Hindu temple for the first time–we reached the touristic island Penang. Most tourists are attracted by George Town, an Unesco World Heritage Site for its “unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia” (wikipedia).
Continue reading Leaving Malaysia via Islands
A little selection of photos from Southeast Asia … (Malaysia and Singapore).
More photos can be found at quietschgelb.wordpress.com.
Continue reading Photos Southeast Asia I
Actually, we intented to stay just one night at Akmal’s place in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur (KL). However, a friend of Akmal, Mohammad, prevented the plan. After an invitation for breakfast he also hold out the prospect of taking us to Putra Jaya as well as the Petrona Twin Towers with his car. We couldn’t resist the temptation.
Continue reading Quiet Roads from KL to CH
Already in Singapore we, that is ourselves plus Chris and Iwona (a Polish couple who cycled here from home within the last 9 month), agreed on meeting us directly after the Malaysian border with intent to cycle a bit together.
Continue reading Malaysia’s Crowded West Coast
Before we came to Singapore we actually didn’t expect much and therewith didn’t intent to stay very long. But finally we ended up staying for 6 nights.
Continue reading Singapore
When I disassembled my bike at the airport of Christchurch I realized that I screwed up my pedal crank again. Stupid! (not for the first time as Hannes will lively remember – a couple of years ago in Columbia). For whatever reason I obviously didn’t tighten the pedal sufficiently. This caused- slowly and unnoticed- a serious damage of the pedal crank’s thread.
Continue reading The Quest’s Happy End
After 4 month of cycling in Australia and New Zealand, these countries offer, apart from outstanding scenic features and animal life, no real surprises anymore. Thus, I am now looking forward for a more noticeable change.
Continue reading What’s next?
There is a commonly used tour guide entitled “Pedallers’ Paradise”, written by a Kiwi that covers almost every stretch of cycle-able kilometers in NZ. Without even knowing the north island, I second the title’s claim – NZ is indeed a paradise for cyclists for various reasons.
Continue reading NZ in Retrospect
The last five to six days I was pretty lazy in terms of cycling and just covered about 200 km on my way north, still along the west coast. And I enjoyed it 😉 …
Continue reading Idle Days
The west coast is kind of notorious among cyclist. Almost every cyclist I met was reporting incessant and very heavy rain for many days (and besides complaining about the countless sand flies) when they cycled there.
Continue reading Sunny West Coast
Some new photos from New Zealand …
Continue reading Photos New Zealand
Lonely regions with almost no tourists at all and crowded touristic places lie in New Zealand sometimes only a few kilometers apart. Continue reading Alternating Tourist Density
New Zealand is absolutely safe, it has a lot of beautiful and varied scenic highlights, and it is very easy to travel. Continue reading Cyclists And Other Tourists
After retracing my steps that originally took me closer to Mt. Cook and another enjoyable day of cycling (with a nice little pass and free camping spot at a scenic lake) I finally reached the popular ‘Otago Central Rail Trail‘. ‘Rail Trail’ might sound familiar to attentive readers since I already passed few of them in Victoria, Australia (see this post).
Continue reading The Otago Central Rail Trail
These are exactly the moments that entirely pay off the struggle with the weather sometimes, the boring days of cycling, or the occasional physical fatigue. In these moments I can’t think of anything better than just cycling all over the place. Continue reading Alps!
And the last selection of Tassie-photos … (as usual, photo captions follow hopefully soon)
Continue reading Photos Tasmania III
After more than 2,5 months traveling whereof most days I spent cycling, a certain daily routine is unavoidable. The spare time I currently have here in Melbourne while waiting for the departure of my flight, I’d like to use to describe an average ordinary cycle day for those who are not familiar with cycling touring.
Continue reading An Ordinary Day of Cycling
I spent only 2,5 months in Australia. It is by no means sufficient time to get known all the many different faces of this huge country.
Continue reading Australia in Retrospect
To make a post not too confusing (and boring) I mostly try to identify a common topic, a red string, or a salient event of the days I am writing about. But this post is one of the posts where I am just not able to find such a thing – except the fact that I was back at the wild west of Tassie, with all its pros and cons.
Continue reading Good-bye Tassie
More photos from Tassie. Photo captions not completed, yet, but hopefully soon …
Continue reading Photos Tasmania II
Photos from wonderful Tassie, Australia. Photo captions will be completed as soon as possible …
Continue reading Photos Tasmania I
A highlight and main reason for many people to visit Tasmania is the famous ‘Overland Track’. Continue reading Into the Pine Valley
Did it ever occurred to you to WALK a half-marathon that covers 1270 meter in height and at the same time trying to keep up a fairly fast pace in order to compete with others?
Continue reading Point to Pinnacle
Differently to what I expected the cycling itself down the east coast wasn’t really exiting neither absolutely boring. At least I met another long-term touring cyclist coming up the coast.
Continue reading Coastal Hikes
Admittedly, the transition from the Cradle Mt. National Park to the east coast, via Delonaire, Launceston and Scottsdale, was not really exiting. Neither was it absolutely boring. Continue reading Go East
During the afternoon and night I spent in the small village of Waratah (the nice petrol station operator let me pitch my soaking-wet tent behind the building, public toilets as well as the post office providing a warm internet-room were nearby, too) I had plenty of time to think about the options I had considering the still diminishing weather forecast for the next 3 days; Continue reading Snowy Mountains in Tassie
“There are severe weather warnings due to very strong winds in the south, west and center of Tasmania. Please stay inside of buildings if you can …”. Continue reading Tassie’s Rough North-West
Some of the partly recovered photos I thought to be lost …
Continue reading Photos – Australia IV
The first one and a half days on the Great Ocean Road – after getting over the first 70 km of farm land – made me feel quite enthusiastic and happy. Continue reading The Great Ocean Road
The Grampians National Park is a mountain range uniquely standing out from the plane since it was formed by an earthquake. Continue reading The Grampians
Here and there you find at least in Victoria and New South Wales so called Rail Trails, former railway lines. Continue reading Rail Trails