Reports on my cycle trip around the World (by Ernest Markwood)
Monday, 6 October 2014
RETURN TO THAILAND
(THESE FIRST FEW PICS ARE FROM LAOS, ON MY RETURN FROM CHINA TO THAILAND) So, after crossing the Chinese border on the afternoon of the visa expiry day, I was once again in Laos and could relax a bit.
In Vientiane (the Laos capital), I obtained a 2 month Thai visa, which would give me plenty of time to do what I still wanted to do in Thailand. Otherwise, by crossing a land border into Thailand I only get to stay 15 days).
(THE FOLLOWING PICTURES ARE IN THAILAND, MAINLY IN THE EAST OF THE COUNTRY)
Magnificent Sukhothai historical park; Camping at Buddhist temples where they never turned me away and always offered sheltered camping from the frequent showers; 2nd WW tourist attraction and place where soldiers suffered - Bridge over the river Kwai at Kanchanaburi.
The idea of returning to Thailand was also partly because I wanted to try and cycle through Myanmar, and needed to obtain the visa in Bangkok (which I did). However, I did go all the way to the Myanmar border with Thailand at Mae Sot, but for a number of reasons I decided to stay in Thailand and return to Bangkok (from where my flight was back to Miami). Myanmar is certainly on my agenda for the near future.
Daily distances cycled are:- Ayuttaya 92 km; (Train to Phitsonulok 6hr) - previously cycled route; Sukhotai 83 km; Tak 74 km; Mae Sot 91 km; Temple camp 94 km; Thoen 98 km; Lampang 111 km; Lumphun 84 km; Chang Mai 43 km; DoIkun NP 71 km; Utteradit 117 km; Phitsonulok 107 km; Nakhon Sawan 141 km; Chaiyo 127 km; Ayuttaya 51 km; U-Thong 105 km; Kanchanaburi 56 km; Sukhaburi 110 km; Saraburi 98 km; Lopburi 101 km; Ayuttaya 121 km; Forest Wat 97 km; Kanchanaburi 66 km; Nakhon Prathom 66 km; and Bangkok 75 km. The total distance which I've cycled so far is 128 834 km.
My bike (Old Saartjie) on the first day of this trip, 27 March 2007.
PLEASE HELP TO KEEP OLD SAARTJIE'S WHEELS ROLLING: In order to fund this cycle trip I'd sold everything I had, but that has long gone. Please help if you can! If you want to contribute, then please contact me on my e-mail, and I will give you details. (email@example.com)
My Cycle Route
Starting in Cape Town, South Africa, on 27 March 2007 - 146 849 km so far
My name is Ernest Markwood, and I am a South African formerly from Cape Town. I am a Research Psychologist by profession, and operated a Market Research business before embarking on this journey. I sold my posessions and took off by bicycle all the way through Africa from Cape Town. Since then I've proceeded via the Middle-East through Turkey, the Caucusus, Iran, Sub-Continent (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal), China, South-East Asia, Indonesia, Australia, South- and Central America, and the USA, crossing Canada from the West to East and then all the way down the East coast of USA, and Jamaica. Currently my mission is to close gaps in order to form a continuous route around the world. I left Cape Town on 27 March 2007. This was not intended to be a race, but rather an experience (and so it is!).
Me (Ernest), on one of my better days
. . . . on this trip I have looked like this . . . .
- - - also like this . . .
. . . . and I've even looked like this!
I have not been cycling on my own for this entire trip. Leana and I left together on 27 March 2007 from Cape Town, South Africa (our former hometown). Since then we have cycled separately at intervals, although in total we have been together much of the time. We split in 2013. For more about her see leananiemand.org.za