Reports on my cycle trip around the World (by Ernest Markwood)
Thursday, 25 June 2015
VISIONS OF BANGKOK
I've been in Bangkok a number of times on my travels, and I find it difficult to come up with new photos around the place. I keep taking pictures of the same attractions, and surely I must have posted similar pics at different times.
The "over-the-top" Khao San Rd, and the more relaxed Rambuttri Lane in the Banglamphu district are where lots of short-term tourists and backpackers hang out. In case you wake up hungry in the middle of the night, no problem, pull on some clothes and there will be something to eat not too far away.
I like wandering around the city, with the various means of public transport. River ferry, Sky Train, Metro (those are my preferences, and they all interconnect with each other). Then there is also a huge bus network, taxis, tuk-tuks, and even motorbike taxis. Of course, I could also ride my bike around the place, and I walked a lot. It was not just a case of wandering around though, as I had visa business to do, and also had to find the bike shop area (they all tend to be in the same place) for some spares I still needed. My 4th saddle (bought in Honduras) was about to give up the ghost, so I bought some elaborate contraption on springs (it seems to be working OK so far).
At least there is something new every time I get to the city, and that is the buildings. These towers spring up at an alarming rate. There is one 53 storey abandoned building (referred to as the Ghost Tower), where the guards can be bribed for a handsome amount and then allow foreigners to climb the stairs to the top for a panoramic view. The "bribe" was a bit too steep so I gave it a miss.
One of the new buildings which was not even on the horizon a year ago is the interestingly designed MahaNakhon (still under construction). A 77 storey monster (and an impression of what it will look like once completed).
Myanmar and Indian visas have been secured, so now again I am off in a hurry (on the same old road) in the direction of Laos.
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