Reports on my cycle trip around the World (by Ernest Markwood)
Sunday, 7 May 2017
BACK ON THE ROAD
My fattening up on the farm in Eastern Thailand has eventually come to an end. Pannee has been cooking up a storm of mostly local style meals, but she also has to leave the farm again.
Now I'm back on the road, headed in the direction of Cambodia this time. I've cycled through Cambodia before, but that was quite a few years ago. I look forward to being in that country again.
In the past month or so I have cycled around a bit, mostly for shopping to Trakan Phuet Phon (the nearest town with banks and markets). So I have added a bit of distance to my total which now is 141 941 km. I have had to do some work on my bike (Old Saartjie), so I hope that her old worn-out body holds up.
I am not taking my computer with me, so I will post an update later. Good bye until then.
CURRENT LOCATION:- (18 February 2018) Vientianne, Laos
TRAVELLING TIME:- Ten years and eleven months.
DISTANCE CYCLED SO FAR:- More than 152 000km
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 - 151 611 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