Reports on my cycle trip around the World (by Ernest Markwood)
Monday, 17 December 2018
BACK IN THAILAND
Since my previous post (see below) I have returned to Thailand. I was denied a new Thai tourist visa, but at the border I was allowed a 30-day entry to Thailand. Now I am in Bangkok trying to get my bike back on the "GO" (that "Poor Animal" is suffering with each crank of the pedals, and roll of the wheels). And so, for now, I am probably heading towards Malaysia - OR WHEREVER?
Daily distances which I have cycled from Laos South until Bangkok are:- Ban Ta Ka 65 km; Udon Province 77 km; Nam Pong 95 km; Ban Phai 80 km; Nakhon Town 96 km; Nong Phi 47 km; Sikhio 84 km; Muak Lek 71 km; Ayuttaya 93 km; and Bangkok 101 km. Total distance cycled up to this point is 168 399 km.
CURRENT LOCATION:- (7 May 2019), Sedgefield (South Coast), South Africa
ELAPSED TIME:- Twelve Years - since starting off on my bicycle travels. (I am currently on a "break" back in South Africa)
DISTANCE CYCLED ON TOUR:- 170 716 km.
My original bike (Old Saartjie) lasted 11 years and more than 150 000 km. Unfortunately I have now had to put The Old Girl out to pasture. This picture was taken on the first day of this trip, 27 March 2007.
For the last year on the road I had been riding this rather rigid horse. Named Sledgehammer for obvious reasons. This poor bike was unfortunately not as robust as the original Saartjie. Due to the advanced state of disrepair, I simply left this bike in Malaysia (not worth the excess airline baggage charges).
PLEASE HELP TO KEEP THE 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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My Cycle Route
Starting in Cape Town, South Africa, on 27 March 2007 - 170 716 km
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 . . . .