Docstoc

Scotland - Celine and Steve.xls

Document Sample
Scotland - Celine and Steve.xls Powered By Docstoc
					Date      From       To         KM           AVG         Comments                                    altitude   Hiking
                                        1554 11.7666667                                                   16616
june 11                paisley
          airport glasgow                 10          10                                         320        160
june 12   paisley                         54          10                                                    160
june 13                arran (ross road) 45           12                                                    302
june 14                road)
          arran (ross blackwaterfoot      39           9 climb 15%                                          611
june 15                sannox
          blackwaterfoot                  37          12                                                    318
june 16   sannox       port ellen, skye   24         9.8                                                    427
june 17                bridgend
          port ellen, skye                25        11.6                                                    136
june 18   bridgend nereabolls             47          10                                                    527
june 19   nereabolls Tarbert              50          12                                                    428
june 20   Tarbert      kilmartin          42        12.6                                                    424
june 21   kilmartin oban                  52        13.2                                                    499
june 22   oban         ben more           54        12.2                                                    511
june 23   ben more tobermory              44        11.4 16 % grade max                                     421
june 24   tobermory tobermory              2
june 25   tobermory glenuig               59        12.5 14% max                                           694
june 26   glenuig      skye               50        12.1                                         15%       609
june 27   skye         glenbrittle        70        12.8                                        05/12      585
june 28   glenbrittle glenbrittle          0             sgurr alasdair                                   1041     1041
june 29   glenbrittle kyleakin            64        12.8                                                   565
june30    kyleakin graig                  60        12.3 hill 14% for 500m max 17%                         693
july 1    graig        inverness          84        16.5 tent fly leaks                                    325
july 2    inverness inverness              0             errands                                             0
july 3    ullapool     inverkergaig       45        10.7                                                   587
july4                  old
          inverkergaig man of stoer 28              10.8                                                   501 7km
july 5                 scourie
          old man of stoer                48        10.8 19 max up % amazing                               845
july 6    scourie      durness            57        12.4                                                   555
july 7    durness      skerray            61        11.9 evicted from campsite                             693
july 8    skerray      thurso             70        12.4 camp for free                                     803
july 9    thurso       st.margaret hope 36          11.9 free camp with toilet & beach & kids              258
july 10                 hope
          st.margaretkirkwall             34        11.1 nice picnic shelter                               245
july 11   kirkwall     rackwick,hoy       47        11.4 awsome bothie                                     410
july 12   rackwick,hoy dounby             31        10.9 wsl dave peppitt                                  291
july 13   dounby       dounby             27        14.8 wsl dave peppitt                                  120
july 14   dounby       kirkwall           32        13.6 big tale wind                                      86
july 15   kirkwall     lerwick            12          11 ferry to shrtland                                  35
july 16   lerwick      noss          8      9 ile of noss birds    80 3 hours
july 17   noss         papa stour   55   12.7 ile of papa stour   720
july 18   papa stour   papa stour    2     12 hiking              375 375m
july 19   papa stour   lerwick      49   11.4                     576
          lerwick
                   0
                   0
                   0
                   0
                   0
                   0
                   0
                   0
Date      CODE   Descrip                    WITHDRAW CASH OTHER ASH TRVCRT TRV
                                                                 C                  CRT OTHER TOTAL EXPComments
TOTAL                            (709.81)     460.00    (398.52)   (61.40) (264.48) (311.29) (1035.69)       -459.92
july 1    A      hostel 2 nights                                                      (54.00)
july 1    F      grocery                                  (3.00)
july 1    F      grocery                                 (14.00)
july 1    I      internet                                 (0.50)
july 10   F      grocery                                                              (12.49)
july 11   T      ferry hoy                                         (14.00)
july 12   NO     no expense                                0.00
july 13   F      grocery                                 (11.45)
july 14   A      camping                                  (6.00)
july 14   F      grocery                                                              (19.78)
july 14   M      post office                              (6.13)
july 15   F      grocery                                                               (9.61)
july 15   F      grocery                                  (2.51)
july 15   M      film develp                              (3.99)
july 15   M      note book /post card                     (0.87)
july 15   T      ferry SHET                                                 (35.50)
july 16   T      ferry (2)                                         (13.00)
july 17   F      grocery                                  (5.45)
july 17   T      ferry papa stour                                   (5.20)
july 17   W      bank                          50.00
july 18   T      ferry papa stour                                   (5.20)
july 19   F      grocery                                 (11.55)                      (24.61)
july 19   F      grocery                                  (6.00)
july 19   M      cd burning                               (4.00)
july 19   M      post office                              (3.40)
july 19   R      restaurant                                                           (27.80)
july 2    F      grocery                                                              (17.37)
july 2    F      grocery                                  (1.10)
july 2    M      breaks pad                                                           (36.00)
july 2    M      earplugs                                 (1.59)
july 2    M      plastic                                  (5.09)
july 2    M      plastic tent                             (5.27)
july 2    M      tiso(forks buckle)                       (2.90)
july 2    T      bus                                                        (14.60)
july 3    NO     no expense                                0.00
july 4    NO   no expense                       0.00
july 5    NO   no expense                       0.00
july 6    F    grocery                         (4.77)
july 6    F    grocery                        (13.75)
july 7    F    grocery                         (2.01)
july 8    F    grocery                                                       (21.63)   sneak out of camping
july 8    F    grocery                         (2.00)
july 9    M    book                            (2.00)
july 9    M    pharmacy                        (6.31)
july 9    M    tent seal & dry bag    60.00   (14.15)
july 9    T    ferry norway                                       (152.25)
july 9    T    ferry orkney                             (24.00)
june ¿    F    grocery                         (6.00)
June 11   W    bank                  150.00
June 12   F    grocery (gas)                  (14.50)
June 12   F    grocery                         (6.64)                                  free camp / light rain /12C
June 12   F    grocery                        (10.83)
June 13   F    grocery                         (2.78)
June 13   T    ferry                                               (42.90)             hoscotch 16(arran kyntyre islay )
June 14   F    grocery                         (1.06)
June 14   F    grocery                         (7.53)
June 14   F    grocery                         (4.00)                                  camp on beach/foggy/windy/nice road
June 14   I    internet                         0.00
June 15   F    grocery                        (15.26)                                  hike /see cave/nice climb/nice mountain
June 17   F    grocery                         (3.01)                                  incredible birds
June 17   F    grocery                        (17.05)                                  beaumore good visit
June 17   I    internet                        (1.00)                                  free camping
June 17   M    distillery                      (4.00)
June 17   M    swimming                        (6.20)
June 18   NO   no expense                       0.00                                   beautiful sunny day around islay/off trail
June 19   F    grocery                         (4.00)
June 19   F    grocery                         (9.18)
June 19   M    phone                           (2.00)
June 19   W    bank                  200.00                                            cold/wind/camp in tree planting/frry 2.5 h
june 24   A    hostel                                                        (23.00)
june 24   M    gloves & knjfe                  (9.75)
june 25   NO   no expense                       0.00
june 26   F    grocery          (14.22)
june 27   A    hostel 2 night                       (42.00)
june 27   M    map               (0.50)
june 27   M    phone             (0.80)
june 28   F    grocery          (11.23)                       YH glenbrittle/awesome location/climb h
june 29   A    hostel                               (23.00)
june 29   F    grocery          (17.26)
june 29   I    internet          (1.50)
june 30   F    grocery           (2.45)
june 30   I    internet          (0.50)
June20    NO   no expense         0.00                        stay at BOB BANKS and MINGH/ina cro
June21    F    grocery           (3.67)
June21    F    grocery          (13.32)
June21    M    bungee            (1.00)
June21    T    ferry                      (19.23)
June22    M    bird centr        (9.00)                       beautiful sunny day/camp on beach/
June23    A    camping           (8.00)
June23    F    grocery           (3.80)                       pooring rain camping with shower/nice w
June23    F    grocery          (10.77)
June24    F    grocery           (3.88)
june24    F    grocery (gas)     (1.00)
June24    F    grocery          (16.54)
June24    M    hair cut cs      (14.50)                       stay at tobermory/do tourist
CDN$
 (2589.23)
k out of camping




camp / light rain /12C


otch 16(arran kyntyre islay )


 on beach/foggy/windy/nice road

see cave/nice climb/nice mountain/free camp by river

more good visit



tiful sunny day around islay/off trail bike/visit wool place/portnahaven great village /seal



wind/camp in tree planting/frry 2.5 hr 12C
enbrittle/awesome location/climb highest mtn in Skye 993m sgurr alasdair




at BOB BANKS and MINGH/ina croft at KILMARTIN /diane and lyle/great hospitality/work for canada /realSCOTTISH




tiful sunny day/camp on beach/

ng rain camping with shower/nice walk in town




at tobermory/do tourist
Date      From       To         KM        AVG       Commentsaltitude         Hiking
                                   1406.5 11.84516                   16018
july 20   bergen      bergen            8       7.6 camp in suburb ** 181
july 21   bergen      fosse            12                               426
                                                6.2 train from bergen at 6:12 *
july 22   fosse       voss             65      12.7 very bad sleep * 437
july 23   voss        mjolfjell        34       9.5 ****                625
july 24   mjolfjell   myrdal           17       8.2 off road ***        385
july 25   myrdal      myrdal                      0 rest day ***           0
july 26   myrdal      finse          41.5       7.7 ****                722
july 27   hardinger hardinger           4                                  0
                                                 10 4 C at night toe glacier***** 514      8
july 28   hardinger hardinger           0         0 *****                  0       200    14
july 29   hardinger hardinger           0         0 *****                  0       780    26
july 30   hardinger hardinger           0         0 *****                  0       678    20
july 31   hardinger myrdal             38       9.9 ***                 322         97     8
aug 1     myrdal      flam             31                                56
                                               12.6 eviction 2 & 856 m down!
aug 2     flam        aurland          20      12.3 ****                 98
aug 3     aurland     kaupagner        55       9.8 snowroad          1464
aug 4     kaupagner kroken             41      12.6                     517
aug 5     kroken      turtogro         38       9.3                     824
aug 6     turtogro    roysheim         65      11.7                   1240
aug 7     roysheim spiterstulen        12       6.3 *****               341
aug 8     spiterstulenspiterstulen      0         0 goldhoppigan                  1563
aug 9     spiterstulendonfoss          68      14.4                     260
aug 10    donfoss     dalsnibba        61                               656
                                               11.6 quicked out of toilet!
aug 11    dalsnibba valldal            64      12.1 500 m w/o gears 1151
aug 12    valldal     trollstigen      32       8.9                     766
aug 13    trollstigen andalsnes        32      13.2                     254
aug 14    andalsnes andalsnes           0         0 rest day at camping 0            0
aug 15    andalsnes lora               80        14 rest area           798
aug 16    lora        dovreskogen      58      15.4 stay at laila       322
aug 17    dovreskogen sjoa             48                               kayak
                                                 16 camp at river with 184
aug 18    sjoa        lillehamer      114      13.8 pay camping       1211
aug 19    lillehamer lillehamer
aug 20    lillehamer honefoss          86      15.2 train part way      819
aug 21    honefoss honefoss             0           marathon
aug 22    honefoss honefoss             0           hike with svein          700 approx
aug 23    honefoss honefoss             0           website update
aug 24   honefoss honefoss     0          turkey planning
aug 25   honefoss tranby      49   14.7                      427
aug 26   tranby     drammen   22   15.4   visit oslo         100
aug 27   drammen drammen      10     15   figure out visa
aug 28   drammen holmstrand   53   13.3   mail visa          390
aug 29   holmstrand berg      81   13.6   slept in kids house597
aug 31   berg       gare      67   14.2                      445
Date      CODE           Descrip      WITHDRAWCASH OTHER  CASH TRV CRT TRV CRT OTHERTOTAL EXPComments CDN$
TOTAL            -0.79      (7200.79)   7200.00 (5404.79) (1796.00)  (664.00) (643.00) (8507.79)        (1431.16)   -35.77895
july 20   W              withdrawel        3000                                                  kroner
july 21   F              food                     (89.50)
july 21   F              gas                       (7.50)
july 21   T              train                                           -270
july 21   M              seat                     (99.00)
july 22                                             0.00
july 23   F              food                     (92.29)
july 23   T              train                   (100.00)
july 24   M              flag                     (29.00)
july 25                                             0.00
july 26   F              gas                      (35.00)
july 27   F              food                                                 (403.00)
july 28                                             0.00
july 29                                             0.00
july 30                                             0.00
july 31   F              food                     (76.00)
july 31   F              food                     (46.00)
JULY      F              food                     (33.00)
aug 1     M              lundry                  (160.00)
aug 1     F              food                    (110.00)
aug 2     F              food                     (27.00)
aug 2     F              food                     (46.50)
aug 2     F              food                    (304.00)
aug 3     F              food                     (47.00)
aug 3     T              ferry                               (68.00)
aug 4     F              food                    (225.00)
aug 4     T              ferry                               (48.00)
aug 5     F              food                    (148.00)
aug 5     F              gas                      (12.00)
aug 5     M              phone                    (10.00)
aug 6     F              food                     (60.00)
aug 7                                               0.00
aug 8                                               0.00
aug 9     M              Exzema cream             (59.50)
aug 9     F              food                    (193.50)
aug 9    F   gas                         (7.00)
aug 9    F   treat steve                (13.00)
aug 10   F   food                       (11.00)
aug 10   M   postcard                   (24.00)
aug 11   F   food                      (314.50)
aug 11   F   food                       (36.00)
aug 11   T   ferry                                (38.00)
aug 11   F   ice cream                  (18.00)
aug 12   F   food strawberry            (20.00)
aug 13   A   camping 2 nights          (120.00)
aug 13   M   sunsreen/ blistex          (94.50)
aug 13   F   food                      (285.00)
aug 13       withdrawl          1600
aug 13   F   food                       (13.50)
aug 14   M   shower                     (20.00)
aug 14   F   food - couscous            (48.00)
aug 14   F   gas                         (8.00)
aug 14   F   food - yoghurt/bananer     (23.00)
aug 14   F   food - supper              (76.00)
aug 15   F   food - gas station         (47.00)
aug 16   F   food                      (188.00)
aug 16   F   food                       (19.50)
aug 17   F   food                       (24.00)
aug 18   F   food                       (77.50)
aug 18   F   food                       (62.00)
aug 18   A   camping                    (90.00)
aug 19   A   camping                    (90.00)
aug 19   F   food                       (96.50)
aug 20   F   food                       (68.00)
aug 20   T   train                                          -330
aug 21   F   food wine                 (100.00)
aug 21   F   food                       (48.00)
aug 22   F   food                       (36.00)
aug 23   M   REWARD                     300.00
aug 24   F   food                      (582.50)
aug 24   M   post office                (52.50)
aug 24   M   foot odor stuff            (64.50)
aug 24   W   withdrawl            400
aug 24   M   lonely planet turkey       (217.00)
aug 25                                     0.00
aug 26   F   food                        (15.50)
aug 26   F   food                       (126.00)
aug 26   T   bus to oslo                            (290.00)
aug 26   W   withdrawl           600
aug 26   M   internet                    (20.00)
aug 26   A   camping                                                 (120.00)
aug 27   A   camping                                                 (120.00)
aug 27   F   food                       (136.50)
aug 27   M   phone                       (20.00)
aug 28   W   withdrawl          1600
aug 28   T   india visa                            (1352.00)
aug 29   T   ferry to moss                                     -64
aug 29   F   food                        (45.00)
aug 29   F   food                        (45.00)
aug 30   F   food                       (292.50)
Date     From       To         KM         AVG        Comments altitude     Hiking
aug 30     #VALUE! tingvall          60         13.5 SWEDEN            456
aug 31   tingvall   gare             67         14.2                   445
sept 1   gare       goteborg        106         15.2                   500
sept 2   goteborg   goteborg          0            0                     0
sept 3   goteborg   goteborg          0            0                     0
sept 4   goteborg   frillesas        53           18                   182
sept 5   frillesas  falkenberg       66         14.9                   110
sept 6   falkenberg angelholm       118         15.9                   436
sept 7   angelholm copenhagen        79         15.1                   175
sept 8   copenhagen copenhagen        0            0
Date     CODE           Descrip      WITHDRAWCASH OTHER      CASH TRV CRT TRV CRT OTHERTOTAL EXPComments CDN$
TOTAL           -0.39      (1800.39)       1,800   (1756.39)    (44.00)    0.00 (2167.00) (3967.39)        (700.02) -87.503088
aug 31   W                                  1,000
aug 31   F              food                         (22.00)
aug 31   F              food                         (44.64)
sept 1   F              food                        (130.00)
sept 1   A              camping                                                  (390.00)
sept 1   F              food                        (121.50)
sept 2   B              strap bike rack                                          (173.00)
sept 2   B              pad for disc chain oil                                   (920.00)
sept 2   B              brake pad                                                (380.00)
sept 2   M              trekking book                                            (304.00)
sept 2   M              postcard                      (4.00)
sept 2   F              food                         (55.40)
sept 3   F              food                         (96.52)
sept 4                                                 0.00
sept 5   F              food                         (69.00)
sept 5   F              food                        (300.00)
sept 5   W                                     800
sept 5   F              food                        (186.00)
sept 5   F              food                        (103.00)
sept 6   F              gas                           (2.93)
sept 6   F              food                         (21.90)
sept 6   F              food                        (112.50)
sept 6   F              food                        (251.00)
sept 7   T              ferry                                   (44.00)
sept 7   F              food                         (30.00)
sept 7   M              contact lense liq.           (75.00)
sept 7   M              postcard                     (10.00)
SEPT     F              food                        (121.00)
Date      CODE        Descrip      WITHDRAWCASH OTHER   CASH TRV CRT TRV CRT OTHERTOTAL EXPComments CDN$
TOTAL        538.55     (16861.45)    17,400  (8461.45) (8400.00)     0.00 (405.00) (17266.45)       (3046.57) -380.82157
sept 8    W           withdrawl         1000
sept 8    M           apotek                   (141.70)
sept 8    F           food                     (104.50)
sept 9    M           post                      (13.00)
sept 9    F           food                      (27.00)
sept 9    F           food                     (119.05)
sept 10   T           ticket                                -8400
sept 10   W           cash advance     16000
sept 10   M           book LP                   (35.00)
sept 10   M           maps                                                 (280.00)
sept 10   M           post slides              (133.00)
sept 10   B           tires                   (1036.00)
sept 10   M           cop plastic               (25.00)
sept 10   F           food                      (83.00)
sept 10   F           food restau              (120.00)
sept 11   F           food                      (31.20)
sept 11   F           food                      (50.00)
sept 10               US MONEY                (6348.00)
sept 11   M           movie                    (145.00)
sept 12   W           withdrawl           400
sept 12   F           food                      (50.00)
sept 13   F           food                                                 (125.00)
Date      From       To          KM       AVG       Comments altitude           Hiking
                                      0         0                             0
sept 13   CopenhagenDelhi                           Bike to airport, give away gas, rebate from tires,fly to Delhi
sept 14   Delhi       Delhi                         No taxi waiting, wrong cell phone number, no email, taxi to CP & new guesthouse, dinner nice resturant
sept 15   Delhi       McLeod G                      Get ahold of Potala Tours, taxi late, fight at guesthouse, fight at parking, taxi driver complaining, Potala
sept 16   McLeod G McLeod G                         Arrive McLeod G, sleep, walk around, lots of tourists
sept 17   McLeod G McLeod G                         Hang out, try to plan, depressed, real low point
sept 18   McLeod G McLeod G                         Visit Isabel, find out about Ladakh, visit Tibetan Medicine, plan
sept 19   McLeod G McLeod G                         Prepare for Ladakh, CS shopping on her own
sept 20   McLeod G McLeod G                         SW sick, Lili & Luc take our room, bus to Manali, dark when get there,
sept 21   McLeod G Manali                           Sleep, find "taxi" to Leh, SW still sick
sept 22   Manali      Pang                          up at 3:00 AM, no taxi because of "strike", up at 6:00 AM for bus, stunning scenery, sleep Pang at 15,00
sept 23   Pang        Leh                           Arrive Leh afternoon, Oriental Guest House with Sabina, met Pete (from bus ride) there
sept 24   Leh         Leh
sept 25   Leh         Leh                           SW sick, CS walk around town
sept 26   Leh         Leh                           Thickse monastery
sept 27   Leh         Leh                           Hike to Doksar, 4525 M (14,845)
sept 28   Leh         Leh                           Trip planning, veto Lamayuru to Padum, decide on Marka Valley, buy food
sept 29   Leh         Marka-Doksar                  4.5 hours with heavy packs, feel good900
sept 30   Marka-DoksarMark-Yuretse                                                       929
                                                    15 km, camp 4348, no water at camp, 1079 down
oct 1     Mark-YuretseMarka-Skiu                    camp 3438, max , 18 km, 1628 down    717
oct 2     Marka-Skiu Marka-Marka                    18 km, 173 down                      553
oct 3     Marka-Marka Marka-3800 M                                                        turn
                                                    4 degrees C, snow, rain, everyone550 back, herders after dark, 106 down
oct 4     Marka-3800 M arka-Last                                                        1187
                                                    -1 celcius in tent, -10 outside, clear sky, 5304 max, camp 4074, 1294 down
oct 5     Marka-Last Leh                            Downhill walk to Karu, local bus to Leh and Taxi to Oriental
oct 6     Leh         Leh                           Rest day, email (Amanda), books
oct 7     Leh         Leh                           Rest day, dinner with Sichu (ponyman), get sunglasses back
oct 8     Leh         Leh                           Postcards, buy food for Stok Kangri
oct 9     Leh         Kangri-4300 M                 camp 4250, 50 down                   700
oct 10                M
          Kangri-4300 Kangri-4900 M                 -1 in tent in AM, 393 down, camp1000 4900
oct 11                M
          Kangri-4900 Kangri-4300 M                                                      407
                                                    -8 in tent in AM, 1471 down, max 5686, two sick french guys (Ben & Sylvain)
oct 12                M
          Kangri-4300 Leh                           Warm!! Back to Leh, taxi with Rigzin, 700 M down
oct 13    Leh         Leh                           Rest day, dinner dreamland & Rigzin, invited to his hous in Sumo, Nubra
oct 14    Leh         Leh                           Simon gone, plan Nubra, Permit, Bus ticket
oct 15    Leh         Leh                           Rest day, CS Ecology center, SW pics oeh, Sylvain & Ben for suppet, pack Nubra
oct 16    Leh         Nubra-Disket                  6:00 AM bus that left at 7:00 to Diskit, walk, lunch, met James (Australian)
oct 17    Nubra-DisketNubra-Hundar                  Diskit Gompa for 6:30 AM, no Puja, army ride to Hundar, guest house closed, Grandma from hell
oct 18   Nubra-HundarNubra-Disket   Hike to Hundar ridge, hitch back to Diskit, Momo's,
oct 19   Nubra-DisketNubra-Sumor    Diskit temple, visiting lama, 10 day Puja, awsome bus ride to Sumor, accident with army truck, Rigzin n
oct 20               N
         Nubra-Sumor ubra-Sumor     Sick, rest in Sumor
oct 21               N
         Nubra-Sumor ubra-Disket    Sumor Gompa, biscuits AGAIN, "simple" lunch that took 1.5 hours to prepare, unable to hitchhike, no tr
oct 22   Nubra-DisketLeh            Dogs ALL night, 5:30 AM for bus, no bus until 7:30, taxi instead, drop stuff at Leh Lambdon, email, Air I
oct 23   Leh         Leh            mmm, pancakes for breakfast, buy VCD, wooden table
oct 24   Leh         Leh            Last day in Leh, Pizza Hut, Indian Airlines,
oct 25   Leh         Srinigar       Taxi late to Oriental, start walking, security at airport, no carryon luggage sign, but can anyway, CS Loo
oct 26   Srinigar    Jamu           Taxi chased in AM by police, steve loose it in Jammu, good trip but saw 3 wrecks!
oct 27   Jamu        McLeod G       Amazing connections for the first time, Bus at 8:00 am to Pant, 40 wait for bus to Dharamsala, 5 minute
oct 28   McLeod G McLeod G          Move to smal room in Oriental, get our luggage!, SFT presentation in Dharamsala, Kunde movie in eve
oct 29   McLeod G McLeod G          New room, email, visit temple w. monk in afternoon, Baroka movie
oct 30   McLeod G McLeod G          Emails, CS start on french website on palm, start assembling bicycles, early evening
oct 31   McLeod G McLeod G          burn CD's from camera, start on pictures for website, SW work on spreadsheet on Palm
nov l    McLeod G McLeod G          first bike ride, map is crap
nov 2    McLeod G McLeod G          Internet-malaria, tickets, start india website, Karmapa movie
nov 3    McLeod G McLeod G          internet, website, monks english, other monks dinner
nov 4    McLeod G McLeod G
nov 5    McLeod G McLeod G          Thai air Nov 19, conf #MKZ4EL, 9:30 pm Nov 18, Lina supervisor, noon Nov 17 pick up ticket, ph: 6239
nov 6    McLeod G McLeod G          website, ghorka music festival-T.I.P.A
nov 7    McLeod G McLeod G          website, karmapa, sonam dinner, website
nov 8    McLeod G McLeod G          website, 21 grams movie with sonam, sonam cook dinner
nov 9    McLeod G McLeod G          finish website, momo cooking with sonam
nov 10   McLeod G McLeod G          souvineers, momo cooking, candle light at temple
nov 11   McLeod G McLeod G          earthquake 4.6 chamba, sw tcv handicraft, leslie for sonams, computer evening
nov 12   McLeod G McLeod G          pack dhl, sw bike ride dharamsala, internet down, dawali firecrackers/works, dinner sonam, movie-ame
nov 13   McLeod G McLeod G          theft
nov 14   McLeod G McLeod G          police, bus to delhi
nov 15   McLeod G Delhi             sleep, sw passport photo
nov 16   Delhi       Delhi          thai embassy, thai airlines no problem, lotus/bhai temple, hari krishna place
nov 17   Delhi       Delhi          thai embassy pick up visa 1/2 hr late opening, taxisaying shopping closed, very mad, exclusive shoppin
nov 18   Delhi       Delhi          post office, superman 2, internet, taxi airport, stupid steve &security & repair kit
nov 19   Delhi       Bangkok        see thailand
ouse, dinner nice resturante
driver complaining, Potala sanctuary, night bus to McLeod G




enery, sleep Pang at 15,000 feet, sick with altitude, drugs




 Grandma from hell
t with army truck, Rigzin not there, stay at guesthouse owned by his sister

, unable to hitchhike, no traffice, packed bus to Diskit
Leh Lambdon, email, Air India, waitlist 18 for Srinigar, 35 for Jammu, so booked to Srinigar


, but can anyway, CS Loose it at taxi drivers at Srinigar airport, Amazing tourist info in Srinigar, Houseboat, afternoon tour

s to Dharamsala, 5 minute wait for bus to McLeod. Oriental ful, other guesthouse loud music & dogs late
 sala, Kunde movie in evening




17 pick up ticket, ph: 6239988




dinner sonam, movie-american history x




ry mad, exclusive shopping air force base, khan market and good dinner, cable out on 2 different movies
Date     From                      To         KM                    AVG
Totals                                               1423
nov 19   Delhi                     Bangkok
nov 20   Bangkok                   Bangkok
Nov 21   Bangkok                   Bangkok
Nov 22   Bangkok                   Bangkok
Nov 23   Bangkok                   Bangkok
Nov 24   Bangkok                   Bangkok
Nov 25   Bangkok                   Bangkok
Nov 26   Bangkok                   Bangkok
Nov 27   Bangkok                   Pitsunulok
Nov 28   Pitsunulok                Sukhothai           64    1189         14.7
Nov 29   Sukhothai                 Tak                 88                   15
Nov 30   Tak                                           37
                                   Taksinmaharat Nat. Park                 8.6
Dec 1    Taksinmaharat Nat. Park   Taksinmaharat Nat. Park
Dec 2    Taksinmaharat Nat. Park   Mae Sot             65                 13.6
Dec 3    Mae Sot                   Mae Ramat           31                 13.9
Dec 4    Mae Ramat                 Tha Song Yang       56                 13.1
Dec 5    Tha Song Yang             Ban Tha Song Yang 58                   12.8
Dec 6    Ban Tha Song Yang         Mae Ngao Nar. Park 62                   9.5
Dec 7    Mae Ngao Nar. Park        Mae Sarieng         48                 10.6
Dec 8    Mae Sarieng               Mae Sarieng
Dec 9    Mae Sarieng               Huai Kung           38                  8.4
Dec 10   Huai Kung                 Ob Luang Nat Park 57                     14
Dec 11   Ob Luang Nat Park         Mea Chaem           55                 10.3
Dec 12   Mea Chaem                 Mea Chaem           70                 10.3
Dec 13   Mea Chaem                 Mea Chaem             8                 9.6
Dec 14   Mea Chaem                 Mae Na Chon         27                 10.5
Dec 15   Mae Na Chon               Pang Kia            26                  8.7
Dec 16   Pang Kia                  Khun Yuam           34                 12.4
Dec 17   Khun Yuam                 Mae Hong Son        70                 13.8
Dec 18   Mae Hong Son              Mae Hong Son        47                 12.8
Dec 19   Mae Hong Son              Nam Khong           48                 11.9
Dec 20   Nam Khong                 Soppong(Pangmapha)28                    9.4
Dec 21   Soppong(Pangmapha)        Soppong(Pangmapha)
Dec 22   Soppong(Pangmapha)        Soppong(Pangmapha)
Dec 23   Soppong(Pangmapha)        Soppong(Pangmapha)
Dec 24   Soppong(Pangmapha)     Ban Tham(Cave lodge)            8.4
Dec 25   Ban Tham(Cave lodge)   Ban Tham(Cave lodge)
Dec 26   Ban Tham(Cave lodge)   Ban Tham(Cave lodge)
Dec 27   Ban Tham(Cave lodge)                      14
                                Ban Tham(Cave lodge)            6.9
Dec 28   Ban Tham(Cave lodge)   Pai                53          11.2
Dec 29   Pai                    Mae Sae            45           9.9
Dec 30   Mae Sae                Chiang Mai         60   1189   13.8
Dec 31   Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 1    Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 2    Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 3    Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 4    Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 5    Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 6    Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 7    Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 8    Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 9    Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 10   Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 11   Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 12   Chiang Mai             Chiang Mai
Jan 13   Chiang Mai             Pitsanulok
Jan 14   Pitsanulok             Loei               12          11.6
Jan 15   Loei                   Chiang Khan        54          17.8
Jan 16   Chiang Khan            Ban Chuang-maybe 106           17.2
Jan 17   Ban Chuang-maybe       Ban Ton            62          16.8
Jan 18   Ban Ton                Nam Kang           31          18.1
                                                  265
Comments

arrive bangkok, room 14:00, sleep, wander at night
sw sick, failed visit dr, cs temples, sw sleep
taxi almost ripoff to siam square, sky train, weekend market, subway, water taxi, almost chinatown
new camera & lens, battery charger, cs bra, watch, shoes, 1st jap b enc shot
wat pho, testing camera, sw finish shopping, walk home, phone svein
last india update, emerald budda, water taxi, sitting budda, standing budda, prints developed
cs jewelry shopping, sw misc, water taxi north, boat races, internet update indiabye & bangkok pics, burn cds
Assemble bikes & pack, bike shop, 2nd jap b enc. shot, nice meal Siam Square, Loy Krathong
Nice hostel, swimming pool next year, Lot Kathong
Flat riding, hot, hut for only 300, fan broken, water dripping all night
Flat riding, shithole motel, awsome Loi Kathrong, ripoff good meal-tat was not, webupdates email
Long climb to park-most of the elevation, first night in tent, coolish, late start, awsome lunch at side of road - thai salad & chicken, whiskey with locals
Rest day, big tree, small waterfall, relax afternoon
nice downhill, rolling country, beautiful guesthouse-Ban Tai
flat riding, morning in mae sot, talk to guy from burma, oz guy who has friend cycle to tibet, ride in truck last 7 km to house to camp at, eat all day, campfire at night,
Rolling hills less than 100m. up early, but long breakfast, follow scooter back to highway, guest house 3km past town, dinner local bbq where CS learned left & right in
Rolling hills, fantastic cycling, early start, fog, condensation dripping from trees, accom at police, drinking afternoon, sleep at restaurant
Rolling climb from 85m to 816m max, rolling around 700m, many +15% long hills uphill & downhill, max 22%, hardest day to date, free camping, talk with couple Paul&K
Many climbs/downhills, 500m by Sop Moei, smaller hills to Mae Sarient, nice guesthouse-Riverside, German couple on motorcycle for 2 years
Rest/laundry/misc shopping day
Long climb to 800m, 12m down, rolling then climb to 1100m, sleep in house in Karen village, Christian pastor & wife with good english
Downhill first, then rolling with downward trend, then climb back to start altitude, 10 km 750m downhill to junction with 1099, fire in AM with Karen family, cooler day, nic
Nice riding to Om Khut, then hill for 7 km, last 3 km between 13 & 18%, max 826m, then down & rolling less than 100m, though steep. Nice bungalow for 300, shower,
Uphill to top Doi Intonon. Junction at approx 1600m, 1347m climb from Mae Chaem, with only 190m down, many long 13%+ stretches, max 23%. Junction to top gene
Rest day, hunt for coffee, internet, email to BOB re. bearing, strange volleyball like game played with feet & head
Standard rolling hills, coffee & guesthouse, but stayed at childrens hostel. 25 yr old Burmese from refugee camp with good English looking after, Baptist religion, singing
Climb from the start, mist, but climbed above quickly. High point 1117 m, 21.4 km with 840m up & 345 down. CS sick, no resturant in Sop Huai Bong, so hitched a ride
Several 100-150m climbs, up to 17%, max 1489m. long rolling downhill to town. Internet at post office, nice guesthouse Ban Farang(400), quiet, CS hospital re malaria
Easy cycle, despite verticle, seemed like downhill all day
Daytrip to long neck Karen village. VERY bad experience.
Easy cycle to Fish Cave Nat. Park. Harder after, most hills 12-13%, more than 100m vert each. No guesthouse in town, but slept on floor in someone's house in rafting
8.5 km climb, 557m to 963m asl. Not too bad, though much at standard 10-13%. Downhill & rolling to Soppong. Unmotivated day & stopped early in Soppong. Jungle
Down time trying to figure out how to fix Steve's bike. AM walked to Coffin cave. Talked to Tom ar Top Gear bicycles in CM & found that part can be replaced. SW off
SW bus to Chiang Mai for bike parts, CS rode to Mae Lana
SW back to Soppong, CS satisfied Internrt addiction & daytrip & discovered Cave Lodge, good place for Xmas.
Small day, rode to Cave Lodge & didsmall daytrip on bicycle. Cave Lod at sunset to watch birds & bats
Explore Xmas cave, Xmas dinner, kayak through Lod cave at night
4 wheel drive exploring with Mike from England/Chiang Mai. Found out about Tsunami, CS felt tremor in AM & woke SW who had slept through it.
Daytrip to ride elephants, steep hills up and down, max 26%, dirt road.
19 km uphill, very gentle at first, then steeper, but most 5-8% for 830m up with 12m down. Did not leave Soppong until noon, after checking email & calling relatives re.
Rolling for 12km, then climb for approx 20km. 1110m climb (9-13%, mostly 10-12)from Pai with approx 200 down. Max was 1501m. Late start from Pai after relaxed b
100m gentle climb out of Mae Sae, then long 350m dowm. Climb back up to Mae Sae altitude, mostly reasonable grade, then down. Nice day cycling. Could not find s
SW website & email, CS exploring town. SW up Doi Suthep with mike & otto, etc. New Years dinner with gang, night market, no big party because of Tsunami. HAPPY
website, shop for New Years, gp to Mikes for dinner with Otto & Marissa. Light hot air balloons & fireworks
website, dinner met british cyclist living in CM wanting to move Spain.




Internet research, SW clean bicycle & find new cass. smaller gear.
China embassy, Internet, train ticket, bikes back to bike shop for different cassettes, Bridget Jones movie, email from french re. Vientiane China embasy & 60 day visa
Day trip with Mike and Noi to Mai Sai, Doi Tung, King's mother residence
Email from french saying 60 day China visa in Vientiane. Morning trying to call, finally afternoon SW called Canadian Consulate & she called & gat # & told SW how to c
Get Vietnam visa, buy overbag for CS, work on bikes, pick up bikes, CS cassette wrong (32 instead of 30), meet Neil 'Bamba', night train to Pitsanulok
Bus to Loei, flat, awesome hotel, CS neck sore
Easy cycling, small shoulder. Fantastic sleep, no english in restaurant, tried to order boiled egg, got cup of raw eggs, tried to get scrambled, girl said omlette, got fried.
Easy cycling along Mekong, many villages. Day of 'HELLO', Sunday & no school, so many kids along road. Adults as well, calling from trees as they were picking fruit.
Easy cycling, not as close to Mekong as yesterday. Flat tires from hell,3 ofthem. Not punctures, but poor rim tape and thin tubes(1.25-1.75 with 1.75 tires). Flats & late
Easy cycling. Saved 12km by taking local road along Mekonginstead of main highway. Paid 400 for overstay of one day. Rode across Friendship bridge. Had to use L
            Altitude    Hiking
                  20722




                    43
                   185
                   850

                   723           254     1801
                   101
                   560
                   433
                  1657
                   739           255     3490

                  1197
                   708
                  1201
                  2408
                   122
                   593
                   903
                   540
                   674
                   555          432       8901
                  1021
                   800
can be replaced. SW off to CM tomorrow. More awsome food at Jungle GH.
                   648


                   573
                  1074
                  1152
                   579    20039            5847
ause of Tsunami. HAPPY NEW YEAR




a embasy & 60 day visa

gat # & told SW how to call. Contacted them & can get 60 day in Vientiane....YAEH


                   256
                   226
                   201
                    15
         0 CODE      Descrip    WITHDRAWCASH OTHERCASH TRV CRT TRV CRT OTHERTOTAL EXPComments CDN$
TOTAL         114190       0.00   114,190    0.00      0.00     0.00    0.00     0.00                3460.30 49.274714
Nov 19     W                           390                                            converted from indian rupees
Nov 19     W                        10000                                             Airport
           W                        10000                                             Bangkok
Nov 27     W                        15000                                             Pitsunulok
Dec 18     W                        10000                                             Mae Hong Son
Dec 28     T                         3800                                             Cash 1-100 US @ 38bhat
Dec 28     W                        15000                                             Pai
                                    20000                                             Chaing Mai
                                    15000                                             Chaing Mai
                                    15000                                             Loei
Date       From          To           KM
                                      Cycled
Totals                                 2253.31

Jan 18     Border        Vientiane         23

Jan 19     Vientiane     Vientiane         11
Jan 20     Vientiane     Vientiane         10
Jan 21     Vientiane     Vientiane         10
Jan 22     Vientiane     Tha Bok           99

Jan 23     Tha Bok                        131

Jan 24                 0 Ban Khoun Kong    45

Jan 25     Ban Khoun KongBan Kong Lo        0
Jan 26     Ban Kong Lo   Ban Khoun Kong     0

Jan 27     Ban Khoun KongLak Xao           59

Jan 28     Lak Xao       Border            34

Viet Fwd

Feb 3      Border        Sepon             44

Feb 4      Sepon         Xeno             102

Feb 5      Xeno          Thakek           105
Feb 6      Thakek        Thakek
Feb 7      Thakek        Vientiane         13
Feb 8      Vientiane     Vientiane
Feb 9      Vientiane     Vientiane         19
Feb 10     Vientiane     Vientiane
Feb 11     Vientiane     Phonhong?         72

Feb 12     Phonhong?     Vang Vieng        97
Feb 13   Vang Vieng      Kasi            65

Feb 14   Kasi            Phou Khoun      46

Feb 15   Phou Khoun      Nong Tang       91

Feb 16   Nong Tang       Phonsavang      57

Feb 17   Phonsavang      Phonsavang      25

Feb 18   Phonsavang      Muang Khan      56

Feb 19   Muang Khan      Nam Neun        89

Feb 20   Nam Neun        Vieng Thong     69

Feb 21   Vieng Thong     Sakuk           38

Feb 22   Sakuk           Vieng Khan      88

Feb 23   Vieng Khan      Nong Khiaw      52

Feb 24   Nong Khiaw      Nong Khiaw       9

Feb 25   Nong Khiaw      Somsanok        116

Feb 26   Somsanok        Somsanok        12

Feb 27   Somsanok        Luang Prabang   44
Feb 28   Luang Prabang   Luang Prabang    8
Mar 1    Luang Prabang   Luang Prabang
Mar 2    Luang Prabang   Luang Prabang

Mar 3    Luang Prabang Luang Prabang     55

Mar 4    Luang Prabang Pak Moug           5
Mar 5    Pak Moug         Udom Xai        86

Mar 6    Udom Xai         Muang Khua     105
Mar 7    Muang Khua       Hatsa

Mar 8    Hatsa            Phonsali        26

Mar 9    Phonsali         Boun Neua       43

Mar 10   Boun Neua        Ban Yo          25

Mar 11   Ban Yo           Sin Xai          0
Mar 13   Sin Xai          Oudom Xai       66

Mar 13   Oudom Xai        Oudom Xai

Mar 14   Oudom Xai        Oudom Xai
Mar 15   Oudom Xai

Mar 16   Oudom Xai        Borten       103.79
         Borten
                      0
                      0
                      0
                      0
                      0
Comments


Very noticable difference in road quality. Speed went down 5 km/hr. Looked a bit poorer and not as clean as Thailand, though the people are just as
friendly. Lao welcomed Celine with another flat and CS entertained the local kids while SW fixed once ag
China Embassy, SW face too small on passport pics, got new ones and applied for 60 day visa. Went to bike shop & got rim tape, tubes & had headset
tightened up (seal damaged, perhaps by Top Gear? Why did the not say anything???). British cycling HK to
Got Visa, Australian Athletic Club met cyclist, Dr, Wat, Suppe with Dutch cyclist
CS Dr fo ear, 1.5 hr late & 68 USD!! Bike shop for rimtape problem. Decided to stay as it was mid afternoon. Worked on CS's letter to CPR.
Easy cycling. 6:45 am start, no sign of Mekong. Stopped & talked to British cyclist (Dan). NO FLATS!! Chains oiled in am
Easy cycling, but hot day. 37C in sun, 31 in shade. Got pickup for last 20km. Map wrong, says 140km, actually 150. Met Arie & French cyclist at
guesthouse. Not too tired.
Fantastac cycling road. Two climbs, first to 419m, down, then up again to max. High point stunning scenery. Road to Kong Lo cave not suitable for
bicycles, so stopped at Ban Khoun Kong.
This would be difficult cycle, dusty & rough, though flat. It would be an amazing experience! Truck taxi to Kong Lo cave village. Home stay & walk
through village. Wet season likely impossible as 25km is literally through rice patties. River crossing
Trip through cave, lunch & truck taxi back. Dinner at resturant & chat with Ralph
400m gentle climb to max over 10km. Then rolling with mix of road conditions, never bad for long. Many short(100m) gravel sections waiting for
pavement. Active construction, so should get better. 35C+ in shade so got AC room & passed out for afternoon
Basically flat to last 8 km from border. Road condition not very good last 8 km, but under construction. Cycling at 6:45 and 13C and misty. Border
crossing went well


   Gently rolling, great pavement. Nice to be back in Laos even if we have to say "Sabadee" 100's of times. Very poor, many naked children. Boys with
                           metal detectors, old bombs on trucks(scrap metal). Hot again, GH with AC, nice local resturant practicin
Basically flat, but very gentle rolling. Cycled 100km to Phalin(maybe Lampoy?). Around 40C & GH only had fan. Sawngteuw to Xeno. Lots of bombs,
metal detectors sold in market. More naked kids, stop to watch rice flour being made manual intensive..do
Gently rolling, more forested close to Thakek. Very hot, computer in sun max 47C. Cycling at 6:45am. Nice hotel, ENGLISH TV!! Nice quiet town along
Mekong. Low on cash but Hotel cashed Bhat. Watched TV
Such a quiet relaxing place WITH ENGLISH TV, took a RNR day watching TV.
Cycle out of town to bus station. Movie before breakfast, relaxed breakfast. Crowded but trauma free bus ride to Vientiane. Food & email.
Internet day, research China & email catchup. MUCH busier in town (farang!!) than before. Money out of bank
CS internet, SW memory card, film, CS pedals, Ibuprofen, etc. & Internet
 Internet AM, coffee shop with A/C & wrote stuff for website. oil chains
Flat cycling to km52. Then rolling. Town by 2:00, nap, market, dinner, sleep.
Flat for 12km, then gentle 100m climb and start of the mountains, rolling terrain. 8 km in town. VV is a disgusting town, little "Lao" left in town. Kid
begging for money, grandma "hawking" a GH, bikini's everywhere, prices high. Stayed at hotel outsi
426m climb to 631m at 35km. Downhill & rolling. Easy day to Kasi where we met Australian & American cyclists.
Flat for 7km from Kasi. Then climb. Stunning scenery, many hill tribe villages, poor. Pratice Lao with one person in village part way up hill. Lots of
cyclists. Dinner with Americans on tandem & Belgium. Bicycling Latin America, Walter Sanko, Mounta
Climb to high point 1478m. rolling down & another climb to 1401. 550m down to town & another 15km climb to 1366. Decent to town, arriving close to
dark. No GH in (60km)XXXX, no food until there.
Rolling ride. Last two days best riding ever!! Grades are perfect & pavement good. Dinner in town & Lao tour operator chatted with us...aircraft
mechanic(MIG) turned tour guide. 2 years of english school & good english. Email, french couple & CS job
Ride to Plain of Jars, Site One. Hot day, jars interesting, amount of bombing amazing. Worked on Laos website story & relax. CS job starting June 14,
so feels strange to have a definite end to the trip!
Long decent from XXXX town. SW cable broke 4km out of town. In XXXX village, old guy spoke frnch & we had tea & CS talked. He had lived there
through the war. in MK, talked to MAG guy & he said 4 people were killed last week. Scrap collectors...very
830m climb for 19km, 50m to 1350, down/ km24 1457m 125m down/ km44 1461m/ km50 1517m, 1552up, 596m down/ km55.5 1506, 1667 up, 721 down.
Amazing road, got to town & guesthouse, dinner with local teachers.
Terrible road, worst on decent to Vieng Thong, 12 km/hr max for 900m down. Consider a boat from Nam Neun. km7.6, 882m,457 up, 28 dn/
km15(bridge&town), 468 up, 482 dn/ km29, road deteriorates badly!!/ km40, 1181, 1321 up, 592 dn/ km46.5, 1381, 1561 up, 6
11:30 start. km12.5, 1077m, 461 up, 10 dn & 250m decent to km18/ km27.5, 1279m, 927 up, 274 dn. Road initially broken, but not as bad as yesterday.
Improved to almost perfect by last decent. Asked to camp at school in small village. Small audience bu
6:45 start. km25, 450m, 216 up, 484 dn/ km49, 751m, 788 up, 754 dn/ km64.5, 1065, 1225 up, 872 dn. Road a bit broken to start, but improved. Many
villages, hot & a bit lazy day, getting to Vieng Khan supper time. Another good day. CS with walkman for
11:00 start, buying weaving!! km23.5, 1200m, 860up, 67dn. Bought weaving from woman weaving, complete with her photo & address so we can order
more. Nong K. not too bad, met Dr's & tried to plan around our visa. Distance & altitude include trip throug
Enquire about boat to LP, but seems complicated and extremely noisy. In the interest of preserving our sanity, we will cycle to LP. Talked to teachers at
College. English teacher makes 30US per month. Class sizes are 80 to 100 students per teacher. T
Map out by 10km Nong K. to Pak Mong. km31.5, Pak Mong, 374m, 140 up, 134 dn. Easy cycling in morning mist. km76.5, 478m, 409 up, 304 dn.
Rolling terrain to resort by bridge over Nom Ou. Expensive food, but after long day did not feel like leaving to f
Daytrip to Pak Ou Cave. Resort is so nice we will stay another night. Bargained and got a boat up the Nam Ou back to the resort. It was a 1 hour trip &
we paid the guy $10 for it. Thankfully he was very competant as the river is very low & many rocks
Easy rolling 33km to town. Rest of distance was in town. Gave passport away for visa extension. Met retired Danish cyclist & had lunch together along
Mekong. Internet for pictures & emails. Hopefully nice GH!!
Errands in town, internet for website update.
Errands, print & laminate Tibrt directions, SW find spare brake cables, Vitamin I, check bus scgedule. Nice dinner across river.
CS sick, did not get out of bed. SW relax & read for part of day. Internet for job search.
(milage in town over last days)CS not feeling strong enough to cycle, wanted to ensure good night sleep, so stay today. SW spent 5 hours cleaning &
checking bikes. Dinner & movie at bookstore.
Leaving today, CS feeling good. Relaxed breakfast at JoMa, expensive, but best coffee. Token Vat tour, pack up & lunch at bookstore. Bus to Pak
Mong, charged full fare for bikes, but it was tiny & we took up 1/2 of thu luggage space. Dinner with Dutch
Two climbs, first longer. km31, 1179 up, 82 dn / km60.5, 1130, 1571 up, 651 dn. Gentle grades, road a bit rough, but still nice downs regardless. First
impressions of town nothing special.
Late start, sleep in after bad night sleep in Pak Mong. Couple climbs out of Udom Xai. Muang La, km27, 400, 271 up, 399 dn / Sin Xai (junction) km67,
350, 398 up, 575 dn. Into Muang Khua at dark, gh & eat. Baot tomorrow if all goes to plan
Boat upstream on Nam Ou to Hatsa. Gained 145m on trip. Found basic GH, ate, watched bad Chinese movies & bed
Rough road, down would have been bad. climb from the start. km19.5, 1382m, 1006 up, 0 dn. Map in LP very strange & had problems finding hotels.
Lunch with 18 yr old's partying. International womens day, holiday & party everywhere. Town has little to
Sleep in, lazy breakfast, 11:15 start cycling. Decent for about 300m, then rolling along ridge. Very pretty, but pavement ended at km23. km29, 1220m,
307 up, 426 dn / km32.5, 1327m, 443 up, 457 dn. "Improvement" of the road to town, rough gravel, prob
Gravel road very bad so decided to bus gravel. No transport for rest of day so stayed in town. Engagement party & lao-lao li li!! Went to teachers house
for rice & more lao. Met owner of sawmill with good english. Friendly town.
Songtoew to 'first' Sin Xai, not far at all. Went to Boun Tai, coffee, met Brit engineer living in Laos building road. New road from Boun Tai to Na Mor on
road 13. Bus to correct 'Sin Xai'. Last 40 km improved slightly. GH & much needed shower
Hot but easy ride to town. Got GH with HBO & private bath. Dinner & TV.
100% rest day. TV, eat, go to market. Rained very hard, Spanish guy said it does this just before it gets hot. Power & satellite problems, so afternoon
nap & watched TV until 3:00AM. Happy birthday Steve
Rest day. Met 3 hardcore cyclists from Sicili. mandala.sioux@tin.it. SW haitcut. Change CS chain & clean, change front brakes. Fix Bob where bottom
came unwelded. Raining at night, lightening....another rest day tomorrow??

Nice ride, rolling to start, then climb from about km16. Decent to below Udom Xai, then rolling, less than 150m. Road construction to Borten, but good
gravel road. km33.5, 1046m, 554 up, 114 dn/ km83.5(junction), 687 m, 910 up, 829 dn
Date     Type   Amount     Charge       Total      USD       Cdn   Comment
                   830,000          0       830000     53.55
Jan 18   CASH    1,560,000
Jan 19   CASH                                         104.00       China visa
Jan 21   CASH    1,040,000                                         4000 Bhat converted to Kip
Jan 22   CASH                                          48.00       Pay GH in US cash.
Jan 23   CASH                                           4.00       Pay GH in US cash.
Feb 3    CASH                                          60.00       US for Lao visa
Feb 6    CASH      130000                                          Thai Bhat changed to Kip at Mekong Hotel in Thakek
Feb 8    CASH                                                      Thai Bhat(all remaining) to Kip
Feb 8    W         700000                                          ATM withdrawal
Feb 8    ADV                                                       Cash advance to Kip
Feb 8    ADV                                                       Cash advance to US
Feb 8    CASH                                          64.00       US cash for visa extension
Date     From      To        Start       KM         KM        End         Vert         Vert         Max         Average       Average
                             Alt         Cycled     Transport Alt         Up           Down         Alt         Up            Down
Totals                                       162.18       510                    261          871
Jan 28   Border    Tay Sun           838         35                 210          150          773         861             5             5
Jan 29   Tay Sun   Ha Tinh           190         86                 183           80           82         190             4             4
Jan 30   Ha Tinh   Hue               183          7       330       120           15            0         147             0             0
Jan 31   Hue       Hue               120
Feb 1    Hue       Hue                 0         34                 16           16           16
Feb 2    Hue       Hue                16
Feb 3    Hue       Border              0                  180
0
Max        Max         AVG        Time        Running     CS Chain SW Chain CS Tires    SW Tires     Comments
Up         Down                   Cycling     Time        KM         KM
                                        10:57       23:57       1883        703    1883       1883
      10          12         14.6        2:24    26:21       1918       738     1918      1918       2nd 1/2 of day, coming from Lao. Aggression at bo
       8           6         15.4        5:32     5:32       2004       824     2004      2004       Flat cycling, many kids on bicycle as we got a 6:20a
       0           0         12.2        0:36     6:08       2011       831     2011      2011       Up at 4:00 am bus ride, wanted to push guy loading
                                                  6:08       2011       831     2011      2011       Another day of frustration. There is little tourist infra
                               14        2:24     8:33       2045       865     2045      2045       Awake at 5:45 with hotel pumping water to roof. As
                                                  8:33       2045       865     2045      2045       SW bogus DMZ tour, CS destress in bed/hotel. Bo
                                                  8:33       2045       865     2045      2045       Up 5:30 to get taxi, wondering what kind of fuck will
0:00
om Lao. Aggression at border. Better road conditions, but still some construction, bridge construction. 600m down over 16 km. Invited to house in village for water & peanut brittle.
  bicycle as we got a 6:20am start. Road noise annoying along 8a.Bus horns intolerable on 1a. Ripoff 4 internet&bread. Headed south for 30km to give it a chance to improve. Sittin
 anted to push guy loading our bikes on the roof. VERY rude, local bus and horn crazy, horn more on than off. Another agressive encounter unloading bicycles. Viet coffee for brun
. There is little tourist infrastructure(map), bookstore is useless, English is barely spoken...understandable in villages, but this is a tourist "hot spot". Lao visa at border & leave count
pumping water to roof. Asked to stop, but "no stop" was answer. Why do at this hour?? Internet & heard from Otto...Vietnam is the only country of 49 that they were happy to be lea
 destress in bed/hotel. Book taxi to leave tomorrow, but 75 anniversary of Communism in Vietnam, so big holiday...something should go wrong! SW saw people going to Laos transf
ering what kind of fuck will happen. Amazingly, went smooth, though got nasty rude with money changer at border, to point where we left with 350000 dong (20 US) rather than use t
for water & peanut brittle. Gh in Tay Sun. first non Lao guests since 2
 chance to improve. Sitting in hotel room with windows open can hear many
 ycles. Viet coffee for brunch(&food). Great hotel for 7US with bicycles in
 a at border & leave country. SW walk in old town in afternoon
they were happy to be leaving!! Rode to beach & it was nice, deserted.
eople going to Laos transfered to small taxi at Dong Ha...the same company that sai
  (20 US) rather than use their services. Great relief when got back into La
Date     Type     Amount     Charge     Total      USD        Cdn
                   3,472,500     40,000    3512500   226.6129
Jan 28   CASH        150,000                                        Hotel, paid cash in US
Jan 28   CASH         15,000                                        Dinner, 2 soups
Jan 28   CASH        232,500                                        Changed 15 US at junction of 8a &1a
Jan 30   TC          750,000                                        Hotel in Ha Tinh, paid by traveller cheque
Jan 30   W         1,500,000      20000                             Dong in Hue bank machine
Feb 2    W         1,200,000      20000                             Dong in Hue bank machine. 700,000 for taxi, rest hotel room
Feb 3    CREDIT     -375,000                                        Taken to Lao
Date     From           To            Road     Road                        Start KM          End       Vert     Vert    Max   AVG
                                      km       Comment                     Alt    Cycled     Alt       Up       Down    Alt
Totals          24970        100.5%                                        ######    3117.24       91%    37586   33383



Mar 17 Border           Mengla                                                815      63.64       640     337     475    844 15.4.
                                      2979     North end of Mengla


Mar 18 Mengla           Mengxing                                              612      80.32       583    1327    1343   1119 12.7.
                                               1063m. Top of 457m climb
                                      2962     out of Mengla
                                               1119m. Top of 2nd climb.
                                      2951.5   779 up, 276 down
                                               1004m. Top of 3rd climb.
                                      2921.5   1201 up, 807 dn.
                                      2913.5   997m. 8km downhill
                                      2906     Village with food & water



Mar 19 Mengxing         Jinghong                                              548      99.60       561     682     653    782 14.2
                                      2891     Top of small climb
                                      2884     Turn off 213
                                      55       Top of small climb


                                      50       Village for food & eater
Mar 20 Jinghong         Jinghong



Mar 21 Jinghong         Menghai                                               558      58.97       1200    752     125   1227 10.8
                                      3137     Leave Jinghong on 214
                                               Flattens out at 1080m,
                                      3115     550m climb
                                      High point 1225m, 702 up,
                           3101.5     25 dn.


Mar 22 Menghai   Mengman                                           1161   58.88   924    441    668   1574 13.4
                           3087(45)   North end of Menghai
                                      End of plain at 1190m.
                           3055.5     Starts climbing
                           3048       High point,1573m


Mar 23 Mengman   Lancang                                           871    65.43   1023   1077   925   1481    9
                           3031       North end Mengman
                                      Pavement ends in gravel
                           3026       road
                                      Dreaded Cobblestones
                                      start. Almost unrideable,
                                      use side of road/ditch.
                                      Cobblestones alternating
                           3022       with bad gravel road.
                                      Top of climb (2nd), 1164m,
                                      448 up, 163 dn from
                           3012.5     Mengman
                                      High point, 1480m, 822 up,
                           2994.5     220 dn.
                                      New cobblestones start, no
                           2986.5     more gravel.
                                      Pavement!!! Rolling &
                           2984       down to town


Mar 24 Lancang   Fuban                                             993    67.73   1818   1707   867   1837   8.4
                           2968       North end of Lancang
                           2951.5     Top (1565) of 600m climb
                                      Munai junction,
                           2939       cobblestones start
                                   High point (1591??) before
                          2934.5   decent
                          2921.5   Bridge, 1064m
                                   Turnoff for town, possibly
                                   Fuban. Accomodations &
                          2906     food.



Mar 25 Fuban    km2938                                          1833   71.08   863    393    1364   1874 10.9
                          2905     High point, 1874m
                          2884.5   Bridge, 943m
                                   Large town with
                          2880     hotel(Shangyun)
                          2865     Gravel starts


Mar 26 km2938   km2778                                          857    62.17   1329   622    134    1329 11.8
                                   Intersection 870m.
                                   Passport check.
                          2826     PAVEMENT!!
                                   Shuangjiang, large town,
                          2806     many hotels. 1019m
                          2789.5   High point, 1179
                                   Resort with hot springs
                          2778     (pool)



Mar 27 km2778   Lincang                                         1308   87.12   1445   1081   932    2000 13.2

                          2773     Cobblestones start for 2km
                          2761.5   High point, 2000m
                                   Intersection with 323.
                          2744     Town & food. 1630m
                          2704     Start of Lincang
Mar 28 Lincang       Yun Xian                                                1420   86.01   1079   793    1109   1672 14.6
                                            Got onto new road, leaving
                                249         old at km2702
                                            4 lane highway ended, 2
                                235         lane with shoulder.
                                            Yangtouyan, junction at
                                            1009m. Food and start of
                                208.2       uphill.
                                190         High point, 1671m
                                174         Yun Xian


Mar 29 Yun Xian      km2560                                                  1056   66.91   940     87    197    1081 15.8

                                            Got on old highway by new
                                2618        bridge(lifted bikes over rail)
                                2569        Meet Mekong

Mar 30 km2560        km2490                                                  906    62.36   1743   1597   760    2297   8.5
                                            First high point, 2226m,
                                2522.5      1377 up, 65 dn
                                            2nd High point (true),
                                2516        2297m, 1512 up, 127 dn
                                            Road junction, bottom of
                                2500 approx hill, 1690m
Mar 31 km2490        Wei Shan                                                1726   84.23   1722   829    827    2044 13.1
                                            Town with Hotel, rough,
                                            cow butchered on
                                2484        sidewalk. 1950m
                                2480.5      High point, 2044m
                                            Intersection with road to
                                2457        Wei Shan. 1367 m

April 1   Wei Shan   Old Dali                                                1698   74.11   1974   891    583    2344 11.3
                                            First km marker leaving
                                50          Wei Shan
                                25          Start climb
                                            High point, 2343m, 743 up,
                                9.5         100 dn


April 2   Old Dali   Old Dali


April 3   Old Dali   Old Dali


April 4   Old Dali   Songgui                                             1933   96.67   1904   878   901    2486   16
                                17          Intersection at old Dali
                                58          Start climbing, 1950m
                                            High point, 2485m, 535m
                                71          climb
                                108         Songgui, GH
April 5   Songgui    Lijiang                                             1896   77.27   2365   747   287    2398 12.5
                                124         First high point, 2213m
                                136         Heqin
                                153         Airport, 2237m
                                165         High point, 2368m


April 6   Lijiang    Qiatou                                              2342   83.67   1855   572   1046   2618 14.8
                                            High point, 2451m.
                                odo 10      Downhill to lake
                                            High point, ON TRIP!
                                odo 26      2601m. Downhill to river

                                odo 40/2187 Junction with 214, 2177m,
                                            Bridge to west side, new
                                2167        road
                                2152        Leave Yangtze, 1855m
April 7   Qiatou     Zongdian                                                    103.36   3226   1815   437    3254 10.3
                                2146       North end of town
                                           Bridge, 214 to right. We
                                           stayed on 'improved' road
                                2121(approx)
                                odo 45     3186m, 1353 up
                                odo 50     3205m, 1480 up, 100 dn
                                2086       Junction with 214


April 8   Zongdian   Benzalin                                             3228    86.46   2076   790    1919   3486 15.1
                                2045        North end of town
                                2029.5      High point, 3486m

                                2007.5      3100m, start of long decent
                                            Bridge(second, over
                                1982        Yangtxe), 2010m



April 9 Benzalin     km1944                                               2041    23.37   2783    887   148    2787   7.3
April 10 km1944      km1899                                               2764    46.51   4161   1675   275    4218   6.2
                                            Two stone shelters with
                                1925        good roof, 3650m
                                            Two stone shelters with
                                1922        good roof, 3820m



April 11 km1899      Deqen                                                        37.36   3200   300    1200   4247 12.9



April 12 Deqen       Deqen
April 13 Deqen       Deqen
April 14 Deqen       Deqen
April 15 Deqen       before checkpoint                3171   109.32   2332   1091   1921   3349 10.7



                     small
April 16 before checkpoint village 11km before pass   2333    38.58   3534   1469   259    3548   5.7


                       11km Monastery
April 17 small village Nebolibefore pass              3507    33.73   3573   747    676    4116   7.8



                     5 km
April 18 Neboli Monastery before Markham              3560    41.83   3716   328    165    3729   8.6
                     5 km before Markham
April 19 5 km before Markham                          3868



                      5 km after
April 20 5 km before Markham Juka Bridge              3881    59.34   3015    837   1703   4379   9.6
                      Deng Ba
April 21 5 km after Juka Bridge                       3012    33.85   3573   1050    450   4028   7.6



April 22 Deng Ba     km 3579                          3570    62.12   4050   1576   1071   5145   8.4


April 23 km 3579     km 3672                          4056    94.66   4134   546    464    4171 13.6



April 24 km 3672     km 3746                          4140    74.78   3008   677    1809   4725   13
April 25 km 3746   km 3800                 2969   55.46   3592   931    292    3624   9.7



April 26 km 3800   km 3881(Zhongmu Lake)   3576   82.65   4049   1224   740    4569 10.9



                    km 3956
April 27 km 3881(Zhongmu Lake)             4048   76.41   3294   246    991    4060 13.7



April 28 km 3956   km 4026                 3287   72.65   2878   406    805    3320 14.2



April 29 km 4026   km 4083                 2868   57.55   2461   505    854    2890 10.5



April 30 km 4083   km 4135                 2455   52.59   2634   820    616    2661   8.6


May 1   km 4135    km 4165                 2624   42.59   3743   1164    25    3667   7.5



May 2   km 4165    km 4206                 3727   41.70   3500   907    1154   4632 Unknown, problems with cyc



May 3   km 4206    km 4300                 3477   94.88   3344   548    652    3480 (14.1)Unknown, problems w
May 4   km 4300    km 4316                 3369   17.49   3378   116     42    3446 12.4
May 5   km 4316       km 4383   3387   69.91   3748   460    85   3768   14.7
May 6   km 4383       km 4446   3734   63.98   4297   702   123   4318   11.6
May 7   km 4446       km 4509   4290   63.99   4506   839   612   5139   10.5
May 8   km 4509       km 4585   4475   74.32   3911    15   574   4475   17.6



May 9   km 4585       Lhasa     3900   59.63   3850   102   125   3915    17


May 10 Lhasa          Lhasa

May 11 Lhasa          Lhasa
May 12 Lhasa          Lhasa
May 13 Lhasa
May 14            0
May 15            0
May 16            0
May 17            0
May 18            0
Cycling Comments                                                          General Comments


                                                                          Good first impressions of China. 'Friendly' people helping us find hotel, but not
Road very good. Large amount of construction building bigger,             sure if were going to want money or just practicing English. Hotel with room on
straighter 'super' road for freight to Laos/Thailand. More traffic than   5th floor, carry bikes all the way up. English at dinner, so that was good, but
Laos, but stillgood to cycle                                              only Nesca


3 climbs with down & rolling < 100m between. Sweet down. Still            Not so big town, marginal guesthouse, but good shower. Supper with birthday
construction traffic, but acceptable                                      party & got cake. HOT todat, hard to believe we will be cold soon enough




                                                                          Paid 100 Y for hotel room hoping for good night sleep. Jinghong is large,
Mostly smaller climbs. Flat from turnoff to Mekong, then rolling along    modern town with Addidas, Nike, and many ripoff stores. Massive rubber tree
river. Distance includes about 10km in Jinghong looking for place to      plantations, pineapple, watermelon fields. Pretty much every inch cultivated.
stay. Traffic steady as got close to Jinghong.                            Went to UNESCO biospher



                                                                          Rest day. Terrible sleep, changed rooms. SW Internet for Toby, CS reply to
                                                                          HR job offer. Nice Chinese boy taking us looking for map. CS bought watch &
                                                                          sunglasses. Ripoff for 'western' supper - pizza.

There are two roads, a new road that has signs prohibiting bicycles. We
took the old, bumpy 214. Quiet road once away from Jinghong. Steady
climb. Joined 'new' 214 which had bicycles prohibited at Jinghong. Only
a few km from Menghai.                                                  Rubber trees, hydro plants being expanded.
Flat riding for 30 km, lots of traffic, sugar cane trucks, trucks hauling
coal, farm traffic. Long climb then downhill on bumpy pavement. 30
km/hr max.                                                                  Cleaned both chains. Mengman is fairly small, lots of looks!




Once cobblestones started, difficult riding. Kind of like singletrack!
Vibration bad, speed slow, in general, not fun. 10-12km/hr down MAX.        Amazing big town at end of shitty road. Where did it come from? Great
VERY happy to see pavement.                                                 dumplings for dinner. Interner until power failed(15 min!) back to NICE hotel.




                                                                            Arrived in what we think was Fuban & got room, right at dark. Resturant closed,
Paved climb then suddenly back to cobblestones. Big down, cross             but cooked us 2 minute noodles & eggs. Huge thunder storm, warm enough
bridge & 750m climb on cobblestones. Tough day                              shower & sleep.
                                                                      Surreal, mist in town in morning.. Huge sweet dumplings for breakfast with
Bad roads. Cobblestones & bad gravel. Huge downhill & only averaged soup. SW fell walking & smashed big camera & telephoto. Hurt elbow, shoulder
12.5. False hope of pavement starting just before Shangyun, but ended & knee. Great ethnic people fed us chicken rice at end of day. Many workers in
at end of town. Hotel in Shangyun. Camped along river                 rice fields. First




Only 11km of shit gravel road and pavement! Gentle uphill to large      Soaked in a natural hot spring! km2778, right at the sign is a small resort. Bit
town, then steeper climb, decent to another town. In for pain on next   expensive (60) and pool not that clean, but welcome after the jarring of the bad
climb, looks big.                                                       roads.




Time & distance include running around town for an hour. From resort,
climb to high point. 2 km of cobblestones to scare us. Down was rolling Spent time buying stuff to fix BOB. Quite challenging, but people were great!
to junction, then very nice cycling. Long down to Lincang.              Big town.
New road, straightened out old 214. Old road exists only in few places,   Town very large and massive construction, appartments, office bldgs. Hotel,
but rough and unrideable...and why? Amazing 45km gentle down,             and became 'tourist attraction' with people eating at a resturant. Kids very shy,
average over 20! Then uphill grind for 650m, then 10km down. Rolling      but one girl had better English and broke the ice. Even came up to our room for
to town.                                                                  signature!




New road under construction and old road was still intact. Back to old
road. VERY gentle down, but headwind, so basically flat riding. Many
truck stops, and town with GH at bridge.




A long, 40km uphill grind. Downhill bumpy & had to break. At junction,
uphill once again. Stay at truckstop. MANY dogs.




Nice downhill run into Dali City. Much construction. 214 being torn up    Actually bought camera and lens without speaking a common language. Signs
for expressway.                                                           in English, Old Dali Inn is fancy YHA. Mostly Asian, some 'farang'.
                                                                        Back into Dali City to get camera. No credit cards accepted, not issued in
                                                                        China. Bike shop to loosen crank. PSB closed (visa extension). Very nice Mr.
                                                                        Li helping with translation.
                                                                        Back into Dali City with cash. Bought camera. Mail stuff home, coffee & SW
                                                                        massage. Met romaniabiker@hotmail.com. Nice guy! SW work on Toby's
                                                                        email problem
                                                                        Talked with long distance biker & did not start cycling until 10:30am. SW slightly
Rode new road, old 214 being ripped up. Good pavement & flat along      sick this am. Rained on us on the climb. Charged 10 Yuan more than locals for
lake. One climb, rolling, then decent.                                  GH.




Climb out of town, small decent to lake, another climb and long down.   Stunning blue sky. Snow mountain beautiful. 11:00 start after going to town.
Road rough on down, but smoothed out on level. Easy day cycling         Hotel OK, but were overcharged for dinner & internet. Damn tourist towns.
                                                                                Buildings suddenly Tibetan. Large houses. Ran low on food & bought junk food
Relentless uphill for 50km. Not that steep, but non stop. Road forks at         from tiny Tibetan store. Very friendly, & back to dirty people. Very strange!
bridge with 214 going left and improved road straight. Improved road            Arrived into town 1 hour after dark. Hostel had disco going & guy sent us away
under construction, but ok. Should be great when done.                          because we want




                                                                                Great scenery on decent. Similar to Ladakh. People & children friendly. More
Great pavement all day. Climbs don't seem bad after yesterday.                  food today! Stocked up in market in AM. Found Tibetan run GH. Camping
Decent fantastic.                                                               tomorrow night, so stocked up on food.




                                                                         REST DAY! Rainy in AM, so had a lazy morning. On the bike at 10:00 AM.
                                                                         Light showers all day, getting worse as day went on. Looked miserable to camp
Straight up from B. Not too bad of a grade, then down for a while. Small at altitude wet, so stayed at small village early afternoon. Friendly monks along
vllage with monks & resturant too inviting to resist                     the road and in town




                                                                                Snowed 2 inches last night. Very windy, probably new storm cell moved in. Still
                                                                                snowing in am. Very happy we camped inside a shelter. Walked for 2km on icy
Pavement starts at 3950m. It is rolling for the last bit to town, it is not a   road over pass. rode carefully at side of road in fresh snow to about 4000m
true downhill run                                                               where tracks were
Planned rest day, but cold and snow and raining in town at 3200m.
Snowed last night with accumulation to within 100m of town. Internet
weather frecast very bad so decided to take second day tomorrow. SW
fixed bob, emails, etx
Unplanned rest day, but ready to leave tomorrow. Weather slightly
better, but still overcast with clouds at 4000m. Cold. Worked on bikes,
bought food, cut new plastic for tent. Cornell called & said they were
leaving Zhongdian that afternoon. Sent ma

Long day, mostly gravel. Campspot very marginal.                          Beautiful scenery, big mtns & Tibetan homes.
First checkpoint, almost 400m up, late through, last one 6:00am.
Flashlight shone on us, people walking around chorten in dark. Last
checkpoint past bridge that road goes under. Rough road, tired, met
www.vagrant.com, dfjie@163.com.                                           Snack with road workers.
                                                                          Woke up to light rain on tent. Just mist so got up & cycled. Junk food in village
                                                                          above. Very windy at pass(head). Got to monastery & they even fed us! No
Gravel improved to pass, not so good n down                               english speaking Monk :-( Slept well
                                                                          Left monastery by 9:30 as they had class. Bought food & eggs at monastery
                                                                          store & boiled them there. Time with family & photos. As we left, kids wanted
Not very good road, but lazy day cycling as did not want to get to camp   food & took bag noodles. Kids wanting stuff along the way, not nice. Met
too early. Then bad headwind & snow.                                      Belgium couple & will hav
Changed altimeter to 3868 per GPS, 7m accuracy                            Snow rest day with Belgium couple
2nd checkpoint sneak. Pavement in town made much better. Uphill to
pass not bad in dark. Down reasonable, but a bit rough. Checkpoint for
trucks at Juka bridge. Lots of police of some kind around Juka.         Sunrise at top of pass nice but cold - -7C. Clear blue sky & friendly Tibetans.
Truckstop 5km past Juka an expensive (15 ea)shi                         Many photos.
Steady grind uphill to pass. Found GH in Deng Ba.
                                                                        Tibetan running GH VERY nice. Ate breakfast there so got late (9:30) start.
Uphill through valley. Opens up at top and mentally tough last 14 km.   Bought gas for stove even! Along the way met family going to Lhasa, all
Pass is at 5092 with 14 m accuracy. Reasonable downhill to start og     prostrating! Ate & had tea with them. Did not want to leave but only 1/2 way up
pavement where we camped.                                               pass. 2 army convoys

Uneventfull ride at 6:00am through Zuo Gong. A few sections unpaved,      Celines shifters so stiff barely able to shift. 3 hours in AM working on it. Snow
but otherwise nice ride. BRING PICTURES OF THE DALI LAMA.                 flurries and headwind. Sun blazing hot but air cool.
Flew along in am on pavement along the river, rolling terrain. Stress
because of police in Bamda, but no problems. Climb to pass nice and
paved to 3 km past the top. Then rough downhill through many              Tibetans in Bamda friendly, looking at our bikes. One big guy lifted Celines bike
switchbacks. Camped as soon as got along Salween riv                      like it was unloaded. Friendly woman & two kidswatch & help us pack in AM.
Rough road until pavement. Bridge uneventful even though there was
army, police, and the friendly uniformed guys that always wave at us.
Just rode through Baxoi, did not want to take any chances. Camped in     Delay while we repaired Grete's back rack, which rattled loose & almost fell off
gravel pit just after pavement starts.                                   her bike. Luckily it was low speed!
                                                                         Amazing difference, mountains covered in snow right down to road. Avalanches
                                                                         (wet snow) along the road, but no danger...minimal. Overcast & starting to rain
Rolling uphill with headwind. Snow tunnels before 3880 full of ice. Lots as looked for someplace to stay. Police of some kind checked us out in
of rockfall onto road, very active.                                      resturant, but nothing.

                                                                         Light rain at 7 C, downhill on bad gravel, through a very senic part of the
Paved to 3898, but bad to terrible road to pavement at 3931. Gentle      road...as Celine is getting a cold. Not a good day! Camped with some pilgrims
downhill, but road so bad not enjoyable. Pavement good!                  on their way to Lhasa. VERY nice people, only wish we could talk.
                                                                         Said goodbye to pilgrims and headed out. Met 2 women pilgrims. Checkpost at
Annoying day, for every 2 meters down, there was 1 up. Rolling all day, 4024 where GH is. Went into GH, but could see barrier & police from window.
not able to get into a rythm. Nice scenery, but still overcast. Pavement Green uniforms are OK, but when we saw a black uniform come out of the
all day.                                                                 gatehouse, we decided it was
                                                                         10,000 today! We camped about 1 km before the Belgiums last night. Late
Pavement was good while it lasted. Gravel started fine, but soon road    start because C is sick, and bike & bob maintainence. Worse roads than we
construction from hell. Very slow progress, and climbing more than 50% expected, so camped 10 km short of our goal. Make it up tomorrow so night
of what we decend gets old fast!                                         ride through Bayi is not jepord
Road construction, but less than yesterday. Extends past area where
Graydon says it is better. Scary riding across landslide areas, but no   Strange to not feel like we are in Tibet. So many Chinese road workers
rain. Along the gorge is very scenic, though very up and down, narrow & (1000+),does not feel like Tibet. Overcast AGAIN. We want to see the peaks,
rough.                                                                   7000m+, some of them. Fire again tonight.
Road construction right to the pavement. Not continous, but enough to Campsite right below tourist lookout. Late in the day and only 2 jeeps stopped,
be a real pain. Lots of culvert work, short rough detours. Pavement a    one Chinese woman from Toronto! Showers in the day and evening. Hope it
blessing, hard to believe it will last to Lhasa.                         will be clear tomorrow for the pass!
                                                                         Major snow storm as we approached pass. Cleared, but ceiling still low. Slow
                                                                         climb as C is still sick. Very cold decent, but warmed up lower. Many tourists &
                                                                         vehicles with police lights. Quite nerve wracking. As we were carrying our bikes
Straightforward climb and decent on good pavement.                       to our 'hi
Easy cycling, complete with tailwind, if it was not for a 1:30 AM start.
Manned checkpoint (3:15 AM) at about 4226. Just cycled through.
Black uniform with white hats, 2 people OUTSIDE, serious looking, but Accident on road close to campsite, noise all night while they worked on it. C
did not say anything to us. Another one at                               quite sick today, lack of sleep did not help her cold.
                                                                    C feeling better this AM after a touuh night coughing. Tylenol 3 with codene
                                                                    knocked her out & stopped the coughing. Crack of noon start, and gas/food
                                                                    stop in Kongpo Giamda (km 4360). Rode to 7:30 pm & had carrots & friut salad
Very gentle uphill, barely noticable, specially with a TAILWIND!!   for dinner.



                                                                    Last day of cycling we had clear blue sky and tail wind! Made it to Lhasa ond
                                                                    eventually found the Potala. Did the tourist thing & pictures in front of Potala,
                                                                    then walked around with our bikes. Almost nti-climactic. Tried to find hotel &
                                                                    ended up at

                                                                    Change hotels to Yak, laundry, walk around, market, try to figure out flights,
                                                                    meet German couple cycling with 2 Ibex trailers. SW Internet for work
                                                                    Get bike boxes, try to book airline tickets, check out town a bit, Dinner with
                                                                    German couple

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:30
posted:7/21/2011
language:English
pages:60
yanyan yan yanyan yan
About