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Around the World - a mostly-cycling tour
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posted 7/15/2012
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I haven't been around here much since the end of April. I just updated my stat and realised how long it has been.

Lots has changed. Rowan and I completed our employment where we worked (contract positions), gave up our rental house, packed everything into storage, and set off on a Round-The-World mostly-cycling tour for the next 8 months or more.

It's not a 100% cycling tour because we're flying, taking trains, using ferries, and perhaps even renting cars along the way ... but we're hoping it will be a mostly cycling tour.

We flew out of Melbourne on June 20th to Hong Kong where we spent 4 days, then it was 6 days in Taiwan, and 10 days in Japan. We're now in the UK ... in Edinburgh ... and we've got just under 3 months in Europe with no set plans.

If you're interested, you can read about our trip so far here:
www.machka.net/2012/RTW_2012/RTW_2012.htm


So far we've already logged approx. 383 km on our tour, with more to come.

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posted 7/15/2012
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www.ricksteves.com/plan/plan_menu.htm He does a US TV tour show and runs a big touring company. Goes for the old little hotels.

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posted 7/15/2012
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Machka, I read some of your blog and you are a prolific and good writer! I see your itinerary includes a visit to Chile and Uruguay. Both are good places to explore. I've lived in Chile on two occasions, and even graduated from high school in Vina del Mar over 40 years ago. I visit there every few years and always bring along a bike. I bring an old school non-suspension mountain bike with Schwalbe Big Apple 2.1" smooth tires. Although Chile has mostly decent paved roads around the cities, the rural areas I like to ride in have a lot of hard packed gravel or graded dirt roads. It is tough going with most road bikes on most back roads but fine with my semi-fat tire bike. The area I like to visit is the southern lakes and volcano district from Temuco to Puerto Montt and places accessible by ferry south of Puerto Montt. Endless towns, lakes, rivers, parks and backroads to explore. Best time to visit is summer from December to March. The weather is similar to US Pacific Northwest or coastal BC Canada.

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posted 7/16/2012
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Thanks for the info raymondj ... I may be asking you more questions as we get closer to the Chile and Uruguay portion of the trip.




I've updated my website now so that I've got the Asia Story here:
www.machka.net/2012/RTW_2012/RTW_2012.htm

And the beginning of the Europe Story here:
www.machka.net/2012/RTW_2012/RTW_Europe_2012.htm

There are links between the two.

I'm still a bit behind with the photos, but I'm almost finished the Asia ones.
post edited on 7/16/2012 at 1:56:12 AM

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Machka...how fun for you and Rowan to be traveling like this. I just read the Taiwan portion. After having lived in Taipei for 11 years, it was fun to read your impressions of Taiwan. Thanks for sharing...and have a great time!

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posted 7/26/2012
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I have updated my links to my stories ...


Asia: www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_2012.htm

Europe: www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_Europe_2012.htm


We're in the process of trying to "get voted off the island" The Olympics has begun over here, so travelling is a bit more challenging.

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posted 7/31/2012
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We're in Amsterdam ... and trying to figure out what to do next.

I updated the story on my Europe site a couple nights ago, and that story takes us to Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Since then, we caught a train to Newcastle, then cycled to the ferry, then caught an overnight ferry to the port outside Amsterdam, and then today we cycled to and around Amsterdam.

I have to say, I'm not that impressed with cycling in Amsterdam. Hualien, Taiwan was somewhat frightening at times with all sorts of traffic everywhere (cars, scooters, motorcycles, and lots of bicycles), but I was more comfortable cycling there than I was here today.

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posted 7/31/2012
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Photos for the European part of the tour:
www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157630125688286/

Photos for the Asia part of the tour:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157630063348587/


And I do like the Rick Steeves (?) show, I've watched it several times.

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posted 8/3/2012
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Thanks for sharing your trip with us here Machka. Makes me want to quit my job and go have more fun.

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posted 8/9/2012
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More updates on my website: www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_Europe_Main_2012.htm

More updates on my photos: www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157630125688286/


We're in Germany now, following the Rhine Cycle Route.


And, rschlump, that's exactly what we did!

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posted 8/16/2012
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I've made more updates to both story and photos. We are still following the Rhine Cycle Route, although we did take the train at one point to get past some of the industrial sections.
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