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The Journey

The Missing Years

   I first went to Europe in the summer of 88 with a school friend of mine. That left me with such a lasting impressions that when I went back to Canada, I was changed for life. My grades from college went from good to not so good because all I could think of was to get back to Europe. A few years later, I went back to Europe in 91. The second time around wasn't so exciting. The feeling of discovery was gone. I was hitching from Berlin to London. I got picked up and was offer a job in Munich. After 2 months, I was getting tired. I was making my way to London to go somewhere. While I was in Stuttgart, I ran into another acquaintance from South Africa. Through him, I ended up working in Germany for 2 years. Basically, that financed the trip to 96.

  While I was traveling in China, I met this interesting person that bought a cheap bike in Tibet and bought all locally made equipment and cycle his way out of Tibet into China. I was so impressed that I wanted to try it myself. I had a friend that was working in Shanghai that bought a half decent mountain bike. So I just bought a bunch of equipment for that bike and took off with it. Traveling with a bike has been fantastic so far. It is a healthy way to explore, plus the fact you can make connections with the locals so easily.

  The pictures from 88 to 96 are all scanned from scratchy photos and negatives. They were taking way too long to fixed. So, for better or worse, they are what they are. I didn't have an appreciation for photography back then as I do now. I spend a total of 15 minutes at Taj Mahal. I went in, took a couple of photos and I was gone. I hope when I leave for the next trip I will have even better photos than Africa.

  My most memorable moment has to be when I rode up to Everest Basecamp in Tibet. I can't wait to get back to the Himalayas. India is just one of those place you either love or hate. I belong to the later group. Yet, India remained one of my favourite destination. It is an experience to be in India, very much similar to Africa. Nepal has a special place in my heart. Such amazing, friendly and tolerant people. And so much to see in such a small area. And there are not a better bargain anywhere on earth.

I will fill in my route for my Asia trip on the map above soon.


South America

  After 7 years of pain and suffering. On Sep 25/2003, I left Canada to start on my first leg of my journey. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do. But my attitude was and still is. I take everything as it comes. I wanted to ride from Edmonton To Ushuaia and then perhaps back to Vancouver. I really didn't know. Then after that, I would have to decide if I wanted to go to Asia again or Africa. But things didn't work out the way I had intended.

  Fast forward to the present. My latest plan is to go to Africa sometime early in 2005. Then ride from Morocco to Cape Town and then ride up the East Coast of Africa to Egypt.  Then on through the Middle East into Asia and make my way down to Australia. That's about it for now. Of course, I am very flexible and my plans changes quite often. Somewhere along the way, I like to fit a Trans-Siberia trip in there.

  To my upper right is the route for my trip in South America. I flew into Lima from Vancouver. Then I rode south from Lima along the Andes to Ushuaia. Then from Ushuaia, I rode up on  the east coast to Olinda in Brazil. I had to take the bus a few times for various reasons. Along the way, I was in places such as Machu Picchu, Lago Titicaca, Salar Uyuni, bera.htm"> Reserva Estero Del Ibera, The Pantanal......etc.


  After about 1 year in Switzerland, it was time to go to Africa. So I flew down to Cape Town on March 30, 2005. Africa is an amazing place. There was never a dull moment. Of all the countries, I would have to say Ethiopia was my favorite. You would have a hard time believing that if you ever saw me in Ethiopia. I was in a constant piss-off mood while I was there.  But I met the most interesting people while I was in Ethiopia.

  I left Cape Town on Apr12, 2005. Some of the highlights on my way up to Israel are: Addo Elephant Park, Sossusvlei, Victoria Falls, Ngorongoro Crater, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Simien Mountain National Park, Pyramids Of Giza, Temple Of Luxor, Temple of Karnak and Temple Mount...etc.

The Next Trip

  Well, it's May 2009. I had been back at Canada since May 2006. That's 3 very long years for me. I am frankly tired of the 9 to 5 life. Unfortunately, my early exit has been put on hold. I have been quite sick since the beginning of 2009. I have missed many days at work, which isn't very good for my long term goal. My illness has prevented me from riding my bike or going to the gym. I spend most of my free time lying in my bed these days. Either throwing up or just too tired to do anything.

  If I ever get better, here is my temporary plan for my next trip. Hopefully, that's sometimes this year or early next year. I will probably get a cheap flight to Bangkok. Then ride down south to Australia/New Zealand. Then fly back to Bangkok??? It's a cheap hub to fly to, so it make sense. Then make my way north through China, Mongolia, maybe South Korea and Japan along the way too. That will depend on any connection that I made along the way to make that part of the trip economically feasible. If the red tape is not overwhelming, I would like to do a Trans-Siberia trip. I have to ride like hell though as I do not like to ride in the cold. If it is not too expensive, I will do a tour of East Europe. West Europe is definitely out, I do not have the budget for it. More than likely, when it gets too expensive in Eastern Europe, I will get a flight to Morocco. Then ride down west side of Africa to South Africa. Since I missed so many amazing national parks all over East Africa, I am contemplating doing it again. I would also like to see Victoria Fall in full flood as well since I was so disappointed with it in the dry season. Or spend more time in Sousouvlei in the Namib Desert. Anyway, make my way north toward Turkey. Then ride towards India, then back up to Kazakhstan. From there, I will enter into China and then Tibet. Somewhere in the I have to go through the Karakorum Highway. Then I will find the next transit hub and get a flight to Alaska or something. Naw, that sounds very expensive. I guess I have to make it up to Alaska cheaply and ride down to Ecuador? Not sure yet. There are just a few more countries that I like to visit in South America. That would be Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela. I do not think I want to do another complete circuit of South America, will see what happens. That should take up a few years of my time. Hopefully, I look after my budget and I will not have to work again for the next 10-20 years. I think I will take a laptop with me on the next trip. I would also like to get a bike computer with GPS. I am hoping that wearing the heart rate monitor on my chest for 8 hours everyday is not too annoying. If I can handle it, then I will post something like a exercise chart with GPS as much as possible. I might do a more detail daily log also, will see. Wish me luck that I will make it out of Canada this year!!! See you on the road.