The third step ... The rising sun upon our backs - CycleBlaze

The third step ... The rising sun upon our backs

Wandering westwards from Japan to Hong Kong

By Jean-Marc Strydom
7,482 km (4,646 miles) over 184 days between May 8, 2017 and Nov. 7, 2017
Intro etc heart 0
Marking time: A guesthouse near the OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg heart 0
Kyoto: A mostly easy journey from Johannesburg heart 0
Kyoto Day One: Some temples and housekeeping heart 0
Kyoto Day Two: Sight seeing heart 0
Kyoto Day Three: More sight seeing heart 0
Kyoto to Nara: An easy day to start things off. heart 0
Nara: Sight seeing heart 0
Nara to Kaizuka: Surviving the outskirts of Osaka heart 0
Kaizuka to Katsuura: A ferry trip to Shikoku heart 0
Katsuura to Minami: A ton of tunnels along the way heart 0
Minami to Shishikui: My 57th birthday heart 0
Shishikui to Nahari: First time stealth camping heart 0
Nahari to Kochi: Fantastic cycle path heart 0
Kochi: Sight seeing heart 0
Kochi to Niyogodawa: Into the valley heart 0
Niyogodawa to Kuma Kougen: Through lovely steep valleys heart 0
KumaKougen to Matsuyama: Lovely ride that ends at a Love Hotel heart 0
Matsuyama: Working while it rains outside heart 0
Matsuyama to Hojo: A visit to the Dogo Onsen heart 0
Hojo to Michikashima: Off Shikoku and onto the Shimanami Kaido heart 0
Michikashima to Mihara: Island hopping to Honshu heart 0
Mihara to Kure: A long slog heart 0
Kure to Waki via Hiroshima: The horrors of war heart 0
Waki to Kumini: Escape from Honshu by ferry heart 0
Kunimi to Matama Beach: An unexpected act of kindness. heart 0
Matama Beach to Nakatsu: Feeling a bit tired heart 0
Nakatsu: Nose to the grindstone heart 0
Nakatsu to Fukuoka: Last night in Japan spent in a rose garden heart 0
Japan: The Movie heart 0
Fukuoka to Busan: Another ferry ride gets us to South Korea heart 0
Busan: Resting and researching heart 0
Busan: Second lazy day in a row heart 0
Busan to Ulsan: Rain, hills, busy sidewalks, traffic and bad navigation make for a long day heart 0
Ulsan to Gyeongju: The continual blows from route 35 softened by the eventual arrival of rural roads. heart 0
Gyeongju: Sight seeing heart 0
Gyeongju: Sight seeing heart 0
Gyeongju to Mulgeum-eup: The R35 redemption heart 0
Mulgeum-eup to Susalli: Gentle day ending at a nice campsite heart 0
Susalli to Angjin-ri: We encounter the first of the steep climbs heart 0
Angjin-ri to Dalseong: A shorter day but there's no avoiding the sharp climbs heart 0
Dalseong to Gumi: Meeting Matias and Camila heart 0
Gumi to Nakdong-ri: A short ride in which not a lot happened heart 0
Nakdong-ri to north of Heungdeokdong: Faith restored heart 0
North of Heungdeokdong to Ha-ri: Short hop before tomorrow's climb heart 0
Ha-ri ti Chungju: A most enjoyable ride heart 0
Chungju to Yeoju: A decision has been made. heart 0
Yeoju: Sightseeing heart 0
Yeoju: Work (plus a meet up with Mark and Julie) heart 0
Yeoju to Guamni: A hot day heart 0
Guamni to Chuncheon: Almost completing the Bukangang side route heart 0
Chuncheon to Guamni: Actually completing the Bukangang side route heart 0
Guamni: A productive work day heart 0
Guamni to Seoul: Surely the one of the easiest cities in the world into which to cycle heart 0
Seoul: A visit to the National Museum heart 0
Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Folk Museum heart 0
Seoul to Jung-gu: The end of the Four Rivers Route heart 0
Jung-gu: Marking time heart 0
Incheon International Airport: A long day at the airport heart 0
South Korea: The Movie heart 0
Singapore: Midnight flight out of South Korea heart 0
Singapore: Birding at the Botanic Gardens heart 0
Singapore to Johor Bahru: Crossing the causeway heart 0
Johor Bahru to Pontian Kecil: Bad navigation adds to our distance but doesn't take away our enjoyment heart 0
Pontian Kecil to Batu Pahat: Flat and uneventful heart 0
Batu Pahat to Muar: An easy ride with some great food along the way heart 0
Muar to Melaka: Another easy ride heart 0
Melaka: Sight seeing heart 0
Melaka: Sight seeing heart 0
Melaka: Birding at Ayer Keroh heart 0
Melaka to Port Dickson: A bit of luxury as a late anniversary celebration heart 0
Port Dickson to Bagan Lalang: Tired bodies dragged further than they planned heart 0
Bagan Lalang to Klang: More bad navigation leads to quiet roads heart 0
Klang to Kuala Lumpur: Thank goodness for a cycle path heart 0
Kuala Lumpur: Visa applications and the twin towers heart 0
Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves heart 0
Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kubu Bharu: Big hill in the heat heart 0
Kuala Kubu Bharu to Bukit Fraser: Incredible ride up to Fraser's Hill heart 0
Bukit Fraser: Birdwatching heart 0
Bukit Fraser: Birdwatching heart 0
Bukit Fraser to Slim River: The start of the long trek to Penang heart 0
Slim River to Kampar: Not much to report heart 0
Kampar to Ipoh: A detour to visit Kellie's Castle heart 0
Ipoh: Sight seeing heart 0
Ipoh to Kuala Kangsar: Meeting Andrew Pang heart 0
Kuala Kangsar to Parit Buntar: A puncture mars an innocuous day's ride heart 0
Parit Buntar to George Town: Another ferry ride heart 0
George Town: Sight seeing heart 0
George Town to Sungai Petani: Plans are just random thoughts heart 0
Sungai Petani to Alor Setar: Why is the wind blowing from that direction ? heart 0
Alor Setar to Kangar Perlis: Last full day in Malaysia heart 0
Kangar to Padang Besar: Back in Thailand after a bit more than a year heart 0
Singapore and Malaysia: The Movie heart 0
Padang Besar to Hat Yai: A rainy day with a couple of flat tyres heart 0
Hat Yai: A mostly lazy day heart 0
Hat Yai to Songkhla: A short ride towards the coast heart 0
Songkhla: Chasing the Naga heart 0
Songkhla to Ao Thai Resort: Cycling past our destination and enjoying tomorrow's breakfast today heart 0
Ao Thai Resort to Ban Thale Noi: Time to do some bird watching again heart 0
Ban Thale Noi to Hua Sai: Birding to start the morning then an easy ride to a dead horse town heart 0
Hua Sai to Nakhon Si Thammarat: An uneventful ride to visit the city of Wat Phra Mahathat heart 0
Nakhon Si Thammarat: Work and sight seeing heart 0
Nakhon Si Thammarat to north of Sichon: Meeting Annette Maile and ending up at a rough 24 hour motel heart 0
North of Sichon to Taling Ngam: Turn right at the pink dolphin heart 0
Taling Ngam to Hin Ta Hin Yai: Deep into the tourist area heart 0
Hin Ta Hin Yai to Bo Phut: From where did all this traffic come ? heart 0
Bo Phut to Don Sak: Back onto the mainland heart 0
Don Sak to Surat Thani: Hey You ! Hello ! Where You Go ? heart 0
Surat Thani to Chaiya: Easy ride, work and a Wat heart 0
Chaiya to Pak Nam Lang Suan: The "scenic route" heart 0
Pak Nam Lang Suan to north of Sawi: Chancing upon a lovely chedi heart 0
North of Sawi to Thung Wua Laen: Down to the coast via the back roads heart 0
Thung Wua Laen: A productive work day heart 0
Thung Wua Laen to Ban Bang Boet: Undulations on a magnificent cycling road. heart 0
Ban Bang Boet to Ban Krud: A gentle ride on quite coastal roads heart 0
Ban Krud to Prachuap Khiri Khan: A mix of highway and byway heart 0
Prachuap Khiri Khan: Rest day heart 0
Prachuap Khiri Khan to Sam Roi Yod: An easy ride up the coast heart 0
Sam Roi Yod to Cha Am: Time for a haircut heart 0
Cha Am to Chao Samran: Things look familiar around here heart 0
Chao Samran to Petchaburi: Short ride with some nice birding along the way heart 0
Petchaburi: Rest day - with some birding thrown in heart 0
Petchaburi to Ratchaburi: We arrived here by mistake heart 0
Ratchaburi to Nakhon Pathom: A hot day with a navigation glitch heart 0
Nakhon Pathom to Bangkok: Braving the manic ride into Thailand's biggest city. heart 0
Bangkok: Chillin' heart 0
Bangkok to Bang Bo: No wonder everyone takes the bus heart 0
Bang Bo to Chachoengsao: A destination selected because of the route heart 0
Chachpengsao to Ban Bang Saen heart 0
Ban Bang Saen: Another rest day heart 0
Ban Bang Saen: Work day heart 0
Ban Bang Saen to Pluak Daeng: Almost successful in avoiding the mess around Pattaya heart 0
Pluak Daeng to Ban Phe: A lovely morning's cycle back to the coast heart 0
Ban Phe to Laem Mae Phim: Nice quiet roads along the coast heart 0
Laem Mae Phim to Khlong Khut (Tha Mai): Skipping eastwards from resort to resort heart 0
Khlong Khut to Chanthaburi: The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception heart 0
Chanthaburi to Laem Sing: Travelling in the rain heart 0
Laem Sing to Ko Chang: Elephant Island heart 0
Ko Chang: Total relaxation heart 0
Ko Chang: Still relaxing heart 0
Ko Chang to Laem Ngop: Off the island and back to the mainland heart 0
Laem Ngop to Trat: Time to start working again. heart 0
Trat: Work day with a Wat thrown in for good measure heart 0
Trat to Mai Rut: Back on the road after a week of loafing heart 0
Mai Rut to Koh Kong: Into Cambodia heart 0
Koh Kong: Waiting for the rain to stop (and other excuses) heart 0
Koh Kong to Tatai: A short hop before tomorrow's ride heart 0
Tatai to Andoung Teuk: A few hills heart 0
Andoung Tuek to Sre Amble: Moving forward slowly heart 0
Sre Amble to Veal Rinh: Suffering Highway 4 heart 0
Veal Rinh to Otres: The back road to Sihanoukville heart 0
Otres: Eating, resting and working heart 0
Otres to Shanoukville and back: Visa applications heart 0
Otres to Shanoukville and back (again): Visas collected and another day's work behind us heart 0
Otres to Veal Rinh: Meeting Jimmy, Linda & Katie heart 0
Veal Rinh to Kampot: Great food at last heart 0
Kampot: Work day heart 0
Kampot: A quick look at Kampot and then a work day (again) heart 0
Cambodia: The Movie heart 0
Kampot to Ha Tien: Crossing into Vietnam heart 0
Ha Tien: Settling into things Vietnamese heart 0
Ha Tien to Phu Quoc: Back onto the islands heart 0
Phu Quoc: Beach bumming heart 0
Phu Quoc to Ha Tien: Back to the mainland heart 0
Ha Tien to Chau Doc: First longer ride in ages heart 0
Chau Doc: Not the day we had planned heart 0
Chau Doc to Long Xuyen: Easy riding through the markets and down the river heart 0
Long Xuyen to Rạch Gia: Dead straight down to the coast heart 0
Rạch Gia: Recovery heart 0
Rạch Gia: Sightseeing heart 0
Rạch Gia to Ca Mau: Making it up as we go along heart 0
Ca Mau: Recovery - this time for Leigh heart 0
Ca Mau: More recovery heart 0
Ca Mau to Năm Căn: Leigh is still not out of the woods heart 0
Năm Căn: Resting heart 0
Năm Căn to Ca Mau: Dodging showers heart 0
Ca Mau to Long Mỹ: Headwind all the way heart 0
Long Mỹ to Cần Thơ: Yesterday's mini-me heart 0
Cần Thơ: Work day heart 0
Cần Thơ: Work and Play heart 0
Cần Thơ: Chillin' heart 0
Cần Thơ to Vĩnh Long: An easy ride northwards heart 0
Vĩnh Long to Tra Vĩnh: Lovely country roads heart 0
Tra Vĩnh to Bến Tre: Rain, rain, rain heart 0
Ben Tre to Mỹ Tho: Country roads and friendly folk heart 0
Mỹ Tho to Ho Chi Minh City: The last ride of the trip heart 0
Ho Chi Minh City: Resting, mostly heart 0
Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum heart 0
Ho Chi Minh City: Packing up heart 0
Ho Chi Minh City: Flying back to SA heart 0