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Our Best Photos from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia

South East Asia provided bountiful opportunities for good photographs: rich colours, interesting people and fantastic wild life. Here are a collection of our favourites from the months that spent cycling through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. You can browse all of them on Flickr. Boarding one of the many ferries in the Mekong Delta. Fresh coconuts: a cheap, delicious source of electrolytes. A rou ...

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Solo travels as a woman in Africa and Asia: interview with Helen Lloyd

This interview is part of a series in which we interview certain people featured on the database of long distance cycle journeys (LDCJ), which records individual bicycle trips over 10,000km in length. For more details, click here. Helen Lloyd spent a couple of years cycling through Africa, tracing the west coast before heading through countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.  As a solo female, th ...

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10 Reasons Not to Grow an Expedition Beard

The last time I shaved was this time last year, shortly before setting off on my bike to cycle around the world. I now have a large, surprisingly ginger beard on my face. Frankly, I would not recommend it. Here are my top ten reasons why... 10 Reasons Not to Grow an Expedition Beard 1. It is impossible to imbibe soups, drink yoghurts or slurp milk without leaving a layer in your moustache. 2. People in the ...

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See our footage of cycling through South East Asia

Our latest video: Cycling South East Asia. In this episode: Thai police posing for a photo with us. A grinning Bhuddist monk host. Me sleeping in a bike shop. Sketchy wooden bridges. Laura covered in flies. Lots of wet weather. You can see all of our videos on YouTube (there's seven of them now but they're only about 60-seconds or so each). Click here to watch video on YouTube ...

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The Highs & Lows of Cycling from England to Australia

One year ago today, Laura and I wheeled our bikes nervously to Hampton Court Palace in matching JDRF charity t-shirts to be waved off by friends and family at the start line of what we hoped would be a journey to Australia. Last Friday, after 363 days and 9,698 miles, we rounded the corner onto the Melbourne Esplanade to be waved in by my brother and sister-in-law having pedalled across Europe, the Middle E ...

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Digging for gold in Australia

This morning, a man with an eye patch unrolled a map on our breakfast table and showed us where to dig for gold. I kid you not. We'd first spotted this chap - let's call him One Eyed Bruce - rummaging through a bin a few yards away. We had spent the night at a bush camp site in rural South Australia, and he lived just up the road. He introduced us to his dog, Trixie Lightning, apparently the fastest dog we' ...

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It F****** Bit Me!

A few years back, a young cycle courier rode his bike around the world faster than anyone before him. Lots of cyclists keep blogs of their journey but, for me, his stood head and shoulders above the rest for quality of writing. So I'm pleased to host another article from him today (the first sparked some debate in 2010), especially since it's to promote his new book Life Cycles. It F****** Bit Me! Except fr ...

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Book Review: Essential Gear for Cycle Touring by Tom Allen

Tom Allen of Toms Bike Trip has recently published an ebook dedicated to providing advice for cycle tourists who need to kit themselves out. It's a fantastic resource and chock full of hard earned knowledge. Now, before buying a self-published ebook, you might be a little hesitant about the quality of such a publication but Tom's book is a thing of beauty. It looks infinitely more professional than most "pr ...

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Farewell to Asia

And so we bid farewell to Asia. It is nine months since we first crossed the Bosphorus under stormy skies to enter Anatolia. Nine months since we left Europe behind. Nine months since we last went to a Lidl. After nine months of inching our way across Asia, it is time to say goodbye to this most diverse of continents. Goodbye to the snow covered mountains of Turkey and Iran. Adios to the sand dunes and came ...

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The Adventure is Over: What Lies Ahead

STATUS REPORT: We will very soon be leaving South East Asia. After that comes English speaking countries (or at least countries in which they do their best at it). And with them come Caucasian faces, Western food and the familiarity of countries in which we've either lived or spent time. The adventurous part is over. No it isn't! What poppycock. There is plenty of adventure ahead for us. We still have to fa ...

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Comparison of Bivy Bags

This article gives a detailed comparison of all the best and most common bivy/bivi bags available. Jump to: Ultimate Comparison Table | Best Bivy Bags | Full Bivy Bag Reviews [divide] I have been a lover of the bivouac for years and with the recent interest in microadventures, now seemed like a good time to give some guidance on which bivi bag you should buy. Below are a basic buyer's guide, brief reviews o ...

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Everything you ever needed to know about desert expeditions

Just a quick blog to draw attention to my newly published Desert Expedition Resources. I've collected all of the articles I've written about desert expeditions which cover, amongst other things: the definition of what actually constitutes a desert, daily water rations of famous desert explorers, which minerals you need to replace to avoid dehydration, a comparison of every different desert cart used by vari ...

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