Sunday 13th September; YouTube Video

Mountains and river

Sunday 13th September YouTube video. World bicycle tour; China another YouTube/Flickr video.

After crossing the 500-metres of no man’s land between China and Laos, Garry arrives at the little building that is Laos immigration. Thankfully Garry got full marks for his homework! And it was visa on entry, and he was soon on his way into country number thirteen.

Laos was another tough country, as the mountainous terrain continued from China. Only now the roads were more like tracks! Garry also ended up with a lot of punctures. Caused by the little mettle shards from burst lorry tyres.

Thailand

After Laos Garry entered Thailand and nearly missed border control! He was a good 500-metres down the road before he realised and had to turn around to get his entry stamp. Unfortunately, Garry received a fail on his homework for Thailand! He had thought that it was a thirty-day visa, which it was! But only if you flew into the country. If you made the land crossing, you only got a fifteen-day visa! Garry was now in a bit of trouble! On Garry’s rough schedule, he needed fifteen days to cross Thailand. And Garry had already lost a day by not crossing the border until the afternoon! And now things went from bad to worse, when he got the shits and had to rest up for a day!

As he wasn’t allowed to extend his visa, and he certainly didn’t fancy being thrown into some Thai jail for overstaying! There was only one thing to do, head down and go for it, with Garry cycling over 100-miles on most days!

Malaysia

Garry made it to the Malaysian border with a couple of days to spare. And could now relax with a ninety-day visa. Not that he needed that long, he was only in Malaysia for nine days, and three of those were spent in Kuala Lumpur, while he got his bike serviced.

Malaysia came and went, and Garry was soon in Singapore, where he would finish the Southeast Asia leg of his ride. Next stop Indonesia.

 

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August 2020 Photos

Boats on water

August 2020 photos, not so many pictures this month, as it’s been a quiet month all round for Garry.

Photos this month are from Garry’s world tour in 2012. Garry’s been busy making his Flickr photos into YouTube videos.

There are also a couple of photos from last months, boys day out to the Isle of Wight. Garry’s been busy in the kitchen and getting help from Indya and Toby while trying to put a picture on the wall.

There are also a couple from Bognor and Felpham, where at the beginning of the month, it was positively tropical!

 

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Sunday 6th September; YouTube Video

Mountains

Sunday 6th September YouTube video. World bicycle tour; China another YouTube/Flickr video.

After a frustrating ten days in Dhaka, trying to get a visa for China! Garry’s finally arrived in Kunming. Unfortunately, to get here, Garry had to fly, since, Burma (Myanmar) was a closed state and westerners were prohibited from entry.

China, what a contrast to Bangladesh! Everything in Bangladesh was dusty and overcrowded! Here it was bright and immaculately clean. Although there was one similarity, road signs, they were a nightmare to try and work out! Garry had to rely on the motorway signs that he would often see in the distance. And just hoped he was heading in the right direction! And as communicating with anybody! Nobody seemed to even understand simple hand signs, like eating and sleeping! But what an adventure!

After a tough nine days of cycling through the mountains of southwest China, Garry reaches the China/Laos border. And has to hope that he’s got his homework right, and Laos is visa on entry! Because if not, he’ll be stuck in no man’s land, unable to return to China, and unable to enter Laos! It was a nerve-wracking moment!

 

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August 2020 Monthly Update

Beach and pier

Garry’s monthly update for August 2020, where did that month go? August seems to have flown by, yet I’ve not done anything or been anywhere! Oh, yes, I remember where it’s gone, working, doctors and hospital!

Health

Things on the health front haven’t been good! I’m back on steroids, had oedema and have now got shingles, and boy does it hurt! Considering what they are, or rather what they look like, a small rash, they’re so painful and uncomfortable! I can be sitting there okay, then all of a sudden it’s like somebody has stuck a knife in me! I think somebody has made a voodoo doll of me, sitting there stabbing it! And as for sleeping! I can’t lay on my back, and I can’t lay on my side! Let’s hope it eases soon!

Isle of Wight

I didn’t mention in last months update, but I’ve finally made it to the Isle of Wight this year! Unfortunately, it wasn’t a camping trip, but equally as good, a boys day out sailing. It was on the last day of the month, which was the main reason for not mentioning it last month. It was a great day out with suburb weather and favourable winds, we were under sail the entire time and hardly had to tack at all. Not that I would have noticed, I just sat back and drank beer!

4 men on a boat
The motley crew of 2020

Sad news on the ferry front, Brittany ferries, the ferry company I use to get to France have cancelled my favourite route, Portsmouth to Saint-Malo! Let’s hope it’s only a temporary measure, and they bring it back, for when I start travelling again. Speaking of travelling, I’m wondering if I should go away next month (September). Although the more I look at it, the more complicated it seems! Mind you if I’ve still got shingles, I definitely won’t be going anywhere!

 

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