Trip Stats...

Number of Countries cycled in: 21 (England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China and Switzerland.)

Total mileage cycled: 8,434 (13,573 km)

Total days on the road: 340, we left on the 05 June 2006 and returned on 10 May 2007.

Most miles cycled in one day:  91 (147km)

Least miles cycled in one day:  4 (7km) To exonerate ourselves from this pathetic performance, we did it the day following the above distance, and after spending a sleepless night on a park bench in Romania. So there.

Top speed: Both of us clocked a high of 32mph (51 kph.)

Most Countries cycled across in one day: 3 (Belgium/The Netherlands/Germany and Bulgaria/Greece/Turkey.) On the return leg we were in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and then Germany again all in one day!

Least Favourite Country: Richard & Kat: India by a country mile.

Favourite Country: Richard: Austria, Cambodia Kat: Germany, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Thailand, China.

Number of times we got lost: Countless

Number of significant dog chases: 7

Number of falls/accidents: Richard: 1, Although he didn't fall off, Richard did manage to crash into two old ladies boarding a bus in India.  Kat: 2. One of these was not even from the bike; Kat just lost her balance from a standing position and fell into a thorn bush. The bike very thoughtfully landed on her.

Most number of people seen on one motorbike: 4 (India)

Number of punctures: 6. The award for the first puncture went to Richard in Malaysia, although it took nearly 4,850 miles for this to happen.  We had our 2nd puncture the day we arrived in Cambodia, again this was awarded to Richard. The 3rd was again Richard - he neglected to remove the object which caused the 2nd puncture - fool!

Not to be out done Kat took the 4th, 5th and 6th, one whilst heading to Laos from Thailand and the other in Laos - she went nearly 6,000 miles without one! The 6th was on our return leg through France.

Not surprisingly all 6 punctures have been to the rear tyres.

Crime Report: Unfortunately we were the victims of minor criminal activity on the trip:

Crime 1 - This initially wasn't a crime, as Kat had left her sunglasses at a hotel bar in India. Then a day or two later we were told by a member of staff that they had been found and that he would fetch them for us. However, when the bloke went to get them from the hotel office he realised they had been stolen whilst in the 'safe keeping' of the hotel!

Crime 2 - This was the theft of Richard's front light off his bike, including the mounting bracket. This petty theft occurred whilst the bikes were in a basement hotel car park in Malaysia.

Most embarrassing moment: For some reason the manager of a hotel in Wurzburg, Germany, took an instant dislike to us. We had some laundry done while staying there, and when it was returned there was an item missing. On our way to breakfast the following morning, this cheeky chappy held up a pair of padded cycling underpants, which look very similar to an adult nappy, and called out 'Sir, madam, I have your pants here.'

Kat's Irrefutable Facts


·         Water buffalo stink.

 

·        If a hotel in India has the word 'Palace' in its title, this is no guarantee of comfort or cleanliness.

 

·        What you would otherwise think of as a hill, quickly becomes a mountain when you try to cycle up it.

 

·       It does not matter how brave you think you are, when confronted with a lizard in your room, you will turn into a screaming, wibbling girl.

·        There is an almost infallible way to tell when a driver in Turkey is about to cut across in front of you and turn right: He will be in the left-hand lane, not signalling.

 

·        There is no way to tell what on earth a driver in India is about to do next.

 

·        In India, nothing goes smoothly. The simplest transaction can become a major chore. A case in point: If you go to a 'supermarket' for some supplies, say a pack of toilet roll, some toothpaste, bottles of water and biscuits, unless you are offered a bag, then you do not need one. It doesn't matter what conclusions people will draw from a tourist returning to their hotel carrying a pack of loo roll, you still do not need a bag. Asking for a bag might set in motion a sequence of events that ten minutes later will leave you with a big headache, and no bag.

 

·        When crossing a railway, everybody looks left and right even when the barriers and lights say it's okay to cross.