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135 full-color pages of photos, stories, anecdotes, illustrations, journal pages maps and more!In addition to the four major sections on Yunnan, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand I have included some back story on both my first (and unsuccessful) attempt to motorcycle through China as well as how the planning for the trip came together.I have chosen the very best of the more than 4,000 photos from the trip as well as the most humorous, moving and fascinating of the several hundred anecdotes for Southeast Asia on 2 Wheels.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Kanghwa

I had been itching to get close to the DMZ and a nice break in the weather made Saturday April 12th seem like the perfect day.

The dull plains and reclaimed marshes of Ansan / Gyunggido gave way to large rolling mountains and hills. Pronounced hills jutted up suddenly out of the rice fields like marooned and landlocked islands. The green mountainsides and winding roads only got better as I reached the river-like swath of ocean that cut across the island. I was so close!

The DMZ was a heartbreakingly close 5 miles away, but I knew that I was running out of time. I had to be back in Ansan by 6:00 to keep a promise. I settled for roaming around the area just across the 'river.' I found mountains cleaved by road, and miles of fortified fence. Guardposts and checkpoints were everywhere. Foolishly I had left my license, passport and other documents at home. I had to avoid the cops and MPs - I'd really have been screwed if I were caught.

The highlights were an ancient rampart which afforded stunning views of the sea and surrounding mountains, and cruising the beautiful roads tucked behind the mountains on the other side of the highway.

The ride back saw miles and miles of traffic at a standstill. I was able to cut through it all on the shoulder. The bike however, needs some work before our next ride. I'll be spending my time remounting the rear sprocket, backing out the axel and maybe replacing that damn clutch.

See pics of the ride here.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Drive South to Pyeong-Taek, Asan and Dangjin


Here are some photos from my drive south on Sunday to Pyeong-Taek, Asan and Dangjin.

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