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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.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

The End of the Road.


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On my bike in downtown Thailand

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Bangkok, Thailand

Friends, family and supporters, today marked the official end of the "Iron Horse Journey" which began nearly 2 years ago on a sunny table at the Borders Books Cafe in the watertower district of Chicago. At roughly 5:00 PM Thai time, I sold my trusty horse, Rocinante to a tuk-tuk driver for a mere $150 USD. Battered, beaten and irreparably Chinese, the bike carried me faithfully to the very end, even with a dead battery. Washed up, he still had the proud, shiny look of a store bike, but I knew he had been bleeding oil from his engine case secretly in the night, when he thought I couldn't hear him. Brave, noble Rocinante - farewell old friend!

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18,013.9 was the final KM count on the odometer when I parted with the bike on the touristy "Khao San Road." I bought the bike with 6,800 KM on the odometer, meaning that I drove 11,213.9 KM, or 6,968 US Miles total on the drive. I have driven 2.5 the width of the USA, and although I am very tired, it feels great!

Broke down by numbers:

Batteries: ............................................ 2
Tires: ....................................................1, 1 innertube
Oil Changes:........................................ 6-7
Chains:................................................. 1
Miles per day:..................................... 77.5 (approx)
Accidents:.............................................1 (Cambodia. Scars are cool.)
Countries..............................................4
No. of times dogs peed on bike:.........Unknown
Beer consumed by volume.................36 Gal.
Gas Consumed (estimated)................166 Gal. / 630 Lt. (14 Lt tank with range of 250 KM)
Chickens dodged...................................1,435
Cows dodged.........................................547
Bugs eaten.............................................92
Bee stings..............................................1


Now, I can officially put the doubts of fellow bikers to rest:
A Chinese, 150cc Dirt Bike WAS good enough for the job. Case Closed.

No regrets! Time of my life! Hard, difficult, beautiful, mind-blowing, unforgettable experience. Highly recommend you get started on your trans-world motorcycle ride.

As for me, I will be going to Japan to get a J.O.B. and to pursue some more freightening adventures like: learning to cook and practicing Thai Massage - with my new license that I got in Bangkok. I will also be working on a photo-book of the ride with pages from my journal, my writings, pictures, drawings etc that cover the other 99% of the trip I couldn't fit into this blog. I will make limited prints for family and friends who are interested. I have 5 DVDs full of photos and video to go through first. And before that I need to buy a sweater because it is winter in Japan.

I plan to post more photos etc. from the ride that I didn't get around to posting earlier when I get settled.

Thank you friends and family for your awesome emails, phone calls and support.

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1 comment:

jason mcanuff said...

Hey dude, nice blog!

Few questions for you, how doable would you say it is to find a bike out there for cheap, like $500? Also how did you get by with the border crossings and cops in general in regard to the bike/licence/insurance etc? Cheers mate, jason