DOING IT WHILE I CAN..before old-age, climate change, terrorism, terminal illness, lack of money ...hits.
54 yrs....WHAT HAPPENED....I USED TO BE SO YOUNG!
Adelaide, Australia. Graffiti Program Coordinator for a local Council
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PEDALLINGPETE'S TRAVEL BIO
2007........5wks-5th Cycling Trip-Down the Danube ( Starting Sept 22nd)
Well old age is arriving and Pedallingpete is looking for flat ground and minimal traffic. Follow Pedallingpete as he starts off in Southern Germany, through Austria and onto the hot baths in Budapest, Hungary. Hoping to loose a few pounds there is a greater chance he will return with a few more, unless he can avoid all those Bakeries on the way.
6wks-4th CYCLING TRIP-INDIA
Follow the highs and lows of Pete as he cycles the desert and coast of Gujarat and Southern Rajasthan. Find out if he is fit enough to ride his bike more than just around the places he is staying or climb the 3572 steps to the Shatrunjaya Temples. Will he get picked off the street in Bollywood to be an extra in a local movie? Will he get awestruck at the world's largest monolithic structure at Ellora or finally learn to do the most basic thing in life- eating with only his right hand off banana leaves, surviving only on vegetables and with no alcohol until he reaches Diu Island's beaches. But what you really want to know is can he afford to stay at the famous Udaipur Lake Palace?
..6wks-3rd CYCLING TRIP-730kms IN TURKEY (Go to: www.pedallingpete.blogspot.com)
Whirling Dervishes, Mosques and Bazaars. Massages in 16thC Hamams, conjuring up the Roman might in Ephesus, breakfast overlooking the 4thC Temple of Apollo at Didyma, joining the cheap holiday tourists at Bodrum, paragliding at Oludeniz, ballooning over the fairy chimneys of Cappodocia, live orchestra in the Aspendos Roman theatre, cruising the Bosphorus.
..6wks-2nd CYCLING TRIP-2,200kms IN SOUTHERN INDIA (See blogs on this trip by scrolling down below)
How does the brain cope with the need to assimilate the sense of one's self in a sea of difference, in chaos? -Learning how to ride one handed with an umbrella, cycling the Malabar Coast, floating through Kerala, riding 50km uphill all day, Kathakali Dancers in Cochin, promenading the palaces, the world’s tallest monolithic statue at Saravanaabelagola, joining the pilgrims in Dharmastala, throwing Bunny leaves at Parvati during Dussehra in Hampi, bitten by a dog in Goa, para-ballooning overlooking Hyderabad.
2000..........4wks in Thailand
Lazy days, temples of Gold, fantastic restaurants at the shore line on the beach, dogs in packs taking over Ko Tao. Smiling People as they rip you off. Collusions and confusions. Pity that tourists have been coming here forever and that the environment has been stripped in order to survive.
.6wks SOUTH AMERICA-ARGENTINA, PERU (See blogs on this trip by scrolling down below)
Tango in the street, painted houses of La Boca, Flying into Cusco across the Andes, exploring the 1532 demise of the Inca Empire, a parasailing attempt, 5-6 day high altitude Ausangate circuit with its 5100m pass, the most famous footpath in Sth America to Machu Picchu, helicopter ride, the atmospheric 16C Monastery of Santa Catalina, down into the 3,400m deep Colca Canyon, condors cruising, viewing the Nazca Lines from the air, snowed up on a 5 day hike at Huayhuash at 4,350m, surviving a solo 11hr walk with no map and wet boots.
.5wks IN BALI & JAVA
Madura Island, Yogya (underground corridors of the Water Palace, 1200 yr old Borobudur Temple), climbing active Mt Merapi volcano for a volcanic ash sunrise from the top, 9thC temples at Dieng, sunrise at Mt Bromo
..8 Wks VIETNAM with 12yr youngest son
War Crimes Museum- (deformed babies in bottles from Agent Orange and American GIs posing with decapitated heads), 4th C temples, riding in a circular basket boat, underground V.C. tunnels, cruising Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh’s body, hill tribals in Sapa.
..8 Wks MALAYSIA, SUMATARA revisted with 12yr oldest son
Orangutans in the wild, conducting English lessons in Brastagi, coral reefs, buffalo fight, raging rivers
..2MTHS-1st CYCLING TRIP-1300kms ACROSS INDONESIA (See blogs on this trip by scrolling down below)
Timor, Flores (staying in isolated traditional villages, Ikat weaving, most exhausting days in my life, volcanic lakes of Keli Mutu), snorkelling off Rinca, Komodo dragons, Lombok (4 day hike up Mt Rinjani, Chilling out on Gili Trawangan), Bali
.10WKS IN S-E ASIA. SINGAPORE, PENINSULAR MALAYSIA, SABAH (turtles laying eggs, Oragutan Rehab Centre, largest flower in the world, up Mt Kinabalu to 3811 mtrs), SARAWAK (Niah caves occupied since 37,000BC, thousands of bats, swallows in flight, birdnest collecting from dizzy heights), SUMATARA(volcanoes, Lake Toba, isolated walks through jungle, beaching it on Palau Weh -in the village before the tourists and the tsunami, longhouses)
..ACROSS THE NULLABOR AND UP TO BALI
with a curly headed happy 2 yr old son Rice paddies, great food & people, temples and sunsets
..5MTHS EUROPE, 2MTHS INDIA/NEPAL
One mth of UK seen from a car window, 3mths on Eurail (up the Jungfrau, down a salt mine, over to Bergen & under Chillon’s Walls), freaked out in Morroco, 2 wks naked on a Greek beach, Pyramid energy in Cairo, 2mths in India & Nepal going vego and alcohol & tourist free, sunrise over Himalayas, soaking up the vibes and learning about tolerance, persistence and patience, acclimatizing in Singapore and back to the same job in Adelaide. Not a good idea! Visited Countries Map