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North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez June 23rd 2016

My road trip is over now, but I had such a great time. And one of the best parts of it was meeting other “road trippers”, but of a different kind: touring cyclists! I now realize that most people doing Alaska to Tierra del Fuego (or Alaska to anywhere else) are leaving Prudhoe Bay early June, and depending on their speed and route, they seem to all end up around Tok or the Canadian border at this time of the year. So as I was driving back, I met a few of them, and of course, I got really excited and stopped almost each time to see where they were doing, if they needed anything or just to chat with “real touring cyclists”! I was amazed by how light most of them are traveling, and also ... read more
On the Haines Road
Alaska somewhere...
Robe Lake, near Valdez

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 20th 2016

Well, I guess driving across Canada, back to the Yukon, was not enough... I had about a week off, so I decided to do a road trip to Alaska. I had never been to Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula, so I though this would be an interesting trip! And it is. Alaska is beautiful. And I was very lucky to get a perfect day to drive from the Yukon. I don’t even know how many times I said “WOW!” out loud, even if I was alone in my minivan (now officially called the Gypsy Van). I had been on part of that road before, at least to Glennallen, where I used to run the Copper Basin 300, a sled dog race. Lots of memories came back, as I was driving through Chistochina, Gakona, Glennallen, Tolsona. I ... read more
Alaska Highway, Yukon side
They had a sign saying: 'Extreme dusty conditions"
Nice view, looking back...

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos April 3rd 2016

Last time I wrote a blog entry, I was in Laos, not knowing that again, my plans would change dramatically. The month I spent in Laos was memorable for good and bad reasons: too make a long story short, we lived a great big adventure in very, very remote areas, discovered fascinating cultures, hiked in the jungle, visited villages that never see any foreigners, spent the night in traditional houses, rafted down a river on a bamboo raft, to list a few of the things we did. But things changed dramatically a few days after a tick bit my colleague. The tick infected her with Scrub typhus, and because of the delay in treatment, additional complications worsened the situation to a point where without her initial fitness and strong will, she would not have survived. Almost ... read more
Our hosts in Jovellanos
Jean on the way to Caleta buena
Beautiful sunflower field near Playa Giron

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang November 21st 2015

A friend of mine once told me that we make plans to change them... So a few days ago, I biked from Si Satchanalai to Sukhothai, as planned. Another nice day of cycling, cool and quiet in the morning and then really hot after 11. I arrived early at my guest house and decided to go to Sukhothai historic park right away since my room was not ready. It is an interesting site, similar to Si Satchanalai but bigger and busier. Since it was so hot, I did not stay that long but enjoyed seeing the beautiful Bhuddas in the park. It's after that that my plans changed: I was offered to go back to Tanzania to guide on Kilimanjaro in December and potentially in February as well. A big change from what I had planned ... read more
last photo of my Soul, at the bus station

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Si Satchanalai November 16th 2015

This is now about day 4 of cycling. It feels like I have been on the road much longer: I am getting into a nice routine and I could keep on going like this for quite a while. After a pretty good night, even if I shared my room with numerous critters (cockroach, tiny ants, some kind of wasp and some weird white bugs-thank God I had my mosquito net with me), I left at dawn. It was very foggy and super quiet. The road I was traveling on was almost deserted, and the scenery fantastic. Too bad the pictures didn't turn out because of the fog and clouds, but this kept the morning cool. It gets incredibly hot around 11. People in the most remote villages seem so surprised to see a foreigner, but most ... read more
my balcony
Si Satchanalai
Si Satchanalai

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand November 15th 2015

Wang Chin. To me, it sounds more like the name of a Chinese town, but in fact, it is in Thailand, and I never would have come here without a bicycle, This is the beauty of traveling on a bike: you go to places that few people get to see and sometimes, it's just these places that become the highlights of a trip. But first thing first. I left Chiang Mai a few days ago. My bike was finally in better shape and I was ready to go. It was almost hard to leave my guest house: after 4 days, it felt like home and I was enjoying the comfort of a 900 bhat room! The owner was watching me packing and she took photos, she could not believe that I was going to travel on ... read more
My room at Robert and Kung's
My wonderful hosts
Souvenir items to purchase

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 12th 2015

Day 3 (or is it 4?) in Thailand. Well, Chiang Mai is a pleasant place, the traffic is dense but relaxed, the food is awesome and there is a good mix of local culture and a backpacker scene that can be a bit heavy but makes it a good place to acclimatize. On my first full day, I was pretty pleased with how easily I could put the bike together and get it out. My first mission was to find a place where an American teaches taichi courses that I am interested in. It wasn't easy to find (even with a GPS that I don't really understand-how am I going to find my way over the next few months?!) and as I was about 50 m away (but didn't know that), I got caught by a ... read more
List of things Stuart fixed on my bike
Roughing it!
Looks like a holiday

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep November 10th 2015

So, here I am sweating on my nice little balcony in Chiang Mai, Thailand, drinking tea and eating fresh bananas. After a 36 hour trip by bus and plane, I arrived here last night, with my bike. This is it, an old dream coming true. However I feel like a newbie, not really knowing yet how I am going to manage to find my way in foreign countries with foreign alphabets, on my bike, and how my old body will cope, but at least I will give it a try. Even if the trip just started, I already have a few small adventures to tell. The first one happened as I was still in Montreal... I guess I was so focussed on getting my bike on the plane and finding out how much United was going ... read more
From my balcony
The damaged box

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens October 13th 2015

So now it is the last days of this trip. I am sitting on the balcony of our small but cute little apartment in Athens, enjoying a cup of tea. Our week in the Greek Islands was fun and relaxing. Each island seems to have its own character and pace. However, the ferry trip back to Athens was not as pleasant as I expected: too many people smoke and there is no non-smoking section. I suppose it was a good preparation for our days in Athens: the air here is quite polluted. Over the last two days we visited the main sites of the city, like the Acropolis, the agora, etc. I am glad I have seen it, however, I did not fall in love with Athens. I don't know why I always enjoyed a place ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos October 9th 2015

I knew it, I knew it! I knew it existed somewhere: the ultimate decadent treat: baklava ice cream. So here we are now, in Mykonos. We said goodbye to Turkey, flew to Santorini and stayed there for 3 nights. The first day, we walked to Oia, the village at the northern tip of the island. This is where the sunsets are supposed to be the nicest. Santorini is famous for its sunsets, and for a good reason: it is absolutely like one can imagine: fully romantic, white houses built on the cliffs, with a view on the ocean, the old caldera of the volcano, cruiseships and sail boats in the distance, bougainvillea in full bloom and soft music. Unfortunately I got a bad cold from too much A/C in Turkey and didn't enjoy it as much ... read more
Little Venice in Mykonos
Mykonos old port
Baklava ice cream... It does exist!!!!

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