Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Now I am in Thrissur

Some Pictures. Past two days was fine cycling. Today was very hot. Tomorow I will be heading to Coimbatore. Back to Tamil Nadu, I have done 1400, km.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Now I am in Trivantarum

Hi, Yesterday I was in Kanyakumari saw the sun set and the sun rise.I left Kenyakumari this moring, A bad start, head wind a the roads are hilly. This is kerala state, people don't speak tamil. I am having problem just like in loas, vietnam and Cambodia. I don't like this place cause I can't understand what they are trying to say, anyway I have 3 days to reach Colimbotor, Today I did 90km. Internet service is not good. I will send picture later. Thanks.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Hindu News Paper

India No.1 News Paper was out on 17th Dec. 2006.

Cycling in South India

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Cycling in South India

I am now in Tuticorin. Past two days the roads were not good, I only cycle 60km a day. Tomorow will be hard day, I have cover back. I will be head to Kaniakumari which is 140km. Here I have some pictures. for your all. Ladies working in Salt prodution. School children going to school.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

In Madurai

More pictures. I don'have much time to write story, Wait for Tamil news paper reporters to come. This morning reporters from Hindu English new papers came. Thanks

Karaikadi to Madurai

Past 3 day was hard days for me. Cycle about 300km. Very tried Resting in Madurai. I can't say much a Madurai. I need time to write. For the I send some pictures. Thanks. Please write some coment in this blog.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Cisthemaram to Nagapatinam

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Now I in Nagapatiman

Past two days I was cycling in the rain. Everyday there is 3 hrs of rain. The roads are muddy and alot of holes. The roads are not good. I lost my Hand Set in Pondicherry. Anyway I am fine and good health. Meeting with the World Poorest people on earth I have seen. When I was in Cambodian and Laos I though they are the poorest people on earth. People here call me white man. I ask a guys why, he said they only see English man cycling here. The people here are very poor and wages are little and old people have very little food to eat. Thanks god I am in Malaysia. Someone on road said he saw me in Indian TV. Maybe!!On the road to Pandicherry there were some news paper reports asking me some question and taking pictures. Utusan Malaysia email me, saying that on Wednesday there will be some artikel about me. Some pictures here for you guys. I came from Cithemaram, I am in Nagapatinam now and went to Velakani by bus, is about 12km and the road is worse then the cambodian road with muddy water. Next stop will be in Madurai. So far I have cycle 500 km in 5 days of cycling. I have 1600 more to go.Hope there is no rain next fews days. If you have any friends send my blog to them. Thank You very much for wishing me Good Luck.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Friday, December 08, 2006

Penang to Madras

Hi, I am not good on writting storys. Just understand what I am Saying. Sorry my Friends.
My wife and child were at the Airport. Have some problem in Aiport. My bags were missing I have to collect it the following day. I start my jounery on 7/12/06 at 2pm to Mamalipurum reach at 7pm. Got a recenable hotel. Met a few good guys took me around the town and temples.
I have some pictures here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

My Plan

On 5th Dec 2006 I am taking a flyed from Penang to Chennai I will cycling to Mamallapuram, Cheyur. Pandicherry - 7 th Dec 2006 Cuddalore, Chidambaram. Karaikal 9th Dec 2006 - Nagapattiman, Thanjavur, Pattokkotta. Madurai 13th Dec 2006 - Kamudi Rameswaram. - Tuticorin 15th Dec 2006 - Nazareth. - Nagercoil 17th Dec 2006 - Vilavankod, Thiruvananthapuram, Trivandrum 19th Dec 2006 - Kayankulam - Alleppey 21th Dec 2006 -Kochi. Cochin 23th Dec 2006 - Alwaye.- Valparai 25th Dec 2006 - Palani,Pollachi,Palakkat.Coimbatore 27th Dec 2006 - Singnallur, Tiruppur. - Erode 29th Dec 2006 - Bhavani. - Salem 31th Dec 2006 - Harur. - Thiruvannamalai 2th Jan 2007 - - Polur, Arani. Vellore 4th Jan 2007 Arakkoman. - Chittoor 6th Jan 2007- Pakala. - - Tirupati - 8th Jan 2007 and back to Madras.
To my friends waiting to meet on the road and members of Hospitality club,
This is a rough plan of my tour by bike +- 2 days. There will be some changes in dates, I will keep in touch with you. Please make sure your email, name,address and phone numbers are availble to contact you.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Cycling In India And Kerala

Cycling in South India
On the 4th of December I will finally visit the country of my ancestors. Preparations are in full swing now. The flight ticket is arranged, and so is the visa. The plans is to stay 45 days in South India, cycling from Madras to Nagarcoil south and make to a loop to Kerala before visiting some of my relatives living near Madras. I will keep you informed.

Why and How I start Cycling
So far I have done a few cycling journeys. It started about 2 years ago when I met some cyclists in Parit Buntar, Perak, Malaysia its 45km from Penang. They had great stories about what they experienced. I became enthusiastic and bought a bicycle myself. That was at the end of 2003.
Some great cycling I met
Round Malaysia in 14 days
The first thing I did was to cycle around Malaysia. I soon found out there were only a few Malaysians cycling. For many reasons cycling was never popular except for children. Of course the heat was an important factor. But I do not suffer much from the heat. I cycled around Malaysia in 14 days. I made many new friends. I learned quickly that in the west people are more used to cyclists. But here in Malaysia it's all different. People were friendly, probably curious would be a better word. Those 14 days were a great experience. In Parit Buntar many people started to know my new found love for cycling. Whenever a cyclist was on the way to Parit Buntar, they called me and I would pick them up to show them around my hometown and listen to their stories and tell them a few stories myself.

South Thailand
From the first journey to the next was a small step. South Thailand became the next destination. I went to many different places in South Thailand including Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui but also to lesser known places such as Songkhla. Making friends in Thailand I went all over and had a great time. But being back home I felt there was more to explore. I started to plan a longer journey which eventually ended up with a plan to ride in Thailand and visit the countries that border Thailand.

Asean Countries
The "40 Days Great Bike Ride" The plan was simple, ride around the border of Thailand on the "other" side of the border. It was the idea to cycle to Siem Riep (Angkor in Cambodia) from Bangkok, then back to Thailand, into Laos. Next would be Vietnam and through China to Myanmar and then back into Thailand. It went actually a bit different. Very soon after I started doing some research it was clear I couldn't do that much. China, according to some cyclists I met, was definitely too much for the time I had available. Another problem was an overland border to Myanmar. There's none you can cross. Not even Malaysians are allowed. (We do not need visa for these countries). Due to a lack of time I couldn't do as much cycling as I wanted. So I went by train to Bangkok and started cycling to Cambodia. Through quite rough road I went back to Thailand, cycled further to Mukhdahan and crossed into Laos to Savanaketh. Now I cycled to the Vietnamese border but due to some things I had to take the bus to Hanoi. From here I cycled to the Vietnamese-Lao border crossing close to Dien Bien Phu but I couldn't cross. I went back to Hanoi, took a bus back to Laos and went straight to North Thailand to get a little bit of a Burmese experience. After visiting the Golden Triangle, I had to go back South. Hardly any time left but I went to Southern Thailand to the island of Ko Tao for a rest.

Cyclist Home Stay Malaysia Video

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