Day ?

Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

Cesare Pavese

Learn from my stupitidy…

1. when you have water bottles and you add the flavour sachets so commonly found out of europe clean the bottles. do not act surprised when you see you have been drinking mould spores for the last month that you have severe stomach cramps…

2. when cycling through a very very large desert carry enough cash to get to the next BIG city. not a little city where the atm does not work but the next huge place that cannot fail to have cash. Otherwise two 9 hour bus trips will be required. (fyi western union does not work in china as well unless you have a chinese bank account)

3. when suffering from sever stomach cramps and all the associated nonsense do not go out for dinner with a chinses businessman and get smashed on Baijiu whilst playing strip jack naked.

4. if you buy inner tubes that are not presta do not be surprised if they do not fit the rim.

5. a round file a hotel room and two hours of watching the snooker can fix problem number 4

6. if you can sort one problem out a day in a foreign town consider that you have done well. cut your losses and be happy with it.

7. never ever trust anybody who is not a cyclist when it comes to road conditions or distance. “you can get water at km marker 2030 which is 50km away”. get to 2030 and what is there… sand…
“oh its all downhill do not worry” i am not even going to dignify that one with a response

8. if anybody within their first 3 questions asks you either-
(a) does your government pay you to do this
or
(b) what is your religion
walk away.

9. never camp near water unless you want to get bitten to death

10. shrink wrapped chicken legs and deep fried bird skulls are not that bad. who would have guessed.

as an aside i found this which i thought was quite apt… Europe according to the USA….

Europe According to the United States of America

One Response to “Day ?”

  1. Love it … so true true true … couldn’t write it better.

    good luck and greets from somewhere-not-too-far-from-Laos

    btw. 3 polish cyclist just cycled the whole golmud-ktm, without permit.

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