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A Thoroughly Stupid Day

15,342 km so far. In 15 months of travelling, with many days that could compete for stupidest day, none were more stupid than today. It started out with the disheartening news that to enter the Mount Bromo park, we would have to pay the equivalent of $25 each. I was sure I’d read that it […]

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Tired Of Travel

15,289 km so far. I think the heat and the traffic and the sheer busyness of Southeast Asia are finally getting to us. It’s hard to get up in the mornings, hard to keep pushing ourselves forward, and hard to remember why we’re even doing this in the first place. Stephen’s note: I think it […]

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Hell Is a Highway And We Are On It

15,134 km so far. Since the plan for today was to go 85 km on the highway, we kind of knew it would not be any fun. Right we were. Hey ho, it’s all part of the experience, and cycling on Java certainly is an experience. The highways across the island are not really highways […]

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Back On Track

15,042 km so far. It is a relief to be back on our bikes. It has been far too long since we last rode more than a few kilometres around a city. Today we headed out of Yogyakarta, starting our trek to Bali. Fields Of Green Almost immediately we were in the countryside, where rice […]

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Avoiding The Tourists

14,974 km so far. Borobudur, a longish bus ride from Yogyakarta, is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world. It is also Indonesia’s biggest tourist attraction and a must-see on any visit to the region. Which is precisely why we decided to skip it. Given the choice between spending the day exploring […]

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Trains Go Really Fast

14,974 km so far. It was without an ounce of regret that we jumped on the train this morning to head out of Jakarta. We knew we’d made the right decision as we watched the crowded streets of Jakarta sail by for what seemed like hours. I didn’t want to be down there on my […]

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