May 2014

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Dark Was The Morning

14,772 km so far. Our alarm went off at 5am, about 25 minutes before the call to prayer began. What on earth would compel us, famously anti early morning risers, to do this? Reports on the internet told us there was one boat per day heading upriver from Kuala Tembeling to Taman Negara, a National […]

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Grateful Photo #151

Taking the easy way out.  ♥

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The Summit Is Only Half Way

14,730 km so far. This morning as we were leaving the hotel, Stephen reminded me of the saying, “the summit is only half way”. Usually this is said as a warning to climbers trying to summit Everest: the way down could kill them just as easily as the way up. For cyclists, it’s simply a […]

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Grateful Photo #150

Bike mechanics.  ♥

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Gathering Moss

14,595 km so far. We had hoped to spend at least part of today trekking through the mountains we had pushed ourselves to climb yesterday. This is the Cameron Highlands after all, and we didn’t ride our bikes up a mountain to Tanah Rata because we’d heard the town was beautiful. (Spoiler alert: it’s not.) […]

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Grateful Photo #149

Silliness.  ♥

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Montani Semper Liberi

14,595 km so far. I always experience low-level anxiety before we embark on a big hill climb. If the elevation profile is to be believed, today’s will be a killer. We’ve certainly done rides with greater elevation gain over the course of the day, but we think this is probably the longest consistent climb we’ve […]

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Grateful Photo #148

Protection from the hot sun.  ♥

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Bookends

14,506 km so far. I was awoken at 2:00am by a great shaking. The bed, the walls, it seemed the whole world was vibrating. Also, there was a lot of… bouncing? And yelling? Wait, that didn’t seem right. I’ve never heard an earthquake yell before. It turns out it was just a group of young […]

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Grateful Photo #147

Copy editors.  ♥

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