• Schlögen on the Danube

    August 2018

WELCOME…

... to our collection of thoughts, observations and short essays from a couple of people that like to explore. There’s a few themes that will unapologetically dominate; we’re photographers, foodie tourists and people watchers. We’re also cycle tourists and many entries will definitely be two-wheel touring based.

We post our thoughts and observations here once we have had time to reflect but we use our Facebook Page as a sort of daily diary for more immediate jottings. Instagram is for images.
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Cycletouring across South East Asia

Cycletouring 4,000km and 4 months across South East Asia from Vietnam to Singapore! I won’t lie to you, with the exception of a couple of weeks down the Danube with friends, it’s been pretty tedious around here since May.  Life doesn’t always work out how you want it to and we were hoping that the house would be sold and that we would be rolling on our big trip by now. But the housing market in the UK has slowed and is filled with uncertainty and that’s making pepole nervous to make major commitments.   The Frustration! Since we put our house on the market in late April, we have been in a sort of limbo and being unable to make real plans and crack on has been the cause of our thumb-twiddling tedium. For various boring tax reasons, our full Round-the-World trip is predicated on the sale of our

Multiple Spoke Failure and Disc Brakes

The internet is a strange, shouty place that lends itself to simplistic polarised arguments positions on many subjects and, even before we start on hydraulic vs mechanical, there’s a pair of diametrically opposed and entrenched positions on disc vs rim brakes. I would say that there’s 49% that swear that

Cycle Touring Security

Cycle Touring Bike Security

Cycle Touring Bike Security Let me be the first to admit that if there were a spectrum of sentiment about bike security then I would be near one end, the end marked “Paranoid”.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t walk around in a perpetual xenophobic haze believing that every stranger

Cycle Touring Security

Let’s Go Camping! (again)

Part 1 – Background & Our First Outing Let’s start by saying that we’re not experienced campers, we’re not even really outdoor types but we have always been seduced by the ‘call of the wild’ and the romanticism of sleeping under the stars being at one with nature in an

Around the World in 80 Months?

It’s Now or Never So, the time has come; the time of the realisation that there is no tomorrow.  We are aged 54 and 58 and, as Elvis would have said, it’s Now or Never. That’s the opening para with the necessary melodrama done, so here comes the clarity of

Cycle Touring in Australia – First Musings

Time to go Cycle Touring in Australia? We have a hitlist of places that we feel we should have been to but haven’t; in Europe there’s Vienna (it means nothing to me), Prague and Copenhagen; there’s anything North of Napa on the US West Coast that we’ve seen and the

Flags on Bikes!

The Success of the Flags on our Bikes Of the selection offered in the pack, it seemed obvious to fit the Union Jack as the flag behind the bike, but after our first small shake-down ride, it also felt a touch crass and jingoistic.  Maybe it was the influence of

I love the smell of Nam Pla in the morning

  The Thais don’t really do breakfast as we would know it and where breakfasts are available, it’s generally because there is a Falang presence in the area and it’s that market that’s being catered for.  But when you get into the areas where a white face is unusual then

The Journey Back to Pattaya – Pt 1

Well, we’re back in Surat Thani now for one night. Koh Samui was interesting to see but, as I suggested, I doubt if we’ll ever go back. It feels good to be back in “Thailand” if you catch my drift. Although I can bang on sometimes about cost, I’m only

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10 hours ago
Veni Vidi Mangé

So, here’s a thing that’s fascinating us....

...people here in Cambodia often assume that we’re French and will speak to us in French as an opener. Yesterday it was a young child, so it’s ... See more

Something a bit different tonight. We loved the Fish Amok, a typical Cambodian Fish curry that was beautifully balanced. The banana flower salad is always a winner with us but we didn’t like the ... See more

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13 hours ago
Photos from Wondering About's post

Today we cycled the 2.2km Neak Loeung Bridge over the Mekong. It was like the Severn Bridge but narrower.

...and the traffic was a little less disciplined 😲

It felt a bit special.

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15 hours ago

Folks, let me present the modern day stagecoach.

The AH1 in Cambodia is the main arterial route from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh and is just one big ribbon development. That means that the ... See more

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17 hours ago

This is what happiness looks like! 😍😍

60km into the ride and just on the outskirts of Phnom Penh we find a Cafe Amazon 💕💕💕

Cafe Amazon is a Thai brand that was our oasis of choice ... See more

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