Here is a map of my very vague route, and I'm the little blue bike symbol at this time. Remember, I try to create some sort of directional map, but it always changes along the way.
I've no idea where I'm sleeping each day, mostly right up until I try to find something when I'm tired and I've had enough. I've been lucky so far :) I estimate it will be another week before I reach Vientiane in Laos, right at the top of the map line there.
From there, I hope to follow the Mekong River down and into Cambodia then Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, at which point I stash all my gear and take off on a side adventure and a few things I need to sort out, then I return to pick up my gear and carry on.
How long it will take me to reach Ho Chi Minh City is anyone's guess, but judging by the speed I have been going since Bangkok, it could take another 6 weeks or more.
Instead of trying to do as many km's as I can, I have now settled into a more gentle pace. Today for instance I managed just shy of 50 km's because I found a great little hotel, and the next one might not be for another 50 km's
Last night I had to deviate from my route by 10 km's because the guesthouse was the only digs I could locate on the internet.
It turned out to be a bigger town than I thought, with a number of hotels and guesthouses, and an amazing temple which I spent an hour wandering around.
The town was Phimai, and as you can see on my map, there is a little line coming off my main line. I had to cycle back the 10 km's this morning to continue on, but it was worth it.
I met a couple of English gents at a bar, and we chatted and had a few beers, then later I met a South African lady and a lady from Australia, so it was more beer and chats, and I enjoyed it.
I will post pics of the temple shortly.
Step 1: find a hike. Step 2: hike the hike. Step 3: find a coconut. Step 4: enjoy! What these pictures don’t show you is that several hours later we were called in for a polytrauma at the hospital after a bad road traffic accident. Learning surgery here runs the gambit of emotion from rewarding to tragic, often in the same day. I’m learning so much and couldn’t ask for better teachers @karnerilla and a better support system. I’m officially past half way!
What a Surfers Paradise!
For a short vacation I choose to Pulau Lombok for surfing. I will have a chance to go to a far city by hopping a plane next month, so for now, just take a fun weekend away if the option comes up.