Our cycling route
We flew from England to New Zealand and started bikeabout in Auckland on 5th September 2009. It ends back in England, visiting Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany and France along the way.
Map of our route
As many will know, when travelling by bike, you can be at the mercy of weather, terrain, roads, local info, non-existent sign posts (and that’s just England!), so things can change, our route won’t be set in stone. We also want the flexibility to change our route in case we discover new places we want to visit or hear of other interesting things to see.
We intend to cycle as much as possible, however we will be taking the odd boat here and there and a few trains, to cover the distance in the time we have. Our trip is very much about exploring, experiencing new sites, sounds and smells, meeting interesting people and seeing other cultures. It isn’t a race from A to B, it’s a travellling adventure by bike, where we can learn about the world and ourselves.
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Where have we been?
(2nd Sept - 29th Nov 2009) 89 days / 34 days cycling
Cycled from Auckland to Wellington via Pirongia, New Plymouth and Palmerston North. From Wellington we took a ferry to Picton (South Island), where we continued cycling to Nelson, through the Rainbow Valley, Molesworth Station to Hamner Springs, before arriving in Christchurch. The final leg was Christchurch to Wanaka.
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(29th Nov 2009 - 23rd Feb 2010) 87 days / 39 days cycling
We flew to Melbourne on 29th Nov and cycled all the way to Brisbane. We cycled via Nowa Nowa, Cape Conran, Cann River, Mallacoota, Eden, Sydney, Newcastle, Nowendoc, Tenterfield and Cunninghams Gap.
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(23rd Feb - 16th April 2010) 54 days/ 17 days cycling
Arrving in Bali from Brisbane, we cycled to Padangbai, taking a trip to Lombok by ferry (5hrs 2010). From Padangbai we cycled to Ubud, then up to Kintamani, Lovina and across to Gilimanuk where we took the 1hr ferry to Java. In Java we cycled down to Yogyakarta, via Probolingo, Ngawi, Solo and Prambanan. From Yogyakarta we took a train to Jakarta, where caught a 28hr ferry to Batam.
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(17th April - 19th June 2010) 3 days / 2 days cycling
(19th April - 5th May 2010) 17 days / 12 days cycling
(5th May - June 5th 2010) 1 month sailing
Once in Penang we climbed aboard Yacht Murungaru, and set sail for Railay in Thailand. On the way we visited Langkawi, Ko Kraden, Ko Lanta and other islands.
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(5th June - 10th October 2010) 127 days / 30 days cycling / 36 days teaching
From Railay we took a long tail boat to Krabi from there we cycled up the west coast to Khura Buri, Ranong, Kra Buri before crossing to the east coast at Chumphon, onto Bang Sapahan, Pruchup and Hua Hin. We took a train to Bangkok and left Bangkok by train to Kanchanaburi. From here we cycled Dan Chang, Nong Chang, Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Thoen, Li, Mae Pok, Lamphun up to Chiang Mai. From Chiang Mai we travelled by car to Tomato Village, Mae Hong Son, where we stayed for 7 weeks teaching English.
Leaving Mae Hong Son we took a minivan to Pai and a bus from Pai back to Chiang Mai. From Chiang Mai we cycled up to Chiang Dao, Fang and Tha Ton. We took a long tail boat down the River Kok to Chiang Rai, then cycled to Chiang Khong before crossing the border into Laos.
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(10th October 2010 - 9th November 2010) 31 days / 5 days cycling
We cycled across a small part of northern Laos, from Huay Xai through the mountains to ViengPhoukha, to Luang Namtha. From here we took a 22hr bus ride south to Vientiane, then back up via Luang Prabang. From Luang Namtha we cycled to Boten, the border with China.
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(9th November 2010 - 6th May 2011) 180 days
We entered China in the southern province of Yunnan, arriving at Mohan. We cycled north to Dali (Old Town) via Mengla, Jinghong, Puer, Zhenyuan, Jingdong, Hujie, Nanjian and Weishan. Liz flew home from here to see her family and work for 3 months. Chris continued cycling...
After Dali Chris headed along the Tibetan border in Sichuan province, via Lijang, Shangrila, Batang, Baiyu, Dege, Manigange, Ganze, Luhu and kanding. He cycled in winter, at altutudes of 4000-5000mtrs in a remote area. From Kanding Chris took a bus to Chengdu before meeting up with Liz again. We took a train from Chengdu to Xi'an, then Xi'an to Beijing. From Beijing we took another train to Jining, and then got back on the bikes and cycled north to Mongolia. We passed through Qahar Youyi Houqi, Tomortei, Sonid Youqi and Erenhot along the way.
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(6th May 2011 - Present) 83 days / 21 days cycling
We arrived in Zamyn Uud and cycled north through the Gobi Desert for 21 days, with some additional rest days. On the way there are 3 towns, Sainshand, Tsaagandorj and Choyr. After Choyr there are several small villages before you reach Ulaanbatar. See a more detailed route map and overview.