Posts Tagged ‘Sawi’


The descent down the east coast continued along small, quiet roads. Far from the noise and traffic of the main road, I meandered through a palm-studded landscape with regular beaches. The wind picked up as I set up my tent on the beach. Empty coconuts aren’t heavy enough to keep the pegs from blowing away.. ☺

A beautiful beach. Shame about the rubbish.

A beautiful beach. Shame about the rubbish.

Today I passed 25000km from when I started in Eindhoven.

25000km

25000km

Tomorrow I head across to the other side of the peninsula. The excitement mounts.

Bridge on the back road

Bridge on the back road


I planned the cycle trip route before I left Eindhoven– in more detail at the beginning, and less at the end. Regularly en route the plan has changed – sometimes just by a little bit affecting a day or two, and sometimes by a lot, affecting months of cycling. I had been planning to cross to the western coast of Thailand soon. Today I met two groups of cyclists, and that all changed.

A french cyclist with some great tips.

A french cyclist with some great tips.

The west coast has only the main (busy) road, whereas the east coast is beautiful. I now have a new itinerary and several islands I need to visit. Being flexible is the name of the game. Koh Yao Noi, Koh Lanta and Koh Rok – here I come. (Although Koh Rok was on the agenda already.)

The road again followed the coast for a while. The scout/girl guide camp left a bit of rubbish on the beach.

The girl guides and scouts were naughty

The girl guides and scouts were naughty

There were some views,

View from the temple

View from the temple

and some back roads (meaning I could avoid the freeway-like main road entirely).

And just before my destination I was changing batteries on my phone when a woman pulled up on her bike, took out her phone, and took multiple selfies with me. She then followed me wherever I went, videoing me cycling behind her with her phone. It felt like in China.

I'm famous

I’m famous

I lost her in the town. She meant well, but I just wanted to be alone. ☺

Back road

Back road