It has seemed to be far too long since I have been able to update everyone on the blog but I want to give everyone a quick recap of our happenings over the last 2 months. Since leaving Laos we cycled south east through Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. It was a dream cycling through SE Asia and we spent far too much money on cheap meals, beers and small hotels. It seems that the cheaper the country the more we spend since when a hotel is $5 and a meal just $1 you cannot really object to spending the cash!! Asia is so beautiful and it was amazing cycling through small villages and alongside beachside resorts and I really would recommend it to anyone wanting a fun cycle tour with great food and lots to see.
As I write this I am currently cycling through Australia alone. Fin has had to fly home from Kuala Lumpar, leaving me to cycle across the outback! It has given her a great opportunity to see her friends and family so she missed them terribly and meant she didn't have to endure endless Australian desert! Sometimes it hard to be away from friends and family for so long and keeping in contact does not replace actually being home. Fin will join me in New Zealand at the beginning of July, and we will carry on being nomads together then :)
Australia has been a new challenge, gone are the iced coffees and cheap meals of SE Asia. Australia is the most expensive country I have cycled through since we left Western Europe over a year ago, and along with distances over 100km between stops (petrol stations!) meant you had to cycle with a attitude, stocking up with everything and averaging about 100km per day to ensure water & supplies last the distance. I have enjoyed Australia and there are times I have enjoyed cycling on my own but it is defiantly better to cycle with someone else-I am surprised I still have my marbles since I do not even own an iPod anymore!
I am currently in Port Augusta, 3800 km into Australia from Darwin which is where I started and I will write a full Australia blog once I am able to. Fin flew home with the tablet computer and it has been very difficult writing on the phone hence the reason this is just an update! My aim now is to head south still towards Adelaide which just 300km from before headed east again to Melbourne and then Sydney where I will fly to New Zealand at the end of June. Lots of exciting things are planned for New Zealand including an overhaul of this blog so watch this space for upcoming notices!
Tim and Fin
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This blog follows my cycle ride from Reading, Berkshire to Reading, Pennsylvania.