Patagonia: Welcome to the End of the World

We scanned the side of the road for anywhere suitable to pitch the tent, seeing if the little dips in terrain might provide protection from the gusting wind, or if any rises might keep us mostly out of sight of passing cars. Our options were limited by the fences that stretched on either side of the gravel path we were riding, keeping in sheep and cattle and marking the boundaries of the giant estancias which make up a majority of the dry steppe of Patagonia. We finally settled on a little knoll with a flat patch of land and a breathtaking view of dark ocean waves crashing against the rocks below. 

Thailand: Touristing around

Dear loyal readers, I write to you today to inform you that my journey is coming to an end, but to assure you that the adventure is not yet over. After much consultation with doctors and worried parents, I have decided to end my cycle tour in three weeks time in deference to my health. But never fear, Didier will be cycling on and is taking over the blog, beginning an 8 month solo journey through Latin America. I am feeling 100%, but because of the medication I am on there are some risks of being in rural areas without quick access to medical care (aka, Patagonia). 

Myanmar: The land of smiles

We did it. We crossed by land from Northeast India to Myanmar. The internet tells you that it is extremely difficult to do, but our permit went through with barely a problem (the Myanmar tour company Exotic Myanmar lost our payment for about a week but we sorted it out in the end). For any seeking to do the crossing, the only extra documents you need besides an Indian and Myanmar visa is a permit issued by a Myanmar tour company which will cost you an extra $80-100 each.

Northeast India: Are we really back in the same country?

Northeast India is a patchwork quilt of unique regions lumped into a small geographic area. Looking like a protrusion from mainland India, it is connected by a small length of land that at its narrowest is only 14 miles long squished between Nepal and Bangladesh. Since the 1960s the seven states that make up the region have all been fighting for varying levels of independence, autonomy or separation. For a long time tourists were forced to apply for special permits to visit the region, but recently a corridor has opened up allowing travelers to pass through to the border with Myanmar without those permits.