Indonesia: From island to island

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May 2014

Indonesia consists of almost 18.000 islands. Most of them are of course small and uninhabited but it´s still quite a big number. In a lifetime it is impossible to visit all of these islands. My plan is, however, to get to Sumatra first, one of the larger islands.

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Re-Cycle: Findings from the Road – Malaysia

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Here I present my findings from the roads in Malaysia. I guess my desire to collect comes from my father. He too keeps everything what could be useful some day and can´t let go easily of things. Fortunatly I don´t have a loft or cellar to store things, but only my bags. So the space to keep things is limited.

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Malaysia: Tanjung Piai – The end of asia

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01. May 2014

A wooden path leads through a mangrove forest, at the end is a platform above the sea. A globe made of metal, the Malaysian flag and a sign saying “Congratulation! You are now standing at the southernmost tip of Mainland Asia!”

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Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

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(Thanks to Andy for reviewing this translation)

March/April 2104

Did I ever mention that I don`t like big cities? Nevertheless, I end up in them because some things you can do only in big cities. In Kuala Lumpur, called KL, I want to fix my laptop and my camera and get a visa for Indonesia.

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Malaysia: 402 kilometer to Kuala Lumpur

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March 2014

Malaysia has a tourist-friendly visa policy. With a German passport you don´t need a visa but just get a stamp at the border. I´m allowed to stay for 90 days in the country. Free of charge. This is very pleasant for me, because the 4 weeks I got in most other countries in South East Asia are often too short for me.

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Re-Cycle: Findings from the Road – Thailand/Myanmar

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December 2013 – February 2014

This time even 2 posts of beautiful and useful things (or only junk?) that I found on the road and couldn´t leave there. For example this beautiful sponge.

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Myanmar: The South – in unknown territory

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February 2014

(Thanks to Reed for reviewing this translation)

From Inle Lake, Anselm and I take a bus to the south. I don´t like to load my bike onto a bus. Not only is the ride stressful, it is important to me that I cover as many kilometers by bike as possible. But my 28-day visa has expired and any overtime will cost 3 U.S. dollars per day. Because my destination is over 1000 km to the south, I need to take a bus to Moulmein. This city is near the Myawaddi border, where Anselm and I arrived 28 days earlier.

Time to say goodbye at the bus terminal in Moulmein

Myanmar: Bagan and Inle lake

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January 2014

Bagan and Inle Lake

These two places are the tourist magnets of Myanmar and interesting for most of the touring cyclists, too. Bagan is an area with thousands of ancient temples and pagodas, the Inle Lake is an idyllic lake in the mountains of the Shan State. This time I don´t want to write as much as in previous articles, but rather show some nice photos.

Sunset in Bagan

Myanmar: Trouble with the police

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(Thanks to Reed for reviewing this translation)

Trouble with the police

22. January 2014: ? to Salin, 87 km, 230 hm, 14,2 km/h

We have become more cautious, waiting until dawn to find a place for the tents, and making sure no one sees where we are setting up camp. So today we wait until there is no traffic before we turn onto a dirt track into the harvested rice fields. Only a man on a bullock cart approaches us and asks where we want to go. I make a gesture like I had to go to the toilet, which seems to ease / amuse him and he continues his way. We find a nice and hidden place behind a large pile of straw and pitch our tents.

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Unwanted visit from the police

Myanmar: 10 days through the back country

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(Pictures marked with * are from Anselm)

10 days through the back country

January 11, 2014 : Yangon to Setkaw , 106 km, 99 highmeter , Ø 16.6 km / h

Anselm and I leave Yangon and opt for a route west of the Irrawaddy river. First the road is very busy but after about 20 kilometers the traffic dies down . We cycle over a huge bridge and then on a small, but still paved road near the river.

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Ox-carts are still used for transportation. *