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16 03 2013
Poor blog has been ignored for too long. Again.
 
As the last post alluded to, there’s going to be another trip! Yippee! I never finished writing about the last trip. I still think I should write something more but it’s been a year and a half and I still haven’t got around to it. Looks like it’s not going to happen. So… A quick summary: Pakistan seems to be full of great scenery and people. Because of the (perceived) danger, the tourists seem to huddle together and you end up with a great experience. India couldn’t be more different, and if I was in a different ‘head space’, I may have even enjoyed it. As it was I was at the end of my trip and the end of my tether, so I ticked a few of the tourist must-sees with my father and headed home.
 
*Blink*
 18 months goes by
 *Blink*
 
There must be a different time scale in operation when travelling. I can hardly believe how fast time goes past in ‘normal’ land. I just had to check my calendar (yes, at home I need a calendar…) – I’ve been in the west for two weeks. That really flew past.
 
Anyway, the upcoming trip. When I came back to Australia, I convinced myself that I would be back for about six months, then back to India to resume where I left off. Then more work came along, and the Pamir highway looked inviting. Then, for various reasons, I decided to stick it out in normality and see how it went.
 
It was good for a while, but I couldn’t shake the idea of getting back out there. Again, for various reasons, I decided to try a shorter trip. The one year was quickly reduced to six months. Now it’s four months. See how a shorter length trip goes (maybe it’s too short?). And the starting point changed from where I left off in India to somewhere in SE Asia. Mostly so I could build a route that finished in Kyrgyzstan so I could ride for a month with Stefan an Sabine. They’ll be there in August, but they can’t wait that long for another trip – they’ll be in Jordan over Easter.
 
So, a one way ticket has been bought. To Thailand at the start of May. Quickly leg it over to Laos, then ride the length of Laos, look around China (assuming the Chinese authorities give out a visa). Head over the desert to Kyrgyzstan for August. Do a lap of Kyrgyzstan and fly back. I don’t know if there will be time to ride all the way. Since the trip has an end date, it makes more sense to skip any boring bits with a bus.
 
Looking forward to starting now!

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16 03 2013
juju41

Hello Stephen!
How are you? happy that you are fine, even if back in “normal” life.
As for me, still traveling and currently in Colombia.

Enjoy your travel and see you again!

1 04 2013
Cheryl

It’s time for Mum to start worrying again!

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