The adventurers can add another 8000 km to their World by Bike journey but are reminded on the last day just how dangerous the roads can be. Also their short burst on the Thailand tarmac was not what they expected. Gareth wraps up another fantastic leg of motorcycling through Kiplings Asia.
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Bhutan to India. Finishing in Myanmar
Riders: Gareth Morgan, Jo Morgan, Dave Wallace
Motorcycles: Suzuki DR650
Countries: Bhutan, India, Myanmar
Blogs from the trip
These bumpy roads can be hard work on the bikes
The first leg of this jaunt from Karachi, Pakistan was about 8000km and with two new DR650 Suzukis plus Dave’s older Dakar 650 having had a thorough going over, everything was up to scratch. This first leg began in pretty extreme heat conditions in Pakistan deserts and temperatures were as high as 53 degrees Celsius. […]
Contemporary Myanmar liberalizing at a snails pace
Gareth gives us a glimpse of life in Myanmar. We folks in the west would like to believe that reform is happening in Myanmar but, as Gareth explains, it is a false impression. The military still has a strong hold on daily life, child labour is everywhere and corruption in endemic. He explains how Coca […]
Road to Mandalay – Highway of Magical Golden Pagodas
What is the Road to Mandalay really like and Jo and Gareth give us an insight into an area where very few tourists ever get to.
Into Burma – Crossing one of the most heavily armed borders we have seen
Gareth recounts motorcycling through Burma. The Indian Army are on high alert which means the adventurers get stopped and checked time and time again. Even with all this going on Gareth considers one day’s ride in Burma to be among the best he has had so far. Hear why. [Show slideshow] 1 2 ►
East India – The bikes are on the deck. Scary stuff.
Gareth gives us a taste of his experiences in East Asia. Jo Morgan has a bad experience with a pedestrian and they both end up on the deck. Scary stuff.
Assam to Kohima
Friday 24th Oct – An action-packed day to follow the on-road excitement of the last two. First a 2 hour delay for all traffic at the entry to Nagaland from Assam as the locals are restless and blocking the road, burning tyres etc, so the army says we have to go in convoy with their […]
Out of India and across Bhutan
Thurs 9th Oct – Bikes all intact and as we left them in the hotel room. 60,000 rupees (US$1,000) for the 4 months storage. Bikes all started and oil changes were completed without incident, tyres needed inflating. Nothing else really – just Daves battery flat but Jo’s spare did the trick. Fri 10th Oct – […]
Details of our Two-Stage India Traverse, 2014
We entered India from Nepal at Kakarvitta on June 9th 2014. After a couple of days to store the motorcycles at the Airport Summit Hotel in Bagdogra (since renamed “The Orbit”), Joanne and Gareth then flew back to New Zealand from Delhi on June 12th. Dave flew back to New Zealand from Delhi on June […]