Monthly Archives: August 2015

Indonesia – Java Part 2

How spoilt we’ve been unlike sunny Sri Lanka, Java is humid, overcast and although the people are friendly they are a lot more reserved than the people in Sri Lanka and India.

The roads are very busy, dusty and noisy, to try and break the monotony we have tried cycling on smaller back roads with mixed results including trying to cycle through fields and up hills in excess of 30% – Stuart would be proud of some of the routes we’ve found.

We’re still enjoying the adventure but the cycling this week has not been as interesting as other areas there’s very little wild life and the towns all look very much alike.

One of our biggest challenges this week has been the lack of language skills, this has made it difficult having conversations and especially difficult ordering food as the menus rarely contain any english words and for some bizarre reason my body has suddenly taken a dislike to anything that looks like an animal, the mere sight of a chicken leg turns my stomach.

We’re hoping next week will be a little more exciting one of our paddle friends, Nicola, has suggested some tourist sights for us to visit which we are heading towards and should reach in the next day or two before heading back to the East coast and onto Bali.

hope you’re all having a lovely bank holiday weekend

love Gary and Ginette

Sri Lanka Part 3 (Airport trip from hell)

Our last days in Sri Lanka were uneventful, we slowly made our way back to the guest house we stayed in on our first night in Sri Lanka and managed to avoid the rain.

Leaving Sri Lanka was another story, we pitched up at the airport on the 19th for our booked flight and walked away on principle as Air Asia wanted to charge us a staggering £600 excess luggage charge. We rebooked our flights with another company for the following day and are now in Jakarta.

Jakarta is a big, bustling city, we have been to a mall on the back of a motorbike, been dragon boating and been to see some of the tourist sights but we’re ready now to cycle off and see what Indonesia has to offer. Gary’s planned the route and I know he’s keen to see some volcanoes so I can imagine the route is going to be very hilly.

Before we leave the big city we will go to an ATM and take out another million or two (rupees) so that we can try some more of the tasty chinese food on offer. Our next update will probably be from Bali, take care love

Gary and Ginette

Sri Lanka Part 2

Sri Lanka – Part 2

We are nearing the end of our stay in Sri Lanka we have loved it and recommend it to anyone who has not been. We’ve seen some amazing sights, including wild elephants, water buffalo, lizards and some amazing birds and butterflies. We’ve covered a lot of miles on the bike and the terrain has been really varied from mountains and tea plantations to desert like savannahs.

It has been really sunny and we’ve even managed to spend a little time on the beach although I do wish Gary wouldn’t eye up the local talent (check out the photo above).

Sri Lanka has something to offer everyone no day needs to be the same. We’ve definitely crammed a lot into our 3 week stay including wildlife parks, temples, walks, beaches and cultural sites. The only downside is the diet is a little limited if you’re on a budget but it is amazing how quickly you can get used to eating curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The weather has turned so it is time for us to follow the sun we have booked a flight to Indonesia on the 19th to have a play in Jakarta and possibly Bali or Sumatra.

love hearing updates from home, so please keep sending these either by private message, Facebook or email

Finally good luck to all our friends competing in the World Dragon Boat Championships we will be thinking about you.

Love and kisses Gary and Ginette

Sri Lanka – part 1

Sri Lanka

We love Sri Lanka, it is a beautiful, sunny exotic island, with smiley faces everywhere, spicy food and low cost accommodation.

The last week has felt a bit like a holiday, lots of coastal cycle rides, festivals and some amazing views.

We are heading in land now and the terrain is becoming a little more challenging especially in the heat but we are loving it.

Not much to report so some interesting facts for you – we have cycled over 3,000 miles, we’re over budget (no surprise, not helped by some unexpected costs from home), we’ve both lost at least a stone in weight, we’ve not had a hair cut in 4 months (Gary looks very funny with curly hair, check the photos) and we’re still enjoying our adventure.

Hope all is well at home

love and kisses

Ginette and Gary
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