A Slight Detour!
10 May 2007
|We had just arrived in Thailand when we last posted a message and now we are thousands of miles from there and not far from many of you. We have taken a big detour back to Scotland. This was not on the original travel itinerary but nobody can predict family health.
Sadly Vicky's Dad had another big stroke with complications in the middle of April and is still pretty poorly in hospital. We were just not happy being half way around the world on a jolly when the family were going through such a difficult time, so we are home. We arrived back on the 2nd May and all being well we will continue on with our travels in some shape or form at some stage in the future. When that will be, who knows, but not before things are settled here and we feel happy about not being close to family again. This will not be for a while as Victor is making progress, but very slowly and the future for him and the whole family is still very unsure. So we will be around as long as it takes. Our insurance paid for return flights from Bangkok to Glasgow with an open return for when we are ready to carry on which was very nice of them (thank you STA). We hope to carry on to Australia as planned but will not make any decisions about the rest of the trip at this stage.
So no nice stories from the road this time but thought it was only right to keep you all in the picture.
We are are staying at Vicky's parents house and making the most of being back close to family and friends.
We are obviously still contactable on-line here or a more reliable link seems to be our email@example.com address. We also have a mobile phone:07807055753
So watch this space and we'll keep you posted on future developments.
The break from the road has given us time to add up some of our daily data that we record form the bike computer for anyone like us, sad enough to be interested!! So, some cycle facts so far:
Total Distance to date - 7639km/4774miles
Longest Day - (Distance) 158km to Siem Reap,Cambodia
Longest Day - (Time) 8.5hrs in the saddle. Northern Vietnam on route to Tuan Giao
Highest Speed - 72kmph/45mph Tibet and Northern Laos
Highest average speed - 22.1 kmph/13.7mph to Hua Hin, Thailand
Lowest average speed - 9.5 kmph/5.9mmph on route to Sapa N.Vietnam
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Nick and Vicky