Tour Dates 2010

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The Open Road in Asia

If you read my blog then there is a fair chance that you are interested in cycling and adventure. If this is the case then why not join me on one of the tours I will be leading for Redspokes this year. The dates I have so far are;

22 August 2010: Tibet. 25 Days: Quite probably the toughest commercial cycling tour available. A twenty five day tour cycling from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The 1000 kilometre tour crosses the Tibetan Plateau which has an average altitude of 4000 metres. En-route the tour crosses 5 passes in excess of 5000 metres and visits Everest base camp at a tad over 5000 metres.
The terain is stunning, this is the highest mountain range on earth. The rewards are tremendous
I feel I hardly need mention that this tour is not for the faint of heart. It is challenging both physically and mentally. If you are interested and are unsure about tackling such a journey please contact Redspokes and have a chat with Dermot.

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Resting on Simi La Pass (4500 metres) Tibet

30 October 2010: Laos. 14 Days: Slightly less challenging than Tibet to say the least, but still one of my favourite bicycle rides. Two weeks through Northern Laos. Quiet roads, wonderfully hospitable and friendly people and beautiful scenery. The city of Luang Prabang where we spend two nights is one of my favourite cities in the world. With its buddhist temples, colonial architecture, great restaurants and a laid back charm it is always difficult to leave. Other highlights include a home stay in a rural village and a day on our own boat cruising along the Mekong river. This tour does have a fair amount of climbing (and some great descents of over 15KMS) but with a support truck always at hand if the going gets a little to challenging you can always hop onto the bus for the up and just enjoy the down hill.
what better way could a cyclist spend two weeks?

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Collecting Alms; Early Every Morning in Luang Prabang

21 November 2010: Vietnam Laos. 21 Days: Combining the best of the Vietnam tour and the best of the Laos tour this three week tour is a great insight into the former French Indo-China. With a population of 80,000,000 Vietnam can feel somewhat overpopulated in many areas, but here we travel from Hanoi north west through a relatively quiet rural area that clearly sees very few tourists. We visit the hill station of Sapa and pass through Dien Bien Phu, the site of the decisive Vietnamese victory in the French Indo-China War. From here we pass into Laos where following a remote ride and a boat trip on the Nam Ou river we follow half of the Redspokes Laos tour and visit many of the highlights of that tour including the UNESCO town Luang Prabang.

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19 December 2010: Southern India. 14 Days: The South Indian states of Kerela and Thamil Nadu. Beach, national park, tea plantations, wildlife, colonial hills stations, Hindu temples, quiet winding roads, hills and valleys and two half days and a night on a house boat on Kerela’s beautiful inland waterways, Add to this the wonderful Southern Indian cuisine and it all adds up to a great Christmas cycling in the sun.

If you have any enquiries please contact Redspokes direct at office@redspokes,co.uk, speak to Bryony or Dermot in the office on 0044(0)2075027252 or of course you can mail me at walks1@gmail.com

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The Decent From Pang La at 5200 metres

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Camping In Tibet With Everest At The End Of The Valley

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The Long Climb To The 2000 Metre Tram Ton Pass, Vietnam

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Heavy Traffic Laos Style

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