1. A ride along the Mekong River-Cambodia
Angkor is one of the most known tourist attraction sites in Cambodia. You can visit the place in a car, but the most appropriate way to do it is to visit it by riding a bike. Riding your bike on the dusty paths along the Mekong River, will give you that definite and ideal feeling of getting to see the way the people on the chain of small villages actually live. The villagers are not used to tourists on their lands; you might actually find more chicken and goats on their roads that you will find cars. If you take on their roads with a bike, you will have some kids running after you calling out Suas’dei as you ride along. This could be the best feeling or rather a gift you could offer them. If you took it to Angkor with a hungry stomach, their meals will definitely never disappoint. Coconut and rice will be served for lunch, a meal people rarely do, and this is the ideal meal for those who visit the place.
To see- It is about 40km from Phnom Penh. There is a route through Kratie, Chulong and Kampong Cham. You can find more details on this on our route notes.
If there is a place where a cyclist would wish to call it heaven, then it should be a place where there is very light traffic, smooth roads, breathtaking views, and of course where to camp is absolutely free. The place where to get this ideal heavenly feel is definitely available. Visit the Island of Tasmania, in Melbourne Australia and you will not be disappointed.
Tasmania is mainly referred to as Tassie by its residents. A visit to this amazing place will give you the never ending scenic view of the sea, the totally free camping sites which are well protected, and the many bakeries which offer amazing tasty foods. You will get the opportunity to see two or more wombats, echidnas, and if you are those lucky persons, you might see a Tasmanian Devil.
To see- you will take a ferry from Melbourne. Get the bike of your choice at the stop at the tourist bureau. Do not forget a guide to tourists. You don’t have to waste time, take any road and enjoy the views.
Most people do think that Oregon is all about rainforests and the amazing views on the coastal lines. They are definitely wrong. The 395 route cuts across the very center of the Oregon’s desert, the country of cowboys. It will give a rider that ideal feeling of a peaceful atmosphere, which is suitable for reflecting upon the many issues in life one would wish to get away from. The place has an amazing view especially that of the Abert Rim, its beauty will leave you in total wonder. The Abert Rim is a fault scarp, and among the highest in the US. There is a lot more to enjoy in the Eastern Oregon. Take a ride of your lifetime, and be sure never to regret it.
To see- At the Californian border, begin at the Lake-view and then ride north. It is a desert, so it is hot; ensure you, therefore, carry a lot of water with you.
4. Ride from Shiraz to Yazd- Iran
Take your riding mission to Iran, and be sure to have the celebrity cyclist feeling. Iran is one of those places people think so negative about. But it is not so. Iran is a place where tourists are welcome, and many do go there. There is probably their charm, as most people love Iranian tea.
People from Iran are the friendliest. You did not know that. Iran has a lot of special archeological sites. They are indeed special, although few people visit the places nowadays compared to many years back. There is a lot of breathtaking architecture that you will only find on other few countries in the world. Their mosques are totally gorgeous and especially those in Esfahan. Visit Iran, you will not be disappointed. Be sure to feel good about a place you might have heard only bad news about.
To see- you might have to begin by processing your visa so that you can make it either in late autumn or early spring because the temperatures during these two seasons can be managed. People do cycle even during winter, but this is more in the southern parts. You can get more details on the route notes on Shiraz to Yazd.
Turkey has its coast too busy and extremely crowded. It’s city, Istanbul, is a super great city; however it is a place where cyclists don’t dream of going. There is, however, a place for you as a cyclist in Turkey. Get on a ferry to the most attractive places in Turkey’s inland, here you will find adventurous and great sites you’d truly appreciate. There are archeological sites that have almost been left unmanaged, you will also see many turtles that never stop crossing the roads and, of course, the villages that produce the fresh bread just when you need food.
To see- Take a ferry from Istanbul all the way to Bandirma. Then cycle from Bergama, on Izmir and through inland roads to Antalya.