Some cyclists think you have to fly to the other side of the globe to experience a completely different culture.
But that’s not true. You can go to Morocco.
And why not? The country has some of the most stunning landscapes in the world.
Combined with gorgeous architecture and hospitable people, it’s a winning combination.
Just north of Mysore lies the Hoysala temple of Belur. It’s filled with intricate carvings of dancers, elephants and scenes from the epics.
At times, it’s completely peaceful. Then a group of pilgrims would arrive…
Noise! Chaos! A pandemonium descended as the Indians rushed around the grounds, taking selfies and running every which way.
Shortly thereafter, they left. The tranquillity was restored.
More Mysore impressions:
Yes, the Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a magnificent temple.
But after having pedaled through a number of turbulent, chaotic Indian cities, what we really appreciated was it’s tranquil garden setting.
If there’s one thing that’s a symbol of Bangladesh, it has to be its colorful trishaws.
These moving works of art are everywhere.
Oman is barren yet the diversity in desert landscapes is enormous.
After weeks of touring by bicycle, our skin dried out and we were continually covered in sand.
We had turned into desert rats.
Bolivia isn’t the easiest destination to ride through due to the sand and high elevations.
But pedaling across the Salar de Uyuni has to be one of our all-time favorite cycling experiences!
The never-ending Ruta 40 led us through Argentina.
Accompanied by a playlist of road trip songs that played through our heads – the miles flew by.
In Burma, sidecars are attached to standard bikes.
The trishaws carry everything from goods to passengers. They even make comfy spots for a bit of shut-eye.
In South-East Asia bikes aren’t only used to get from A to B.
They appear in shop windows, parades, and are even painted on garage doors.
Entering Luang Prabang’s historic wats gave the feeling of stepping back in time.
Or as another cyclist put it, “I’m not a temple person. But then I thought; do I want to start pedaling over the hills again or visit an ancient wat. Buddha won!”