Exotic Railway Journeys

Started by: priscus (inactive)

All the current crop of TV programmes, (Impossible Railways et al) are really stirring up the sense of 'wanderlust' for me.

Reminds me of a song we sang at school, which had the words, "It's the Far Cuillins that are puttin love on me" (The Road to the Isles)

Any suggestions for adventure travel for Septuagenarians with precarious health status?

Is it better to settle for 'God's waiting room', or to go out with a bang at Everest Base Camp or similar?

Started: 6th Jan 2019 at 16:08
Last edited by priscus: 6th Jan 2019 at 16:09:22

Posted by: Anne (4182) 

priscus.....wait and see how roylew finds his big adventure later this year. If I remember rightly he is doing some kind of Cambodia hike. I think it is he.

Replied: 6th Jan 2019 at 17:01

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Bindar Dundat

(It was over 15,000 when I was there!)

Replied: 6th Jan 2019 at 17:11
Last edited by priscus: 6th Jan 2019 at 17:15:31

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

I have not been to AUS.

Maybe a trip on the Ghan?

That looks relatively safe. Guess I could even get health insurance for a Ghan trip!

Mind you, I would want to go walkabout: well, maybe just a little! (Used to love doing long distance walks when younger)

Replied: 6th Jan 2019 at 17:29

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

La Plaine des Jarres

From Delta of the Mekong
To mountains of The Jin
Ran the trail
Of Hồ Chí Minh.
On ancient wonders
Your eye may feast,
Where it crosses Lau
In the North-East.

In there Hundreds
Spread Afar
Giant, Two-Thousand year old
Stone jars.
Each, from Sandstone,
Or Granite, hewn.
Some, perfect
As if
From lathe were turn.

But, The Hot Front
Of The Cold War
Did, around
La Plaine des Jarres
Uncle Sam fought General Giáp
Two MILLION tons of bombs he drop.
But it was to no avail.
Giáp always held the trail.

Craters pock mark and scour
The ground all around.
The urns, in turn
Remain quite sound.
(Well, almost)

(By the end of the war, 7 million tons of bombs had been dropped on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia - more than twice the amount of bombs dropped on Europe and Asia in World War II.)

Replied: 6th Jan 2019 at 18:49
Last edited by priscus: 6th Jan 2019 at 19:29:19

Posted by: Anne (4182) 

The Ghan would be ok combined with something else. A little too far simply for a few days. There is also the South African Blue Train.

Replied: 6th Jan 2019 at 18:50

Posted by: roylew (3608)

Yes ...I am doing Vietnam and Cambodia in March..Starting in Hanoi then all cities down to Ho Chi Minh City...then Phnom Penh and Siem Reap...All by train and boats...then a plane home....25 days in all

Replied: 7th Jan 2019 at 18:33

Posted by: broady (18280) 

During the Rugby season eh. Enjoy the trip and we’ll keep you updated on the rugby front.

Replied: 7th Jan 2019 at 18:37

Posted by: roylew (3608)

Thanks Broady...I will have my iPad with me....cheaper to do email than texts and keep up with WRLFC

Replied: 9th Jan 2019 at 07:37


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