Gallery Croatia: Pristine waterfalls to crystal coastlines Europe: Stage two gets underway Croatia: Magnificent falls to hilly coastline We loved Croatia. From the colourful history of Zagreb to the colours of nature at the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The beautiful coastline cities of Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik as well as the hilly island of Hvar. Enjoy! Bosnia-Herzegovina: wild wonderland Bosnia-Herzegovina was a beautiful, wild place with a fascinating capital city (Sarajevo), a touristy small old town (Mostar) where we celebrated Jake's birthday, and a funky little place named after an egglet. Montenegro: Where the mountains meet the coast Montenegro has been a fascinating ride. It's not a huge country, and its capital was the second most heavily bombed city in Europe during the Second World War, which doesn't leave much that's man-made to see. But we've loved the country for its natural beauty and wild sights. Serbia: Land of monasteries and monks Serbia was a fascinating place where the bigger cities are modern but everything else is a village. Cows roam and vegies grow everywhere. Kosovo: A quick visit through Europe's newest country Serbia still lays claim to Kosovo while 90-odd nations have recognised Kosovo's independence. Tensions still exist around the borders but once we got into the country we found it similar to other Balkan countries - friendly people and picturesque views! Macedonia: Ethnic and scenic diversity We passed through mountains, by lakes, across farm filled valleys and into urban centers in Macedonia. We also met people from all backgrounds, religions and places from across the Balkans. The diversity is part of what makes the country appealing. Albania: Friendly people, unfavourable weather We found out first hand the preconceptions many world-wide have of Albania being a dangerous place to visit carry no weight. The people were nice and went out of their way to make sure we felt welcome and happy. The weather didn't follow suit, making life hard for us on the road with plenty of rain. Greece: Ancient history comes alive Our European journey begins with new flavours, styles and language. The history of Athens and the Peloponnese combined with life on the road on new bikes, in new territory. Asia: Learning the ropes of cycle touring China: A break from the bikes Now the home of one and a half billion people, China has an extensive history which is fabled chronologically through multiple dynasties. We enjoyed the hospitality of friends, the cuddliness of pandas and one of the seven wonders of the world. Vietnam: From the south to the north Starting in the rice bowl of the Mekong Delta in the south, we made our way through Ho Chi Minh City and up the coast through Hoi An until we hit the capital of Hanoi. A trip to Halong Bay and Sapa rounded off the journey. Cambodia: Seeing the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge Cambodia is still in recovery mode from the devastation of the Khmer Rouge, trying to embrace tourism and find itself as a country at the same time. We found it wonderful, but extremely difficult in many ways all in one. Laos: A country of mountains Laos is full of mountains, and for us cycle touring newcomers, was a huge challenge. We spent most of out time in Luang Prabang, the capital of Vientiene and on a trip to the Plain of Jars. Thailand: Food, fun and friends Thailand was the beginning of our journey. A tough learning curve where we enjoyed temples, Buddha and random human kindness. Old history and new, bicycle how tos and camping challenges...we had it all!