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Amanda Bejarano-Ligato resting at a waterfall in Southern Thailand
After a hilly ride heading south
toward Ranong, Amanda takes a
break at a waterfall near the
border with Burma.
Western Thailand
Summer is still chilly while cycling down the rustic Oregon coast.  Amanda and Rich pedal on the expansive shoreline of Cannon Beach, Oregon USA
Route planner.  Amanda deciding the route
for the day.  A normal riding day is about 40
- 50 miles.  The longest ride so far 72
miles.  The shortest ride 18 miles.
Vancouver, Canada
After pedaling close to 200 miles from Phnom Penh, Amanda enjoys a bike free moment at the extraordinary Angkor Wat archaeological site.Siem Reap, Cambodia
After pedaling close to 200 miles from
Phnom Penh, Amanda and Rich enjoy
exploring the extraordinary Angkor Wat
archaeological site on their bikes.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Fully loaded bikes parked for the night at our
campsite on a cliff overlooking the Pacific
Ocean.  The day was spent watching the
whale migration down the coast.
San Juan Island
Washington State, USA
Miriam Amanda Bejarano-Ligato pedaling down the west coast of Thailand stopping for a brief break at the border with Myanmar (Burma)
Amanda pedaling down the west coast of
Thailand stopping for a brief break at the
border with Myanmar (Burma)
Riding down the west coast on highway 101 it rained for 21 days non-stop.  Amanda eating a
While cycling down the West Coast of the U.S.
on Highway 101 it rained for 21 days
non-stop.  Amanda eating a "soupy" breakfast
during a down pour with trash bags over her
shoes.  
Campsite in the Quinault Rain Forest. Olympic
National Park Washington State  USA
With the daily temperature heating up well over 100 degrees,  Amanda learns to cover up from the blistering sun rays in an effort to keep cool.  Cycling down the coastof Southern Thailand
Bundled up to keep warm, Amanda digs through a pannier inside our tent.  Amanda and Rich camped every night (except for 1) the four months they cycled down the west coast of the USA.Washington State Park
With the daily temperature heating to well
over 100 degrees,  Amanda learns to cover
up from the blistering sun rays in an effort to
keep cool.  
Cycling down the coast
of Southern Thailand
Passing the finish line is the best part of a race.  Amanda shows her enthusiasm as she completes a 14K road race through downtown Bangkok.Thailand
On her days off from cycling
Amanda enjoys running, no
matter where.  She can't seem to
hide her enthusiasm as she
crosses the finish line after
completing a 14k race through
downtown Bangkok.
Thailand
One of the beautiful bike paths on Vancouver Island, Canada
First day of the second part of the bicycle
adventure.  
Amanda keeping guard over the luggage carts
loaded with the boxed bicycles and our ten bike
panniers as she waits to board the red-eye from
LAX to Bangkok, Thailand
Los Angeles, California
Cycling well over 1000 miles through Thailand,
Rich and Amanda take a break at one of the
Buddhist temples found in every town along the
road.
West coast of Thailand
Amanda surrounded by a mob of little helpers loaded down with bike panniers on their way to board the two-day ferry down the Mekong River from the Thailand border to Luang Prabang, Laos.Pak Beng, Laos
Surrounded by a mob of little helpers, Amanda
and friends are loaded down with her bike
panniers on their way to board the two-day ferry
down the Mekong River from the Thailand
border to Luang Prabang, Laos.
Pak Beng, Laos
One of the best parts about traveling by bicycle is having our own transportation when we stay for a few days in a town.  Amanda cycling around a beautiful WAT.  Luang Prabang, Laos
One of the best parts about
traveling by bicycle is having our
own transportation when we stay
for a few days in a town.  Amanda
cycling around a beautiful Wat.  
Luang Prabang, Laos
Riding along the shores of
Cannon Beach Oregon
Locals school kids run over to say hello as
Amanda pedals by.
Vang Vieng
Northern Laos
One of the beautiful bike paths
on Vancouver Island, Canada
Arriving to the coast after a month away Amanda decides to take her bike for a dip in the warm water of the  Indian Ocean.Cenang Beach.Island of Langkawi, Malaysia
Arriving to the coast after a month away
Amanda decides to take her bike for a dip in
the warm water of the Andaman Sea.
Cenang Beach.
Island of Langkawi, Malaysia
A woman cycling on a fully-loaded bike attracts a lot of attention from the friendly locals.  Two Muslim Malay women approach Amanda curious about traveling on two-wheels.Northern Malaysia
A woman cycling on a fully-loaded bike
attracts a lot of attention from the friendly
locals.  Two Muslim Malay women approach
Amanda curious about traveling on
two-wheels.
Northern Malaysia
A highlight of the first part of the
cycling adventure. Crossing the
Golden Gate Bridge on a clear,
sunny day.
San Francisco, California USA
Amanda pedaling through a wet and lush rice paddy in northern Malaysia as the water buffalo take a leisurely soak in the shallow marsh.Langkawi, Malaysia
Amanda pedaling through a wet and lush
rice paddy in northern Malaysia as the water
buffalo take a leisurely soak in the shallow
marsh.
Langkawi, Malaysia
Miriam Amanda Bejarano Ligato On the Beach onLangkawi Island, Malaysia
Not one to pass up a great deal, Rich gets a
free haircut from a student cosmetologist from
the Bangkok School of Beauty while waiting to
board the train to Ayuttahaya.
Hua Lamphong Train Station
Bangkok, Thailand
A Hut and Coconut Palm Tree in the Middle of a Rice Paddie. Langkawi, Malaysia
Shelter from the sun.  Amanda
pedals toward a traditional hut to
get relief from the sweltering heat
and humidity.
Side of the road in Malaysia.
The bikes in a very precarious
position. Tied to the roof of the
rickety boat ready for the two-day
trip down the Mekong River
Northern Laos
Rice PaddieLangkawi, Malaysia
A hard climb.  Rich carries a bike,
plus a full duffel pannier up the
long steep climb after getting off a
two-day boat down the Mekong
River.
Luang Prabang, Laos.
Miriam-Amanda Bejarano Ligao bargaining with a local Vietnamese vendor for a bunch of bananas at the lively daily market in Hoi An, Vietnam
With her Vietnamese phrase book firmly in hand, Amanda ventures out to the local market in search of ingredients for lunch.  To keep costs down and eat healthily, Amanda and Rich use their camping stove to cook most of their meals.Central Vietnam
Amanda bargaining with a local Vietnamese
vendor for a bunch of bananas at the lively
daily market in Hoi An.
Central Vietnam
Lunch on the side of the road, literally.  Amanda sits on the emergency rail to enjoy her pasta as the traffic whizzes by on the road from the coast to Eugene, Oregon.
Fully loaded bikes parked for the night at our campsite on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The day was spent watching the whale migration down the coast. San Juan IslandWashington State, USA
Miriam Amanda Bejarano-Ligato Cycling in Tsunami Raveged Thailand
Miriam Amanda Bejarano-Ligato Cycling in Laos near Kasi
Incognito. Amanda uses a face mask worn by the locals to avoid inhaling the smoke that fills the air from the slash and burn farming.Northern Laos
Miriam Amanda Bejarano-Ligato cycling in Vietnam's Mekong Delta
Miriam Amanda Bejarano-Ligato Hanging Laundry at the Guesthouse in Langkawi, Malaysia
Rich Ligato Richard Ligato Bike Cycling Malaysia Langkawi Repair Bike Bicycle Ironman
Rich Amanda Ligato Thailand Cycle Touring Tour Bicycle Pedal Wat
Airline Air Plane Bicycle Bike Assembly Flying Bicycle Box Packing Shipping Ligato Richard Amanda
San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Riding Across Touring Panniers Ortileb Pearl Izumi
Richard Rich Ligato Amanda Bejarano-Ligato Bike Cycling San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Pedal
Bike Assembly Flying Bicycle Box Packing Shipping Ligato Richard Amanda
Rich Amanda Ligato Van Jova Kobeys Swap Meet Selling Flea Market San Diego Sports Arena
KHS Mountain Bike Ortlieb Panniers Fully Loaded Bike Cycling Touring Tour Bike Bicycle Vancouver Canada Island Victoria Pigs
Miriam Amanda Bejarano Ligato Cycling Redwoods California Bike Bicycle Touring
Richard Ligato Cooking Stove MSR Velo MSR Dragonfly Orikaso Bike Touring Rich Tour Cycling Bicycle Oregon USA West Coast
Rich Ligato enjoys the sunset on
the beach.  It was here that he
entered the Singapore Ironman
Langkawi Island, Malaysia
On top of the world.  At 1,636 ft.
the Hai Van Pass divides
northern and southern Vietnam.  
The steep and windy climb offers
spectacular views of the South
China Sea.
Between Lang Co and Danang.
Central Vietnam
It's never easy to make repairs on
the side of the road.  Rich fixing
the second flat in two days.
Near Hua Hin
East Coast Thailand   
Lunch on the side of the road,
literally.  Amanda sits on the
emergency rail to enjoy her
pasta as the traffic whizzes by on
the road from the coast to
Eugene, Oregon.
Low vehicle traffic and
breath-taking scenery made the
ride in Northern Laos one of the
most pleasant.
Daily chores.  Amanda pumps
local water through the filter to
fill the water bladders for the
next day's ride.
Chaos at its best.  Rich takes a break from
packing to call his parents to say goodbye on
our last day of comfort.  The next day the
Ligatos flew to Seattle to began the first part
of the bicycle adventure, cycling down the
West Coast of the USA.
San Diego, California
Laundry has to be done every night after
riding.  Amanda hangs the wet clothes to dry
around the room as a tropical rain storm
begins outside.
Northern Malaysia
Rich enjoying the spectacular view of the
Pacific Ocean from our campsite in Kalaloch
National Park.
Amanda and Rich camped every night
(except for 1) the four months they cycled
down the west coast of the USA
Washington State
Rich working on the laptop.
Accommodations in Southeast Asia are
less expensive than camping in the US.  It
was never a problem to wheel the bikes in
at night for safety.
Xepon, Laos
Bundled up to keep warm, Amanda digs
through a pannier for another layer of clothing in
the shelter of our tent vestibule.  Summer never
really arrived when Rich and Amanda started
their first bicycle trip down the West Coast.
Washington State Park
With her Vietnamese phrase
book firmly in hand, Amanda
ventures out to the local market
in search of ingredients for
lunch.  To keep costs down and
eat healthily, Amanda and Rich

use
their camping stove to cook
most
of their meals.
Central Vietnam
Who needs a shower?  After pedaling for
close to 5 hours the lack of facilities at the
campsite didn't stop Rich as he uses the
ground sheet from the tent to get a much
needed scrubbing.
West Coast USA
Bicycling is a popular mode of transport in
Vietnam.  Pedaling south on highway 1 is
very hectic and crowded, but down in the
delta the pace is slower and scenic.  
Amanda shares a old wooden bridge with a
local woman.
Mekong Delta, Southern Vietnam
Rich doing much needed bike maintenance.  
One of his panniers carries a bag full of
heavy tools as we must be self-sufficient in
repairing the bikes. Cenang Beach,
Langkawi Island, Malaysia
Summer is still chilly and windy while
cycling down the rustic Oregon coast.  
Amanda and Rich pedal on the expansive
shoreline of Cannon Beach, Oregon USA
Cycling through the rice paddy
fields in Northern Malaysia
Incognito. Amanda uses a face
mask worn by the locals to
avoid inhaling the smoke that
fills the air from the slash and
burn farming.
Northern Laos
Bikes in boxes arrive safe and sound.  Rich
spends the first day of the trip reassembling
the bikes after having to take them apart to fit
in the box.
Seattle, Washington USA
After cycling for three months
from Seattle to Vancouver then
down the west coast,  Amanda
and Rich pedal across the
Golden Gate Bridge.
San Francisco, CA  USA
Every morning Rich prepares the meal for that
days ride using our camping stove and our
foldable Orikaso plates.
Campsite along the west coast USA
Pedaling through tsunami
territory on the west coast of
Thailand along the Andaman
Sea.
Bang Ben Beach
Exploring the amazing ruins at the
Angkor Wat archaeological site on
her bike.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Spectacular views of the
jagged mountains and
hundred foot waterfalls.
Amanda wears her riding skirt
to keep cool.
Phu Khun, Northern Laos
One of Amanda's front bike
panniers is designated to carry
only vegetables.  Excited to see
so much variety at the central
market she drives in and forgets
to take off her helmet.
Phuket Town, Southern Thailand
Getting rid of it all.  Amanda and Rich sell their
belongings at the flea market before heading
out on their bike adventure.
Kobey's Swap Meet.
San Diego, California
Exploring the ancient city of Kamphaeng Phet
Central Thailand
A rare moment without her bike, Amanda
enjoys the ruins at Angkor Wat.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Fully-loaded bike on the beach.  Amanda is
carrying five bike panniers and close to 50 lbs
of weight on her bike.  
Langkawi Island, Malaysia
Vancouver Island is a cyclists
paradise with hundreds of miles
of designated bike paths along
forests, creeks, meadows and
breath-taking country side.
Vancouver Island, Canada
Amanda and Rich's bikes are a
combination of a road and
mountain bike.  Amanda riding
on the trails in the Redwood
Forest.
Elk Creek State Park
Northern California
Rich Ligato finished 8th overall and got a nice medal along with an envelope stuffed with a generous amount of cash. But he did not get to stand on the podium like Amanda.
Amanda receiving her trophy and
750 ringgit check (US$225) for her
second runner-up finish in the
Langkawi Beach 10K Run.
Chenang, Malaysia
Rich finished 8th overall in the
Langkawi Beach 10K Run and
got a nice medal along with an
envelope stuffed with a
generous amount of cash.  But
he did not get to stand on the
podium like Amanda.  
Rich poses with his fully loaded bike at an elbow in the Hoi River in Washington State. While cycling down the West Coast Rich carried our tent (the large red bundle) in addition to his regular load while Amanda carried the sleeping mat and bags
Purchasing two pineapples at the entry a town in Vietnam. With limited language skills we became very good at using charades to communicate. Here the vendor shows that each pineapple is five-thousand Dong.
Rich consulting the map on the side of the road in Cambodia.  This is a truly unusual photo as Amanda does all the planning and Rich rarely looks at his map.
Rich consulting the map on
the side of the road in
Cambodia.  This is a truly
unusual photo as Amanda
does all the planning and Rich
rarely looks at his map.
 
Purchasing two pineapples at the entry of a
Chau Doc, Vietnam in the Mekong Delta, not
far from the border with Cambodia.  With
limited language skills Rich and Amanda
became very good at using charades to
communicate.  Here the vendor shows that
each pineapple is five-thousand Dong.  
Rich with his fully loaded bike at an elbow in
the Hoi River in Washington State.  While
cycling down the West Coast Rich carried the
tent (the large red bundle) in addition to his
regular load while Amanda hauled the
sleeping mats and bags.   Camping
opportunities are limited in Asia so we left
this gear behind.  
Amanda taking a rest break at an overlook
along the coast of Northern Oregon.  Rich
and Amanda cycled the hilly Three Capes
Scenic Route.
Highway 101 around the Olympic
Peninsula often became narrow with
no shoulder and left little room for the
heavily loaded logging trucks to
squeeze past.   Rich by the activation
button of a warning sign alerting
drivers to the presence of two
white-knuckled cyclists on the
winding road.  
The second-hand touring bikes were fitted
out with heavy-duty 26" rims as the tires and
tubes for this size are available worldwide.   
They were made to handle tough roads and
muddy paths like this one in Northern
Malaysia.  The special German-made touring
tires employ a kevlar belt (the stuff from bullet
proof vests) to carry the extra weight of a
loaded touring bike without constantly
flatting.  
After nearly a year on the road Rich
decided to compete in the Singapore
Ironman 70.3 Triathlon.  He completed
the 1.9km swim, 90km bike, and 21km
run in just under seven hours (but he
finished) and did the bike leg on his
trusty recycled touring bike.