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Hot News - May 2006   (Krabi/Thailand, May 13th, 2006)

Website statistics: In April we were able to welcome on our website 32'946  visitors
                                from ??? different countries* who did 695'678 (= record) hits.
                                (March = 39'826 (= record) visitors - 104 countries** - 671'616 hits)
                      (* = the country counter didn't work at all in April)
                      (** = the country counter stopped working March 23rd)
Once again we had to renew our Thai immigration permit with a 'visa-run' to the Burmese city of Kawthoung.
While the healing of Liliana's broken leg improved considerably due to Ranong's hot springs, our LandCruiser
started suddenly to give us headaches. Not only that the brake system isn't anymore functioning properly due
to a leaking valve - far worse - differential oil was dripping off the rear left axle housing, what revealed that the
shaft was worn out once more, this time after only 13'000 miles of driving. Although we know that this is our
never stopping trouble maker due to our (over-) weight, we question the reason of this incredible short running
time - normally a shaft operates for 45'000 to 80'000 miles. Was it the badly paved Thai roads, the heat, or
was the shaft which we replaced in the Caribbean simply a flaw? At least, we didn't carry a new replacement
with us, and our inquiry at the local Toyota dealer showed immediately, that there is none available in all of
Southeast Asia. Hence the damaged one had to be taken out, torn down and rigged up with a sleeve. It's an
absolutely temporary solution as we lost already twice a wheel due to such an emergency repair - once near
Pondicherry in India and the second time near Los Angeles in the USA. On the other hand, another sample
fixed the same way in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates performed well for 80'000 miles!
As a result, we are driving now very smoothly and slowly and with mixed feelings the approximately 500 miles
to Penang in Malaysia, where we intend to containerize and ship the car to Bintulu in Sarawak on the island of
Borneo - let's cross fingers that the wheel doesn't brake off! We have chosen now Penang and Bintulu as
harbors, because that way we can reduce 600 miles of driving (= reduction of risks). It's in Miri, - which is
situated on the East Malaysian side at the border of Brunei - where we plan to overhaul the whole vehicle
(engine and body) until the end of August - in case that Toyota Brunei is ordering the necessary spare parts
from Japan. Actually Toyota Venezuela promised already at the end of 2004 this "rejuvenation", but dropped
it surprisingly later on for unknown reasons. Inevitably we came up with the following conclusion: "Do it
yourself, otherwise you end up in misery!" - 24 years, 153 countries and more than 380'000 miles since its
"maiden voyage" (= purchase of car May 1982) ask its toll. And our journey definitely has to go on!!!


Thailand: Repair of the axle in Ranong






OK - how does it go on? We are still waiting for the car entry permits for Indonesia and the Philippines. It
started so positively - but obviously, it takes an incredibly long time due to the immensely slow and
enormously complicated bureaucracy. Concerning Indonesia, there seems gradually to be some progress, but
only, because somebody we know over there is helping us. Regarding the Philippines, we are not at all sure
whether they are really working on it yet. But time is on our side: We will have now three months ahead of us
for waiting, inquiring and repairing.

New Reports/Pictures

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(May 2006)
Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
Temples, Pagodas, Shrines 

People, Beaches, Nature

(Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
(Nov. - Dec. 2005)
(Febr. - April 2006)
Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat


(February 2006)

Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris


(January 2006)
Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field


(December 2005)

Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple


(Oct. - Nov. 2005)
Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far


(September 2005)

Singapore: High-rise buildings pop up everywhere - here behind the Parliament House


(September 2005)

Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

Hong Kong

(September 2005)


Hong Kong:From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

Las Vegas    (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 84 - April 97)

+ Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
Toyota Companies since 1982
On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA?
(after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN
- and you will see that we already belong to it too!)


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