Category Archives: Travel

Culiacan, Mexico 1975

In the winter of 1975 I rode a train south from Mexcali. The journey was slow on the sun-warped rails. Our stops included towns without names as well as bigger cities. Hermosillo-Guaymas-Los Mochis. I got off in Culiacan at dawn. The city lay on the Gulf of Cortez. The temperature rose with each hour. I […]

Songkran Driving

Nothing says Songkran better in Thailand than getting into an accident with a drunk, as revealed in this series of email dated from 2006. EMAIL from the Old Roue April 4 after I invited him to join me on a trip to Phnom Penh to escape the Songkran madness. His reply. No thanx, I’m driving […]

Imbiss On Cambodian River

Back in 1971 I hitchhiked through the Northwest with Cliff Tyson Gorr. We were hippies. Loggers and cops didn’t like longhairs and rides were hard to get, especially since Interstate 90 was under construction from the Idaho Stateline to Butte Montana. The same was true for the road winding through the Cardamom Mountains between Koh […]

STINKY’S RETURN by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in 2007 Nik Reiter and I decided to avoid the madness of Songkran by leaving Pattaya for Cambodia. My wife was up-country. She was seeing family. Things weren’t good between us. Nothing like a road trip to cheer up a man,” Nick said and he booked a van for the border. The next morning […]

Lawang Farang

Andrew Drummond of www.andrew-drummond.com reported on March 8 2011 of the mysterious deaths of two Britons, a young New Zealander and a Thai tourist guide a few days apart. All had been staying at the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai. All died of heart attack. The local Thai police quickly announced to the media, “We […]