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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

There should be a law against having more than one petrol station on a main road. At least, in areas where I choose them to be waypoints. I turned left at the first, incorrect, petrol station I saw and ended up chasing someone's chickens in their dusty front yard. They didn't look too alarmed though (the occupants, that is - chickens are, by definition, always alarmed), and smiled and kindly pointed me back the way I came. An hour later, I