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Tuesday, 23. May 2006

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Welcome to my website:


My name is Timo Müller and I'am only 21 years old. I've started my demonstration of solidarity for the amazingly laudable work of all human rights defenders over the world on 1 April 2006.
I will be on my own for the whole yourney and will be heading for Australia taking the overland route: 20.000 kilometres (12.420m), 365 days!

amnesty international advert

 

"G- Day Mate, how it's goin'?!"\

'I feel that it is my responsibility as a human being to take on this mission and not to wait for any politicians to take their time in educating the people on their right' -

It's me the Amnesty International Biker Timo straight from a little Outback village in Australia called Tennant Creek after 16133 km and 314 days on road!

This curiously chunky bit of terra firma called Australia is floating way down in the southern hemisphere and the last showdown for my 14 months lasting charity biking tour, raising awareness and fund for human rights which are enshriend by the UN under http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/lang/eng.htm.!

Finally and long looking forwarded i arrived just two weeks ago in my first english- speaking country. For sign language like back in China is now no reason anymore, but well, the problem is there is nobody to speak to over here in the northern outback.

Solitude is one thing but when even the surroundings begin to get empty it's another kind of story. I already experienced places like this in Mongolia or China but not to this extend. Backed-up by eight litres of water so far, I am silently cruising a distance of 120 k's just completly alone down to Sydney. And it's even getting worse with up to 250 kilometres of nothingness by 18 litres and a sunblocker thick like concrete.

Roads are so long and straight that no matter how fast you go, it's as if you're barely moving.

But on the other hand i appreciate to get away from all the hustle and bustle of asian life by taking due to the rainy season in the north the way down in the desert over Alice Springs the Stuart Highway down to Adelaide (on April 5th), going up again the coast to Melbourne (on April 20th) to finally hit Downtown Sydney on Mai 10th!

4000 kilomtres more in around 80 days are still to go to satisfy my long lasting wish in cycling 20.000 k's in the age of 20!

My route:

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In case i get in touch with human beings, they're bizarre, interesting! Beared hilly billies patched by enormous tattoos try to get me "pissed" and mumble me some undefined phrases through their teethless mouth. With a willingness to call absolutely everyone "mate", whether i know or like them or not, I try to stand my ground agsinst the XXXX (famous beer) in pubs spreaded in this so desolated Nothern Territory

Other encounters are there with life- threathing Road Trains! These kings of road scare me the bare soul out by overtaking me with their up to 54 metres long stretched trailers. I try to give my best not to end up like all the dead kangaroos piled up next to the road. A warning sign to keep my eyes open.

 

Culture Shock:

I am comig home, for sure! After having spent more than nine months in Asia I now have to get used to so many white faces around me. Back in China I felt constantly gawked like a caged ape in a circus. Here in Australia it is reverse at all! Even there is a gap of 16000 k's between my home country Germany and Australia it's nearly with some slight exceptions like coming home, it feels akward to approach it!

But even this fact doesn't mean there is no need for Amnesty work!
Sadness overcomes me by witnessing the horribly poor situation of so many Aborigines. Drunken, probably unemployed, spit out of society they are hanging around in bunches!
I already got some sort of information about this urgent issue, but to be honest, it's even worse than all the stories i heard so far. It doesn't depict them all and has the source of reason on both sides, but still, this doesn't make it better! Check out Amnesty International Australia and try "to light the candle, than to fear the darkness!" They have plenty of opportunities to go into action, even with me under http://nsw.amnesty.org.au/news/updates/cycling_for_human_rights.
Down in Alice Springs, Amnesty volunteers are already eager to do some activity!
Amnesty International Australia
The last articel from Kuala Lumpur in the most important english- speaking newspaper, a full page coverage, never have seen such detailed one:
But skip the sentence with me being in jail with virgin 15, i have never told this, i mean, look at me, i am not a criminal!

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
Keep your spirits high for through thick and thin,
You must carry on if you are to win.

Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
It challenges us to often give up,
When we could have captured the victor's cup.

So turn your failures inside out,
Press them on past fear and doubt.
Never mind if things hold you back a bit,
You'll come out on top-
but you mustn't quit.

 

 

Latest newsletter from Bangkok, Thailand: January 12th

Hello,
Timo is back on screen on his way to establish human rights worldwide.
The last weeks went completly crazy.
After nearly forgetting the incident of being slightly infected with
dengi- fever in Cambodia, i got later robbed in downtown Bangkok.
1500 Euros in money and valuables just vanished. God blessed me by
arresting this guy right on spot.
But now iam arrested too and have to wait for showing up to court to
witness the robbery.
But still my journey remains a cracker.
With the back-up of the human rights organisation amnesty
international i am gonna meet the Deputy Primeminister of Thailand and
hopefully the german ambassador here in BKK as well.

Lay back, take a cool drink, relax and scroll down to be right next to me;
the struggle for human rights is not that easy, so stand up, now!



"On road to No Man's Land"

"Stateless children day 5th – Salween, Thailand (Amnesty International)


Picture the following:
You live but you do not exist, you see yourself in the mirror but you
are invisible, you can speak but nobody will hear you.
You still do not understand?
You are living in remote rural areas in the northeast of Thailand near
the border to Myanmar and you are nothing.

Since more than now nine months I committed as a human rights activist
my time, money, thoughts and finally my life to the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
On my one year lasting charity biketour around the world to establish
human rights by raising money and paying attention for them over media
it was now a honor and pleasure for me to attend the "Stateless
children day 5th" in Salween near the Myanmar Border.

I got in close touch to people whose rights are trodden with feet due
to the miserable fact of lacking the Thai citizenship.
Born Thai but not provided with a birth certificate the villagers
became nobodies:

What I appreciated as self- given by being raised in a rich and well-
developed country like Germany is for the people here an eternal
struggle:
Having proper education, access to essential medical treatment
especially in malaria high risk areas, being free in movement and in
particular acknowledged as a human being.

A human being who is born free.
But these innocent children carry straight from their birth the burden
and stigma of a not existing identity.
Their blanket naked souls are covered with despair and injustice
creeps inside them in their so important first years on our world.
The first years which mainly create your character and personality;
the personality which has to be backed- up by identity.

Their lifes are missing these roots and the chance to pursue happiness
seems far away on their way.

The Thai citizenship, which is refused to them, is the first step
against this vicious circle of poverty.
For us a plain piece of paper is it for the people not only the access
to a better and more promising life it is the gate to finally enter
their own country, namely Thailand.
A government which claims to stand for the people is not supposed to
refuse them in their living.

In these days the human rights organisation Amnesty International
collected ambitiously letters from stateless children addressed to the
Government in which they express their claims.
I am rather delighted to have become the "messenger" of these letters.
On January 13th, the National Day of the Children, it will be my task
to deliver their wishes and hopes straight to the Government House in
Bangkok on my bicycle to pay attention to the urgency of this matter
to the people in charge.

These lovely but forgotten children weathers daily poverty but they
have come through it with their smiles intact.
They possess such great magnitude of love inside that
I am not able to get away from these marginalized kids without a
measure of admiration and affection.

Beside of this I will carry on by myself being highly motivated to
fight for these children.
The history itself lectures me that we all do not have time anymore to
await politicians and their actions.
As a human being I am a tiny but nevertheless full part of our world
and aware of my own responsibility for myself
and others.
The responsibility of standing up by facing human rights violations
and to go into action on my own, even if I am only 21 years old.

Thailand is such a beautiful country in people and landscape, rich in
history and culture and a pleasure to explore for a foreigner like me.
It is not supposed to be stained by such injustice.

 

Latest newsletter from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, December 7th

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Johm riab sua, hello,
it's me Timo Mueller
on my way to establish human rights worldwide by biking from Germany the way down to Australia in one year on my own in the age of virgin 20 years!
I am back on screen and keep you updated from my latest position; Off the rails in Phnom Penh, Cambodia"!!!
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The years of fear and loathing are over. Right now, Cambodia is just about as hot as it gets on the global travel map. Here iam to explore and soak up this incredible atmosphere of one of the only still remaining touristic backyards of Southeast Asia.
Cambodians have weathered years of bloodshed, poverty and political instablitiy.Beginning with the so self-claimed "Year Zero" (1975-79) the dictactor Pol Pot and his companies, the Khmer Rouge, smashed the country nearly completly via genocide and take the responsibility  of the cruel murder of approximately 3 million Khmers.
Years of bloody madness, misery and suffering stands in strange contrary to the might of old history.
Days ago i discovered like Indiana Jones the spiritual and cultural heartbeat of this impressive country: The temples of Angkor, home of the Everest of all: Angkor Wat (bow in awe).
By just wondering around the temples you feel the contradiction.
The greatness of the past is removed now by a poverty- wracked nation suffering prostitution, mostly served by joung childs, which goes along with enormous HIV- rates and the still death bringing mines scattered around the countryside..
In this culture of impunity with lack of law, the problems about malaria and other lethal diseases seem to be tiny.
The capital itself is named by the locals as the "Heart of Darkness with guns, girls and ganja"!
It stands for its own.
But,
somehow the Khmer next to me have come through the experience with their smiles intact.
I am not able to come away from Cambodia without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitans of this nevertheless beautiful country.
Hundreds of kilometers of unspoiled tropical islands and the mighty Mekong River cuts through the country and is home to some of the region's last remaining freshwater dolphins, with whom i had already the pleasure.
With a reputation for some of the worst roads in Asia, it is hardly surprising that cycling hasn't been a huge hit here so far in compare with Laos for instant!
Therefore iam bumping and bouncing my way (11750 km) further to Sydney and the encounters with locals get more and more intensly.
The close attachment to the nature is meditation pure.
First-hand recommendation for biking trips in Cambodia. www.mrpumpy.net
After 251 days on road with 11750 kilometers in my legs i feel gorgeous.
I will head the last way down to the Opera standing in Sydney further through countries, just waiting for me to get discovered.
The next highlights on my schedule are Christmas on Ko Chang, a hopefully nice island in the northeast of Thailand, the new encounter with amnesty Bangkok with whom i am gonna mention the human rights via media, a phenomenal New Years Eve party in the town itself and so on ...
In the middle of February i will stand my ground on the long vast distances in Down Under during the wet season, iam really looking forward to.
But these days i am in Cambodia and this is like you're always tripping!!!

Over my website www.cyclingforhumanrights.de
i provide you with a plenty of pictures and diary stories covering my experience next to me on the road to my personal "bike-nirvana"!

Do not be scared of visiting a german page, i invite you to watch my translation and to take a closer look on my pictures (to give you a first taste, check my enclosed picis) which are most of the time telling you more than thousand words.

 
Lia suhn kao-y, goodbye
Timo Mueller

 

Further recommendations:
For those being interested in the recent history about the Khmer Rouge, watch the movie "The Killing Fields"", a definitive film on this painful period.
To dive into detail check out the following websites:
Documentaion Center of Cambodia: http://www.dccam.org/
Cambodian Genocide Project (established by Yale University): http://www.yale.edu/cgp/

 

Newsletter from Luang Prabang, Laos

Sabaidee,
greetings from the world heritage city "Luang Prabang" in beautiful Laos.
With almost 10.000 kilometer and more than 200 days i, Timo Mueller, reached days ago this wonderful country where jungle mania, wonderful warmly hearted people and amazing food are creating a place on earth next to heaven.

On my way to establish human rights worldwide by biking from Germany the way down to Australia in one year on my own in the age of virgin 20 years i was accompanied the last weeks by two around-the-world-bikers, one came all the way from Denmark, the other one, Benoit, is travelling nonstop since 25 years, awesome!!!

I am glad to finally left China with a plenty of problems for me (diarrhea, extrem air pollution, lack of food) and iam making my way now down to Cambodia, alone again.

The locals dwelling in wooden houses on piles and giving me a feeling like coming home, therefore i will split my biking buddies and diving alone into these fascinating people to learn from their experiences. It ought to be just them and me.
I am in love with this country!!!

We came the last kilometers down here by boot along the Mekong river, cause we lost our way which is not really difficult here. But the 8 hours journey was worth not sticking to the plans.

I feel really pleased and hope that i'll  remain without problems. 2 weeks ago my second rim already broke again and a sort of china fake one is now under me, carrying me the last 10.000 km to Sydney, hopefully arriving in the begining of Mai.

But these potholes here where you can hide surely huge elephants are scarrying me a bit.

Over my website www.cyclingforhumanrights.de
i provide you with a plenty of pictures and diary stories covering my experience next to me on the road to my personal "bike-nirvana"!

Do not be scared of visiting a german page, i invite you to watch my translation and to take a closer look on my pictures which are most of the time telling you more than thousand words.

Much fun
Timo Mueller



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