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Kyrgyzstan and the end of the Pamir Highway. Sary Tash to Bishkek then a bit of Almaty and on to Kathmandu! 19th Aug to 12th Sep 2017

Kyrgyzstan and the end of the Pamir Highway. Sary Tash to Bishkek then a bit of Almaty and on to Kathmandu! 19th Aug to 12th Sep 2017

  Saturday 19th August – 2km over Kyrgyzstan border to Archat Distance: 60.99 km Total Distance: 16315.58 km We had a peaceful night, apart from a dog peeing up the side of the tent in the middle of the night! This morning we cycle down to Sary Tash, our first Kyrgyzstan village. We bump into some Iranian cyclists whilst we are exchanging some Tajik Som to Kyrgyz Som at the petrol station?! Then it’s shopping time. More provisions and a…

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Pamir Highway – Tajikistan Finale 2nd Aug to 18 Aug 2017

Pamir Highway – Tajikistan Finale 2nd Aug to 18 Aug 2017

  Khorog – 2/3 August Time for a rest, laundry, admin and catching up with friends at home. Tuesday night we had a fantastic curry, the best meal we’ve had since Dushanbe. Delicious. Khorog is a bustling metropolis in this region. There’s a park in the centre with a pool the colour of muddy water but that’s clearly no deterrent to the locals. There are so many cyclists at the Pamir Lodge and we met the French couple, Lucy and…

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The Pamir Highway: Hisor to Khorog -18th Jul to 1st Aug 2017

The Pamir Highway: Hisor to Khorog -18th Jul to 1st Aug 2017

  Tuesday 18th July – Hisor to Dushanbe Distance: 29.04 km Total Distance: 15149.06 km A comfy night on the takhta and we brought breakfast. How fabulous. I could learn to love this treatment. We even befriend the puppy with the cutest floppy ears, bribed by biscuits. We take the back road to Dushanbe and stop to watch the maize stalks being cut by hand. I give it a go and it’s certainly tough work. As we near Dushanbe the…

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Uzbekistan: Samarkand to Tajikistan: Hisor – 10th to 17th Jul 2017

Uzbekistan: Samarkand to Tajikistan: Hisor – 10th to 17th Jul 2017

  Monday 10th July – Samarkand to Urtakishiak Distance: 40.01 km Total Distance: 14696.57 km Today we have a late start. We’re waiting for laundry, we publish the blog and Daz has to fix a flat tyre. The tube has two 1 cm slits – bizarre. Perhaps it exploded in the heat. It’s pretty unremarkable riding out of Samarkand but we stop for a great lunch. Out in the fields the locals are harvesting onions so we stop to help!…

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Uzbekistan: Nukus to Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent – 21st Jun to 9th Jul 2017

Uzbekistan: Nukus to Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent – 21st Jun to 9th Jul 2017

Wednesday 21st June – Nukus to Chilpyk (Bashnya Molchaniya) Distance: 54.99 km Total Distance: 14089.97 km This morning my Va-va-vroom just ain’t there. I feel absolutely shattered and I desperately want to sleep but breakfast calls. We’ve already decided where we’re camping tonight and it’s only 50km so after breakfast we hit the Number 1 (actually the only one according to Trip Advisor ) venue of Nukus. Few Museums in the Republic of Uzbekistan can boast of such a unique…

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Uzbekistan: Beyneu to Nukus and the Aral Sea – 18th to 20th Jun 2017

Uzbekistan: Beyneu to Nukus and the Aral Sea – 18th to 20th Jun 2017

  Sunday 18th June – Beyneu to Nukus Distance: 6.19 km Total Distance: 14034.98 km We were rudely awoken at 1am by our hotel proprietor, Murat. It gave us both a hell of a scare, thinking we’d overslept and missed our train but it was just minutes before our alarm. Shower, pack and out the door. We’re at the train station at 1.20am (yup we’ve got this routine down to a fine art). At the station we need to work…

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The Kazakhstan desert from Aktau to Beyneu – 8th to 17th Jun 2017

The Kazakhstan desert from Aktau to Beyneu – 8th to 17th Jun 2017

Thursday 8th June – Aboard the ferry boat from Alat to Aktau We wake at 5am and the ferry still feels like it’s not moving. We go off to investigate and find the hold is now full of lorries but we’re still in the docks. About 6am we finally set sail. 8am – breakfast. 2 boiled eggs, stale bread, jam, honey, cheese and çay. 10am. Ferry drops anchor. 12pm Lunch – soup and chicken and pasta. The ferry is still…

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Azerbaijan – 23rd May to 7th Jun 2017

Azerbaijan – 23rd May to 7th Jun 2017

  Tuesday 23rd May – Lagodekhi to Zagatala Distance: 39.95 km Average Speed: 10.6 kmh Fastest Speed: 47.8 kmh Total Distance: 13183.3 km Last night we found a beautiful spot to wild camp just 2km from the Azerbaijan border. We enjoyed cheese and biscuits and a final bottle of good Georgian wine in the beautiful sunshine. We couldn’t have our wash until after 7pm because we were still sweating in the heat. We had a lovely quiet night although there…

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Georgia; Batumi to Tbilisi to Lagodekhi – 28th April to 22nd May 2017

Georgia; Batumi to Tbilisi to Lagodekhi – 28th April to 22nd May 2017

  Friday 28th Aprili Hopa Turkey to Batumi Georgia Distance: 44.88km Average Speed: 11.82 kmh Fastest Speed: 30.02 kmh Total Distance: 12420.11 km Our last morning in Turkey. Breakfast is very busy, but it’s basic. No hot food so it’s more bread and chocolate spread for breakfast, same as I had for lunch yesterday in fact!! We set off and already there is a queue of trucks all down one lane of the dual carriageway. The border is 20 km…

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Turkish Swansong – Abana to Cappadocia to Georgia- 9th to 27th Apr 2017

Turkish Swansong – Abana to Cappadocia to Georgia- 9th to 27th Apr 2017

  Sunday 9th April Abana to Abana Distance: 0 km Average Speed: 0 kmh Fastest Speed: 0 kmh Total Distance: 11560.82 km We expected rain today and as a result were in the mindset for a day off. Sadly the rain never materialised but the day off did. Hopefully the weather will be kind tomorrow too. Blog, bike maintenance and admin – as usual takes hours. Oh but at least there’s Masterchef!   Monday 10th April Abana to Ayancik Distance:…

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