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Bulgan to Altai with camels and gers

By | 24th January, 2015|Categories: High mountains, Mongolia, South western Mongolia, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , |

I was nervous as I was preparing the first leg Bulgan to Altai into western Mongolia, a leg of 600km with very little supplies and people, mind I say the Gobi desert. The photos Bulgan to Altai The morning came and I was as ready as I could be with a small cold coming along. I cycled out of [...]

Urumqi to Ulaanbaatar – doing it different part 1

By | 23rd January, 2015|Categories: China, North west China, Reflections, Thoughts, Travel tips, Tripreport, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It was amazing! Arriving to Urumqi after cycling there all the way from the Netherlands. It was quite a huge milestone for us. But it was also a bit daunting because during the last days of the year we'd had some deep conversations about what next. The plan was clear but the feelings not so much. We [...]

The lone road to Tarkshken – China

By | 13th January, 2015|Categories: China, North west China, Off the beaten path, Winter cycling|Tags: , , |

Tarkshken the last town before Mongolia, I left Urumqi and Susanne on a cold morning, well all the mornings are cold at the moment. It was hard and a relief to be on the bike again. Enjoy the photos in the gallery Urumqi to Tarkshken I had enjoyed Urumqi with Susanne and we had celebrated new years there. [...]

We cycled to China, everything changed!

By | 1st January, 2015|Categories: China, North west China, Off the beaten path, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , |

Cycling is what we have been doing the last 11months, we are now used to the process and it has become a comfort zone of ours to cycle. We spent almost 4 months in the 'Stans' where change came in small bits. Now we have cycled to China and we have a hard time believing that we [...]

Discovering the diversity of Kyrgyzstan

By | 21st November, 2014|Categories: High mountains, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Kyrgyzstan, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , , , , |

Looking at the map we see a red line running from Osh to Bishkek. It is a highway and actually still the M41. We are reluctant to take this road because we prefer to avoid heavy traffic and take smaller roads where possible. At the same time we have heard that many of the smaller roads are [...]

The Pamir Highway M41- 4655m a real high

By | 6th November, 2014|Categories: High mountains, Hospitality, Kyrgyzstan, North eastern Tajikistan, Southern Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan|Tags: , , , , , , |

Anticipation... Expectations... Personal opinions and the Ak-Baital Pass. Cycling the The Pamir Highway M41 is not only about having the legs but definitely the stamina, the motivation and the persistence. Altitude sickness, bad roads, good and bad stories of other cyclists and illness are all a part of it. It has been a mind blowing, interesting cultural and physical [...]

The Wakhan valley with exciting views, roads and people.

By | 23rd October, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, High mountains, Southern Tajikistan, Tajikistan|Tags: , , , , , , |

We were excited the day had come Martin was feeling better from the Giardia Lamblia infection and it was our 8 months anniversary for the journey. We had to go and get on the road out of Khorog and cycle onwards to the Wakhan valley. The Wakhan valley we had heard from many people should be a [...]

Roughing it on the M41 to Khorog

By | 29th September, 2014|Categories: High mountains, Hospitality, Tajikistan, Western Tajikistan|Tags: , , , , |

We are approaching the Roof of the World, the Pamir plateau. It makes us nervous and exciting and we are a little bit worried. At the same time other people have cycled here as well so it will be okay... Won't it? We only know that our preparation ride from Dushanbe to Khorog was tough, very tough. [...]

Leaving Samarqand, cycling south with mixed emotions

By | 18th September, 2014|Categories: Eastern Uzbekistan, Heat and desert, High mountains, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Western Tajikistan|Tags: , , |

It is hard leaving a place where you feel comfortable en where you are understood by others. So leaving Samarqand was difficult and this was not made easier by a stomach bug that was traveling around. We were cycling south with mixed emotions because it was hard to say goodbye but we were also looking very much [...]

The road to Samarqand

By | 9th September, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Eastern Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan|Tags: , , , , |

Traveling through Uzbekistan you can definitely feel the centuries old heritage of the trade along the silk road. The cities Bukhara and Samarqand are majestic and like from a storybook. The countryside is very different though and the people are a new dimension all together, please enjoy our story of the road to Samarqand. You can find [...]