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From arid Gobi to lush Great Wall of China

By | 20th April, 2015|Categories: Ancient civilizations, China, North East China, Winter cycling|Tags: , , |

We took a day to settle back in to China, enjoy Chinese food and the bustling streets of Erenhot. This is a city in Inner Mongolia an autonomous region in China, also called Ereen or Erlian, where Susanne had been before on her way to Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy the photos Erenhot, the Chinese Gobi  and The road to Gubeikou There [...]

Cycling the Gobi, a desert with surprises

By | 9th April, 2015|Categories: Mongolia, Off the beaten path, South Eastern Mogolia, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , , |

It was hard to leave Ulaanbaatar. Our winter break had been good in many ways. We had created a nice social life, gotten to know quite a few really nice people, established bonds with Mongolians and with projects going on in Ulaanbaatar. But it was time to go and we were cycling the Gobi, a desert with surprises! Our goals [...]

Following the south route to Ulaanbaatar, it changed me!

By | 21st February, 2015|Categories: Mongolia, Off the beaten path, South western Mongolia, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , , |

In Altai I had time to think and decided on a change of plans. I now was planning to follow the south route to Ulaanbaatar. The original plan was to cycle north from Altai to Uliastai. Due to being in the winter of Mongolia I decided on the easier and shorter southern route Altai, Bayankhongor, Arvaikheer, Lun, [...]

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 [...]