Week 27 - Update (Bukhara - Samarkand - Tajikistan)
We are here in Dushanbe, the city of Monday!! One of the places we've always imagined when planning the trip and can't quite believe we are finally here!
After a couple of days rest in Bukhara we left for Samarkand. A difficult stretch.
Week 23 & 24 - Uzbek Border to just after Khiva
It's been a big challenge, we are on a very tight deadline to get through Uzbekistan so we can climb over a mountain range and get into China before the 5th of October. After 5 days in the Uzbek desert
Week 21 - Baku to Shetpe
After a week waiting for the boat in Baku we made it to Kazakhstan! We spent a day in Aktau recovering from the journey. Beth had another bout of the dreaded bowel dysfunction, this time likely a result of the Georgian Dja Dja and Polish
Week 19 - Sheki to Baku
We've made it to Baku! It has been an eventful week; dictated mostly by Beth's volcanic bowels thanks to a combination of heat exhaustion, egg-smelling water and some suspicious ice cream. We spent a couple of days in Sheki and visited the ancient city; famous
Week 18 Update. Lagodekhi, Georgia to Sheki, Azerbaijan.
Azerbaycan, what can we say? 2 days in and we feel almost at home!
Azerbaijan and Turkey have many similarities both culturally and linguistically. As we picked up many Turkish words, it is much easier to communicate than in Georgia. The food is also
Week 16 - Batumi to Tbilisi.
A 2000m mountain pass - JaJa at 8:30am (the local moonshine) - Losing Virgilios - sleeping with beekeepers - a very urgent tent evacuation after an excessive amount of cheese - the most terrible downhill imaginable (road was just rocks and gravel) - being
Week 15 Update. Samsun to Batumi.
The Cycling Village makes it to Georgia!
This week was a nice easy flat stretch along the coastal highway to Georgia with a break in the middle where we stayed with our Friend Sakir's family in Giresun.
It was so nice to make so many new cycling
Week 14 - Update
It was a week of hard hills, puppy rescuing, boating, some crappy nights (pun intended), scary nighttime noises and Cay dreaming.
We admit to a little hitchhiking 100km over a very up and down section of the coastline from Cide to Inebolu. We spent half a day trying
Kandira to Kurucasile
Distance covered: 4150km
Total countries: 12 (this week: 1 - Turkey)
Weather: Very hot ~ 36°C Max 45!
Total snickers Bars: 106
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Ch. 27
Until a week ago we hadn't quite used Ramazan to our full advantage, the sun was setting and we thought we
After almost 4 weeks off the bike, we spent the beginning of the week sorting out our things, packing, airing our tent - which then got urinated on by the dogs of Istanbul...whoops! We are taking the Black Sea route. So far have had some very challenging roads but the