It started on a beach in Greece, our tent, a campfire and the stars. From there we travelled east, and excessive chai drinking began, as did the meeting of even more inspirational and incredible people (and animals), we got caught in the ‘Georgian Beer Trap’, developed a love of plov (and mutton fat in general), negotiated with a variety of desert animals, experienced ‘tribe riding’, wallowed in historical marvel in the Uzbek cities of Khiva, Buckhara and Samarkhand, Rode the ‘Roof of the World’ the Pamir highway in Tajikistan (pausing for 18 days on the Afghan border with Alice’s back injury), bathed in mountain rivers, swam in alpine lakes, lived of buckwheat and carrots for a while, were shown unbelievable hospitality, realised fermented horse milk isn’t as bad as it sounds, lounged like the Raj on a house-boat in India, drank more chai, Alice hurt her back again, this time on the second highest motorable pass in the world, Pete worked for a month in Nepal and Alice qualified as a yoga teacher, we converted to a tandem- test riding it in Kathmandu and Bangkok…Had a family holiday in Thailand. And now, one year on we begin riding again from Bangkok. What adventures will 2014 bring?
Get off… It’s mine
First big pass
Dawn floating veg market
Smoke dried towel
If only this photo could show the EVIL headwind- Tajikistan.
The view from our house boat
The Mega building-5-wheels-in-a-day… day – New rims & ready for the Pamir!
Pete’s Annapurna adventures
Battling evil headwinds in Tajikistan
Hugh and Pauline, treating us!
Our first encounter with the Georgian Beer Trap…
Crossing the Bosphorus
Pamir Highway Part I complete: A long way without a shower!
lunchtime for the tribe
150 ‘Entrance’ – Uzbekistan
Building the tandem!!
Kind hosts in Uzbekistan
Faithful tent-guarding pooch
Not a bad backdrop for our home this evening
Being entertained in the Indian Himalayas
070 ‘Donk’ – Turkey
Two very different styles of travel
6 months of no cycle tourists, to this!
Another gift of bread. (no kiss though, sorry)
Making friends with a Buff.
A stay in a Gurdwara
A bit of local assistance
And yes, they made us dance..
So much space in Turkey (but we always met people!)
Kyrgyz road biking? Yes please!
106 ‘The Kyrgyz border @4280m’ – Kyrgyzistan
Dismantling the Trolls
096 ‘Bukhara Skyline’ – Uzbekistan
A hard fought camp spot: tears, negotiations, snapped poles and snow.
Our home for 18 days…
Ideas for a new home
The top of another pass..
This is ‘Mr Delicious’… he sells tasty treats from his boat!
great place to hide for the night…
More big passes…
I think this one was Fred
Peace in the desert
Regular back stretches
083 ‘Tower In Khiva’ – Uzbekistan
The road less travelled, Turkey
Lovers on the Black Sea, Batumi, Georgia
043 ‘Istanbul Sunset’ – Istanbul
Plan B. Hitching.
Back failure mark II
103 ‘Reward For A Days Riding’ – Tajikistan