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?
070 ‘Donk’ – Turkey
Lovers on the Black Sea, Batumi, Georgia
Making friends with a Buff.
Dismantling the Trolls
Not a bad backdrop for our home this evening
The top of another pass..
A stay in a Gurdwara
Back failure mark II
The Mega building-5-wheels-in-a-day… day – New rims & ready for the Pamir!
This is ‘Mr Delicious’… he sells tasty treats from his boat!
Being entertained in the Indian Himalayas
Ideas for a new home
Another gift of bread. (no kiss though, sorry)
great place to hide for the night…
lunchtime for the tribe
The road less travelled, Turkey
106 ‘The Kyrgyz border @4280m’ – Kyrgyzistan
Two very different styles of travel
043 ‘Istanbul Sunset’ – Istanbul
096 ‘Bukhara Skyline’ – Uzbekistan
6 months of no cycle tourists, to this!
Smoke dried towel
Building the tandem!!
More big passes…
Pete’s Annapurna adventures
Our home for 18 days…
And yes, they made us dance..
083 ‘Tower In Khiva’ – Uzbekistan
So much space in Turkey (but we always met people!)
103 ‘Reward For A Days Riding’ – Tajikistan
Peace in the desert
Crossing the Bosphorus
Dawn floating veg market
Kind hosts in Uzbekistan
If only this photo could show the EVIL headwind- Tajikistan.
Pamir Highway Part I complete: A long way without a shower!
First big pass
Our first encounter with the Georgian Beer Trap…
Kyrgyz road biking? Yes please!
Battling evil headwinds in Tajikistan
I think this one was Fred
The view from our house boat
Faithful tent-guarding pooch
A hard fought camp spot: tears, negotiations, snapped poles and snow.
Hugh and Pauline, treating us!
Get off… It’s mine
A bit of local assistance
150 ‘Entrance’ – Uzbekistan
Plan B. Hitching.
Regular back stretches