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