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Planning a mini-Tour of Japan – by bike

Anna & I have been talking about going to Japan for ages so we started looking into it.  Talking about flying over, staying in hotels and catching trains to see lots just wasn't getting us excited but we couldn't work out why.  So we took a walk to clear our heads and work out what to do next. Anna "I thought you wanted to see to Japan, you've been talking about going there for ...

15th March, 2017

Laos

Based on the information in our guide books, we had been under the impression that people go to Laos to have fun. It's all about eating mango and sticky rice, floating down rivers in tubes beer in hand and lazing around in hammocks. This is the land that backpackers flock to to party by night and drink fruit shakes by day. So we were quite excited as we said goodbye to the Middle Kingdom and set ...

30th January, 2015

China (well a little bit of it anyway)

Have you ever wondered where on earth you would be without Google? The answer is China of course and coincidentally, it's probably the part of the planet where you could use it the most. The world's oldest civilisation has so much contrast in its cities, landscapes, people, languages, food and culture, it must be confusing enough for the inhabitants, let alone two cyclists who alight from a train ...

26th December, 2014

Tales from Tajikistan. It was quite eventful!

Well, we have been chewed up and spat out by Tajikistan. The last few weeks have been beyond hard and we are all looking a little worse for wear as a result. We being, me, Chris and a good proportion of our gear. The Trolls have come into their own though and handled the terrain well which is good because we chose them with Tajikistan in mind. So was it worth it? Thinking back, the injuries ...

15th November, 2014

Enchanting Uzbekistan

We were sitting by the side of the road somewhere between Samarkand and Bukhara eating fresh pomegranates that a man had walked by and handed us, when a boy of around 12 years old galloped past bareback on his donkey. He was in pursuit of three bullocks which had also just galloped past, jumped a canal and disappeared off down a slope. The boy paused on the embankment to look at us looking at him ...

6th November, 2014

Azerbaijan – desert, dogs and Bond Street

Cycling into Azerbaijan was in many ways like returning to our long lost friend Turkey but, and at the risk of offending any of our new Turkish friends who may be reading, with a little more order. At least superficially in the way the fields and crops are laid out in clear, tidy rows and the produce sold at roadside stalls is stacked into perfect pyramids in separate baskets on purpose built ...

20th October, 2014
Into Georgia. Near Vale at the Turkish border

Georgia the long way round

So onto Georgia and a wholly different country from Turkey but a great experience all the same. We entered the country through the 'back door' so to speak. With no trace of tourism in sight and the local families all hard at work cutting hay in the fields, we were a little thrown at first. The first villages we came to were silent, with no visible shops or banks, just fairly impressive huge grey ...

28th September, 2014
Chilling at 2,470m in Turkey

Gule Gule Turkey…

After a wonderful rest day in Trabzon where we treated ourselves to a night at a hotel, ate everything that took our fancy and had a good cleanse in the hamam where I was laid out on a marble slab and scrubbed, washed and massaged by a professional wearing leopard skin knickers until she was satisfied I was clean, we remounted our Trolls and got serious about getting to Georgia. We continued ...

13th September, 2014

Turkish Hospitality

It goes like this: Chris and I are walking down the main street of a town, Espiye, with our phones out looking for a cafe with a wifi signal. A man comes up and asks Chris (always Chris) where we are from. 'England' replies Chris. The man takes out his phone and makes a call, says a few words including England, and hands his phone to Chris. The man's daughter is on the other end who asks Chris in ...

4th September, 2014

Amasra & the north Turkish coastline

Arriving at Istanbul airport, putting the bikes back together & setting off into the city on a bike was a great start to our big trip. Riding down on the coastal path on Sunday & discovering that every patch of grass was taken up with families, a reminder of Clapham Common on a sunny day but they were cooking Çay & meat on hot charcoal fires, balloons tied up in rows on string & ...

28th August, 2014