Uzbekistan was without a doubt the hottest country we had ever been. A bit like a flashback to Portugal on one of its hottest days of the year, but worse. Even hotter (or perhaps just drier) and without any ocean nearby to dive in to cool down, not even for a few minutes. We entered … Continue reading Melting along the Silk Road
Some years ago, I met my parent's new neighbours in Ireland : Liam and Ayna. From accent alone you could tell Liam was a local, but Ayna said she was from Turkmenistan. My teenaged self nodded her head, wondering, literally, where on Earth that was. Some years later, we were planning to cycle across the … Continue reading Through the White City to the Gates of Hell
https://youtu.be/zaUFsxKUtaY We made a quick video to summarize our time in Iran!
Knowing at last we could cycle East we captured our Turkmenistan visa in Tehran and planned our remaining time in Iran. Realising we hadn't in fact done much cycling in the country, although we had already spent more than a month in it, we decided to get some cycling done in the Golestan natural park … Continue reading Pedallin’ East at last
Given the need to prepare visas for the upcoming countries, we unwillingly spent quite some time (too much time!) in 3 major Iranian cities: Hamedan, Tehran and Kashan (the last to escape the madness of Tehran). Our time in these cities can quickly be summarised in: • tiles, many tiles of many colours and shapes … Continue reading City hoppin’
In case you haven't noticed, our blog posts are a little behind... To update: We had an awesome time cycling in Kyrgyzstan. Potentially our favourite country to cycle in to-date... But now we are in China!! We zoomed across 2500km of the Xinjiang province on a train as China is quite big and we're not … Continue reading New News Flash!!
It has to be said that we were all a little nervous before crossing the border into Iran. There were so many unknowns: Was my outfit acceptable according to the imposed Islamic Law? Would we be able to eat while on the road? (It was still Ramadan, and during this time it is technically illegal … Continue reading Cycling inside Iran, outside of the western media
Warning : this not a sugarcoated sweet little tale of cycling through the beautiful Armenian landscapes. Language is perhaps a little abrasive at times, but I am from North London. Apologies for not sharing with closer friends and family sooner, but I only wanted to write this once. Our planned route through Armenia was going … Continue reading Armenia – the good, the bad, and the ugly
We hadn't cycled more than 1km from the Georgian border and we were already being offered a cup not of tea but of homemade wine. An immediate change from the multiple daily çay invitations we had become used to. Besides this, the large numbers of (white) Renaults we had become accustomed to in Turkey, ranging … Continue reading Return of the Lada
https://youtu.be/cUMuUnPscdE So long and thanks for all the çay! Our favourite country so far, we decided Turkey deserved a video all of its own. Don't forget to turn on the sound! 😋