Wheel building in Tajikistan

After ten years and over 15,000km of cycling on not always the smoothest roads my rear wheel finally gave up when the rim broke on the way from Dushanbe to Khorog. The spokes had pulled through the rim in a few places, throwing the wheel completely out of true, with no hope of fixing it…

A slight setback

Jules got hit by a car on her way back from the bazaar, so we decided to wait another day in Dushanbe. It was well worth it for the delicious lasagne that Neil and Jude cooked up the next evening.

Back on track

After a slight detour across Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, we eventually made it to Tajikistan, crossing the most laid back borders of all, only a day after our visas started. We headed to Dushanbe, cycling over the impressive Anzob pass (in order to avoid the so-called ‘tunnel of death’) with Matt, Mark and Romain. This added…

Off the beaten track in Kyrgyzstan

We had been told by many people that the main road from Bishkek to Osh was ‘a bit crazy’ so we opted for the less travelled route via Ak-Tal, Zergetal and Kazarman. We tried to follow what looked like a short cut on the map, following the river valley west, but didn’t quite match up…

Where in the World is Tethys?

Tethys is still waiting to be found! Thank you to Al for your enthusiasm in finding photos of Tethys, but there was a slight misunderstanding… We would like you to tell us where in the world Tethys is. So far, Al has 1 correct answer: Cologne Cathedral. The rest are still up for grabs.

A different view of the world

I had always wanted to cycle the whole way, to move at a steady pace, under my own steam, to really appreciate the scale of the world, every hill and valley, every town and village, and the subtle changes along the way. Sometimes things don’t go quite as expected… Three days on a train across…