This one’s been a long time coming, with the lack of internet in the mountains and the chaos of the low lands but most of all because I’ve been pondering how to do Pakistan justice. A country misrepresented and misunderstood by the west, most I expect see it as a land of terrorists, bombings and […]Read more "Taboo Country"
China has always been a tough country to enter, they built a great wall to keep people out. For those with their own motor vehicles it’s no easier now than it was for travelers of the past. With the exception of a few rare cases, getting t’other side of the wall unaided with a foreign motorbike […]Read more "Over The Wall"
Surrounded on nearly all sides by almost impenetrable mountains and further from the sea than any other individual country, Kyrgyzstan has maintained it culture and unspoiled wilderness unlike anywhere I’ve ever visited. As much as the Soviets tried to urbanise them the Kyrgyz at heart remained nomadic farmers, with the breakup of the union many have […]Read more "Yaks And Yurts"
When I first started planning this trip months and years ago Tajikistan was top of the list, a must see highlight. Most people have never heard of it and admittedly I’d of struggled to place it on a map. But sporting the high altitude Pamir Highway, the Wakhan valley which skirts the border of Afghanistan, and lesser […]Read more "Roof Of The World"
Riding out from Aktau were Stuart, Oli, Marcus and me. Attempting to beat the scorching sun the all American heroes had left at first light. We being European, stupid or both got rolling around midday, aiming to make just shy of Beyneu 300 miles north east before nightfall and camp on the steppe. Progressively deteriorating from […]Read more "Not Even A Shadow"
With the ever increasing difficulties entering Iran and Russia, and the allure of the mythical Caspian freight ferry, Baku acts like a funnel for overlanders; cyclists and moto hobos alike. Having not seen another motorbiker for weeks and just the occasional cyclists, old town Baku had itself a plague of two wheelers awaiting the boat […]Read more "Boat From Baku"
Looping through Armenia meant the Azerbaijani boarder guards gave me a comprehensive shake down. There’s no love lost between the two countries, or Armenia and Turkey for that matter. Meaning the only route in and out was via Georgia. But it was worth it, for such a small country it packs one hell a visual punch; forested foot […]Read more "Armenian Loop To Baku"
Squinting through one eye to counteract the effects of the moonshine, it didn’t appear real, cars washed down the streets, men herding a hippo past modern shopfronts and tigers loose in the city. Looking at Nicolas he pointed at the tiny TV nestled on a shelf in the corner of the wooden rangers hut ‘Tbilisi’. […]Read more "Caucus Raucous And Tigers Too"
So where were we, in Plovdiv I believe. An amazing city which just happened to appear on the map as the sun was sinking and the late afternoon apprehension was rising, as it does everyday when home for the night is still an unknown. Arriving into the old town on the night of graduation, the labyrinth of streets alive with […]Read more "Kebap, Chai and Big Skies"
Go make yourself a brew and get comfy this is a big one. From Montenegro there were two routes now I was homing in on Istanbul, the Northern route across the top of Albania into Kosovo though Macedonia, Bulgaria and into Turkey, or the Southern route down the coast of Albania and traverse Greece all the […]Read more "Balkan Problems Pt2"