The first few days in Ulaanbataar were spent running the paper chase needed to get everything together for my Chinese visa. Happily I had also managed to coincide our stop in the city with some travelling friends from my time in Georgia – which inevitably lead to my first hangover in several months. After a … More From Apple pie to an Arsehole – leaving Mongolia
Yaks, welders, Mongolian wrestlers and camels -among other things in More adventures and encounters from my ride through Mongolia … More Mongolian Bump and Grind
The first week of riding in Mongolia was a shock to the system … More Welcome to Mongolia – Bugs, Tracks and Frere Jaques
Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world and when you try and cross a third of it by bike it certainly feels like it. Three years previously I had spent about 2 weeks in the far west of the country riding on pre-asphalt construction roads and tracks from Aktau to the Uzbekistan border in … More Endless roads in Kazakhstan and why you should never trust a Consulate!
On May 19th, the morning I was finally leaving the home from home that At House guesthouse had become, I woke up to my alarm at 6am feeling as if I hadn’t slept a wink. My last night had coincided with another long-term inhabitant’s departure, despite the unexpected extra month for preparation there were still … More Leaving Kyrgyzstan
It is 2 1/2 years since I was last in Bishkek, and at Manas airport at 5am local time it felt somewhat surreal to be back. Gold teeth shone out from the mouths of the passport control guards as they looked me directly in the eye and made a detailed comparison between my bedraggled facial … More Back to Bishkek
On the eve of another adventure I have the mixed feelings of leaving and starting again, goodbyes and hellos, what I leave behind and what lies ahead. All of which is nicely summed up in this quote I just came across.
Just to clarify – I don’t mean I went back in time to 18th century Great Britain – time travel is not in my repertoire yet! After my six months of bicycle and work exchange wanderings in Turkey last year, I took the opportunity to return to a country which had made a lasting impression … More A Georgian Winter in Tbilisi
It seems my phone has an app that likes to make me little movies about my adventures – perfect! After dropping Raven (my bike) off in Ankara I hooked up with another good friend who also likes an adventure (and a drink or 2!) We headed off on a 4 day journey via train, bus, … More Raz & Rhi go to Georgia!
A little snippet of lunchtime at the crossroads in a village near Pamukkale. (From nearly 2 months ago – so it wasn’t deadly hot at lunch time yet)