Finding solace in a country as large as India should be straight forward, until you realise that 1.3 billion people, which is almost twice the population of Europe, are squeezed into a country one third its size. I was cycle touring solo for just over a week and the lack of solitude was slowly wearing … More Cycle Touring Solo. Chapter 2: The Wonderful Spontaneity of Cycle Touring. An Unexpected Invitation to Bloombuds School and Boarding House
Jacob, I and our trusty touring bikes had been put through our paces, we were in dire need of rest, relaxation, recuperation and a wash. Skardu provided the perfect opportunity to achieve this with a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, shops and even a bakery that emanated the sweet scents of freshly baked goods, situated … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 9: The Skardu Dairy Milk Massacre & Returning to the Karakoram Highway
The sky broadened as we neared the end of the ascent, raw excitement ignited, we knew the next crest was the final big push and from there, our route was generally a descending trend for the next 200 kilometres, or so we naively thought. The view of Sheosar Lake from the official National Park entrance … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 8: The Deosai National Park
On August 26th, the day before our departure of China, I found myself wandering the hallway of the K2 Hostel in Tashkurgan in search of a quiet spot to put my feet up and read my kindle. I had time to kill, a luxury that I had been so deprived of throughout the six months … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 1: Goodbye Mario, Hello Pakistan!
Kashgar was a welcome break, I stuffed myself with wholesome food and delicious tea, though, as a cycle tourer it doesn’t take long until soles start to itch with the urge to get back on the road. We left Kashgar at 07:30 in twilight to take advantage of the deserted roads. The morning ride was … More Cycle Touring Xinjiang, China. Chapter 2: Kashgar to Tashkurgan. The Three Amigos
Catching a flight directly from the United Kingdom to Kashgar, China, was the initial plan. Having changed our plans, enabling us to spend the first week journeying eastwards through Kyrgyzstan, I can wholeheartedly say that the short time spent in the enigmatic country was exceptional. Kyrgyzstan offered everything that a cycle touring introduction should provide. … More Cycle Touring Xinjiang, China. Chapter 1: The Crossing to China & A Weekend of Recovery in Kashgar
Leaving the relative comfort and security of Kunelek and our host, Kolbek, behind we continued our way south following the Gul’cha river. Mountains grew ever taller as we got our first glimpse of distant snow capped peaks. The valley floor suddenly opened up to a view of a little outcrop village sitting precariously atop canyon … More Cycle Touring Kyrgyzstan. Chapter 3: Kunelek to Irkenshtam. The Pass Taldyk & Child Bandit Country