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Admin battles in Baku – 30th Oct

This is a blow by blow account of our six days in Baku and how we eventually managed, by hook and by crook, to get to Central Asia.  We arrived in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on Thursday 23 October … Continue reading

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Crossing Azerbaijan – 23rd Oct

Route across Azerbaijan (23rd Oct): We spent a good few days in Tbilisi resting up, sightseeing and getting prepared for winter – adding insulation to handlebars and brake levers to stop fingers freezing and buying more warm clothes to carry … Continue reading

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Castles and cowherders, Georgia – 11th Oct

Location as of 11th Oct: As we descended from our first ‘proper’ peak of the expedition, we joined up with the valley route towards Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. I thought these were some of the best couple of days’ riding of … Continue reading

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Port to Peak, Georgia – 9th Oct

Full of tea, chicken kebabs and baklava, and with our new route mapped out, we headed out of Turkey to Georgia, towards the Caucasus Mountains. From a devout Muslim country we entered a strongly Christian one. The new language and … Continue reading

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Tea-rrific Turkey – 5th Oct

Tea (çay – pronounced chai) is abundant in Turkey. I’ve never seen a more popular drink in any country I’ve visited. Tea is more than a drink here, it’s a way of life, for some it is their life. Tea … Continue reading

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Hamam – soaking up the last of Turkey, 1st Oct

Our location as of Oct 1st: Trabzon, Turkey Proposed alternative route: With our new route up through Georgia and Azerbaijan pencilled into Google Maps, we realised that our ride through Turkey along the Black Sea was suddenly very close to … Continue reading

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Intruders in the dark – 25th Sept

No photos in this one unfortunately, as the name suggests it wasn’t the first thing on our minds at the time!! Approximate location as below: The beam of the tractor’s headlights shone powerfully against our tent. A question shouted in … Continue reading

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What the tüp? – 23rd Sept

The Black Sea Coast, inland, heading east Due to a strong desire not to cycle after dark Nick usually calls a one hour light warning and we start looking for a place to eat and sleep. Having cycled into several … Continue reading

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Route update – heading North

After trying and failing to get Iranian visas at four separate consulates, we have been forced to detour north. Instead we now take on the mountains of Georgia and Azerbaijan. As we go uphill, please think of helping the cause … Continue reading

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