Video gallery

Heavy traffic towards Shenzhen, Wed 25 Mar 15

Urban sprawl as we leave mainland China, Wed 25 Mar 15

Tight spaces in Guangzhou, Wed 25 Mar 15

Hitting 17,000km, Mon 23 Mar 15

Breakfast time in Guangdong, Wed 18 Mar 15

Sneaking across a half built bridge in Guangdong, Tues 17 Mar 15

Pannier problems in southern China, Sun 15 Mar 15

The last night ride, Mon 9 Mar 15

Dragon dances in southern China, Sun 8 Mar 15

Hitting 16,000km, Sun 8 Mar 15

Stilted villages along a riverbed, Guizhou, Fri 6 Mar 15

Schoolgirls help Lobby out with bike maintenance, Tues 3 Mar 15

Exploring a tunnel under construction in Guizhou, Mon 2 Mar 15

Development has hit Guiyang very, very hard, Fri 27 Feb 15

Free breakfast on the side of the road towards Guiyang, Fri 27 Feb 15

New Year chaos, firecrackers and swinging dragons, Thurs 26 Feb 15

Police escort at front and back for nighttime riding in Guizhou, Wed 25 Feb 15

Police sirens follow us into motorway tunnels, Wed 25 Feb 15

Hitting 15,000 kms, Tues 24 Feb 15

A plastic bike in Chongqing, Mon 23 Feb 15

Rest stop in a provincial backwater the size of a small European country, Fri 20 Feb 15

Visiting a temple to obtain blessings at Chinese New Year, Fri 20 Feb 15

Crossing the urban sprawl to Chongqing for Chinese New Year, Wed 18 Feb 15

Chucking prayer papers at the pass nr Kangding, Sat 14 Feb 15

Hitting 14,000km on Valentine’s Day, Sat 14 Feb 15

Kid herding yak on Tibetan Plateau, Sun 8 Feb 15

Crossing into Sichuan province with the yak, Wed 4 Feb 15

Crowd forms around us in Yushu, Tues 3 Feb 15

Tibetans walking and praying in Yushu, Tues 3 Feb 15

Crowds getting thicker at Yushu, Tues 3 Feb 15

Joining in the crowd at Yushu, Tues 3 Feb 1

Milestones at the Bayankala Pass, Sun 1 Feb 15

You can’t get much higher than this! Sun 1 Feb 15

Summiting Bayankala Pass, Sun 1 Feb 15

Reaching first pass before Bayankala, Sun 1 Feb 15

Morning of Bayankala Pass (4824m), dog attack and a fall onto ice, Sun 1 Feb 15

Getting Lobby’s bike on top of a truck, his fingers too cold to cycle, Sat 31 Jan 15

Snowfall on a solo day to Maduo, Fri 30 Jan 15

A windy 13,000 kms, Thurs 29 Jan 15

Hoping for the wind to subside, Wed 28 Jan 15

The start of some serious wind on the plateau, Wed 28 Jan 15

Vultures attacking a sheep carcass on the side of the road, Tues 27 Jan 15

Yak herding up the Tibetan plateau, Tues 27 Jan 15

Not allowed through by the Chinese TAR border control, Sat 24 Jan 15

Adding flair to the bikes before we take on the Tibetan plateau, Sat 24 Jan 15

Hitting the twelfth thousand, Mon 19 Jan 15

Leaving Xinjiang by the asbestos factory, Mon 19 Jan 15

Sleeping in a garage at the Xinjiang border, Sun 18 Jan 15

The end of the Taklamakan – climbing to altitude, Sat 17 Jan 15

An hour later at the Qiemo hostel, Wed 14 Jan 15

Arrived in Qiemo within 48 hours, Wed 14 Jan 15

Desert racing across the Taklamakan, Tues 13 Jan 15

400 kms across the Taklamakan desert, Tues 13 Jan 15

Beyond Tazhong, Tues 13 Jan 15

Reached Tazhong, Tues 13 Jan 15

300kms across the Taklamakan desert, Mon 12 Jan 15

First 100kms across the Taklamakan desert, Mon 12 Jan 15

Starting our speed record attempt across the Taklamakan, Mon 12 Jan 15

Tailed by a police car from Kuqa, Sun 11 Jan 15

Ethnic tensions in Kuqa, Sat 10 Jan 15

Nearing the end of a 220km day in the desert, Fri 9 Jan 15

Long day to Kuqa, Taklamakan northern route, Fri 9 Jan 15

A sense of scale in Xinjiang province, Wed 7 Jan 15

Early desert starts, Wed 7 Jan 15

The road to come – our route across the Taklamakan desert, Tues 6 Jan 15

Setting off east along the Taklamakan desert, Tues 6 Jan 15

Buying horses at the Kashgar market, Sun 4 Jan 15

Kashgar Sunday market, get your animals live or dead, Sun 4 Jan 15

First Chinese dancers in Kashgar, Sat 3 Jan 15

Happy New Year!

Hitting the 10,000km mark, Mon 29 Dec 14

Held up for hours at the Chinese border, Mon 29 Dec 14

Reaching the Chinese border!!! Mon 29 Dec 14

Final Central Asian breakfast with our Kyrgyz family, Mon 29 Dec 14

End of our Nura rest day, Sun 28 Dec 14

Exploring Nura on horseback, Sun 28 Dec 14

Resting up in Nura with a Kyrgyz family, Sun 28 Dec 14

Nearing Nura finally, Sat 27 Dec 14

Crouched out of the wind behind our bikes – right before things got bad, Sat 27 Dec 14

Too icy to cycle the ridge, Sat 27 Dec 14

Only at the start of our last climb out of Kyrgyzstan, Sat 27 Dec 14

Nervous about leaving for our last pass to the Chinese border, Sat 27 Dec 14

Stunning Boxing Day riding, Fri 26 Dec 14

Setting off towards the Kyrgyz border on Boxing Day

Our fifth and final Tajik pass: into Kyrgyzstan in a whiteout, Thurs 25 Dec 14

The snowstorm sets in, Thurs 25 Dec 14

Walking up our second Christmas pass as the weather closes in, 25 Dec 14

We’ve lost the Tajik border, Thurs 25 Dec 14

Cycling up to a blizzard in no-man’s-land, Christmas Day

Lobby summiting our fourth Tajik pass, Thurs 25 Dec 14

Struggling up two passes on Christmas Day to enter Kyrgyzstan

Setting off on Christmas morning to some carols!!

Christmas morning breakfast, Thurs 25 Dec 14

Stopping to get the feeling back in Lobby’s fingers, Wed 24 Dec 14

Ak-baital Pass, 4655m, Wed 24 Dec 14

Closing in on Ak-baital Pass, Wed 24 Dec 14

Arriving at the Ak-baital road maintenance hut, Tues 23 Dec 14

Struggling to keep our eyes open as we approach Ak-baital, Tues 23 Dec 14

First contact with the Chinese border, Tues 23 Dec 14

Festive bike maintenance in preparation for Ak-baital Pass (4655m), Mon 22 Dec 14

Arriving in Mamazair – deserted except for a donkey, Sun 21 Dec 14

Lobby’s thoughts as he summits his first Tajik pass (4100m), Sun 21 Dec 14

Breathing issues as we approach our second Tajik pass, Sun 21 Dec 14

A wandering man on the tundra, Sun 21 Dec 14

Leaving Alichur reunited once more, Sun 21 Dec 14

Getting the tour of Alichur waiting for Lobby, Sat 20 Dec 14

Whiteout descends, Fri 19 Dec 14

Feeling the altitude at 4000m, Fri 19 Dec 14

Start of Day 23, solo, Fri 19 Dec 14

The challenge ahead, Tues 16 Dec 14

Dirt track and under time pressure, Tues 16 Dec 14

Challenged to a bike race in the Wakhan valley, Mon 15 Dec 14

Through Ishkashim market and out of Afghanistan, Mon 15 Dec 14

Nearing the end of our Afghan adventure, Sun 14 Dec 14

Big hills and freezing streams in Afghanistan, Sun 14 Dec 14

Lobby describes our Afghan river crossings, Sat 13 Dec 14

Struggling in deep sand, Sat 13 Dec 14

Morning with the Afghan miller, Sat 13 Dec  14

Night riding in Afghanistan, Fri 12 Dec 14

Walking up the Afghan hills once again, Fri 12 Dec 14

Back to full strength on Day 16, Fri 12 Dec 14

Delayed further as the Afghan road deteriorates, Thurs 11 Dec 14

Morning cay stop, Thurs 11 Dec 14

Illness in Afghanistan, Thurs 11 Dec 14

Good night from Lobby over the border, Wed 10 Dec 14

First steps into Afghanistan, Wed 10 Dec 14

Back on track and heading into Afghanistan, Wed 10 Dec 14

Lobby is hero of the hour, Fri 5 Dec 14

The moment Nick discovers his rim is split, Fri 5 Dec 14

Lobby does sprints on our day to Khorog, Fri 5 Dec 14

The drugs highway into Europe, Thurs 4 Dec 14

Lobby describes the end of Day 8, Thurs 4 Dec 14

Hitting the ninth thousand, Thurs 4 Dec 14

Crossing an iron bridge – still the main road to China! Wed 3 Dec 14

Struggling along the dirt track on Day 7, Wed 3 Dec 14

Lobby takes a fall, Wed 3 Dec 14

Upgrade to a Tajik tractor, Wed 3 Dec 14

Summiting along the Panj, Mon 1 Dec 14

Stuck in the mud next to the Afghan border, Mon 1 Dec 14

Staying with a geography teacher along the Panj river, Sun 30 Nov 14

Getting off the mountain – first sighting of Afghanistan, Sun 30 Nov 14

At the top? Sun 30 Nov 14

Reaching the cloud line on a leg burner from Kulob, Sun 30 Nov 14

A new culinary experience, Sat 29 Nov 14

Shorts on the Pamir Highway – living the dream, Fri 28 Nov 14

The snow starts just outside Dushanbe, Thurs 27 Nov 14

The Hardest Stage Begins: Over the Pamirs to China, Thurs 27 Nov 14

Into Tajikistan! Thurs 20 Nov 14

Losing it slightly the day before the border, Wed 19 Nov 14

Enjoying the sun in the Uzbek mountains, Tues 18 Nov 14

Heading for the Tajik border, Tues 18 Nov 14

Causing a scene in Guzar, Mon 17 Nov 14

Hitting 8000km in the Uzbek desert – HALFWAY TO HONG KONG, Sun 16 Nov 14

A day of two halves, Thurs 13 Nov 14

Headwinds on the way to Bukhara, Thurs 13 Nov 14

Pushing on after sunset, Tues 11 Nov 14

Interviewed in Khiva for Uzbek National Youth Day, Sun 9 Nov 14

Police checkpoints near the Turkmen border, Sat 8 Nov 14

A police stop in the desert before Khiva, Fri  7 Nov 14

Arrived in Nukus, Fri 7 Nov 14

7000 kms from London, Wed 5 Nov 14

Desert Days with Lobby and Nick, Wed 5 Nov 14

A grim morning in the Uzbek desert, Wed 5 Nov 14

Camels in the snow, Tues 4 Nov 14

Over the border into Uzbekistan, Mon 3 Nov 14

Truck convoy in the Kazakh desert, Mon 3 Nov 14

Breakfast standards dropping in the desert, Mon 3 Nov 14

Wild horses in the Kazakh desert, Sun 2 Nov 14

A standard desert lunch, Sun 2 Nov 14

Our first Kazakh camels, Sun 2 Nov 14

Losing the plot slightly in the Kyzyl Kum desert, Sun 2 Nov 14

Central Asia ahead, Thurs 30 Oct 14

Dawn on the Caspian Sea, Thurs 30 Oct 14

Roaming MV Professor Gul, Wed 29 Oct 14

Leaving Azerbaijan, Wed 29 Oct 14

Ferry in sight, Wed 29 Oct 14

Waiting to board the ferry in Baku, Tues 28 Oct 14

Tickets bought!, Tues 28 Oct 14

Looking for tickets in Baku, Tues 28 Oct 14

Battling admin in Baku, Tues 28 Oct 14

This winter …

Trying to find the Turkmenistan ferry in Baku, Fri 24 Oct 14

Completing the no tent challenge, Thurs 23 Oct 14

An Azeri soloist, Wed 22 Oct 14

Welcome to the Gobustan desert in Azerbaijan, Wed 22 Oct 14

New lengths we go for the Twitter campaign, Tues 21 Oct 14

Coming across an Azeri wedding, Mon 20 Oct 14

A cold morning near the Russian border, Mon 20 Oct 14

Lobby excited about more mountain climbs, Sun 19 Oct 14

The river through Qax (pronounced ‘Kak’), Sat 18 Oct 14

Sunshine in Azerbaijan, Sat 18 Oct 14

Through the border and into Azerbaijan, Fri 17 Oct 14

The Azeri border – good luck! Fri 17 Oct 14

Postcards from Georgia, Fri 17 Oct 14

6000 kms up, Sun 12 Oct 14

Drinking with Giorgi, the cow herder, Sat 11 Oct 14

Headwinds in the valley towards Tbilisi, Sat 11 Oct 14

Georgian castles on the Silk Road, Fri 10 Oct 14

Morning at the peak, Thurs 9 Oct 14

Above the treeline, Wed 8 Oct 14

Uphill in Georgia with hat and puppy, Wed 8 Oct 14

Wineries and hill climbing in Georgia, Tues 7 Oct 14

Route update – heading North, Mon 6 Oct 14

A last cup of Turkish cay, Sun 5 Oct 14

Kurban Bayrami Festival – slaughtering cattle, Sat 4 Oct 14

Introducing the Sumela Monastery, Fri 3 Oct 14

5000 kilometres up, Sun 28 Sept 2014

Leaving Europe for Asia, Mon 15 Sept 14

Welcome to Istanbul – you can make a difference!

Kumkapi fish festival, Istanbul, Sat 13 Sept 14

Galata Bridge at night, Istanbul, Mon 8 Sept 14

Haghia Sophia, Wed 3 Sept 14

New Mosque, Istanbul, Wed 3 Sept 14

The spice market in Istanbul, Wed 3 Sept 14

Wednesday market by Fatih Mosque, Istanbul, 3 Sept 14

Playing in Fatih Mosque courtyard, 3 Sept 14

End of the first leg – arriving in Istanbul, Mon 1 Sept 14

Approaching Istanbul in the rush hour, Mon 1 Sept 14

Early morning start for Istanbul, Mon 1 Sept 14

Dancing by the side of the road in Turkey, Sun 31 Aug 14

The fourth thousand, Sun 31 Aug 14

Windy European Turkey, Sun 31 Aug 14

Lobby describes the road to Istanbul, Fri 29 Aug 14

Will describing hill climbing, Fri 29 Aug 14

King of the Mountain, Fri 29 Aug 14

Approaching the Turkish border, Fri 29 Aug 14

Saving a horse from roadkill in Bulgaria, Sun 24 Aug 14

The third thousand, Wed 20 Aug 2014

Running out of cash in Serbia, Wed 20 Aug 2014

Popular among Serbian bakeries, Thurs 14 Aug 2014

Finding Vidic’s birthplace, Wed 13 Aug 2014

On main roads through Serbia, Wed 13 Aug 2014

… who is navigating only by compass, Tues 12 Aug 2014

A brave cyclist from China, Tues 12 Aug 2014

Sleeping apart in Budapest, Sat 9 Aug 2014

Waking up in Hungary, Sat 9 Aug 2014

Hungarian bike routes, Fri 8 Aug 2014

Hitting 200 kms outside Vienna, Mon 4 Aug 2014

Slipstreaming on our way to Vienna, Mon 4 Aug 2014

Namecard in Austrian hills, Mon 4 Aug 2014

Reaching the Danube in Austria, Sun 3 Aug 2014

Leaving Germany, Fri 1 Aug 2014

First Bavarian hill, Tues 22 July 2014

English Gardens, Munich

Laurence’s birthday lunch

Rain, thunder & lightning

The first thousand

Party Tractor

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