Author Archives: Lou

A New Horizon

Karakol is a small town in the east of Kyrgyzstan, most famous for the largest saline lake in the world after the Caspian Sea, Lake Issyk-Kul. However, it was not the lake that drew us to Karakol, but the mountains, … Continue reading

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Learning to Fail

Last week, I started listening to a book about learning to fail well. I confess I didn’t expect to be implementing what I had read quite so quickly. It never really crossed my mind that I would not manage to … Continue reading

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Dealing with Disappointment

​I woke up inside our icy cavern as the sun rose and turned our tent from darkness to an orange glow. I shuffled up into seated position, poured hot coffee from the flask I had stashed inside my sleeping bag … Continue reading

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Entering Kazakhstan 

The excitement entering a new country still thrills me each time I do it. Though we had not entered Kazakhstan quite the way we had planned, it was still an adventure. Crossing the border with our packaged up bicycles was … Continue reading

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The Little House in the Wilderness

We had enjoyed a slight tailwind on the latter part of Monday’s cycle ride, but when we woke up bright and early at 5.30am on Tuesday, all was calm. Perhaps, if we were more familiar with the local weather patterns, … Continue reading

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The First Few Days

Well, we successfully collected our bikes from Turpan station on Saturday afternoon and spent the next few hours sorting out our gear and attempting to repack it all into our panniers. This proved somewhat difficult, as with only two rear … Continue reading

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And so it begins…or does it?

Our first week on the road has been less road-like, and more hotel-room-and-train-cabin-like.  We knew there would be some waiting around before we began our journey, it was always inevitable. We had to get visas for China and Russia before … Continue reading

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Have a Little Faith

Travelling of all descriptions requires a little faith, but none as much as cycle touring, or rather, I should say, travelling with a bicycle as we try to navigate buses, trains and pedestrian only areas in foreign countries. I had … Continue reading

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Feeding the Rat

“the need to get out, to test yourself, to flush out the system, and, above all, to have some fun…” So Al Alvarez writes in his book “Feeding the Rat” about climber and adventurer Mo Antoine. A friend of mine … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016

The landscape that surrounds Yangshuo is as extraordinary as its reputation suggests. It would be completely flat, except for the hundreds of limestone karsts scattered across the area: huge mounds of white and orange rock protruding from the ground. There … Continue reading

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