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Entering Europe Proper

After more than a year away from Europe, it felt amazing to re-enter, cycling beneath the familiar blue sign with a circle of stars that symbolises the EU, at the border into Finland.  Our last couple of nights in Russia … Continue reading

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The Tortoise and The Hare

We left Saint Petersburg three days ago and suddenly it felt like an entirely new trip! 🙂  All the hassle of my pannier rack breaking, the lack of fuel and my illness (which we now think was pneumonia) fell away … Continue reading

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A Shortened Tour

After a week in Almaty and a bicycle that finally seemed for for the job, Arron and I set off from Almaty with a plan. It might not have been the dream of cycling through Kazakhstan, but it would get … Continue reading

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New and Improved

Arron and I spent the best part of a week in Almaty, fixing my pannier rack, refixing it and generally tinkering and improving our bikes where we could.  In the end, I had to buy a second entire rear pannier … Continue reading

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An Emotional Rollercoaster

On Sunday morning I woke up, poured a coffee and stretched myself into the day with half an hour of yoga. The night before, Arron had shared his worries about going back to the UK so soon, with no job … Continue reading

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Karakol

There are few places that I visit for such a short time that I fall in love with, but it has to be said, this small mountain town in the midst of central Asia is one of them.  I cannot … Continue reading

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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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