Entries from 'Germany to Vladivostok'

Some last photos from Kyrgyzstan

Here are a last few photos from Kyrgyzstan ….          

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The Victor of Urals

He is ‘born sexy’. A James Dean! A George Clooney! And years and years of age, and ships and ships of hardship, will never take that away. We are in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Harry has the replacement engine for his bike, Josephine. And our man is Viktor. He comes highly recommended by two…

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An Animal Market

Our trip around Lake Issyk-Kol brings us to the old boundary post town of Karakol, and its animal market which runs every Sunday from 6am to 10am. Locals load their Ladas (and anything else that has wheels) with livestock; a spectacle, particularly if the animal refuses to be forced into a boot or back seat! Fat…

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A Remarkable Bond …

We have travelled over 3000km with the colostomy bag set up on Josephine , thankful for every kilometre. But it cannot continue indefinitely and with the tireless help of SW Motech a replacement motor is on its way from Germany to Kyrgyzstan.  While we wait for this we decide to travel right around Lake Issyk-…

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of Yurts and Yaks

Our first yurt is a surprise. It’s a bright white ring in a field of green. And soon fistfuls of yurts gleam all over the place … Yurts are sturdy portable tents. They have steam-bent wooden frames and walls made of lattice. Layers of sheepskin felts weatherproof the outside and thick carpets insulate the inside….

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A last few photos from Tajikistan

Here are a last few photos from Tajikistan …                                                                                          

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The Murghab Horse Festival – Behind the Scenes

The Horse Festival in Murghab! It is held once every two years. And we are there! Please have a look at Harry’s photos (previous post) of the Murghab Horse Festival. The festival is fanciful! It belongs to myth and legend. Men wear curious hats. They slip down the bellies of regal horses to pick up red…

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The Murghab Horse Festival

Deep in the Pamir Mountain range lies the town of Murghab, a harsh frontier type town in an unforgiving environment. A 19th century military outpost, Murghab is over 3,500 meters above sea level, making this town the highest in the entire ex-Soviet Union. It is part of our route which we cannot avoid as it…

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The Power of Flowers

I miss girls! It’s not that I’m fed-up with Harry … he is my flip side. It’s that my bike draws boys and scares away girls! And the Pamir has girls! They dot the countryside. They pop out in pretty dresses! I want to slip into a flowery print … with yellows and pinks and…

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The Pamir Highway and Wakhan Corridor.

The Pamir Mountains in south Tajikistan are a series of ranges separated by high-altitude valleys. The Pamir people that live in these valleys were isolated for centuries. Today, they speak languages different from each other and the rest of Tajikistan!  We ride along the Pamir Highway; built by the Soviet Military between 1931 and 1934…

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