Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Today is the last day in Kashgar. Tomorrow morning we head South in the direction of the border with Pakistan.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


As much as I was enjoying Kashgar I probably could have left today.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Today was supposed to be a continuation to near completion of the cycling to Kashgar. Things turned out a little differently.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Near Ulugqart

Having failed to get across the border yesterday afternoon we headed there when it opened in the morning.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Near Irkeshtam Pass

The heavy dew of the evening had frozen to my tent. The washing I'd hung on my bike was stiff with frost. It was the first freezing night since March!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Near Sary Tash

Today we may have cycled for a short distance but we went a long way.

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Today was not supposed to be a rest day but I felt a cold coming on & Nick was up most of the night using the free Internet in his room.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


After the last couple of days of cheating by hitchhiking today was full on cycling.


After such a demoralising day as the one before we needed something nice.

Friday, August 18, 2006


The top of the pass was very close & was reached in 30 minutes.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Near Kok-Jar

The headwind of the previous day hadn't gone away though was less strong.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Monday, August 14, 2006


I realised that my camping spot was sub-optimal. All through the evening & night trucks past by. The road surface by where I camped (but better elsewhere) was quite bad & the trucks made an awful clattering sound & shook the ground as they went across it.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Even the morning was not sacred to the bloody mosquitos. I'm sure that before I flew to Geneva in late July they at least left us this time to ourselves. Not anymore, it must be high summer I guess.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Near Kok-Moynok Bir

Jet lag had me sleep past sunrise & eventually be woken by the heating up of the tent when the Sun hit it. It wasn't until 10am that I got going. Nevertheless it was a quick day with a tailwind throughout.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Near Kant

I think the day started at 10,000m over Uzbek airspace.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Geneva & Istanbul

For the 3rd time in 6 months I find myself back in Istanbul. How is it that I find myself here? A reasonable question since last I wrote I was in on a cycling tour of Central Asia with latest etape ending in Bishkek.