Monthly Archives: September 2006

Distance / 距離: 47.7km Time / 時間: 3h 38m Average speed / 平均速度: 13.2km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 3214.2km English summary: Uybulaq Pass was a no brainer, and after that a long downhill to Karakol Lake. I was counting on getting water from the lake, but I’m a bit […]

Day 69 – PAMIR HIGHWAY: From just past Tajikistan border ...

Distance / 距離: 45km Time / 時間: 4h 54m Average speed / 平均速度: 9.4km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 3166.5km I have ascended and then descended on rough gravel roads into a moon-like landscape – absolutely barren at a present altitude of 4000 metres. The day began with cold but […]

Day 68 – PAMIR HIGHWAY: Just past Sari-Tash to just ...

Distance / 距離: 68.91km Time / 時間: 6h 32m Average speed / 平均速度: 10.5km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 3070.3km Tough day. The tail wind that I had enjoyed yesterday had turned on me and was for most of the day a headwind. Without mention is the fact that it […]

Day 66 – PAMIR HIGHWAY: From just past Gulcho to ...

Distance / 距離: 87.02km Time / 時間: 5h 35m Average speed / 平均速度: 15.5km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 3000.7km English Summary: Yeah, I reckon I done good today. Wasn’t totally sure if I could get over the pass (Chirchik Pass – 2408m) in one day, but I kept the […]

Day 65 – PAMIR HIGHWAY: Osh to just after Gulcho ...

Ugh. Slow internet. Internet that doesn’t work… But finally I have found an internet cafe with decent internet. Once again, the photos are uploades, but I don’t have the time to put them into posts. But do check them out in the Photo Gallery section. Right then, tomorrow I head […]

Day 64 – In Osh

Distance / 距離: 119.51km Time / 時間: 7h 20m Average speed / 平均速度: 16.3km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2914.2km English summary: Feeling the pressure of my Kyrgyz visa end date (in 6 days time) I pushed for Osh and actully made it. Stoked. かなり急いでいます。タジキスタンのビザ期間は5日間前に始まりました。キルギスにいてOKな期間はあとわずか6日間。しかし一応今日の目的は達成できました。長い一日でしたが、オシュに到着できました。

Day 63 – From Jalalabat to Osh (English Summary)

Distance / 距離: 102.59km Time / 時間: 6h 53m Average speed / 平均速度: 14.9km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2794.7km Once again amazed at the strength of this bicycle. Absolutely bombing it down the pass at between 30 to 40 km/h, hitting some fairly chunky rocks, and not a scratch…the […]

Day 62 – From the foot of Kaldama Ashuu Pass ...

Distance / 距離: 34.31km Time / 時間: 3h 45m Average speed / 平均速度: 9.1km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2692.1km English Summary: Stopped early at a good campsite at the foot of the zig zags. But more importantly, time for you mathematicians to put your thinking caps on. The question […]

Day 61 – From just past Kazarman to the foot ...

Distance / 距離: 76.80km Time / 時間: 6h 01m Average speed / 平均速度: 12.7km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2657.8km My hopes for a nice long dowhill to Kazarman were dashed with a big fat pass in the middle. This did give me reason however to continue to marvel at […]

Day 60 – Dodomol to just past Kazarman

Distance / 距離: 59.79km Time / 時間: 5h 38m Average speed / 平均速度: 10.6km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2580.8km English Summary:Big 2800m pass with gravel road with big stones made for a big effort today. Sheesh, why do I choose these roads? (Because flat sealed roads are no fun!) […]

Day 59 – Jangi-Talap to just before Dodomol (English Summary)

Distance / 距離: 99.75km Time / 時間: 5h 48m Average speed / 平均速度: 17.2km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2521km Generally downhill alll day, but a stiff headwind slowed progress slightly. Rain in the middle of the day made today the first day with rain since the downpour in Korea. […]

Day 58 – From Naryn to Jangi-Talap

after an epic seven days to get here that included diahorrea, near starvation at the hands of Kyrgyzstan pasta (made in the pits of pasta hell), no roads, roads but no bridges, and dodgy information. I will try to get all the action updated today, but may not be able […]

I am alive and in Naryn…

Distance / 距離: 78.49km Time / 時間: 6h 33m Average speed / 平均速度: 11.9km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2387km Downhill? Despite the fact that the river I was following was flowing in the same direction as I was cycling, I spent most of the day slogging it up an […]

Day 55 – KYRGYZSTAN: Archali to Tash Bashat

Distance / 距離: 62.46km Time / 時間: 4h 38m Average speed / 平均速度: 13.5km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2308km English Summary: Dry pasta for breakfast, lunch and tea made for another tough day physically, but oh man, check out the scenery (in the Photo Gallery). Just massive. Quite definitely […]

Day 54 – KYRGYZSTAN: Downhill at last (English Summary)

I sit in my tent tonight at the top of the pass (3910m) an exhausted wreck, but relieved and overjoyed that I have made it through one of the most mentally and physically challenging days of the trip so far. I awoke from my fitful hungry rest since the night […]

Day 53 – KYRGYZSTAN: Making it

Distance / 距離: 22km English Summary:Today I was told that it would take two days and possibly lots of pushing my bike in order to get across the road that I was planning on taking. Oh well, even if it takes more than that, I’ve got plenty of food. How […]

Day 50 – To Kadyrbek’s house (English Summary)

Distance / 距離: 29.69km Time / 時間: 2h 48m Average speed / 平均速度: 10.6km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2187.6km Still feeling the effects of a sleepless, nauseous night before, I decided to get something to eat for breakfast at the next town. I would have had instant noodles, but […]

Day 49 – Shores of Issy-Kul to field 10km up ...

Distance / 距離: 58.63km Time / 時間: 3h 11m Average speed / 平均速度: 18.4km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2157.9km English Summary: Left Karakol against all logic according to how my body felt. I left late, after lunch, feeling already very tired. My ‘days off’ in Karakol and Bishkek were […]

Day 48 – From Karakol to the shores of Issy-Kul ...

What can I say? Rugby played on horses where the ball is a goat carcass. The game is called ‘Buzkashi’. They are a hard bunch here in Kyrgyzstan! The plan from here is to head towards Naryn in central Kyrgyzstan tomorrow. It is about 200km to Naryn, so hopefully I […]

Day 46 and 47 – Karakol

Generally feeling worn out after little sleep on the bus the night before and a busy day at the Tajikistan Embassy, I spent the day here in Bishkek sleeping at the hostel.

Day 45 – Bishkek

English Summary: A bout of diahorrea half way through the night made for a rather uncomfortable bus ride to Bishkek. However this was made up for by the fact that I managed to get my Tajikistan visa in one day (for a fee of US$100). Decided to head for the […]

Day 45 – Bishkek (English Summary)

Currently in the run-down city of Karakol in eastern Kyrgyzstan staying at a very nice hostel, Yak Tours Hostel. The mission for the next two weeks is to get my Tajikistan and Uzbekistan visas from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. I ride the night bus to Bishkek tonight. My bike […]

A quick update from Kyrgyzstan

At the beginning of today I had a few random ideas about how I was going to get to Bishkek to get my Tajikisan and Uzbekistan visas. One plan was to bike to Bishkek (the original plan), and the other was to leave the bike here in Karakol, catch a […]

Day 43 – Karakol

Distance / 距離: 108.63km Time / 時間: 6h 52m Average speed / 平均速度: 15.8km/h Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2099.3km English summary: The ‘really bad road’ that I was warned about yesterday was nothing to write home about. Plenty of potholes to dodge, but not too bad. At 3pm I […]

Day 42 – I’m in Kyrgyzstan! (English Summary)