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From the mountains to the desert, our first days in Uzbekistan

In Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Travel, Update, Uzbekistan by Cassie & Cédric4 Comments

Leaving from Denau, our plan was to follow the southern road edging the Turkmenistan border towards Bukhara and the Uzbek desert. However, we first needed to get money for our travels. If anyone has been to Uzbekistan, they know about ridiculous amount of cash they need to carry around. When inflation was rampant in the 90s, the Uzbek government officially …

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Out of the Pamirs and the ride west

In Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Tajikistan, Travel, Update, Uzbekistan by Cassie & Cédric4 Comments

Dushanbe – the capital of Tajikistan – was a surprising city, and very welcome after 6 weeks in remote corners of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. We had climbed an uncountable amount of mountain passes, totaled over 35000m of elevation gain, cycled over 2000km with over 850km on dirt roads, some parts barely ridable, other sections with over tens of continuous kilometers …

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Tajikistan, the weird: our final stretch to Dushanbe

In Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Tajikistan, Travel, Update by Cassie & Cédric3 Comments

About 30 kilometers outside of Qalai Khum, in the hot afternoon sun, we found a guesthouse in the small village of Yoged and were looking forward to showering our dusty bodies. The road along the Afghan border between Khorog and Yoged is only partially asphalted, so dirt was constantly kicked up by passing cars and trucks. Our overnight spots in …

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Cycling along the Panj River valley in Tajikistan

In Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Tajikistan, Travel, Update by Cassie & Cédric9 Comments

In Khorog, we treated ourselves to another rest day. We figured that the never-ending 130-kilometer ride ‘downhill’ warranted a day for our bodies to recover. Already, it felt like our time up high in the Pamirs was a part of a dream; in Khorog, the weather was warm and sunny with a soft breeze, there were people and decent cell …

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The route from Murghab to Khorog – the Pamir Highway at 4000 meters (13,000 feet)

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Once in Murghab, Cédric and I decided to take a day off to rest from the week’s ride. We had been cycling up from 900m in Osh to 4655m on the Akbaital-Pass, with multiple smaller passes and endless smaller ascents on unpaved roads (often more strenuous than the highest pass), so our bodies were calling for a full day of …

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In between the ‘Stans and up over the Ak-Baital pass

In Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Travel, Update by Cassie & Cédric2 Comments

Energized by an evening of stories with other cyclo-tourists, Cédric and were ready to make our way into Tajikistan. As we bid farewell to everyone and wished them luck for their respective journeys (some were headed north, others towards China and Peak Lenin), Cédric and I slowly collected our things and made a few last-minute purchases for the big ascent. …