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A few months across Central Asia: a summary of cycling through the stans

In Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Travel, Update, Uzbekistan by Cassie & Cédric6 Comments

This post is a summary of our summer in Central Asia, particularly for whoever has Geography knowledge deficiencies (and/or has not read the previous posts) We have crossed the border with Turkey a few days ago, are getting close to Greece and have thus left the multiple post-Soviet countries of Central-Asia and the Caucasus. First of all, read the posts from …

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Autumnal scenes cycling through Georgia

In Azerbaijan, Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Georgia, Travel, Update by Cassie & Cédric6 Comments

After a night of hearing jackals running around of tent, we awoke to a cold autumn morning. The nights weren’t quite freezing yet, but the temperatures were certainly dropping. We ate our breakfast in the tent, waiting for the sun to warm up the mountain air. As we were leaving our campsite, we passed by a shepherd (as always seems …

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First stage in the Caucasus: cycling westward in Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan, Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Travel, Update by Cassie & Cédric8 Comments

After an evening of exploring the mud volcanoes and looking out over all the oil platforms in the sea, we set out to find the mud pools in the morning. In the area, there were three separate pools: one a thick, muddy sludge, one the consistency of chocolate milk, and another clean enough to wash yourself. Had it been warmer, …

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Some turmoil to get from Central Asia to the Caucasus

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

This post involves a lot of kilometers, a lot of weird stories, many events, not much cycling, but many various modes of transportation and multiple border crossing! In Khiva, we simply asked the taxi driver from the stretch Bukhara-Khiva if he was interested to continue all the way to Aktau. We had also decided to get to Khiva as trains …

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Across Uzbekistan’s historic silk-road cities

In Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Travel, Update, Uzbekistan by Cassie & Cédric5 Comments

After regrouping in Qarshi and sorting ourselves out, we decided that we needed to see more of the touristic highlights in Uzbekistan. When people come to Uzbekistan, they’re mostly there to see the dozens of large, blue tiled madrasas that conjure dreams of a Silk Road oasis. Since only two of the three towns were on our cycling route (Bukhara …

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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 & Cédric8 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 …