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From the Armenian highlands into Anatolia

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The weather started to turn during our night in Gyumri, Armenia’s quiet second largest city. The clouds had been swirling above us all day, but the evening finally brought the much-anticipated showers. We left the guesthouse a little late, immediately after the morning drizzle subsided. In the border region of Armenia, we were not completely out of the mountain ranges …

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October in the Caucasus: a wrap-up of touring through the three countries

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Round two of our summaries of remote Asian countries! After over 2 months through proper Central Asia (i.e. limited to ex-soviet countries), we went on across the Caspian Sea to cycle through three tiny countries, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Those three countries have been strangled throughout history between their influential larger neighbors or simply part of larger empires: Russia in …

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A week in Armenia: touring around the third Caucasian country

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Early in the morning in Tbilisi, Cédric packed our things and prepared to leave before the city traffic became too busy; we had big hopes that Sunday morning would at least be a little easier. We loaded up our bike, bid our host farewell, and set out. Central Tbilisi is set on slopes of a few large hills, so we …

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

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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

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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

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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, …