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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 …

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Out of the Pamirs and the ride west

In Biking, Cycling tour 2018, Tajikistan, Travel, Update, Uzbekistan by Cassie & Cédric5 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 & Cédric4 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 …