Category Archives: Central Asia

Escape from Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan feels different to the other Central Asian countries we’ve ridden through. It’s surprisingly better off, evident in the size of the houses, the types of cars and the quality of the (main) road surface. The clothes people wear and the music we hear are more western influenced; we’re much more likely to see girls … Continue reading Escape from Bishkek

Sary Tash to Bishkek

Anyone remember The Adventure Fairy? Well in Kyrgyzstan she was back with a vengeance. After a half day and a full night sleeping in Sary Tash Kirsty feels much better and I’ve got a tiny bit more energy so we decide to continue. After so many days at high altitude and several nights camping above … Continue reading Sary Tash to Bishkek

Khorog to Sary Tash – The Pamir Highway

Before we left England a common question was “Which bit of the trip are you most looking forward to?”. It’ll be interesting if our answers are the same as “Which bit of the trip did you most enjoy?” when this is all over. Picking a single one is almost impossible but featuring high on the … Continue reading Khorog to Sary Tash – The Pamir Highway

Dushanbe to Khorog

The blog has become very much neglected over the last few months but it’s not from lack of anything to write about (shesnottypingontheback)! The big Catch Up starts here with our exit from the capital of Tajikistan and heading towards the Pamir region, a stretch that seems a long time ago now. The trouble with … Continue reading Dushanbe to Khorog

Samarkand to Dushanbe

Kirsty was always very proud of her attendance record at her former place of work. In the 14 years she was there the number of days off that she took due to sickness could be counted on one hand. One of those was partly my fault after taking her to a sea food restaurant where … Continue reading Samarkand to Dushanbe

Nukus to Samarkand

It’s compulsory for any blog about a journey to Samarkand to include this poem, so here it is: We travel not for trafficking alone; By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned: For lust of knowing what should not be known We take the Golden Road to Samarkand. By James Elroy Flecker. Full version here. … Continue reading Nukus to Samarkand