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14. Laos Part 2: Solitude and Strange Encounters

Continuing on from Laos Part 1: Rural Laos is strung together by a seemingly endless web of spectacular dirt roads, stretching into forgotten little corners of South East Asia. Twisting through the jungle, the air thick with humidity and butterflies, most roads are rarely trafficked by anything other than the occasional motorbike and it's easy … Continue reading 14. Laos Part 2: Solitude and Strange Encounters

12. China Part 2: A Different China

China was the nation about which I had the greatest preconceptions before visiting on my journey, and I'm glad and unsurprised to say that many of them have on a local level been wrong. Yes the massive country has a poor human rights record, poor work practices, pollution, overpopulation and is prone to strong-arming and … Continue reading 12. China Part 2: A Different China

11. China Part 1: ‘Uhhh… Ting Bu Dong’

For a large portion of my trip I didn't know whether I would make it to China. I knew that I would make it to the border, that was never in question, but making it across the border was something else. No embassy in Central Asia, Europe or the Middle East would issue me a tourist … Continue reading 11. China Part 1: ‘Uhhh… Ting Bu Dong’

10. Tajikistan Part 2: The Best Road I’ve Ever Ridden (Zong to Sary Tash)

From Zong onwards our jolly band of three became a band of four as we adopted our friend Nigel into the fold. A fair dinkum 61 year old Aussie from Coffs Harbour (despite being born in New Zealand) Nigel was an inspiration to us all. After the end of his marriage he needed a change, … Continue reading 10. Tajikistan Part 2: The Best Road I’ve Ever Ridden (Zong to Sary Tash)

9. Tajikistan Part 1: Climbing to the Roof of the World (Dushanbe to Zong)

Tajikistan is home to the Pamir mountains, a range sandwiched between the Tian Shan, Himalaya and Karakoram, and the site of some of the tallest and most beautiful peaks in the world. In many ways Tajikistan is the jewel of my meandering bike ride east. From the early planning stages of the trip when I … Continue reading 9. Tajikistan Part 1: Climbing to the Roof of the World (Dushanbe to Zong)

8. Deserts, dust and domes in Uzbekistan

The road since Kazakhstan hasn't risen or dipped. It has rarely turned. Instead, it has shot a nearly straight line through the Uzbek landscape from Nukus in the north west to Samarkand in the south east. Much of the riding has been, to be honest, a bit uninspiring. The landscape has been flat, the wild … Continue reading 8. Deserts, dust and domes in Uzbekistan