Author Archives: Bridget and Graham

About Bridget and Graham

We are both knocking on a bit, we're a bit over weight and we're not very fit, so we have decided to cycle to central Asia. Who knows how far we will actually get. We are doing it for fun, and to raise money for Grenfell Housing & Training, a small organisation that supports vulnerable young people in South West London. You can donate here

2012 stats

This blog got about 3,800 views in 2012 and most people seem to have been interested in the post about Iran. I am not updating this blog at the moment, but I hope everyone that looked at it found it … Continue reading

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The last post

We are home. And we’ve finally got round to uploading all our photos. There are folders for Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. From Iran onwards we couldn’t get onto Flickr or the blog, and though we were very happy to … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan

Crossing our last central Asian land border we were once again surprised by how much changes over such a short distance. As Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are such close neighbours and were both part of the former Soviet Union we expected … Continue reading

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Uzbekistan

Once again, thanks to Graham Brown for posting this blog from Orkney. We still can’t access the blog or Flickr. Cycling through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan the layers of history are spread out before you: from the ancient city of Merv … Continue reading

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Turkmenistan

This blog has been published by our friend Graham Brown from deepest Orkney as we still can’t update the blog from here. Thank you very much Graham. (Graham: it’s a pleasure. Isn’t the internet wonderful?). We were in and out … Continue reading

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Iran

This blog has been published by our friend Andrew Estabrook because we can’t access WordPress in Iran. Thank you very much Andrew. (The pleasure is all mine – Andrew) The Turkish border with Iran was straightforward enough, although Graham had … Continue reading

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Eastern Turkey, Erzurum to Van

We seem to be having a bit of  a mid-trip dip as we’ve found the past few weeks pretty tough. The heat, the terraın, a good measure of homesickness and the effort of trying to organise basic things like food and … Continue reading

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Odessa to Erzurum

After nine days hanging about it was a relief to be on the boat to cross the Black Sea. But in typical Ukrainian fashion the process of boarding took several hours. We collected our embarkation cards and waıted. We had … Continue reading

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Ukraine

Ukraine is not a holiday. Unless you are spending a long weekend in Kyev or Lviv – neither of which we visited – it’s quite hard work. We crossed the border from Poland on the main Krakow/Lviv road, but almost … Continue reading

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From Dresden to Krakow

Leaving Dresden we headed north and then north east to take advantage of the relatively flat terrain to try to make up some lost time. We made good pregress now, regularly hitting our 50 mile a day target and sometimes … Continue reading

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