Day 564 - 42kms: made it back to Ipswich! The trip is over. Strange feeling...
Day 563 - 35kms: after cycling to the hook of holland and then spending a good few hours on the ferry I am back in the UK...
Day 562 - 50kms: made it to Rotterdam to catch up with Leon, an old travelling friend I met in Nepal in 2006!
Day 561 - 88kms: bad weather again today. Had some trouble getting out of Eindhoven. Daylight defeated me in the end. Camped in the dry of a garage of an abandoned house ;)
Day 560 - 80kms: made it to Eindhoven to visit an old travelling friend :)
Day 559 - 58kms: made it to holland today. Most locals very friendly. Some really not. Found a camp at dusk
Day 558 - 82kms: cold night. Didn't get started until 10am. Slowly defrosted. Lots of up an downhill.. Made it to lierge by 4.30pm. 'Camped' at the bike storage area at the train station...
Day 557 - 45kms: cold day today. Was never really warm. Probs with brakes, and a spoke finally broke; though still riding ok with it (too lazy to repair in cold!)
Day 556 - 47.5kms: raining all day today. Not nice. In Belgium now
Day 554 - 47kms: quite hilly today but made it to Luxembourg :)
Day 553 - 70kms: miserable weather today. Didn't get too wet though. However did have a slight route change as accidentally cycled back into Germany. No problem; still in course for Luxembourg. If fact I think the road I chose was much flatter, albeit very busy!
Day 552 - 69kms: started off absolutely lovely and warm. Soon it got cloudy and very windy. Quite cold. Lots of ups and down, though an easy day compared to previous ones ;)
Day 551 - 20kms: left Strasbourg at 3pm. So very short day on Stella
Day 548 - 70kms: made it to France, Strasbourg :)
Day 547: day trip to Heidelberg :)
Day 545 - 62kms: made it to Baden Baden.
Day 541 - 57kms: made it to weimheim. A small village 30kms from Stuttgart. Such a pain all the traffic getting here, but worth it :)
Day 540 - 86.5 Kms: mostly flat and some nice downhill.
Day 539 - 80kms: mostly flat and still lovely weather. Quick ride through ulm to see worlds tallest church steeple, then camp in forest as it got dark...
Day 538 - 63.5kms: back on the road today. Mostly flat but Stella really not in great shape...
Day 535 - 69 Kms
Day 534 - 64kms: back in Germany today. Easy terrain but a pain using the cycle paths...
Day 533 - 71kms: raining day today. Met nice guy who invited me for lunch at local welfare centre. Continued west along lake. Nice scenery and posh houses along the way.
Day 532 - 49 Kms: left Austria by 10.30. Spent most of the day in leichtenstein before crossing the bridge into Switzerland. 3 countries today. Bizarre.
Day 531 - 62kms: a very steep (illegal) climb today. Cyclists weren't allowed to cycle up the pass but would have cost an obligatory 8 euros to get a cycle taxi. Took a chance and made it without getting caught ;) after some lovely downhill. Reached 56km/h. Fastest speed yet on Stella.
Day 530 - 80kms: back on the road today. Nice ride and some lovely scenery.
Day 528 - 84kms: made it to Innsbruck
Day 527 - 62kms: left Munich today. Nice, mostly flat ride through the forest. Little wet to start but not so cold.
Day 525 - 44.5kms: made it to Munich!
Day 517 - 22kms: Stella's rear derallier broke in the morning. After hitching a ride, and then catching a bus, arrived in Isfahan and ended up staying in a fire station for the night
Day 516 - 68kms: followed another secondary road which should take me to Esfahan, albeit with a lot less traffic!
Day 515 - 60kms: left the highway to get onto a much quiter secondary road. Much nicer. Though strong headwind in the afternoon..
Day 514 - 59kms: tough ride today. A lot of uphill and traffic. Stopped at pasargad in morning, which was a diss appointment .. One to forget
Day 513 - 67.5kms: set off from garden around ten. Quite flat mostly today.
Day 512 - 67 kms: back on the road today. Went to Persepolis then after finding a camp was approached by a farmer who lives in America. So he insisted I go to his house..
Day 481 - 90kms: made it to Mashad today. Easy ride.
Day 480 - 79kms:
Day 479 - 93kms: all the stories I had heard about Iran are undoubtably true. Everyone is so friendly. Good day!
Day 478 - 134kms: after a long ride today I made it to Iran. Have to say I was relieved upon leaving Afghanistan. Not the most relaxing place to travel! Haha
Day 466 - 103kms: made it into Afghanistan today. Long day of riding in the heat, was exhausted by the time We made it to mazar e sharif. Certainly exciting day though! :)
Day 453 - 48kms: made it to Termiz
Day 452 - 91kms: very hot today. Wasn't in good mood mostly..
Day 451 - 116.5kms: left Dushanbe early and decided to continue on into Uzbekistan. Not much hassle with customs. Worked the charm. Locals very friendly. Found camp in between road and railway line.
Day 442 - 43kms: made it to dushanbe finally!
Day 441 - 47.5kms: was hoping to get to dushanbe today but was greeted (unwantingly) but more hills and climbs. Back up to 1100m. Super hot again. Several stops along the way hiding from the sun!
Day 440 - 79kms: scorching hot day today. Not feeling 100%. Neither is Stella. She's having some troubles. Dushanbe is about 90kms away...
Day 439 - 72kms: the day of two halves. First half was 30kms up a pass in the baking sun with little water and bad road.... After the pass, managed 40kms downhill on much better roads.
Day 438 - 60kms: asphalt for first 50kms. After that it was back to terrible road. Hot today
Day 437 - 65.6kms: some terrible road and as soon as the headwind arrived; some lovely smooth asphalt ;)
Day 436 - 52kms: much of the same. Passed some dodgy spots. Some real troubles with landslides...
Day 435 - 49kms: adventurous day today. Another landslide, this time on my way. Bridge had been destroyed. Managed to get bike across. Found gem of a camp. Old farm. Full of apricots and fresh water. Even had a small wash! :)
Day 434 - 66.5kms: like yesterday mostly flat. Nice ride. River is very high though!
Day 433 - 69kms: back on the road today. Nice and easy ride. All flat. Last few days in khorog have been good.
Day 430 - rest day! :)
Day 429 - 18kms: made it to khorog by 9am. Found pamir lodge. Went to afghan consulate. Indian lunch id been craving. Rest and chat with other travellers. Looking forward to a nice few days rest :)
Day 428 - 66kms: mostly downhill but as always some up as well. Had some luck in evening. Storm about to break when I found an old abandoned house to shelter and 'camp'
Day 427 - 47kms: exhausting day again. Wanted to try and do 60kms today but afternoon headwind too strong. Storm on it's way!
Day 426 - 39.5kms: a nice surprise to find out that after 15kms the rest of the road to khorog is asphalt. Nevertheless feeling a bit drained today. Strong headwind in afternoon so decided to stop about 4pm. Had nice chat with local farmer.
Day 425 - 45kms: mostly nice and flat today. Bit of a wind at times. Passed some lovely villages along the way :)
Day 424 - rest day in Zang village.
Day 423 - 56kms: long day today. Some amazing scenery. Left it late to find a camp in village. Tomorrow well earned rest!
Day 422 - 39kms: started the day with a tough 1 1/2 hours climbing the pass. After that was mostly downhill, though 'road' in terrible shape. Camping 'next to' Afghanistan ;)
Day 421 - 39.5kms: made a bit of a blunder in getting onto road to wakkan. Took the main road initially. So that slowed me down for rest of day. Camped before pass.
Day 420 - 57.5kms: horrible head wind today. Horrible.
Day 419 - 58.5kms: two passes today. Not that bad though. Camped at old abandoned farm house.
Day 418 - 68kms: made it to murgab
Day 417 - 65kms: magnificent weather today. Made it further than I expected and crossed the pass. Everything on my side today :) camped under a bridge to avoid the wind or rain (possibly)
Top of the 4655m pass. Highest I will get on the trip
Day 416 - 35kms - made it to karakul and decided to have a rest day. Have a bit of a cold and feeling the altitude a bit
Day 415 - 30kms: after a tough climb to the pass in the morning, made it into Tajikistan. Corrupt official at border, as usual he gave up as soon as he realised I wasn't paying. Strong tail wind followed. Which was lovely, however come camp time was quite a pain. Not good choice of spot. Should have continued on. Too windy and sandy here
Day 414 - 37 Kms: officially camping in 'no mans land'. Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Not a bad way to remember my 30th
Day 413 - 39kms: made it to sari tash
Day 412 - 55.8kms: nice gradual climb today. Set up camp before started showering again.
Day 411 - 55kms: crossed first pass. Not too bad. Then caught in downpour. Called it a day just before it started raining again. Good timing!
Day 410 - 46 Kms: left osh today. As expected all uphill but not so step. Wanted to finish early to make sure I adjust to increasing altitude.
Day 405 - 60kms: made it to Osh. It's been a good but exhausting week from Bishkek.
Day 404 - 69.5kms: much as the same as yesterday. Hot. Bad roads, crazy roads. Looking forward to getting to osh tomorrow for a rest :)
Day 403 - 110kms: very hot today. Mostly flat which was a welcome change. Couldn't for the life of me find a place to camp. Very built up with farmland, and the most hard working farmers I've come across. At sunset, after 30kms i eventually found a suitable place.
Day 402 - 83kms: much of the same. Lots of ups and lots of downs. Very hot today.
Day 401 - 80.8kms: after a nice flat start the climbing began. After lunch it didn't stop until 7pm. Exhausting day!
Day 400 - 92kms: after initial 18kms of climbing uphill to get to the pass were done, the rest of the day was lovely downhill and some amazing scenery. Nice day
Day 399 - 31kms: one to forget. Woke up to rain. Set off once it stopped. Once started, so did the rain. Called it a day when came to junction town offering decently priced accommodation.
Day 398 - 48kms: tough climb up to pass; 2.5kms of tunnel. Not fun. Downhill after that, shortly followed by rain and a headwind. Tiring day. Found secluded spot by a river :)
Day 397 - 37 kms: tough ride today as expected. All uphill. Got caught in a downpour which didn't help. Decides to call it a day what when a camp presented itself. Met a few cyclists along the way.
Day 396 - 86.7kms: back on the road today on my lonesome. Busy out of Bishkek. Found a lovely spot as I entered the mountains
Day 390 - 41kms: arrived in Bishkek today :)
Day 389 - 76kms: very hot today again. Though mostly flat riding. Tomorrow we will reach Bishkek :)
Day 388 - 83.6kms: mostly downhill. Some lovely scenery, though quite hot today!
Day 386 - 54kms: started off windy and uphill today. Thankfully changed by late morning. Stopped early, found a lovely spot by the lake :)
Day 387 - 41kms: tough ride today. Strong headwind all day. Called it a day about 3.30pm. Lovely camp.
Day 385 - 62kms: nice day on the road today. Quite windy by afternoon. Found a good camp not far from the lake again :)
Day 384 - 57.5kms: first day one the road with Rosalind. Found a lovely camp along the lake.
Day 382 - 36kms: visit to museum today.
Day 381: rest day
Day 380 - 45kms: made it to karakul today. Couple of days rest now :)
Day 379 - 90.5kms: Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! No asphalt for first 40kms or so. Lovely scenery though. Never seen so much green in my life! Locals mostly friendly, though a little more reserved than Kazakhs (so far). Found this great little spot next to a river just as it started spitting (again!)
Day 379: thoroughly enjoyed kazakhstan, even though it was a few days. These soldiers stopped about 10dkms from the border and insisted I go with them for breakfast. I agreed. I put Stella in the truck and sat up front with the captain, who was a complete nutter! He was obviously inebriated. He was kissing me, shaking my hand and kept calling me American. In the end I got off at the border and they continued into Kyrgyzstan. No breakfast. Funny end to Kazakhstan!
Day 378 - 58kms: tough ride today. Mostly all uphill. Beautiful scenery though and friendly locals as always :)
Day 377 - 109kms: started to spit just as I woke so had tent packed quick smart and was shortly on the road. Made good time. Road nice and flat, albeit in bad condition. Missed the turn off to sharyon canyon unfortunately. Upside was got on quieter, shorter road to border. Scenery not to inspiring though...
Day 376 - 47kms : made it to kazakhstan today. Was planning to stay another day in china but was told border would be closed from tomorrow for a week. Not sure but didn't want to take the chance!
Day 375 - 96kms: lovely ride today. Mostly downhill. Made it to khorgos
Day 374 - rest day!
Day 372 - 45kms: tough ride today. All 45kms were uphill. Wanted to make it to the lake but ran out of steam.. Camped under a bridge so no chance of tent getting soaked like it was last night!
Day 371 - 97kms: after starting of with a terrible head wind the conditions got better and apart from the constant drizzle all day I had a nice tail wind. Still difficult to find camp but found my own little rainforest in between the exits of the highway.
Day 370 - 130kms: long day on Stella today. Roads good though. Difficult to find camp though as there is a fence along side the road. Found an opening eventually. Getting hot though. Nose is bright red!
Day 369 - 106kms: for back on secondary road. Much nicer riding. Passed a horrible industrial town. Then, flat tyre. Haven't had one since the ferry in japan (over 5,000km, so couldn't complain. Sand storm to end the day. Back in the thick of it! :)
Day 368 - 90kms - got on main road today. Flat, easy riding but not much fun. No where to stop. Strange noise coming from Stella so when I found a nice camp between two main roads I decided to call it a day :)
Day 367: 87kms - back on the road today!
Day 303: 71 kms - got back on Stella for the first time in few months. Certainly lost some fitness but felt good. Visited the (supposed) geographic centre of the Asian continent with some friends. Good day :)
Day 284: happy Chinese New Year!
Day 244: back to work...
Day 243: bAck to china
Day 240: arrived in Hong Kong. Sorted visa application, and after several hours of trying to get in touch with my CS host; finally we met! ;)
Day 239; having to take a flight to Hong Kong tonight to sort out my visa. Feel a little sad to take a plae. But looking forward to some warmer weather!
Day 234: happy new year!
Day 227: merry Xmas! Had to work today so not the best Xmas but such is life ;)
Day 208: Stella's new home :)
Day 206: first day of work
Day 205: visited museum with 2 other fellow cyclists.
Day 192: finally made it to Urumqi. Had a bit of a clean!
Met a local who spoke good English. She helped me find the bus station. First; some lunch!
Day 191: crossed back into china at last. Here I am with 2 Kazakhs.
Stayed with this family for the night. Very friendly.
Day 188: 58kms - day started off great. All downhill! Then heard a noise from Stella. Checked. Her rear wheel had broke. Had to wait 3 hours for lift to next town. Bad luck!
Day 186: 32.5kms - tough ride today. Heavy wind, snowy roads and all uphill. Was offered a lift twice but decided to keep going. Problem with stove in evening. If problems persist will have to accept a lift.
Day 186: 45 kms - snowed heavily last night, so the asphalt that I was looking forward to was buried under several inches of snow. Riding was slow and uphill all day.
Day 185: 37 Kms by bike, approx 90 by 4x4 - had been snowing all night so everything was very white. Made the road easier to start but then became very hard work again. Accepted a lift by a friendly Mongolian who lives in Korea. He spoke English so was good to have a chat!
Day 183: 15kms - mongolia got the better of me today. Hitched a lift with a truck. Roads are just so terrible. Even then still didn't make it to asphalt. Had to get out in the snow at dusk. Mongolia!
Day 182: 45.5 Kms - still no asphalt. Road conditions are so poor. Praying and dreaming of a smooth surface!
Day 181: 65kms - set off Gain today, thinking that I would be treated to asphalt for a change... Rather annoyed when I found out that wasn't the case. Terrible road as always. Have to wait another 150kms or so till smooth surface I think!
Day 180: had to stay another day here but thankfully meant I got to meet Byron and Sondra, a lovely couple from America. Also got to eat a delicious pizza from their take out shop.
Day 178: still not feeling 100%. Might have to spend another day here. See how I feel tomorrow!
Day 177: 7kms by bike, rest by truck - woke up not feeling good, throwing up after a few Kms. Decided to accept a lift from 3 friendly truckers who took me the remaining 100kms or so to Altai.
Day 176: 34.5 Kms - tough ride today. Mostly sand. Had to push Stella for some parts. Small pass also. Hard work. Set up camp while still "warm".
Day 175: 40kms - another big pass to climb today. Made the going slow. Nice camp and set up before sun disappeared behind the mountains!
Day 174: rest day
Day 173: 50kms - made it to uliastay "city". Will spend the night and possibly tomorrow
Day 172: 43.5 kms - very cold in the night. -15c. Very big climb in afternoon. Hoping i'll be warm tonight!
Day 171: 66 kms - road terrible as usual but quite a nice ride nonetheless, even had the wind on my side for the afternoon!
Day 170: 33kms - set off a bit later today. Not feeling 100%. Late night watching football and think I ate something which didn't agree with me. Roads terrible as usual!
Day 169: decided to stay another day here. Relax a bit more and watch the football later tonight! Come on united! ;)
Day 168: rest day.
Day 167: 39 kms - took 5 hours to ride not even 40kms! Road is so terrible, makes it's so difficult and slow. In hotel tonight in small town.
Day 166: 40kms - defeated by the wind again today. After lunch it was just too strong. Found a nice place next to the river to camp. Putting up the tent in the wind was a challenge!
Day 165: 68kms - big climb today, and mostly off road. Mongolia sure is adventurous!
Day 164: 63kms - almost all off road today. Enjoyed the ride though. Found a stunning place to camp.
Day 163: 73kms - much nicer ride today, even though half of it was off road. Found cheap guesthouse.
Day 162: 47.6kms - headwind was so strong today. Makes it so much tougher. In highest gear all ride. Called it a day at 3pm. Exhausted!
Day 161: 48kms - tough ride today. Strong headwind and mostly uphill. Feeling a little paranoid also
Day 160: rest day
Day 159/160: 62kms - after almost being mugged I was forced to take a truck 300kms to next town, hence it's why my waypoints looks a little odd!
Day 159: 62kms - after almost being mugged I was forced to take a truck 300kms to next town, hence it's why my waypoints looks a little odd!
Day 158: 47 kms - back on the road today. Stella heavier than ever. Horrible head wind. Called it a day early.
Day 143: approx 100kms - cycle computer decided to stop working today. An otherwise nice ride though had trouble finding a suitable place to camp. Took two extra hours of riding!
Day 143: 77kms - nice ride once I got going. Met a group of Swiss/Italians who were on your bird hunting.
Day 142: 83kms - horrible day of wind. Ten stayed in horrible hotel. One to forget.
Day 141: 83kms - made it to mongolia. Some lovely scenery along the way and already signs of hospitable locals!
Welcome to mongolia!
Day 140: 94kms - woke up to snow! Tent was covered in it. Was coldest day yet. Need to get proper gear.
Day 139: 83kms - quite nice ride today. Wind was all over the place though. Highlight was being given lunch and a loaf of bread to take with me at a cafe.
Day 138: 50kms - back on the road today. Set off about 12pm. Could tell I had had a long rest. Found it hard. Strong headwind again didn't help. No rush though stopped early to rest up for a normal day tomorrow.
Day 128: lovely rest. Muscles really need it!
Day 127: rest day. Had good day today in ulan ude with my couch surfing host valentina.
Day 126: 140kms - last two days have been horrible riding. I have at last made it to ulan ude after a very long day. Also I met two lovely ladies who fed me lunch and gave me snacks for rest of day. Now I will have a good rest!
Day 125: 86kms - absolutely horrible day today. Very strong head wind hitting me all day. One to forget!
Day 124: 109kms - today was a day of two halfs. Bad road started the dat and by lunch had done 34kms. After lunch asphalt appeared and continues all the way to ulan ude. So I had I nice after noon of riding and found another gem of a place to camp :)
Day 123: 83.5kms - some lovely scenery today. Makes up for the terrible state of the road!
Day 122: 70 Kms
Day 121: 73kms - mostly off road today. Terrible in sections. Also strong headwind. No asphalt till ulan-ude now...
Day 120: 56kms - didn't get going till midday. Horrible weather. Cold, overcast and strong headwind. After big 5km climb road flattened out. Called it a day at about 6pm.
Day 119: rest day. Went to check out city centre with my Couch surfing host Alexander. Evening nice dinner of fish.
Day 118: Today - rest!
Day 117: 116kms - it's taken over a month of riding from vladivostok but I finally made it to Chita!
Day 116: 111kms - some hills today but a mega 15-20 min downhill which was great! Chita tomorrow!
Day 115: 126kms - big day today. Scenery changed to look very much Mongolian in my eyes. More towns and because of scenery was hard to find a camp out of sight. First time eating in dark...
Day 114: 108.5kms - nicer ride today. Less hills and some nice villages along the way.
Day 113: 89kms - much of the same again today. Headwind not so bad thankfully!
Day 112: 76.5kms - oh headwind please give me some mercy!
Day 111: 101kms - identical as yesterday. Hills, hills and more hills with an afternoon headwind. Makes for uninspiring riding...
Day 110: 83kms - today was all about hills, hills and more big hills! Slow going...
Day 109: 21.5 Kms - found a motel as planned. Will take half a day rest here.
Day 108: 112kms - what a miserable day of riding. Rained almost all day and some very hilly terrain. In the afternoon scenery and weather improved and found a lovely camp. Should have brought my fishing rod. Looks like good trout fishing me thinks!
Day 107: 123kms - lots of hills and bad weather today!
Day 106: 100kms - bit more hilly today. And problem with fuel pump for my stove. Might be eating cold good for the next two weeks....
Day 105: 124 Kms - much as the same as yesterday. Good road, weather and found nice camp again!
Day 104: 131kms- lovely ride today. Good weather, flat roads and found lovely place to camp. Loving it!
Day 103: 108kms - set off at 11.30am after a nice relaxing morning. Lovely ride, nice and flat. More vegetables given to me by local roadside seller. Pasts dinner at nice campsite. Just a pity about all the bugs again!
Day 102: 35kms - as planned was lucky and found a hotel for a day off today. Wash, relax and stock up on some carbs for the next part of the journey.
Day 101: 107kms - mostly flat today. Caught in a downpour again. To my left ad to my right; blue skies! The think the bad weather is following me! Camped on someone's farm now out the way.
Day 100: 121kms - some nice riding today. However as I set up camp a huge storm broke, almost flooding my tent. Have since relocated and now the rain has stopped!
Day 99: 114kms - few big hills today. Who said this part of Russia was flat!?
Day 98: 105kms - Rough day. Not feeling 100%, then up pops an enormous thunderstorm. Caught in that. Eventually found some farmland to camp on once heavy rain had stopped.
Day 97: 117.5km - easy ride again. But the amount of Mosquitos now is ridiculous!
Day 96: 107kms- Easy ride today. Flat all the way. But god there are so many Mosquitos where I've camped! No choice but to sweat it out in the tent!