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Old 8 Jul 2010
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London to UB

It has been two yrs since my wife and I finished our RTW ride from China to Baja, Mexico. But the old bug is biting again. Now I have kidney failure but if we go on four (ugh) wheels, I think we can make it. Want to get thru Europe AsFastAsPossible and spend some time in the Stans, then on to Lake Bikal and then drop down to UB.
I have two questions, is the ferry across the Caspian still running and if so, are there still problems getting aboard?
Second question, it looks like a Carnet is NOT needed in ANY country we plan to travel thru, correct?
Thanx for the help
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No carnet required, boat across Caspian should be fine still. The Stans are great, highly highly recommended.

Sorry to hear about the kidneys, bike related failure?
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Old 12 Jul 2010
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no way to know if it was bike related or just bad living for more than 60 years. The good part is that I can do the dialysis myself and just about anywhere I happen to be. Truth is that if I knew the results, I still would have made the trip and I won't let it stop me from going on the next one. On our date of intended departure we will be 70 and still able to make it! Jack
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Old 12 Jul 2010
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Mate with out being nosey why not take a dialysis machine with, packed?
might mean take less & more breaks, dunno I have no idea how big modern 1s are now days?

Either way you are an inspiration for people of all ages, hope you have web blog, via HU, & look forward to reading your post's with interest, if your taking the Ferry to Hook of Holland PM me be made welcome
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Old 5 Aug 2010
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No machine needed

If I needed a machine I couldn't travel, generally no power. I am on CAPD (continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis) which means I pump 2 liters of juice into my abdomen and then drain it out some hours later. Generally supposed to do it 3 x/day but can get away with 2x/d. That means I have to carry about 100+ (60 bags) with me. No big deal, I just need the space in the vehicle. Won't stop living so I can stay alive a few months or years longer. Quality of life is more important than length. Thanx for the comments.
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hi mate go for it, live life on the short fuse and blow load, RESPECT.

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