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October 08, 2009 GMT - The Route
This is a rough overall route of the USA leg. It is only point to point of overnight locations so detours to sights etc are not included! View Larger Map...

October 08, 2009 GMT - Back
My route west from New Orleans took me through Dallas and on to Amarillo in just a few days. Near Amarillo the Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest in the USA, and would be my canyon of choice for...

October 07, 2009 GMT - Down
Time to head south. The east coast is way too busy to visit unless you have to in my opinion! First stop was Indianapolis. Famous for the Indy 500. The Hall of Fame is OK, but the best bit is...

October 07, 2009 GMT - Across
Time to head east. Leaving Wyoming I took a detour to go and see the Devils Tower national monument. Native american legend goes something along the lines of 2 girls being cornered by a wolf. They prayed for god(s) to...

October 07, 2009 GMT - Up
So back on the road... From LA I set off up the pacific coast highway towards San Francisco. The road and the coastline are well known for their spectacular views, you can only really cruise along and enjoy them though...

October 01, 2009 GMT - USA & Mexico
After arriving in the USA the break from the road continued (although there was still a fair few miles covered), I met up with Helen and we had a couple of weeks enjoying Southern California and Nevada. First stop was...

September 10, 2009 GMT - China
So with the bike no more, I made it to Beijing, a big change from Ulan Bataar! It turns out that contrary to popular belief leaving a motorbike in Mongolia is actually very easy. If your reading this and need...

August 04, 2009 GMT - Mongolia


August 04, 2009 GMT - Russia


August 04, 2009 GMT - Kazakstan 2


July 13, 2009 GMT - Kazakstan
First night in Kazakstan was another unofficial camp spot, this time in the Sharyn Canyon. I'd climbed up a cliff which turned out to be a lot steeper than it looked to get this photo and a mobile phone signal!...

July 13, 2009 GMT - Kyrgyzistan
The road after the border is pretty steep mud and gravel, it is another version of the Stelvio pass, recreated in more dangerous form! We're now suddenly in the land of the Yurt, everyone looks different too on this side...

July 13, 2009 GMT - Tajikistan continued
Heading into the Pamir mountains we came across our first dodgy looking bridge. There were big holes in it and the support beams were all bent. Still, if the trucks can come this way.... You see that across the river?...

July 13, 2009 GMT - Tajikistan
Getting into Tajikistan was pretty easy and friendly although it did cost us $15 each for something, I'm not sure what! Getting out of Uzbekistan wasn't too bad, we didn't get the full customs search we had been warned about...

July 13, 2009 GMT - Uzbekistan continued
Bukara old town is full of old Islamic architecture, in particular tiled mosques and similar buildings mainly with blue colouring. They're really vivid in real life, I'm not sure if the photographs really do it justice. This is the tallest...

June 25, 2009 GMT - Uzbekistan
We collapsed over the border (harder to get out of Turkmenistan than it was to get into Uzbekistan) after a fairly interested customs official gave my bike a serious going over. The first town of any size is Nukus, and...

June 25, 2009 GMT - Turkmenistan
Into the Stans! After the very long, tedious and expensive procedure of getting into Turkmenistan we slept the night in a strangely big hotel which had no water between 1pm and 6am for some reason, then set off with our...

June 25, 2009 GMT - Azerbijan
After our first slightly troublesome border crossing, as much because of the heat as anything else, we headed through Azerbijan pretty quickly as lots of it is scruffy roadside population, and its all pretty flat so there's not too much...

June 25, 2009 GMT - Georgia
We crossed into Georgia and eventually stopped just outside Tiblisi, having had a few dodgy experiences with the traffic. Apparently its fun to serve towards bikers and see if they fall off. We like to do this overlanding stuff with...

June 25, 2009 GMT - Turkey
I'm very behind the times so time for a little retrospective! We're starting in Turkey and amazing Istanbul! I'd recommend a visit, when you're not used to it the call to prayer here is spine tingling, another world from the...

June 13, 2009 GMT - Baku
hi all, we've made it to baku. Hope to do a proper update if i get some laptop time! Big ups and downs getting across turkey (damn its big) georgia (wet) and azerbijan (hot). Bikes are now in customs and...

June 04, 2009 GMT - Very Quick Summary...
OK, time is short! Here's some pics and one liners.... Luxury start near Brighton with Al's family On the start finish straight at the old Reims GP circuit The Milau Viaduct, southern France Monaco Camping on the shores of lake...

June 03, 2009 GMT - on the road

hi all, thanks for your badgering to those who have been waiting for an update. Net access not easy to find when you're doing big distances. I'm only using my phone for this so it'll be limited for now! We have made it into turkey. I'll try and upload some pictures soon!



May 14, 2009 GMT - You want more?
You can find more details and read the thoughts of Al, the other half of this ridiculous idea at http://rideroundtheworld.com/...

May 10, 2009 GMT - The Route

I thought I'd better explain for those that don't know...



May 09, 2009 GMT - Final Shakedown Run
I thought I'd start my blog off with our training run which we've completed over the last couple of days. Myself and Al met up at Scotch Corner services to take a cheesy photograph and begin our assault on the...

 
 

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