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Samarkand, at last

We are back in the land of good wifi  (I’m a happy girl) so i’ts catch-up time.   The road to Samarkand – we climbed up and over mountains The view from the top We arrived in the city on the University Exam Day, which means that all internet in the city is turned off […]

Dushanbe > Samarkand

Finally it was time for us to leave Dushanbe – we don’t usually stay in one place for so long but have been waiting for the entry date on our Uzbekistan visa to arrive, and today is the day. Lady washing her carpets in the drain Cotton fields We got pulled over again with the […]

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Met some likeminded people during our time here at Green House Hostel in Dushanbe. The meals are not all bad – hamburgers at the Sheraton Went for a walk around town, as we do. Tajikistan architecture has more detail to it You often see on-tap drink dispensers inside electrical boxes on the street We started […]

Khojund > Dushanbe

What a great piece of road today as we crossed the Fan Mountains which has two passes.  Fantastic rugged mountain scenery. This route has two long tunnels with quite the reputation.  Back in the day, pre 2015, they were dangerous but in 2016 they were finished.  However we kept getting conflicting information as to their […]

Osh > Khojund, Tajikistan

  Leaving Osh we travelled through a fertile valley between two ranges of mountains, lots of crops, and also lots of traffic. Then later through some hills This area has “islands” of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan within the borders of Krygyzstan, they are called enclaves.  In days gone by it was difficult to negotiate your way […]

Osh

First we walked to the top of the lookout, Suleiman Too – it’s been a pilgrimage for Muslims for centuries and very popular today when we were there. I asked if I could take their photo and they were delighted to oblige, especially the man, he straightened his shirt and posed.  I was impressed with […]

Bishkek to Osh

In Bishkek we woke up to very low cloud, it was like a white-out, and rain was forecast.  In fact if we left today we would be in rain for the next three days and would probably miss seeing anything, so we decided to stay put an extra day.  The rain cooled the temps which […]

Kyrgyzstan

Almaty > Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 236km We were about 30km from the border when we were pulled over by the Police.  They took Charlie to their car and showed them a photo of us caught on their camera doing 107.  Now, our 250’s would happily do 100++ on the flat, but this was uphill and into […]

Introducing…

Our new little grandson, Anker Knox Vink, 8lb3.  Congratulations to Melanie and Jason, a real little cutie.  Can’t wait for some cuddles xx Brand new Cory is fascinated with his little brother He looks so little Skyla checking out the baby with daddy Jase. We now have 3 grandsons, and 3 granddaughters, with another baby […]

Kazakhstan – Part 2

Ayakoz to Taldykorgan 517km Walking the streets of Ayakoz There is a whole lot of flat emptiness here in Kazakhstan. We finally rode over some hills, the first since the Altais when we left Mongolia.  Later we had higher hills on our left and totally flat stretching out as far as you could see on […]

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