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August 29, 2011 – 8:55 am No Comments
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Day 186– Out of the Frying Pan into the Wok!!

October 3, 2010 – 2:40 am 11 Comments

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

The first and only time we step out of our hotel and there are no taxis – last night when we wanted to go to the airport!  A policeman took us for the same rate and got pulled over for speeding, but, of course, got away with it! (more…)

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Day 184 & Day 185 – Moving On Out!

October 1, 2010 – 11:46 pm 2 Comments

Day 184   (Friday 1st October) – Crates are Made

The crates have been made and delivered to the workshop, albeit late in the evening.  We’ve  already done a Packing List for the freight forwarders a couple of days’ ago, and so we now need to just pack the crates.  Although Umed was talking of us maybe having just 2 now instead of the 3 to keep the weight down for us.  We had a slight problem that we couldn’t find the key to open the larger workshop door to get 2 of the crates in and therefore had to store the crates in a neighbour’s garden across the road!  Let’s hope tomorrow we can find the key!! (more…)

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Day 181 to Day 183 – Getting There!

September 28, 2010 – 11:26 pm 5 Comments

Day 181 (Tuesday 28th September) –  Preparing Kit for Air Freighting

We spent some time preparing our stuff for air freighting.  Rog has taken out front wheels, removed the saddles and turned handle bars and I’ve packed our stuff into our panniers.  (more…)

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Day 180 – Collecting Our Goods!

September 27, 2010 – 11:10 pm 5 Comments

We’ve said ‘Goodbye’ to Takmina and Zokir, our Homestay, as we need to be much closer to the city now, as we collect our parcels and arrange our shipping and our flights. (more…)

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Day 179 – Just Stuff

September 26, 2010 – 11:45 pm 3 Comments

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

What an offensive idiot Iran’s ‘I’m a dinner jacket’ is!! Unfortunately this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this comment about 9/11 and the CIA, since we’ve entered Muslim territory and, when it’s been discussed, some people have shrugged and shown indifference.   (more…)

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Day 178 – A New Route is Planned!

September 25, 2010 – 11:04 pm 7 Comments

This whole trip started with Rog’s desire to cycle the KKH (Karakoram Highway), the highest tarmac road in the world, that passes through the Karakoram mountain range and connects China and Pakistan.  So, the trip grew around this seed, and the KKH always remained one of the core parts of the trip………..   (more…)

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Day 175 to Day 177 – Making Slow Progress

September 22, 2010 – 11:11 pm 5 Comments

Day 175  (Weds 22nd Sept) –  Goods Ordered and On Their Way

Rog’s not feeling very well at all today and we feel as if we’ve not achieved very much at all.  We don’t have internet access in our homestay and therefore have to venture into town each time to check emails and do research.  We eventually got our stuff ordered yesterday from the UK and the USA (after lots of hassle with our bank cards), and both suppliers think we should have the packages by the end of the week – we are keeping our fingers crossed …………. (more…)

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Day 174 – Money to Men with Machine Guns?!

September 21, 2010 – 11:27 pm 9 Comments

We’ve found the Morning Star cafe in Dushanbe, a cafe aimed at the Western market and started to help support local Tajik women, who do all the cooking; they have a great menu,  large mugs of coffee, wifi and a stack of National Geographic journals; a fantastic place to while away the time!  So we’ve spent a few hours there today; they also sell locally made goods – bookmarks, handbags, tablecloths, etc. etc. (more…)

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Day 171 to Day 173 – Dawdling in Dushanbe!

September 18, 2010 – 11:28 pm 5 Comments

Day 171  ( Saturday 18th Sept) –   Lunch With Diane

Dushanbe has mountains all around as a backdrop, lots of tree-lined avenues, (the main one being Rudaki) and lots of fountains!  The women wear the dresses and matching trousers that we first saw in Uzbekistan or more western dress. (more…)

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