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The half way point

February 25, 2011
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So its been a while (again) since we posted up on here. you know how it is. so much cycling to be done, so little time to stop and take it all in and write about it! I guess we’re just having too much fun…

anyway, seeing as today is the 25th February, this means its 5 months since we departed beloved Blighty, and is in theory the half way point of our journey to Nepal.

I thought I’d take this opportunity then, to do a little bit of reflection on the time so far, and also to document some of the things I’ve lost since we left (its quite a lot)

In the last 5 months, we’ve cycled over 6,500km, through 13 countries. Not all days have been good (in fact some have been down right rubbish) but every day has been an adventure, and has caused many a feverish writing in this here blog and my exhausted journal.

Notable highlights include Unsound Festival, which was a sweet reward for the first mammoth task of actually putting our fresh fleshy buttocks on the saddles and getting the wheels turning – crossing western Europe flat out was a huge challenge but the festival was the best reward for our hard work.

Eastern Europe was full of wonder, beauty, good weather (surprisingly) and fantastic hospitality. We made some good friends during our time on the bikes here, namely Mathias who has made the foolish commitment to cycle on with us into Iran in the coming weeks.

As you can imagine, arriving in Istanbul was a huge milestone. East meets West, the end of Europe, the beginning of the Muslim world, so many new changes, new environments and customs. we celebrated this moment with family and friends in true style that I will never forget.

Onwards from Istanbul we were lucky enough to be joined by the ever eager Harry Jarman, who accompainied us on the road into the Middle East. This is where it really started for us. A whole new world of wonder. And hot weather! We had unforgettable experiences leaving Turkey, ploughing through Syria and many a mishap and excitement in Lebanon that I wont spoil for the purpose of your future reading.

Our time with Harry culminated in the wonderous Damascus, where we were also joined by more family to share yet another milestone in our journey.

Since Damascus we have led seperate roads, and are due to be meeting very soon back in Turkey before heading into Iran. All I can say is that the road has been good, fruitful, eye opening and exhilerating – everything this trip was meant to be for me, and then some.

So, onwards for the next 5 months! it is surely going to get tougher, more beautiful, more exhausting, and finally, reassuringly hotter! I can’t tell you how much I am lookinng forward to Spring and summer.

so, on to the things i’ve lost… its an embarassingly lost list:

  • Gerber Camping Knife
  • Germany, Netherlands maps
  • Asus EEEPC laptop
  • 3 books
  • travel towel
  • sim card
  • bank card
  • underpants
  • solar charger extension for nokia phone (vital)
  • 1 days worth of photos
  • 6,000 SP (although it was stolen)
  • headtorch and rechargeable battery
  • flash card for camera
  • clutch pencil
  • several pens
  • ipod case
  • unknown quantity of lighters
  • wooden spoon
  • fleece jacket
  • 1 sock
  • front bikelight
  • camera charger

I’m really not proud of it, but ive still got my bike, my passport and my camera so i can keep going!

anyway, I’m staying put for a fair few days now until Julian and Mathias arrive, so expect to see a whole host of new blog updates on the way!

in the meantime, heres a nice photo

speak soon Sashx

first camp in the desert

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. VARUN KHANNA permalink
    February 25, 2011 11:36 am

    Incredible reading so far Sash…..looks like you chaps are having a great time! I’m going to be in Punjab at the end of April, so let me know if you need a place to kip/eat/shit x

  2. Sylvia Worsnop permalink
    February 25, 2011 1:21 pm

    Wow, that’s a beautiful picture! The list of things you’ve lost cracks me up; it’s exactly what David would be like. I’m wondering what you had left. Why did you and Julian go separate ways?

  3. Vinny permalink
    February 25, 2011 1:44 pm

    Top to hear from you and glad it is still amazing!!

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