DESERTS AND OASES

On our continued journey eastwards, we were faced with the problem of not being able to go through Iran as Brits cannot get a visa without hiring a full-time guide. Nor did it sound feasible or enjoyable to take the most direct route through Turkmenistan as we would have only been able to obtain transit … Continue reading DESERTS AND OASES

THE CAUCASUS

Welcome to the first blog post of Pedalling the Planet. Until now, this site has been telling the story of the journey through Tim’s eyes, under the name of sightsfromtim. After struggling to find the time to keep two separate blogs over the last few months (Linda’s can be found here), we have finally decided … Continue reading THE CAUCASUS

A LESSON IN HOSPITALITY

Turkey; a land of variety and contrast. A land where East meets West, where Europe meets Asia, where the riches and luxuries of the cities are contrasted with simple village lives and where you can see religious conservatives and liberals walking side by side. The landscape is equally varied with everything from lush pastures to … Continue reading A LESSON IN HOSPITALITY

ALONG THE IRON CURTAIN

“Connecting what was once divided, celebrating the new future of Europe – is it the Iron Curtain trail? Yes, but even more it is you, dear traveler! You, who happily and fearlessly turns pedals and rolls across borders, with wide-open eyes and heart, recognizing only one last barrier: the line between reality and dreams, the … Continue reading ALONG THE IRON CURTAIN

AGAINST THE FLOW

One week after arriving in Magdeburg, it was time to get on the bike once more; this time with a companion to share the journey with. Accompanied with a convoy of friends and family for the first hour, Linda and I set off along the river Elbe, which we would follow upstream for approximately 500 … Continue reading AGAINST THE FLOW

IN FAMILIAR LANDS

After months of being on the verge of leaving, I was ready to go. The PhD was finished and it was time for a challenge of a completely different nature; one that had been lingering at the back of my mind for the last five years. The plan? To cycle, with my girlfriend Linda, through … Continue reading IN FAMILIAR LANDS