Archive for February, 2011

February
28th
2011

Istanbul Cycle Tourists – Feb


Istanbul cycle tourists - Feb

The wintery month of February has flown by with as you might expect only the hardiest of cycle tourists on the road. We read a few blog posts of cyclists passing through Istanbul and after a flurry of Warmshowers hosting requests ended up only hosting a single cyclist this month. – Posted by Justin

February
24th
2011

Getting Russian Visas


Getting Russian visas

We had found few reports of cycle tourists travelling through Russia in the last few years and after trying to arrange our Russian visas while in Istanbul we can see why people might opt for the Central Asian route instead. With time on our hands over winter, we spent some time researching our options and gave it a shot. – Posted by Emma

February
23rd
2011

Russian Visas – The Basics


Russian Visas – the basics

After an unrestricted ride through Europe using our British passports, it took some time to get our heads around travel restrictions and visa requirements for the next leg of our trip; more so as we had decided Russia was on our cycle touring wish list. This is a quick summary of what we learnt while applying for Russian visas in January 2011. – Posted by Emma

February
17th
2011

Bug Bite Protection


Bug bite protection

I’m not a huge fan of mosquitoes. Ditto having thousands of tiny fruit flies hanging around my handlebars, feeding moisture out of the slipstream of air behind my head before being sucked into my nose. Neither do I like horse flies that dive bomb from overhanging trees and bite through cycling shirts. – Posted by Emma

February
11th
2011

London Chores, Mates & Food


London chores, friends & food

Over the past few months of so called winter in Istanbul we have been weighing up the pros and cons of a trip back to the UK. On one hand we get the chance to pick up some hard to find kit, catch up with old friends and indulge in food and drink while on the other hand didn’t we just spend six months cycling from London to Istanbul? As the list of things we could achieve in just one day in London grew the argument to go finally won us over. – Posted by Justin

February
9th
2011

Some Stinky Sandals


Some stinky sandals

During most of my backpacking travels I hadn’t put any thought into what went on my feet, always opting for the basic kiwi jandals – known as thongs to the Aussies and flip flops to the rest of the world. But to ensure I could cope with walking up mountains at a moments notice, crossing river beds and completing other extreme cycle touring critical movements which required superior grip, I caved. – Posted by Emma