Georgia By Numbers

Georgia by numbers

In Georgia we spent most of our time in the capital Tbilisi with only one afternoon trip to the countryside. The weather was pretty wet lending itself more to indoor activities – read eating and drinking, however we managed a few cultural and physical activities so our statistics weren’t all food and drink related. While we were off the bikes in Georgia our flying visit convinced us that Georgia and cycle touring would be a great match. – Posted by Justin


Turkey By Numbers 2

Turkey by numbers 2

Having already tackled Turkey’s Central Plateau in 2010, this year’s Turkish challenge was to ride across the Black Sea coast road with six months of inner city living behind us. A tough return to the bicycles was helped by a chance meeting with Fred a Swiss bicycle tourist who contributed his extensive knowledge of Indian cuisine to our evening meals and stories from his many cycling adventures to our campsite conversations. After three weeks of cycling, we spent a few days exploring Trabzon and took a side trip to Georgia, before finally fare-welling this amazing country and crossing to Russia by ferry. – Posted by Emma


Russia By Numbers

Russia by numbers

A month of forests, cities and trains was followed by a month of mountains and rivers as we travelled from Sochi to Moscow, Moscow to Perm and Novosibirsk to the Mongolian border. While we’ve pedalled more kilometres through Russia than any other country so far, we’ve barely scraped the surface and this has given us a real sense of the vastness of the world’s largest country. – Posted by Emma


Mongolia By Numbers

Mongolia by numbers

Mongolia challenged us with deserts, mountains, hail and wind like no other country we have visited so far. It also rewarded us with bewitching landscapes and the warmth of the Mongolian people. We had a rare insight into what it means to live a nomadic life in the 21st century while maintaining strong ties with a rich cultural past. We have already commented on Mongolian food at length and although initially it seemed disappointing we came to love the heaped plates of carbs served up with gusto from roadside cafes. We leave the country dreaming of nights in gers, regular sightings of traditionally deel-clad horse-men and feeling like movie stars when passing cars waved us down for photo shoots. – Posted by Justin


China By Numbers

China by numbers

We had only a basic idea of what we would find in China, with a change in diet after our cycling in Mongolia one of our highest priorities. After spending almost three months cycle touring in China we barely scraped the surface of the incredibly diverse and complicated country. We experienced some of the worst roads and most challenging terrain of our journey so far, but we also experienced and learnt about a number of distinct cultures. We experienced firsthand the environmental challenges China faces while cycling on traffic and smog choked roads but also bathed in the unspoilt beauty of national forest parks and the mountain landscapes of the Tibetan plateau. – Posted by Justin


Vietnam By Numbers

Vietnam by numbers

Only having five cycling days in Vietnam we had just a brief glimpse of what the country has to offer. Finding ourselves in Kunming, China with time to spare we found we could cycle a tiny corner of Vietnam to the Tay Trang border crossing to Laos, also increasing our country count to 15. Spending as much time in the tourist friendly town of Sa Pa as tiny rural villages meant we had little chance to learn much Vietnamese but we did take every opportunity to sample the new types of food on offer. Friendly children shouting hello and cute free roaming animals helped with the steep hill climbs as did the occasional thunder storm that drenched us in minutes. – Posted by Justin


Laos By Numbers

Laos by numbers

We purposely slowed down in Laos, giving ourselves almost two months to cycle less than 2000km through the country. From steep climbs in the north to heat waves in the south, our cycling wasn’t without challenges, but extended breaks in Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Pakse and Don Det ensured that days off the bike outnumbered days cycling for the first time in our trip. Among our most treasured memories are the children of Laos who enthusiastically waved and shouted sabaidee whenever they spotted us cycling by, some almost falling over in the process. While we saw little wildlife in what was once the land of a million elephants we were still won over by Laos’ lazy charms. – Posted by Emma


Cambodia By Numbers

Cambodia by numbers

Our path through Cambodia was far from straight, bearing a more than passing resemblance to the signature sword stroke of Zorro. Our route was defined by a combination of wanting to visit a few temple sites and the desire to enter Thailand as close to Bangkok as possible. Between the temple visits we spent a very social few days in the capital Phnom Penh and relaxed in the quiet riverside town of Kampot with a visit to the beach thrown in for good measure. Cambodia is perhaps the flattest (and hottest) country we have cycled in seeing us set our trip distance record on the stretch from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, but we still left with broad smiles and good memories. – Posted by Justin


Thailand By Numbers

Thailand by numbers

Our final country by numbers post has taken a while to put together meaning the memories of our brief time are a little faded. Along with swimming and good food, the ever present knowledge that things were coming to an end tinge all my memories of Thailand. – Posted by Justin