Tajikistan Part 4: Second Half of the Bartang (Gudara to Karakul)

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Country: TajikistanFrom Gudara to KarakulDays on cycle: 4Kilometres: 150 km (plus 25 km on tarmac to Karakul)Cold: Crazy cold!Did I burn my clothes? NoRoad: Decent when not washboard, but a lot of washboard.Previous Parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Recap: Our bumbling hero Pritam, and the wise Gandalf-in-this-story Jonny are at Gudara. After many… continue reading »

Tajikistan Part 3: First Half of the Bartang Valley (Rushon to Gudara)

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Just before entering the valley

Country: TajikistanFrom Rushon to GudaraDays: 5Days on cycle: 4Kilometres: Around 150Road: Very badPeople: Very goodFood: MehPrevious Parts: Part 1, Part 2Next Part: Part 4 Back in the second half of September, when I started looking around on the internet for information about what to do in Tajikistan, two decisions got made very quickly:  I was going… continue reading »

Tajikistan – Part 2 (Qalai Khumb to Rushon)

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Country: TajikistanFrom: (Before) Qalai Khumb to (After) RushonDays on the bike: 5Kilometers cycled: 250-300 kmPrevious part: Part 1Next parts: Part 3, Part 4 At the end of the last entry, I was pulling into a guest house. I had just started cycling alone after a week with a cyclist. The guest house was run by a friendly,… continue reading »

Tajikistan – Part 1: It begins (Dushanbe to Qalai Khumb)

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Country: TajikistanFrom Dushanbe to (just before) Qalai KhumbKilometers cycled: Around 350 kmNext Parts: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 I got to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan at 3 AM on October 15. My bike arrived at the baggage claim area half an hour later, looking like it was still in one piece. The airline attendants had added an air pump to… continue reading »

Pokhri – a village on the India-Bhutan border

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Say you’re a farmer, and only have a small patch of land that you and your family work on. You have five kids, and need all of them to work on the farm to get any significant amount of money from it. Then, one day someone comes to your family and says that it’s much… continue reading »

Packing List for Bicycle-touring

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I’ve already made a packing list for motorcycling, now here’s one for cycling. This is the actual list of things I’m taking with me on my trip to Central Asia. I have never been on a long cycling trip before, so a lot of research went into what to pack, and it turned out I… continue reading »

Yet Another How To Quit Your Job And Travel Post

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tl;dr (Too Long; Didn’t Read): Things can work out if you work for it. I had not planned on writing one of these “How to Quit Your Job and Travel” posts because my story isn’t nearly as dramatic as many other travel bloggers. I wasn’t “tired of the 9-5 grind”, I didn’t have any major… continue reading »


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Bhutan, the only carbon negative country in the world. Bhutan, the happiest country in the world. Did you know they measure their country’s progress by something they call the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index? Bhutan, the only Himalayan country without a garbage problem. Where tourists and foreigners are treated with kindness and warmth. Where the… continue reading »

Northeast bike trip

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Almost immediately after my Karnataka+Goa Motorcycle Trip, I set off on my next ride through the Northeast of India. The first step was for me and Perezosa (that’s my motorcycle) to catch the train to Kolkata, and then set off from there. Like the Karnataka-Goa trip, I’m going to write a series of posts about… continue reading »