Archive for the ‘The Good. The Bad & The Ugly’ Category

Welcome To The Jungle

After 16 days toiling in the saddle we were exhausted. We were still racing to get to Chiang Mai to meet friends for my birthday. Twelve hours cycling in 40°C became common place but my body could not adapt to this. My muscles ached and my joints complained but still the alarm went off at 5am every day. The only thing I dislike more than a 5am alarm call is cycling in 50°C, so early starts and late finished with midday siestas were soon routine.

Read the rest of this entry »

Changdu’s and Don’ts

The thumping house music of the CC Club in central Chengdu had stopped 30 minutes ago and Matt was nowhere to be seen. I had searched inside the smoke filled interior, but without luck. Where was he!

Read the rest of this entry »

The Cycle Diarhhea’s

Waking in the fancy hotel we decided we deserved after so much desert we were extremely disappointed to find they wanted $3 from each of us for breakfast. Part of the reason for choosing this hotel was the chance to pillage the buffet breakfast. I returned to my room glum and decided to console myself with a hot shower. So when Andy started banging on the door 20 minutes later I was rather pleased to see two complimentary breakfast tickets in his hand! I wont lie, it was a feast. Scrambled eggs, toast with jam and butter, cherry tomatoes, special fried rice, pancakes, pineapple, cake, yogurt, cereal, coffee, juice. It was SO good we decided it was worth paying for the following morning.
Read the rest of this entry »

Beware the Ides of March

We arrived in Cherchen, a small oasis town, tired from a long 112 mile cycle that day and the build up of covering 700 miles in just 9 days. The Taklamakan Desert was draining us and disaster was just around the corner.
Read the rest of this entry »

Deported From Uzbekistan!

Uzbekistan is one of only two doubly landlocked countries in the world – a landlocked country surrounded by landlocked countries (the other is Lichtenstein). Yet somehow we managed to land ourselves in hot water there. Throughout the trip we have managed to evade scrapes with the law but this time it was serious.

Read the rest of this entry »

Lucky Place

Out of nowhere a man appeared in front of us. He leveled a gun to Andy’s forehead. We both stood there frozen to the spot not sure what to do. The stranger cocked a smile and pulled the trigger.
Read the rest of this entry »