The Journey So Far (Part 2) And A Route Through The Mıddle East

The extended break at Pastoral Vadi has given me  the opportunity to look back over the journey so far.  This post follows on from the update written during my week in Zagreb and details more closely the actual route cycled;  The Journey So Far, A Week In Zagreb And An Incredible Meeting of Chance?

Zagreb, Croatia to Belgrade, Serbia

Zagreb, Croatia to Belgrade, Serbia

Zagreb, Croatia to Belgrade, Serbia

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Belgrade, Serbia to Bucharest, Romania

Belgrade, Serbia to Bucharest, Romania

Belgrade, Serbia to Bucharest, Romania

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Bucharest, Romania to Bergama, Turkey

Bucharest, Romania to Bergama, Turkey

Bucharest, Romania to Bergama, Turkey

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Bergama, Turkey to Yanıklar, Turkey

Bergama, Turkey to Yanıklar, Turkey

Bergama, Turkey to Yanıklar, Turkey

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The actual route is quite different from the route I envisaged before leaving home;  How Do You Choose A Route To Cycle Around The World?  I had an inclination that this would be the case and I’m pleased that I didn’t spend hours painstakingly choosing each and every road.  There are too many variables and it would have been burdensome trying to stay on route, restricting the freedom and  purpose of discovering the world by bicycle.  The recent, unfortunate, rejection of my Iranian visa application is  just one of many such variables.  It is, as I’m now finding out however, a variable with far reaching consequences…..

A Route Through The Middle East

The combination of war, political unrest and visa restrictions means there is no easy route through the Middle East.  What follows is a route that at the time of writing appears to be both physically and bureaucratically possible, only time will tell if it is.

Yanıklar, Turkey to Baku, Azerbaijan

Yanıklar, Turkey  to Baku, Azerbaijan

Yanıklar, Turkey to Baku, Azerbaijan

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 Aktau, Kazakhstan to Koktal, Kazakhstan

Aktau, Kazakhstan to Koktal, Kazakhstan

Aktau, Kazakhstan to Koktal, Kazakhstan

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Koktal, Kazakhstan to Mengala, China

Koktal, Kazakhstan to Mengla, China

Koktal, Kazakhstan to Mengla, China

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From Mengla, China I aim to pick up the original route through Laos and Vietnam:

Luang Namtha, Laos to Bali, Indonesia

Luang Namtha, Laos to Bali, Indonesia

Luang Namtha, Laos to Bali, Indonesia

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It’s quite a detour, over 1800 additional road miles through countries I know very little about.  When I originally planned the journey I spent most of the time considering the best route through the Middle East.  And of all of the countries I planned to cycle through India was the one that I felt the most apprehensive about visiting.  It was the mixture of dangerous wildlife, overcrowding, poverty and chaotic roads that left me feeling uneasy and vulnerable.  It was, however, still my preferred route.  Partly due to the weather being warmer (when I planned to visit), but mainly because despite my fears, I felt certain it would ultimately provide an incredible opportunity to learn and experience life in a very different way.

In contrast, the route north through Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China will probably be the least crowded stretch of the entire trip (along with Patagonia).  I do note that there will still be plenty of dangerous wildlife;  from black widow spiders to black bears, rattle snakes to leopards and everything else in between, to keep me on my toes.  I expect life will look very different compared to the vibrant colours projected through glossy media images of India, but anticipate the opportunity to learn and experience life in a very different way, to be the same.

 

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5 Responses to The Journey So Far (Part 2) And A Route Through The Mıddle East

  1. Ginette Corr January 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Hi

    what an amazing adventure, we have been spurred on by your adventures (along with one or two others) and we aim to be on the road by June. Not sure of the route, so following yours with great interest

    how long do you anticipate your trip/adventure taking?

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Ginette

    • Fraser January 30, 2015 at 7:12 am #

      Hi Ginette,

      Always great to hear of fellow bicycle tourers readying themselves for a long distance adventure. My original plan was for the journey to take 4 years, only time will tell. Where are you planning on going/ how long?

      All the best

      • Ginette Corr March 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

        Hi

        thank you for responding, we have a really loose plan, for our first leg we are cycling to Rhodes (my nephews wedding) after that we are heading east through Turkey, we will probably fly from Armenia to Turkestan (some where in that region) so that we can do the Pamir Highway.

        How do you insert maps with pins into a blog? we are using wordpress and would like to share our adventure with friends and family

        • Fraser March 7, 2015 at 4:38 am #

          Sounds great Ginette. To add maps to you blog posts you need to ‘screen capture’ the google map. If you use Google chrome do a search for ‘Awesome Screenshot chrome’ and add the app to your browser. You can then capture the map and save the file as an image, which you can then add to the blog post.

          Hope that helps,

          All the best!

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