It has been brought to our attention that this blog is perhaps presenting a fairly rose-tinted view of our last eight months. Therefore, in the interest of unbiased reporting and to show what lies behind the smiles and the sunsets, we have compiled a series of photos which should illustrate the somewhat less glamorous side of cycling from China to Africa.
Back to basics: bread, water and bikes have been our staples.
Not usually a fussy drinker, but the homemade Tajikistan brew was not to our liking.
The floor is often preferable to the bed.
With a limited wardrobe, all fashion sense was discarded early on.
The reason communism failed: an ex-soviet en suite bathroom.
Uzbekistan was hot! Taking a post-lunch nap under a bus shelter.
There is simply no greater (nor more widely available) refreshment.
Bike rebuild in Istanbul.
Language barriers occasionally require a more hands-on approach.
You know that storage room behind a hotel reception…. our first night in Egypt.
Finding a pesky thorn.
Another unsatisfactory breakfast.
Fire up the bedroom stove, again.
Beans for lunch and beans for dinner. Hope you like beans if you’re heading to Sudan.
Who would have ever thought that camping in a thorn field would result in multiple punctures?
Low key birthday celebrations this year.
‘Hotel’ rooms: there have been some heart-sinking moments.
Pursuit of cash in Africa has been a challenge: queuing for another empty ATM.
A familiar sight on rest/laundry day.
The washing Wife.
Don’t drop the soap… loo and shower combo.
The simple life: our luggage for the year.