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I thought this is going to be the best place as anywhere to ask, quite a few people have been recommending the Thorn tree forum,, basically im planning on cycling across Iran to Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan on to Kyrgyzstan then to China then to work out a route to India, at the moment im in Istanbul
1, What is the visa situation like at the moment for applying for a Chinese visa, i was under the knowledge it is possible to apply for a visa in Uzbekistan?
2, What route(s) are they to take from the Stan areas to arrive to India,(Kathmandu)area, what is alsothe situation for applying for Ivisas while on route to arrive to India?
3, Regarding i`ll be arriving in winter time time to kyrgyzstan, ive heard of border crossings being closed depending on the weather, is there a certain of year border crossings are open closed on into China,
i hope this makes sense,, basically... more »
Planning a trip from San Francisco (US) down Baja California and ending in Mexico city.
I am taking a surly long haul trucker with 26' wheels.
Has anyone done this trip, what are the roads like and which tyres to choose?
I have a set of Schwalbe Ultra Marathon XR's that have happily taken me around the backroads of Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Nepal but wondered if I should be looking at something a little faster and less rugged for the roads of Baja?
The dreaded variable fares seem to have taken over. And extortionate cabins now seem compulsory on at least some routes.
Are there any bargains available for cyclists?
I love my Marathon XR. So far it got me everywhere I wanted (Iceland, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan etc) :-)
But it is worn out and it is time to replace them once again. Do you have any experience with the successor "Marathon Mondial"?
Be the tailwind with you.
My name's Em Baker and I'm a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco. In three weeks my crew and I are riding our bikes from San Francisco to Orlando (ie across the entire country), and shooting a film about cycling fatalities and injuries along the way. Biking deaths are all too common in the U.S, which has the highest rate of injuries and deaths and the lowest rate of biking of all developed nations.
Please watch our video on Kickstarter or visit our website to find out more about what we're doing. We appreciate all kind of help, including donations, places to stay, and helping promote our funding video to people who may be interested.
Warm regards and happy travels,
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I'm planning on doing the Annapurna Circuit, starting around the 7th of October, heading for Manang where I have a friend working, then probably heading on to complete the circuit before flying out of Kathmandu on the 22nd of October.
don't seem to be any standard organises tours going, so planning on arranging it ad hoc myself, travelling light and quick. New regulations require porter/guide so anyone going around this date want to share cost and experience please get in touch.
I'll be flying into Istanbul on Monday 12th September to start cycling west to Belfast NI. Booked a hostel in Sulthanamet for my time in the city, but anyone got tips for how I make a speedy exit from the city into countryside? Planning on camping out there. Is this advisable? Hoping to head towards Greece and then up through Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, take a boat to Italy and then do the European mountains from there.
Any help would be much appreciated. THANKYOU.
Is there authoritative source that keeps up on ALL worldwide bike sharing programs & gives usage details? wiki "bike sharing" missing lots of cities;
Want to plan United Airlines + Star Alliance worldwide 6-bike-sharing-cities itinerary. (65K-miles US-Asia award allows connecting city stop, two open jaws)
Thanks in advance!
I am going to cycle Antofagsta->San Pedro de Atacama->Salar de Uyuni->La Paz starting 13. October.
Anyone heading the same way? Looking for a cycling companion?
I will be travelling through cambodia and wanted to cross into Vietnam around the mekong delta and spend some time cycling around there. Does anyone know the best way to get on a bike there? Would be happy to do an arranged tour but they all seem to be organised from HCMC- do I need to go there first to sort out the tour or is there anywhere in the mekong delta that arranges bike touring that I can go directly to?
Just wondering if 3.5 months is long enough to cycle from Jakarta to Luang Prabang? Was thinking of going up through Indonesia, then hop on ferry to Malaysia, up through Thailand and then Cambodia, Laos.
I'd like to not feel too rushed, be able to enjoy the ride etc.
Plus if anyone has any recommendations of places to go to/tips on cycling in SEA they would be appreciated. I'm planning to go over winter which happily coincide's with the best time climatically to go, of course this was planned and not a happy coincidence! Not.
I'm cycling around 40miles to reach a destination in France, I won't be carrying a huge amount of stuff and the distance isn't crazy so i'm considering just taking my stuff in a large, well supported backpack, rather than attached to panniers etc.. Is this a terrible idea? This is the backpack: http://www.brooksengland.com/catalogue-and-shop/bags/cycle+bags+&+accoutrements/ISLINGTON+Rucksack/
I've used it for short distances before, the support is excellent and it is very comfortable, though i'm not sure if back packs are a bad idea full stop.
Just wanted to know if there are any women out there who have cycled across Uzbekistan successfully on their own? I want to tour somewhere (safely) but boyfriend not keen and I dont want to be held back! If not Uzbekistan is there anywhere you've been which was fascinating/beautiful but where you also felt ok safety wise?
I've been looking at the blogs etc here about people's adventures and they mostly seem to be couples.
A couple who passed by Nha Trang as part of their world tour have invited TTers to read their blog at:
The text is in Spanish and the photos are fabulous.
Trying to decide on a route for a tour of Europe - not sure if I should start in Portugal/Spain, the UK, or the Netherlands/Denmark.
Places I don't want to miss include Paris, Provence, Cote d'Azur, Italy, Germany... would love to see Amsterdam and Copenhagen and the surrounds, but don't know if this is biting off more than I can chew! Obviously this is already a BIG trip, so what is realistic if I want to make my way through Europe, ending up in the eastern Med?
I feel like I'm doing my head in trying to get 'everything' in, especially since I'll be powering the pedal myself.
Any thoughts and advice would be much appreciated.
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