Europe to China by mountain bike
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Mar 5, 2007 11:59 AM Last Post By: Europakorps
Feb 26, 2007 2:17 PM
Europe to China by mountain bikeHi everyone,
Im on my way from Sweden to Singapore, I will cross the STAN's but Im in need of help with my route.
I have my Euro route settled with Ukraine -> Russia -> Kazakhstan being the last three.
Certainly I would like to follow the Silk route going via Samarkand, Tashkent, Bishkek probably Almaty and then into China.
Should I go north or south of the Aral sea, North is my preference as I would like to visit Baikonur?
Should I consider staying in Russia until Im above the Aral sea and then come south/ east?
I need to know the availability of food and water, remembering that I can carry four/ five days food and one/ two days water, I will have purification equipment with me so a moderately clean river is enough.
Its tough to give a daily distance: tarmac/ hard roads 100-150km at best and I have had days on previous journeys where I only managed 25km on bad sandy/ muddy roads and bad weather, actually there was one day in Spain where I only managed 15km, but there was both a late start and a bottle of wine with lunch involved in that story.
Feb 26, 2007 3:11 PM
Just sent you a PM.
Just to add two things:
- unless they've changed things considerably, a visit to Baikonur was only possible using a travel agency in Almaty or Moscow (this is under jurisdiction of RUSSIA for now, not Kazakhstan), and cost several hundred, or even thousand, dollars. For example:
If you're coming from Ukraine, you'd probably enter Russia in the Volga region, correct? Then, why don't you visit the Kalmykia region and Astrakhan, and cross into Kazakhstan near Atyrau? From there, you could continue onwards to Aralsk, just to the north of the Aral Sea. But beware: this is flat steppe country! Very dusty, very dry, and very hot in summer!
For encouragement, this website, from an Australian guy who's in the midst of 2-year expedition to get from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback:
All the best!
Mar 5, 2007 10:39 AM
Thanks, Ill respond to the PM next.
About Baikonur: what a tragedy, it was a real highpoint on my trip but Im certain that my Scottish genealogy will prevent me from spending that amount of cash.
Yes you are correct about my entry point and its especially this top NW portion of the trip that Im concerned about.
Ill read the links before I reply to the PM.
Mar 5, 2007 11:59 AM
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