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Four on Eight Wheels becomes Six on Twelve!!

So two continued to be four as we crossed over another border into Uzbekistan. Stopping at a hospital for lunch (as you do) within an hour of being in the country we found the Uzbeks to be a very friendly and helpful bunch. They were keen to aid Pete with a new look in Bukhara, massive woolen hats in 40 degree heat is such an obvious choice, and one which I think you will all agree really suits Pete.


Bukhara was a real magnet for cyclists as we soon discovered. Everyone taking a well earned break from the Turkmen Dash. We bumped into perhaps eight others who we had met at various stages of our trip so far and it was great going out, drinking some beers and sharing some tales from the saddle. Pete’s scorpion story was a trump card I think, and more recently we have had other close encounters with creatures that make you scream and run for cover…but more about that another time…

We’re both enjoying our new found roaming community on wheels, it’s great, and as we rolled out of Dushanbe heading for the Pamirs we bacame six! Hurray for Arjen and Moniek! A brilliant dutch couple heading the same way as me, Pete, Marianne and Tobias. Camping has taken on a new dynamic once again and it is alot of laughs – even my projectile vomiting was causing laughs (stifled ones at that behind hands) thanks guys…but it is lovely sharing some incredible landscapes and moments with new friends at our sides ( or rather, up ahead in the distance as I am always a couple of hundred metres behind everyone!)


Tobias, Arjen and a massive bottle of beer

The world is a small place. Arjen and Moniek hale from Breda in Holland – any Guernsey folk familiar with Breda at all!?!

Racing with a donkey

So tomorrow we six ride out again from Khorog, continuing our route along the border with Afganistan through the Pamir mountains. We will expect more bad road surfaces, increasing altitude, more snow, and no doubt more laughs as we go.

Have a look at out Tajikistan photos here and Uzbekistan photos here


17 Responses to “Four on Eight Wheels becomes Six on Twelve!!”

  1. Fantastic – LIGHT? beer at 11%, blimey Great to hear from you as we look forward to your posts
    Great fun for you having company too
    Keep on entertaining us
    Lots of love xxx


    Posted by Mum/Marian | July 23, 2012, 10:25 am
  2. I guess I’m a little familiar with Breda! :)


    Posted by Andrew | July 23, 2012, 10:59 am
  3. Projectile vomiting doesn’t sound fun… Are you feeling better now?

    Did Pete purchase one of those dashing hats? To be honest he is a pretty hirsute sort of fellow already…

    Elle x x


    Posted by Elle | July 23, 2012, 11:38 am
  4. Do I know Breda. Believe it or not at one time in the distant past the Fermain Tavern sold more of the stuff than any other single unit outside of Holland. No doubt my personal cosumption helped. When I next have one(which I’m sure will be pretty soon) I’ll think of you guys and your Dutch mates.



    Posted by Jerome | July 23, 2012, 12:15 pm
  5. That hat rocks! Love the way it comes with its own hairy chinstrap to keep it securely in place…

    Good to hear you guys are still enjoying life on the road – I bought a new bike last week (pics on my FB page, if you’re interested) and feel like I want to go on an epic journey to christen it properly! Time to get planning, I guess…

    Happy (and safe) cycling! xx


    Posted by Ben | July 23, 2012, 12:31 pm
  6. hey old bean, seems uve got what u didnt find in iran. so cheers buddy take care looking forward to see you again some where


    Posted by arman | July 23, 2012, 12:38 pm
  7. Great fab wonderful to see the latest … glad to see you’re wrapping up warm Pete! Those who mock that hat may well wish they had one too when you climb higher into the mountains! Now merrily onwards for the six of you and who ever else you may scoop up on the way? Always look forward to your new tales and pix! Love you, Mum Jen xx


    Posted by Mum - Jen | July 23, 2012, 1:30 pm
  8. Sounds great. Enjoy the Pamirs: can´t wait to get to that part of the world.

    We´re leaving in a couple of days finally, setting off from Biarritz. Bikes and bags all ready to go. I doubt we´ll catch up with yuz, but I´ll definitely hit you up for info as we follow your tyre tracks.



    pete Reply:

    Enjoy the ride! Hopefully the problems in Tajikistan will have been resolved by the time you reach that neck of the woods.


    Posted by Sammy | August 3, 2012, 8:05 pm
  9. Hi Guys!!

    Just to let you know that we are all still thinking about you on your epic travels and hope you’re still having a brilliant time (looks like it from all the great photography)!

    Lots of love and best wishes,
    Vicky and everyone at Derek Birch Jewellers


    mary Reply:

    Vicky good to see you on here! How’s uni and what are your future plans I wonder? I think of you guys back in Guernsey too, we received a package from home this week and it had some Guernsey postcards inside, reminding us just how beautiful the Island is!! love to all :) xxx


    Posted by Vicky Richards | August 4, 2012, 12:39 pm
  10. Hi all,
    This post/comment is to let all Pete and Marys family and friends know that they are both safe and well. They have been in Tajikistan where they have had a wonderful time but sadly no internet access what-so-ever for the last 3 weeks but we camped with them near the border on Sunday the 6th and they were due to enter Kyrgyzstan on the 8th but will have little or no internet `til they arrive in Osh around the 12th. Robin and Keely Lynch.


    Posted by Robin | August 7, 2012, 10:41 am
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