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Cycling Central Asia – The Film

Sweaty, itchy beards. Pounding 45°C desert heat. Lung-implodingly high mountain passes. Cows in lime-green Ladas. More friendly kids than an extremely enthusiastic baseball coach could high-five in the busiest of baseball seasons, and so much more vodka than even the most serious Russian alcoholic could ever dream of consuming. Months of adventure whittled down to minutes of digital moving-image-magic for your armchair entertainment. Kick back with a nice cup of tea and enjoy some snippets of our bike ride through Central Asia.


Huge thanks to our friends for the fun and adventure along the way, and of course for the amazing footage!
Good luck with the rest of your adventures!

Arian and Monique www.worldbybike.nl
Marianne and Tobias www.velosophie.ch
Ramon and Hanne


Soundtrack Credits

Kyrgyzstan recordings by Jerome Alexandre

“Khorezm family band 2″ Silk Road in Stereo
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“Khorezm family band 4″ Silk Road in Stereo
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“Machines and Muscles” CAVE
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“Banjo” musicisfreenow
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“TV Dinner” Hiiragi Fukuda
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“over and under” Antiphon
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“Ouistiiti” aztec
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“Overand (csum cover)” csum
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“You on Stage” Heidi Harris
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“TEDxPeñas-Jorge Saade-una sinfonia de introspeccion-Two Guitars (Russian traditional song)” TEDx Global Music Project
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“Happy song by King Konsul & 12 Tribu Basque Roots Reggae Band” King Konsul
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“07 – Song of Brass” aksenty
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“Russian waltz” accordeosynther
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20 Responses to “Cycling Central Asia – The Film”

  1. Amazing viewing from this armchair but epic for you two … really great film Pete for us to share with us from a long way away! Loved it!!! Mum Jen xx


    pete Reply:

    Thanks Jen. Loved making it… at least for the first forty hours of editing!


    Posted by Mum - Jen | November 3, 2012, 10:56 am
  2. I don’t understand – Why is there a cow driving?


    Posted by Bean | November 3, 2012, 4:08 pm
  3. That is your best one yet! couldn’t take my eyes off my screen and loved the music, seeing you guys, the people, the kids, the scenery, everything. Wow, wow and wow! Mum xxxx


    Posted by Mum/Marian | November 3, 2012, 4:22 pm
  4. Super good film – thanks!

    The dead goat polo was pretty cool, and the mountains reflected in lakes. I especially loved what Pete’s eyes were doing when he was drinking vodka for breakfast.

    So good to see you laughing and having fun. I miss you!

    Love Bean Xx


    Posted by Bean | November 3, 2012, 4:37 pm
  5. We are so impressed with what you both have achieved. Nothing on telly so watched your whole trip, awesome, i think you need to consider writing a book. We loved the camping at shell garages, trying to get Bertha interested in that for next years hols but not sure she would like. Good luck for the rest of your journey and thinking about you both. love Beans mum & dad xx


    Posted by Beans mum and dad | November 3, 2012, 11:54 pm
  6. Just spent a wet, windy and cold Sunday afternoon watching your latest film. Amazing, just can’t believe all you’re experiencing while I’m pottering around in little old Guernsey. Keep it up – a fab adventure.

    YELG xxxx


    Posted by Marguerite | November 4, 2012, 2:53 pm
  7. Hi guys, your video brings back memories of riding in central asia…I want to go back!
    Have a Pijiu for us when you get to Yunnan, if your not there already.
    cheers Aaron
    P.S I liked the persian flick too


    pete Reply:

    Hey Aaron, we’ll have several pijius on your behalf!


    Posted by aaron | November 7, 2012, 8:16 am
  8. glad to see you’re still on the move.
    be careful of that Russian vodka, I think they use it to run tanks! Spent part of the summer in Canbodia Laos and Thailand.. hope you get over there, long way from NYC, good luck!!


    Posted by bill robertson | November 8, 2012, 4:03 pm
  9. WOW!We have just watched the film. We are so proud of you & what you are achieving, you are inspirational.It is really lovely to see you albeitjust on screen. Amazing people & Scenery & you all look so well. Hope it continues. lots of love Bill & Lorna xxx


    Posted by Bill & Lorna | November 8, 2012, 8:24 pm
  10. Monday on a rainy November morning at work on the Petit Bouet…. and just had a brief but very wonderful escape into another world. For which I thank you both!
    Really impressed by the effort you’re putting into documenting everything and the quality of it – brilliant job all round. Will be / is already priceless!
    Particularly enjoying the beard clock.
    Keep it up and look forward to hearing about China..


    Posted by oliver | November 12, 2012, 9:06 am
  11. Totally inspirational film..
    My mind is made up – bike to be ordered and visas obtained.
    Just need to get through another Alpine winter (its also not too bad..!)
    Many thanks.



    Posted by Robert Dobbin | November 21, 2012, 9:40 pm
  12. Great movie. Great to experience and feel with you on your journey guys. You made us jealous of riding bikes in stead of a motorcycle! Keep on going!


    Posted by Lisan and Roemer | November 22, 2012, 5:47 am
  13. you probably won’t believe it, but I had an eye infection for about a week… the weird red-eye blinking was in no way linked with the booze!


    Bean Reply:

    @pete, Poor you! Sounds unpleasant. Seriously though, you do look a bit squiffy.

    Lots of love X


    Posted by pete | November 23, 2012, 1:32 pm
  14. I think of you lots, it looks like you are having an amazing time!

    Lots and lots of love

    Lizzie xxxxx


    Posted by Lizzie Mizen | November 23, 2012, 4:56 pm
  15. Dear, I m from Kazakhstan. I m from northern part of the country. Invite you here next summer. I will support you. Please email me – marveltravelru@mail.ru . I love travelling.


    Posted by anton | October 15, 2013, 8:18 am
  16. Loved it and thanks for taking the time to create such an inspirational video. It’s these movies that inspire me to go and try touring in more remote parts of the world :-)

    Any tips to avoid getting sick. It’s my one big concern regarding touring in remoter parts of the world?


    Posted by Justin Flanagan | May 5, 2017, 9:06 pm
  17. Mary and Pete where amazing and inspirational human beings. I am happy that our paths crossed :)


    Posted by Lorenzo | August 9, 2018, 9:58 am

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