We’re in Balakovo, another good sized city on the banks of the Volga. The ride today was through large fields of crops – so we have left the wild grasslands of the southern Volga catchment and as we move north, the soils are supporting large scale commercial cropping. But one of Balakovo’s claims to fame […]
Tomorrow we bid our final farewell to Georgia, crossing into Russia for the big haul eastwards. Georgia has been a blast- not a single rainy night, the only train we encountered was Stalin’s and that wasn’t at midnight, but the country will long remain on my mind as being on a bold journey to break […]
Wednesday June 29th Rather than take a rest day today we decide to save it up as there’s not much here apart from the one—visit-worth temple, so we decide to make it a transition day instead and we make our way further east from Boribudur. But it’s a late (8.30am) start because a dawn walk […]
Saturday June 25th We’ve survived Sumatra roads!! Did the final 110kms this morning and then crossed on the Bakauheni-Merak ferry to Java. Smooth embarkation and flat crossing of just 2 hours – man there’s a lot of ferries plying this route, reflecting just how busy these roads are. Then a quick 35 km run to […]
We’ve just interrupted our latest WorldbyBike motorcycle jaunt around the country roads and trails of the Deep South of America for a week taking in the CMA music festival in Nashville. Multiple stages going all day and then 60,000 of us in the LP stadium each night to soak up the best of country music […]
Friday April 10th – 60 kms to the Cambodian border and we reach it before 9 am, have a quick feed to try and jettison some more Laos kip before we have to deal with Cambodian riel. The Customs official demands our carnets. I point out that his isn’t a carnet country so he’ll have […]
Gareth gives us a glimpse of life in Myanmar. We folks in the west would like to believe that reform is happening in Myanmar but, as Gareth explains, it is a false impression. The military still has a strong hold on daily life, child labour is everywhere and corruption in endemic. He explains how Coca […]
Gareth recounts motorcycling through Burma. The Indian Army are on high alert which means the adventurers get stopped and checked time and time again. Even with all this going on Gareth considers one day’s ride in Burma to be among the best he has had so far. Hear why.