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In Uzbekistan we cycled the 100km from Kungrad to the Aral Sea and then from Tashkent onwards only – due to sickness everything else was sleeper trains, even if we had wanted to cycle all of it, the restrictive 30 day visa wouldn’t allow much time for sight seeing!

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From Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan we travelled by train and ferry with only a little cycling.

Georgia: We entered the country via the quieter mountain border – it was downhill all the way to the capital! We crossed Azerbaijan by train so the only cycling was in and around Baku – however but did head out of the city to do a spot of Mountain Biking. (without panniers!)

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Leg 2: Turkey looked like this – so that we could see as much as possible we used quite a few coaches to cover some of the distance.

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Leg 1 from Zagreb to Istanbul ended up looking like this: We took one train in Croatia, the marker points are our overnight stops.

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The “plan” (if you can call it that) was like this: The start of the route follows some of the Eurovelo cycling routes ( 6 and 13) , that get’s us to Turkey from where we’ll have to  follow our noses, something a bit like the map below. If we get to Beijing we’ll either fly home or get on the Trans-Mongolian train to Moscow and continue cycling from there. The map below is the rough plan.

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