Trans-Americas Expedition

Wide Open Travel takes on the Americas to raise money for conservation organizations. In the summer of 2020, I...

One more day everywhere would be nice.

Humidity exacerbates tasks that are typically mild, like riding a few hours or walking a few miles. So as...

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

  Deciding what gear to bring is the single most important prep work on a multi-month long trip. To...

Cycling and my archenemy

Having just started cycling about 6 months ago, it has taken some time to adjust to living and commuting...

The 'Stans Part II

  If the sack of potatoes on our roof fell off and rolled down the cliff, it would land...
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One more day everywhere would be nice.
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London to Mongolia
The 'Stans Part II
London to Mongolia

According the the map, we’ve only gone about 4 inches.

I don’t particularly believe in luck. I believe in being prepared for any circumstance and trusting your gut along the way. But when you’re dealing with as many miles, border crossings, languages, and currencies as I am now, it’s inevitable that things will not go as planned and you won’t know what to do. That is where you meet the Ding’s of the world. Ding is a businessman we met on our drive from Urumqi to Beitun, China. See, after…

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London to Mongolia

The ‘Stans Part II

  If the sack of potatoes on our roof fell off and rolled down the cliff, it would land in Afghanistan. I see the rain hitting the windshield, the wiper blades barely keeping up with it. My driver completely focused on the rut up ahead and then the next, his hands relaxed on the wheel. He’s a Pamiri driver through and through, he knows these roads like I know the 55 freeway, probably better. Two massive mountains on either side…

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London to Mongolia

The ‘Stans Part I

You could tell from the frost building up on the windows and the patches of snow and ice on the ground that it was below freezing outside. It wasn’t exactly warm inside the train either. We were just sitting there, looking out the window with our passports in hand, bags all packed up… Again. About to get off this relic of a train left over from the Soviet years.  We boarded it a little over 30 hours ago in Syzran,…

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London to Mongolia

Chugging along.

I apologize that its been so long since my last update which left you with more questions than answers I suppose. We have traversed quite a few miles since Croatia. Stopping in Budapest to hit a few ruin bars and see the mighty Danube river. Making our way through Serbia learning they have the best roads and rest stops in all of Europe, then a quick jaunt through Macedonia to Volos, Greece. Where we camped right on the beach in…

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London to Mongolia

The bump in the road.

We are 2,000 miles into our roughly 12,000 mile trip. The dash of our $700 car is lit up like a Christmas tree with warning lights. In Vienna we spent two days working on the car, we removed the valve cover, cleaned and flushed the engine out as best we could. We saw that the previous owner rarely changed the oil causing an unbelievable amount of slug to build up in the engine, causing the oil galleys to plug up…

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