Monthly Archives: September 2016

Uzbekistan and the Silk Road Cities

​We approached the Uzbek border, full of trepidation, in the knowledge that a full and detailed search would be made of our entire luggage. An ‘illegal’ item, such as codiene, or a topless snap of a girlfriend, would result in a ‘fine’, or more plainly, baksheesh, a bribe. I was in company with Jonas and Emma, having left Dushanbe together, early on Tuesday morning. We were already nervous, since an earlier mishap at the Tajik border post; I’d forgotten to get my GBAO permit extended, consequently, the guard threatened, several times, to send me back to Dushanbe to get the necessary stamp; a 160 kilometre round trip I was loathe to entertain. I repeatedly shouted and pointed at the dates in my passport until, some 20 minutes later, the guard relented, allowing me to join Jonas and Emma on the short cycle to the Uzbekistan border crossing.

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I love this photograph. These are privy cells of the madrasah in Bukhara. The intrigue of what goes on beyond each door fascinated me as I walked through the hot, dry streets of this ancient Silk Road city. The geometry is pretty cool too. I do an occasional about my trip, get it here: http://ift.tt/2cjpq5K #bukhara #silkroad #uzbekistan #adventure #travel #throughthekeyhole #geometrygeek

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I left the mountains behind and set off with my friends Emma and Jonas towards Uzbekistan. After a thorough search and a night on the Afghan border at Termez, we arrived into Samarkand, one of the legendary Silk Road cities. This is the Gur-i-Amir, mausoleum of Tamerlane. The blue tiled dome, intricate arched doorway and cylindrical tower are typical of Silk Road architecture. #silkroad #samarkand #architecture #adventure #travel #tinybluetiles

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After a month in the Pamirs, Osh to Dushanbe, I decided to take a week off the bike and go for a short walk in the Fann Mountains. This is the trailhead at Artuch, where I started the walk, from here I crossed the Alaudin Pass, which involved 1,000m ascent and descent in the same day. It was pretty tough but very beautiful. #fannmountains #hiking #adventure #travel #cyclistsdayoff #bignature

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This was taken way back in June as we left Sary Tash for Tajikistan and the mighty Pamir Mountains. The following month was one of the toughest, yet most rewarding, of the trip so far. Huge thanks to this guy for joining me; you’re a ledge mate. Read more at my blog: http://ift.tt/2cQI6eP #sarytash #kyrgyzstan #pamirs #m41 #thisishardcore #lookatthosebloodymountains #adventure #travel

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