Archives for : August 2015

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Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan – The Silk Road

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan July 19 – 31     Travelling with Damien Fauchot on his GS 1200 with Ural sidecar, we crossed into Kazakhstan. It was a pretty simple border crossing and we were on our way to Atyrau with a friendly ‘welcome to Kazakhstan’ from the border guards.         The road was pretty awful with potholes, cracks and huge tracts of sand.                 When we arrived in the city the streets were awash. There’d been a downpour and there …

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Russia

Russia- part one July 1 –19     There was a little trepidation when we rode from Helsinki to the Russian border. We needn’t have worried. The border guards were helpful and friendly. It didn’t take too long and we were on our way. The roads and drivers, however, were a different story. The roads varied from OK to dreadful and the drivers were crazy.       Our first stop was St Petersburg, home of the Hermitage and Faberge.  The Hermitage is home to some of the treasures from …