World Bicycle-Tour Video; Kazakhstan

Camels

World bicycle-tour video Kazkhastan another YouTube/Flickr video. After 28 long hours on the boat from Azerbaijan, Garry docks in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Thinking he would be able to get cycling the following day, Garry then found out that he needed to get a stamp in his passport, from the local police station! And it had to be done within five days of entering the country! Perhaps he wouldn’t be on the road tomorrow after all!

The following morning Garry went to the police station. Only to find the person with the stamp was on a day off, and nobody else could do it! Garry returned to the police station the next day, and was in for a bit of a shock! When he learnt that his visa would expire in a few days and he would have to leave the country!

How What Why

Garry had obtained his Kazakhstan visa in London when he had returned home after being knocked off his bike in America! But was put on the spot at the Kazak embassy. When he was asked for the specific dates of his trip! Most visa’s give you a window of a few months, the Kazak visa was exact, and there was no leeway it had to be on the dates stated, and it would only be for thirty days!

Being put on the spot, Garry gave it his best shot, but was a little out! Luckily Garry had realised this and while he was in Baku waiting to get the boat to Kazakhstan went to the Kazak embassy for a visa extension. There he met a very helpful and friendly ambassador, who simply said how long do you want? Three months, six months, a year? How different that was to his experience in London!

But now in Kazakhstan, he was told, that he couldn’t continue one visa onto the next without leaving the country for 24 hours! This was a big problem for Garry! All the neighbouring countries also required visa’s, and apart from not being easy visa’s to obtain, their embassy’s where in Almaty, 2000-miles away!

Now What

There was no other option for Garry he would have to fly out of the country! And his nearest and cheapest destination was, Turkey, back to Istanbul! After eventually sorting it all out Garry could leave Aktau and get back to what he does the best cycling!

Garry was only on the road for seven days before reaching Atyrau, where he would have to catch his flight to Istanbul. In Atyrau, Garry found a nice western-style hotel and decided on leaving his bike there, while he flew back to Istanbul!

Home From Home

In Istanbul, it was like going home, everybody in the hotel knew him, and welcomed him back. Not surprising really after staying there three times in the past ten months! As did the people in the shops and restaurants nearby, who all asked where his bike was. Reminding Garry that his bike was over a thousand miles away in some Kazak hotel! He just hoped it was safe, and would still be there when he returned!

After four days Garry was able to return to Kazakhstan, but would his bike still be there? It was a long flight, not only did he have the worry of his bike still being there, but would they allow him back in the country! Thankfully all his worrying came to nothing, and he was allowed back into the country and soon reunited with his bicycle!

Back Cycling

Back in Kazakhstan and back on the road, it was hard going. Many of the roads had long gone, worn out by the masses of trucks, that would pass Garry in convoys of ten or more! In many places, it was impossible to see where the old road was! And was now like an eight-lane highway, on dirt with every vehicle trying to find the best way through! This made wild camping rather precarious! Usually, Garry would pull off the road and pitch his tent. Now because there was no main route through, Garry had to find an electricity pylon or something to camp next to. And hope he wouldn’t be hit by some truck in the night! He even camped in a graveyard one night to avoid being hit!

Wild camping became Garry’s go-to option, despite the worry of being run over! Hotels and guest houses were bizarre! After checking in, Garry would go out for a walk or something to eat. But upon returning to his room, he would quite often find somebody else in the room, that he would now have to share with!

Kazakhstan was a challenging and wild country, but what an experience! And after seven weeks Garry had reached the Kazak/China border, only to find it closed! Thankfully though it was closed because it was the weekend. After two days the border opened, and Garry was allowed to leave Kazakhstan and make his way to China, Garry’s final country on his world tour.

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World Bicycle-Tour Video; Asia

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World bicycle-tour video Asia another YouTube/Flickr video. AWhile cycling across the USA, Garry decided to turn his bike ride into an around the world bicycle ride. But after missing out Iran and Pakistan, on his journey to Australia, he still had a large chunk of the world to cycle!

After studying maps and the internet, when he was able to get it, Garry sorted out a route. Iran and Pakistan were still out of the question! But at least now it was summer, and the roads wouldn’t be blocked by snow, allowing Garry to take a route north of them!

His new route would see him fly back to Istanbul, from there he would cycle to Georgia and Azerbaijan. Then catch a ferry across the Caspian Sea to Kazakhstan and onto China, thus closing the circle, and cycling around the world.

He had planned to fly to Turkey from America. But after being knocked off his bike just outside of New York, decided to fly home and sort out the visa’s he required from home. Especially as Garry would have had to cycle to Washington, where the embassies were!

Back in the Saddle

After a couple of weeks at home in England, Garry had obtained the required visa’s. And also felt fit enough to get a flight to Turkey. After two nights in Istanbul, Garry set off for Georgia, but he wasn’t happy! He wasn’t feeling very safe and was on edge all the time! Fearing, he would be knocked off again! Thankfully, though after a week, Garry was feeling safe again, and started to enjoy himself once more!

Snow certainly wasn’t a problem, far from it, it was the temperature! On many days Garry would have to endure temperatures of 40 degrees plus! And whilst the sun wasn’t as intense as it had been in Australia, it was still hard going! Two weeks after leaving Istanbul Garry arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he would catch a boat to Kazakstan.

 

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September 2020 Photos

Fields and hills

September 2020 photos, another quiet month on the cycling front! Mainly due to Garry not feeling that great. Garry has still been busy though, harvesting in his garden, down the pub, with his granddaughter and making videos, for YouTube.

Back in May Garry was very kindly given some tomato plants by his neighbour, which have now started to produce an abundance of fruit! Not that Garry likes gardening or tomatoes for that matter! But it was very kind of his neighbour, and although Garry’s not keen on them, Julie and Vicky appreciate them!

There are also photos from the last few days of the Fox inn, as unfortunately, it has now closed! Another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic!

There seem to be a lot of pictures featuring Garry’s granddaughter, Indya. It was Indya’s first birthday, so Vicky had a small party for her. Indya also enjoyed a can of beer with granddad when she came around to visit! They were also down the pub together. Garry feels it’s important to get children into the right habits from an early age!

There are also more photos from Garry’s world tour in 2012, as Garry’s been busy converting his Flickr photos into videos. Which can be viewed on Garry’s YouTube channel. This month there are photos from the Chinese leg of his ride, as well as Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Australia.

There are also a couple of photos from Garry’s one and only ride this month! A short days ride around the West Sussex countryside.

September 2020 Photos

 

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World Bicycle-Tour Video; USA

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World bicycle-tour video The USA another YouTube/Flickr video, showing some of the photos and videos Garry took on the American leg of his bike ride.

After reaching Australia, and cycling the 4000-miles from Perth to Brisbane, Garry was supposed to finish his bike ride and fly home. But feeling that flying home would be too easy, Garry decided to cycle home, and caught a flight to the USA!

Once in America, Garry spent a few days playing the tourist in San Francisco, before setting off on the 3000-mile ride to New York. What a surprise America was, every state felt like a different country. From the mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the Great Plains of Nebraska. The scenery was constantly changing.

22-miles from the finish in New York city Garry was knocked off his bike! And was rushed to hospital with blood pouring from his head! Garry wasn’t worried about his injuries, he was more concerned about what would happen to his bike! Thankfully, though his bike and gear were bought to the hospital, by the police who attended the accident! And the only real damage was a split tyre and innertube, and some holes in his panniers!

After several hours of scans, x-rays and what felt like every test going, they discharged Garry. Although before letting him go, they stuck some staples in his head! A lucky escape for Garry and his bike!

The following day, sore and very wary of traffic, Garry finished his ride into New York City!

 

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