Category Archives: locals

Southern Finland: refugee camp, beautiful wild camping, & home of the sauna

On my birthday I caught the ferry across the Gulf of Finland from Estonia to Finland. We were greeted by swarms of seagulls swooping and diving to get a close look at the newcomers. I rode off the ferry under … Continue reading

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Wine harvest in colorful Georgia & staying with Armenian family/assisting the mafia

Since beginning all this, Georgia and the Caucasus were one of the places I looked forward to the most. I’d heard nothing but good things and its an area I’d never been to, unlike many of the other countries. It … Continue reading

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Crossing the Caspian Sea on train car ferry to Azerbaijan & life on the boat

Getting across the Caspian Sea from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan was basically the final big hurdle between Europe and me. Theres many ferry horror stories online about people being stuck for weeks and corrupt workers gouging them in the wallet. It … Continue reading

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Domesticated in Dushanbe by visa trouble for 3 weeks

After an incredible time exploring the Pamirs, it was time to get a taste of city life. I was in need of my Uzbekistan visa so I could continue west, and Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan, has an Uzbek … Continue reading

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A day in Kyrgyzstan

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Brutal Ulak Tartysh horse battle with sheep carcass @ Kyrgyzstan Independence Day, Russian concert, & vodka

The timing was perfect for coming into Bishkek with Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day being celebrated on August 31st. A famous tradition on this day is the national game of Ulak Tartysh (Kok Boru). It’s similar to polo, except a bit more … Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan| Issyk Kul beach camping, Russian saunas, shooting kalashnikovs, & adopted by Kyrgyz family

Some days you wake up expecting something wild and fun to happen, and sometimes it comes out of nowhere. When I climbed on my motorcycle in the morning, I didn’t expect to be shooting an assault rifle into the lake … Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan| Song Kul Lake beauty, be-headings, blizzards & sunsets, to Issyk Kul Lake

A hint of nervousness remained with us for the ride up to Song Kul. We had to ride through Naryn, where the lake security force had been trying to take us. It was no big deal, but there weren’t any … Continue reading

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China Xinjiang Province| Paranoid officials, Pamir Mountains, goat skulls & noodles @ Kashgar Market

Coming into China was a slow process filled with intense searches and long waits. Just down from the gate is a customs compound. The next few hours were spent here getting all our possessions rifled through. Before this started we … Continue reading

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Far-West Nepal & crossing Bhimdatta border to NW India

Before leaving Pokhara, I met a Polish/Australian rider who also started in Australia. He had crossed Myanmar with people I know. Both of us were heading the same way so we grouped up and made our way back to the … Continue reading

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