Montag, 22. Dezember 2014

The toughest part

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In the meantime we've completed the planning of next year's routing. If everything works as foreseen we'll be travelling through Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan to our final destination in Kyrgyzstan over a distance of around 7.500km, which is evidently quite an ambitious itinerary for four weeks travelling time. That's mainly because we did not have too many options on where to leave the bikes after next year's trip. As far as we've been able to find out, the strict custom regulations of countries like Iran, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan would make it impossible to store our bikes there, that's why it had to be Kyrgyzstan in the end. Thus meaning that we'll have to try to cover as much ground as possible in the beginning of the trip in burning through eastern Greece and northern Turkey, which is of course a shame. But we're optimistic that after that's been achieved, we'll have the time to take a closer look at all those exotic countries we'll be visiting. And in the end, riding through a country is a lot experiencing it, too! From my past journeys I've learnt that travelling can often be about knowing how to make compromises.
Still, there are some other things to be done like reconsidering the equipment, since we'll be carrying additional camping gear from next year on. And finally, we still need to apply for two more visa, Turkmenistan and Iran, but that can only be done two months in advance.

So now the toughest part has begun - waiting for the day of departure...