Bike the World: Episode II

Most of you probably won’t expect to read this: I’m back on the road! Almost five months ago, I arrived in the Eastern Turkish city of Erzurum by bicycle. After 5,400 kilometres and 100 days of cycling since my departure from Brussels, I was only a few days away from the Iranian border. The landscape was stark and dry, the nights were icy, and I felt lonely.

Although I did fly back then, I also wrote: “This wasn’t my last cycling tour. I am already looking forward to head off again, together with friends.” And that’s what I am going to do.

Here’s the plan

I’ve just arrived back in Erzurum by plane. But instead of going into Iran (which was last year’s plan), I’m heading north in the direction of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi. There I will join Frances, a brave cyclist from Scotland (yes, I think that’s just where brave people are from) who cycled all the way from London through a grim Central European winter. On her own.

Together we plan to reach Baku (yes, that Baku), take the ferry across the Caspian Sea to Kazakhstan, cycle along the old Silk Road through Uzbekistan and, insh’allah, follow the famous Pamir Highway into China.

And before you ask: No, I’m not going to miss my own wedding. 🚴💨

12 thoughts on “Bike the World: Episode II”

  1. A man has to do what eh has to do❣️

    I think you will have the best wife….

    Be blessed and god with you❣️

  2. Hallo Jan,
    das finde ich ja super. Wir wünschen Dir/Euch viel Spaß und Erfolg. Ich freue mich schon auf deine Reisebericht.
    Ganz liebe grüße von Bettina und Benedikt aus Stolberg (Nepal)

    1. Vielen Dank ihr beiden! Musste kürzlich erst an euch denken, als ich in Aachen vorbei kam. Liebe Grüße!

  3. bonjour Jan
    bon voyage à vélo; les montagnes t’ attendent avec impatience ;
    pendant ce temps là nous allons gouter le vin……..
    a bientôt

  4. This is what I call a surprise! 🙂 I’m so proud that I know this brave guy! This is gonna get better I believe 🙂

    Take care and have fun Jan.
    Hope to read the next post.

  5. Hi Jan!
    It’ s great to know that you’re on the road again 🙂 I hope you have a joyful adventure! Keep us posted 🙂

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