Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cycle Touring Guide: Route Planning

A map is an empty canvas for your to explore your options. The route chosen serves as a guide not a detailed plan. First steps to choosing a route starts with picking a start and a finish location (sometimes the same). I believe having a start and finish gives a goal and an achievement to both work for and look forward to either through excitement or just as a sigh of relief.

I don’t like the idea of aimlessly cycling around unless you have a list of places you want see. That’s my opinion, but I prefer seeing a transition of change between regions or countries.

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Cycle Touring Guide: Deciding on cycle touring

Over the past year, I have often been asked many questions about my previous cycling trips and seemed to have become a resource to help some students who are or have been interested in a cycling trip or tour. I thought I would share my experience that may assist or inspire individuals to take on the best way of seeing the world by Two Wheels. Continue reading

Review on the Cycles Maximus Trike

The new Cycles Maximus trike is a technical marvel of engineering and is especially adept to meeting the requirements of the cargo carrier, passenger puller  or even the mobile food caterer. It’s uniqueness comes from the ability to be a specialist but retaining flexibility through both its modular design and the bespoke services that the Cycles Maximus team will offer to their clients.  The design has been painstakingly created with such thought and care to detail to improve and build on the heritage of the revered  design that has been adorned by so many but neglected over the past few years. 

Cycles Maximus  Flatbed Trike

Cycling for the first time on the new Cycles Maximus or trike even, was one of those first time experiences that matches riding your first road bike or driving a car – unforgettable.

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A response on Afghanistan

Ultimatly disappointed that I’d have to miss out on the opportunity of visiting Afghanistan. I didn’t want to let it go without hearing from someone who lives in the country – this is what they said

Thanks for the email and for doing some homework on Afghanistan before an attempt! The quick answer is that I DO NOT recommend cycling through the country. It is an almost certain possibility that you would be kidnapped. I am working here with an NGO and at the moment I am involved with security for our NGO and I see everyday (through a reporting system) the hazards that foreigners face in this country. There is a very real threat of kidnapping and robbery and many of the roads have illegal and illegitimate roadblocks set up by those impersonating goverment or police personnel.

My recommendation (after just now talking with my security advisor who has been here in Afgh for 16 years) is to take the northern route through the ‘stans’ and if you want to ride some of Afghanistan to come into the country (if you can get a visa) from Taj. at Ishkashem, then ride up the Wakhan corridor towards China as far as you like, then backtrack and exit the country via the same entry point and continue on east towards China. Once you are in China, he said there is the Karakoram highway that will take you South into Pakistan.

Another option is to enter Afghanistan North of Mazar-e-Sharif and then fly commercially to Kabul and then from Kabul to Islamabad where you can pick up the road south down to Lahore and on to India.

I hope this helps you at least a little bit. Sorry to put the last couple nails in the coffin of your Afghanistan idea but it just would NOT be a good idea (and security is getting worse at the moment).

It’s not really what I wanted to here, I think the emphasis is on ‘NOT’ makes it very clear and I’d happily take advice from someone who lives in the country and really knows what its like.

Following his suggestion, skirting around the Stani countries seems a nice idea and then entering through Northern Pakistan along the Karakoram highway  sounds really good especially passing through the Himalayas. It’s not going to be the most straightforward route, but atleast it will be reassuring that I have a better chance of getting through safely…The alternative route around AfghanistanThis means I will be doing a u-turn and will be going through Turkmenistan – where I will have to cross the span of the country (300 Miles)  in 5 days. Normally that would scare me, but  travelling on a rickshaw, well it does. The rest of the route will be relatively more easily through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and then passing through the Himalayas into North Pakistan.