01/10/2017 Into Russia

The road from Astana to the Russian border was perfect, Nazarbyev has clearly chosen his friends in the region (even moving the capital to be closer to Russia). With a quick stop at lake Burabay we didn't stop much. We crossed late at night (Petropavl-Omsk) and the border controls were quiet. A very quick affair... Continue Reading →

29/09/17 Almaty, Astana and the dirty cops between

West and East Kazakhstan are worlds apart. The west is where they drill oil and the east is where the money is spent. Almaty has the feel of a European city with the backdrop of snow peaked mountains. Although there is not a huge amount of tourist sights there is a large amount of cafes... Continue Reading →

25/09/17 Kyrgyzstan WOW

So we finally got that wow feeling within minutes of crossing the border. The west of Kazakstan was mile after mile of desert, leaving us without that excitement we craved. The border crossing at Taraz was super easy with stamps both ends, a cursory check of the car and minimal hassle. Having said that we... Continue Reading →

20/09/17 Kazakh cops

Having made it almost a week without being pulled over by the police, we were due for our share of it. Simon and Daveena had warned us that they were pulled over at least twice a day in their conspicuous van, and Simon had spend at least an hour a day in the police cars.... Continue Reading →

06/09/17 Georgia

After reading many reports online we expected a long wait at the border (some say up to 6 hours). Just outside of Sarpi was the border just beyond one of the many tunnels. At first glance the queue wasn't too long with only a few cars lined up by the goodbye Turkey sign, however we... Continue Reading →

16/08/17 We are off

So a few years in the planning and a few months in the preparation, and finally we are off. Its been great working with Russell and James at RMT motors on the car and picking up some useful skills. Some other invaluable lessons learnt on the Woodsmoke bush mechanics course. So with the Honda CRV,... Continue Reading →

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