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Contents: Tours (5)   

Reports by Peter Quaife

All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours

A Ride in Kurdistan
by Peter Quaife, tour started April 2011, submitted 7 June 2011

A ride in Kurdistan, involving bad weather, great hospitality and harrowing stories.

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Howraman, Iranian Kurdistan
Balkanised: A ride (mostly) in the former Yugoslavia
by Peter Quaife, tour started March 2010, submitted 22 June 2010

A ride mostly from Albania to Austria which included too much snow.

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Descending the Cakor Pass, Montenegro
The Stan Diet: getting thin in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
by Peter Quaife, tour started August 2009, submitted 7 December 2009

A six week ride mostly around the Tajik Pamir. Fantastic high altitude scenery, wonderful people and unspeakable food. Highlight was the rarely visited Bartang Valley.

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In the Bartang Valley
North Atlantic Drift
by Peter Quaife, tour started July 2008, submitted 27 November 2008

A boat based tour of the North Atlantic involving bad roads, strong winds and some freakishly hot temperatures.

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On the Svalvogar Circuit
A ride from Kashgar, Western China to Lhasa, Tibet.
by Peter Quaife, tour started July 2007, submitted 18 June 2008

A solo, unsupported and mostly illegal ride from Kashgar in Western China to Lhasa in Tibet along the infamous highway 219. There's already detailed practical information about this tough route available, but nothing I could find which described in detail what the route was like to ride and had lots of big pictures.

This is probably one of the toughest routes in the world a bike tourist could do. The road is terrible, there are long stretches without food or water, much of it is at extreme altitude (5400m max with several weeks over 5000m), many rivers have no bridge and much of the ride is technically illegal.

The reward is astonishing scenery, amazing culture and a sense of utter isolation.

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The last few km of the Kirgizjangal Pass, Xinjiang, China.