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by bryanmkevan
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts
Replies: 46
Views: 10234

Re: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts

Well, I shouldn't have tempted fate. The police found me and interrogated me in my hotel for an hour. Maybe fewer police checkpoints, but they're still following procedure up here.
by bryanmkevan
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Itinerary and accommodation from Aktau (Kazakhstan) to Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
Replies: 4
Views: 1180

Re: Itinerary and accommodation from Aktau (Kazakhstan) to Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

Hello everyone I hope my info does not appear too late for you. I‘ve done this trip last year in July by motorbike. I stood overnight in Beineu which was the last possibile place to stay. Then there is a 90 km long road in rather terrible condition up to the Uzbeky border. Next place to stay in dec...
by bryanmkevan
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts
Replies: 46
Views: 10234

Re: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts

I am cycling across Northwest XJ right now and it's, in contrast to other reports from the South, actually pretty pleasant with few passport checks. I'm going to Mongolia, from Tacheng->Karamay->Altai->Bulgan. I've only had passport checked at entrances to towns, and the worsy bit was the 15km aroun...
by bryanmkevan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Cycling
Topic: Bike parts in Dushanbe from Moscow
Replies: 4
Views: 1500

Bike parts in Dushanbe from Moscow

Hello. Passing on information on how to find bike parts in Dushanbe without long shipping times, etc. I was able to obtain three high quality, large 26x2.3-2.8in tubes and a pair of 26x2.35in Schwalbe Big Apples in Dushanbe in a grand total of 26 hours for a very reasonable shipping price. This was ...
by bryanmkevan
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Anzob tunnel reports
Replies: 7
Views: 2129

Penjikent Border Crossing Reports

Penjikent is open for business on a bicycle. I did Samarakand to Dushanbe via Penjikent and Anzob. The border is very quiet, and I was quickly through in a half hour or so. The road from Penjikent to Dushanbe is in perfect condition through the Fann mountains, and Anzob tunnel is no longer as ridicu...
by bryanmkevan
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions
Replies: 203
Views: 91379

Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

There is a hotel in Aktau with no wi-fi, tiny dirty rooms with no shower and a kind of grumpy landlady at the attached location for $8/night. I highly recommend it. In summer, you should be fine. I'd be surprised if you didn't find other travelers there during that time as well. The only complicatin...
by bryanmkevan
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions
Replies: 203
Views: 91379

Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

I took the ship Professor Gul about two weeks ago with bike from Alat to Aktau. There were two boats running, even during the Azeri holiday Nowruz. I had to wait in port for 2.5 days, but it wasn't that bad with a shop, toilets, and bank/atm. Paid cash at the terminal, no calling the main office. Ju...

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