Further plans – London to Southeast Asia with Dianna, looking for another family to join us!

All of us loved this trip very much. It is something that is going to stay with us forever. It was an opportunity to bond with each other, with Dianna, and at the same pursue an activity that we both like. It was an adventure from which all of us learned a lot. We supported each other, shared baby duties, planned our days together. It was an escape from the usual baby routine. Before we set off we thought that the routine will bring in a hassle, but far from that, it brought joy.

We were thinking about doing another trip and decided to plan an long trip, a trip that we won’t be able to do once Dianna reaches school age (at least not for another 18 years from that point). First we were thinking about crossing the Americas. This idea quickly became moot as I am still unable to get a visa into the United States.

The obvious alternative is to cross Eurasia, starting at London and finishing somewhere in Southeast Asia. It is much safer than crossing the Americas (Northern South America as well as Latin America is not considered safest cycling destinations) and the distance is substantially shorter. We plan to attempt this once Anna is done with her studies at Westminster Uni.

We are planning to cycle from London via France and Switzerland to Brindisi in Italy, cross the Adriatic into Greece and continue via Turkish interior towards Georgia and Azerbaijan. This part of the trip should take around 3 – 3.5 months. Leaving in June we should make it to Baku in mid-September, leaving 2 more months until Central Asian winter kicks in.

From Baku we plan to take a ferry to Atyrau in Kazakhstan and cycle 400km towards a station along the Kazah – Uzbek railroad where we are to take a train through the Kara khoum desert to Namangan in Uzbekistan. From there we plan to cycle to Tashkent, through Bukhara and Samarkand. In October/November it will be getting cold in the region and passes should be snowed in, making it impossible to continue. We will either stay in Tashkent or go back to the UK until Spring kicks in the April.

In April, we will continue towards Osh in Kyrgizstan and cross the Tiang-Shan mountains into China, descending to Kashgar where we will board a train to Urumqi (I can’t imagine tackling 800km of desert with a child, maybe I will by the time we are there). From Urumqi we plan to cycle towards Chengdu in Sichuan and then to Kunming in Yunnan province. In Kunming we will decide upon where the finish line will be, depending on the month that we get there. If we get there early enough we might continue through Laos to Thailand, if not, we will finish up in Hanoi/North Vietnamese coast.

We are looking for another crazy family to join us on this ;) We are not certain on the plan and we can still make adjustments in terms of the route and departure times. We believe that it will be more fun if 2 families will be doing this at the same time. Safety-wise it would also be better for the group to be at least 4 adults of more. If interested contact us via the Blog!

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2 thoughts on “Further plans – London to Southeast Asia with Dianna, looking for another family to join us!

  1. Looks awesome, love the route. I’m looking into the possibility of cycling from Paris or Calais, across to south Tyrol where we have extended family. Your pics from your last trip through France are mouth watering!

    Theo was 2.5 when we started our last tour, and I’m really struggling with gear choice now he’s 4.5. He loves to pedal, but don’t know how he’d cope with a full day in the saddle! Lots of decisions to be made :)

    Matt – toddlerontour.com

    • Tyrol offers some great cycling. However, I wouldn’t recommend leaving from either Paris or Calais. Paris is a nightmare as far as cycling and Calais is a very busy port with lots of traffic going in and out. If you are cycling out of the UK (flying into London Gatwick for example), you are better off heading towards Newhaven and taking a ferry to Dieppe in France. Gatwick to Newhaven is a very nice 2 days (or even 1) of country cycling on small farm lanes. Dieppe is very quiet as most sea traffic lands in either Calais or Dunqurque. There is a very nice, dedicated veloroute leaving Dieppe towards Paris. It’s a disused railway track, paved and signposted. If you do decide to cycle from Paris, don’t cycle from the city centre. Take RER as far out of town as possible. Or even a train. I cycled into Paris once with my 6 year old, never again ;)

      Tyrol has some steep passes, but you can follow valleys and ride around most of them. But you will have at least one high pass leaving Germany.

      I cycled with a 6 year old on a tag-a-long. Was fine. But I think 4.5 is a bit yearly for that. Pino makes a tag-a-long recumbent bike and there is also something called Weehoo i-Go Trailer. Did you try any of these?

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