Author Archives: Chris Desmond

Azerbaijan – Ganja, 16 August 2018

Baku to Ganja – this time I took a different route through the hills to avoid the horrendous winds I suffered on the way in over the plains. Good decision hahaha perfect ride in cool conditions around 800m and blue … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan – Baku, 11 – 15 August 2018

Ganja to Baku, good 4 lane road all the way and not much traffic but not a nice ride, very strong gusting winds blowing me all over the place, requiring a real effort to hold the bike in a straight … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan – Ganja, 10 August 2018

Tbilisi, Georgia to Ganja, Azerbaijan, rain predicted so┬ádressed in my full riding suit, left at 0920, Garmin playing up, marked a POI close to the border and got it going in the right direction. Garmin does not have maps for … Continue reading

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Georgia – Tbilisi, 05 – 09 August 2018

Kars to Tbilisi, I started out with just a long sleeve shirt on, no jacket, temp was 19c and I expected it to warm up as the day progressed, guess again, altitude rose to over 2,000 metres and it got … Continue reading

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Turkey – Kars, 02 – 04 August 2018

Tatvan to Kars via Dogubayazit, first along the shores of Lake Van which is over 1,600 metres next past Mount Ararat, it really stands out among the other mountains and is visible from a long way off. After that a … Continue reading

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Turkey – Tatvan, 31 July – 01 August 2018

Zakho to Tatvan, crossing one border which I thought would be a breeze as I already had Turkish Bike Insurance and I only came through this place yesterday hahaha. Today was the day when Murphy had his way. Getting through … Continue reading

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Iraq – Kurdistan Region, Zakho – 30 July 2018

I was told by my friends in Mardin that it was possible to visit the Kurdistan Region in Iraq without a visa. As both sides of the border are inhabited by Kurds it was quite safe but not to stray … Continue reading

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