The Totally Knackered Tour

Across Europe and Central Asia by Bicycle 2006

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INTRODUCTION


In March 2006 we set out to cycle from the UK to Tibet. We didn't quite make it to Tibet, but over the six months we were away we had a great adventure cycling across Europe and Central Asia.

(NB. For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, "knackered" means broken or very tired.)

Our route

We cycled 3,500km across Europe to Istanbul, then, due to problems getting a visa for Iran, we flew to Tajikistan and cycled another 2,500km along the Pamir Highway and through Kyrgyzstan.

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Europe Central Asia
Picture of Tim Na Rowena Barnes' bicycle route through europe Picture of route through asia


Reports and images by country

France & Belgium Luxembourg Germany Austria
Hungary Serbia Bulgaria turkey
Tajikistan Kyrgzstan

Departure

We couldn't face cycling in England, in March, so we persuaded our friend Mike Weston to drive us down Dover (thanks Mike). Remarkably, for what was to follow. the sun was shining and it was a glorious day.
After buying the tickets, when we got on the bikes to cycle to the ferry it was the first time we had pedalled them fully loaded in over four years and they felt as if the frames were made out of rubber.

Bicycle tour across Europe - Departure from dover
Setting off from Dover 6th March 2006

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Serbia Bulgaria Turkey Tajikistan Kyrgzstan Equipment


© All text and photos copyright Tim Barnes 2006