A Year Ago Today…

 Posted by on March 4, 2014
Mar 042014
 

A year ago today all of this began. The plane touched down in Istanbul, I put my bike together in Taksim Square, checked in with some Couchsurfers and a couple of days later began cycling. 19,000km down the road I’m in Laos with a head full of memories, a very worn bicycle and a stomach bug to go with. So since I’ve got some time to kill and no better internet connection than some flakey 3G signal from a jungle tele-comms mast I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the last 12 months and share some of my favourite photographs. There’ll be a full write up of my time in Laos coming as soon as WiFi service is resumed.

Here’s a big thank you to everybody who’s helped me along, both when I’ve needed it and when I haven’t.

Turkey





Iran

Iran




Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan


Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan


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Tajikistan

Tajikistan











Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan







Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan




China















Laos

Laos

Finally here’s a quick teaser from the last few weeks…






  17 Responses to “A Year Ago Today…”

  1.  

    Wow Gandy! Amazing journey…so far! Long live your bicycle and the distant memories if Rolfe Judd!! Kristy

  2.  

    Hear hear!! Can’t believe its been a year. This really is an inspiring journey. Living the blog and the photography… Were you really a planner before you set off?! Keep it coming!
    Dawn x

  3.  

    Fantastic, Superb Journey ! Your pictures really allowed me to feel into the places you traveled. Your travel pictures gave me inspiration for local micro adventures after noticing the conditions of people, places, cities & geography you traveled within !!! Thank you sharing your stories !

    •  

      It makes me very happy to hear the photos have incited some emotions and allowed you to feel what I felt. That’s what it’s all about really.

  4.  

    Can’t believe it’s been a year, that has flew over.

    Dave

  5.  

    Good meeting you yesterday, best of luck with the journey through the rest of Laos. Let us know if you need any more french fries. Probably whizz past you on the road!

    •  

      Big thank you for the hospitality. The sticky rice down here in Attapeu hasn’t got anything on your chips and breaded chicken. I’ll be remembering that meal for a long time come.

  6.  

    Hi Alex, nice to read your blog and see the amazing pictures. We met in Turkey, Savsat. Say hello to Daniel and Stephane. Have a good ride together. Jean-Pierre the cyclist from the Netherlands.

  7.  

    Gandy these photos are brilliant. My colleague and I are planning our escape from the rat race as I type. What camera do you use out of interest?

    •  

      A Nikon D7000 with 35mm f1.8 and 16-85mm f3.5/5.6. Its old hat now though and were I buying again I would’ve definitely gone for a full frame sensor. The picture quality is a bit naff and its very noisy beyond iso2000 but its a solid build and, since you can pick them up quite cheap now on Ebay, a good option if you have a tight budget. That 35mm prime is its best asset.

  8.  

    What a great set of shots!

    Funny I just ran in to Jon on the Carretera Austral only 3 days ago.

  9.  

    WOW, beautiful photos…. Impressed and inspired! Looking very much forward to my own cycling in Turkey. :-)

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