End of the road

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, June 2, 2011


As you can see from my map-o-the-world, I am back in sunny Istanbul. And it's not good news!

After my last entry I received the message that I had failed in my Visa application for Iran. I could only be speculating as to why, but couple that with the suspension of Pakistani Transit Visas on the Karokaram Highway (my entry point from China now that I would have to avoid Iran) due to the death of the man who tops the list of the FBI's Most Wantedİ, I could hazard at a trend. Anyway, the thought of cycling unsupported through the town where he was killed, as the Highway thus leads, does not fill me with unbridled enthusiasm!

So the only other option is to go through Georgia, Azerbaijan, over the Caspian Sea into Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Krgyzstan, through the Himalayas into Nepal then India. 'Perfect!' I hear you cry!! Heeell no. That's $600 worth of visas and a flight at some point: the passes in the Himalayas (understandably) close for the winter. Dan, I'm not quite as brave/bananas as yourself so I'll be sidestepping Afghanistan!

So, all in all, I'm stuck. I have been on the internet for three days solid since returning to Istanbul, looking for any way I can continue this journey on the funds I have. And as wonderfully generous everyone I have consulted has been, I simply cannot borrow any more money from you guys to support this trip! You are faithful people, especially as there is the likelyhood I would turn up an icicle somewhere in the Hindu Kush.

So with a lingering sense of frustration I am returning back to the UK. It is an incredibly difficult decision to make; but in life one can linger on such disappointments for too long before realising you are forgetting the journey that led you to the crossroads in the first place. I am taking back with me a huge feeling of achievement, of faith in my friends and family and strangers alike, and the resolution to continue this another day. You can be sure of that.

On the plus side, I have kindly been granted an early start to my Raleigh position in Borneo. So you'll be seeing a fundraising party coming your way soon, but I think calling it a welcome home party, with as many tears as before, may be asking a bit much! See you all soon...

Over and out.
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Sister Sar..... on

Brother.., what can I say?!, You are my brother, I love you, Im proud of you and admire you big stylie.. An absolute achievement, an amazing journey. One challenge leads to another and your next sounds deeply so.. See you on the other side bro and already looking forward to the next spangled leaving party.. hahaha, get on ur bike son!!!! xxxx

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