Stop press: Current update for once!

(Emily) We’re now in Istanbul and got our third and final rejection for Iran the other day (I can hear your sighs of relief from here, Dad and Matt!) so our route will now take us through Georgia and Azerbaijan on our way to the ‘stans’. Today we picked up our Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan visas; result! (Yes, the border between the two is pretty much at meltdown at the moment but I’m sure we can pootle through no probs…) Never was I more glad of James’ experience commuting in London than today as he weaved in and out of the crazy Istanbul traffic, trying to make it from one consulate to the other across town in the hour’s window we had. I sensibly went for the pillion option – the 20 minute ride to take my bike to the Yamaha service centre was enough to put me off – but the lurching back and forth did not make for a comfortable ride (will be cracking out the sudocrem tonight…) We were too busy for lunch but I managed to inhale many lungfulls of exhaust fumes, so that was a tasty treat. Also we both have very sunburnt forearms after throwing caution to the wind and riding in t-shirts; rather that than pass out in the ridiculous heat. Brilliant. Now waiting for Dan (James’ little brother) to turn up – managed to persuade him to come out last minute – and then we can recover from what was a bit of a day (over 160 km of busy city riding combined with visa nerves = knackered) with a beer and the football. Awesome!

P.S. Thank you everyone for your recent messages – we’re not ashamed to admit we check with keen anticipation on a regular basis!

5 Responses to “Stop press: Current update for once!”

  1. Jess says:

    How was your time with Dad?
    Glad it’s all going well!

  2. admin says:

    Awesome to see Dad, and now Dan! Will try and write up about our first week in Istanbul today…
    Lots of love xxxxx

  3. Vicky W says:

    Iran shmiran! Sounds like you’re having a great time – very jealous of all the mentions of cheese and wine …mmmmmmmm Looks like I’m going to be in Dubai in August if you happen to be anywhere vaguely near there??!


  4. Jackie (aka Mum) says:

    Hi James and Em, Your Mum has just shown me your latest photos and blog and I have to say I am astounded by what you can do today and can’t believe we can be so in touch. I really enjoy reading your news which your Mum downloads and prints for me in ‘larger’ type – it will become an epic tome !! Can’t wait to hear your next instalment. Lots of love, Pop xxx

  5. Thomas and Anne says:

    Hi again from Munich. We are glad you are having a great time and kind of jealous because you are having sunny days. In Munich it’s been raining for a long time now and it’s so cold (8 degrees Celsius at night).
    Hope you are having a safe trip on your new route, which seems to be not an easy one these days.
    Greetings from Munich,

    Thomas and Anne

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