Saturday, 14 December 2013

Starting the paper work!

Last weekend we went to see our friends Nick and Lesley. Those guys spent 3 years going round the world on a big bike, after taking early retirement. When they came back to the UK, they took a job in a motorcycle tour company in Spain, for the summer. Then, they cycled back to the UK! Oh but that is not all. 
They then decided to cross all of Russia... So their advice for Russia was certainly very valuable. Let's just say than the next day I ordered a sheewee from Amazon! 

Anyone interested can check their website: If you can catch with them. They're off to Morroco for the winter and then India next summer! 

I decided to use the same agency that they used for the visas. So on Monday I sent an email to I had a very quick answer, and finally put my application with them.

Few issues with me unfortunately. First, I am french and therefore I need to show a return plane ticket, despite the fact that I will be riding there all the way! Oh well, luckily I found that easyjet has very cheap flights to Moscow. I will get the cheapest fare on cheapest days as I will not use them! What a waste!

The second issue is related to the fact that I am a contractor, hence not on a permanent job. Anyway, I will get all the docs I think. The process is started and, finger crossed, in few weeks time I will get a multi entry business visa to Russia. Then I will apply for Uzbekistan's visa, another one not that easy to get. I will need the agency to help on those. As for the rest, Kazakh, Tajikistan and Mongolia I will apply for those in March / April as they should be easy to get.

This morning we took our little bikes to the workshop to discuss what would need to be done. Long list! Won't be cheap but hopefully the bikes should then be in top condition to take us all the way to Mongolia! We will drop them in January. 

I am still deciding on best itinerary. This is important as I need to know when we will get where. The 30 days visas for most of those Stans countries are with fixed entry / exit dates! So I need to be sure the visa kick in when we get at the border, and that we stil have enough days left to cross.... 

So, still a fair amount of planning before we are ready! 

That's all for now! 

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