The Ridgeway from Uffington Castle
After a year on the road we were sitting in a hostel in Tashkent waiting for our Kazak visas to come through. The temperature was in the high 30s and we had a week to wait. Waiting for visas is a pain, It got us thinking, we hadn’t seen some of our family for over a year. We decided to come back to the UK for a few weeks and catch up with family and friends. We tracked down a couple of bike boxes in Tashkent, which is not easy as it has virtually no bike shops. We eventually tracked one down by asking one of the few cyclists we saw in Tashkent who gave us directions to a sports shop that sold a few bikes. We flew back with Uzbek airlines who were pretty good, nice food and the bikes arrived intact.
Since being back in the UK we have been enjoying one of the best summers England has had in many a year. We have been cycling on the Sustrans National Cyle routes that really are excellent. They take you right through the middle of some beautiful towns, past Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals and past stately homes such as Longleat and Stourhead.
Through old railway tunnels like the two tunnel route south of Bath on route 24 going through a 400 metre and 1700 metre tunnel complete with motion activated music.
It does make you realise how spoilt we are in the UK with brilliant cycle routes, safe roads and pretty good drivers. Not to mention the beautiful countryside and for this summer the good weather.
The time has flown by and it has been lovely catching up with family and friends but it is time to hit the road again. We thought about heading back to Central Asia and carrying on where we left off but it is still very hot there and we both fancied going somewhere different. So next stop will be Japan.
[caption id="attachment_1078" align="aligncenter" width="625"] From the Ridgeway looking aast