In June 2015, Todd and Zane ventured into Northern Afghanistan from Tajikistan and spent a few days exploring the Wakhan Corridor.Whilst there we discovered a fascinating and friendly culture, a people who took a close interest in us with a keen desire to learn more of the world we come from and breathtaking scenery at every turn. Contrary to predictions the experience overall was greatly positive and rewarding and will leave lasting memories of a remarkable part of the world. Read on for more information about the trip
What we thought was going to be a leisurely one hour afternoon ride to the Kroombit Tops campground turned into a nightmare. We faced seven deep water crossings and had to ride up the slippery Razorback Ridge in darkness. At 11PM, after several hours of riding (and recovering flipped bikes and a lost glove) we were exhausted and the campground was still not close. We decided to camp on the ridge. The next morning we quickly discovered that Zano had a puncture. Having had some practice back home, we were able to fix it in an an hour. We also found that riding the ridge was easier in daylight!
This was one of our first trips to test out the gear. We soon learnt the width of the bikes with panniers on after Alex hit a protruding branch on the track, writing his pannier off. We also learnt that carrying longlife milk is not a good idea, but carrying port is a good idea!
Alex's repaired pannier.
Long life milk in my pannier. We decided to use milk powder after this!