Overland Home 2019

UB
UB isn’t a big city but it still manages to house almost half the population of Mongolia – about 1.5M
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Cold nights and hot springs!
The sun is powerfully hot here and rapidly warms the land enough to give rise to mirages and thermals, but
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The Ider Valley
I love maps. Always have. I love the crisp, organised feeling of a nicely folded new map, and equally the
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The Frozen North
We camped in the shelter of a disused quarry. It seems a lot of local roadbuilding consists of digging into
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In search of snow leopards
In case you’re wondering, we didn’t actually go searching for one of the world’s most elusive creatures, though we were
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La-da Land
The Altai Republic forms a mountainous little corner of the largest country in the world. It is, like the corresponding
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Babushkas are the best!
The drive from the Russian border to Almaty, through 1500km of Kazakh steppe, takes reputedly one of the worst paved
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Almaty
It had been such a good start! The border crossing was comparatively easy, friendly lorry drivers reminded us to put
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Southeast Splendour
Driving east from Almaty the road traces a line along the northern edge of the Zailiysky Alatau, a spur of
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Colourful Kyrgyzstan
We woke the next morning to an absolute cacophony of birdsong. In the space of minutes we had seen or
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