Silk Rd 2017 - Final Post

The Black Sea to The White Cliffs

A fitting last leg to our 21,000 kilometre drive through an incredible balance of contrasts.

An Overland Journey of unexpected, sometimes exasperating but always superb (sometimes on reflection) challenges.

Contrasts. From beginning to end. World history retold from passionate local guides to witnessing in real time the country’s folk going about their seasonal business.

Contrasts. From 30meters below sea level at one point on this whole overland journey to 4,600meters above sea level.

From the lowest temperature of icy cold at the beginning in Russia to 45degrees in one of the Stan countries.

From the remote, early spring, adventure camps to the unexpected, comfort bed delights found behind a back street,
To crisp cotton sheets in a beautifully located luxury setting.

Contrasts with dust so frustratingly blinding to ‘Holy Cow’ exclamations of wide eyed pure scenery.

From roadside stalls of fresh spring strawberries, fat flavoursome watermelon and locally caught dried fish, to our tailgate lunches sourced from shops without a single symbol that we recognised on a tin or packet to know what we were buying.

A contrast to sumptuous dinners rivalling any fine dining establishment here, compliments of Overland Journeys.

A thoughtfully chosen bunch of couples daring enough to become a convoy.

All smart enough to know that Greg Paul will tantalising lead them through a maze of contrasting countries, geography, and histories.

Nearly three months touring, tripping and tracking our way through Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kurgikstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Poland, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France and then to finish safe and sound in ‘Mother’ England was the best journey I have ever experienced.

An added joy was having the young, professional cameraman, Nick, along with us capturing our memories so well. Thank you to Deb who undid every problem I gave her.

Greg Paul you are truly amazing and Warwick and I thank you so very much for every minute of your incredible Overland Journey.

Sam