CHRIS & GABS JUNE NEWSLETTER

 

 

Author: Chris & Gabs – July 05, 2019

Cycling for… 373 days

Pedaling over… 8560km

Through… 17 countries

Currently… in Georgia!

Raising so far… £6,939.30


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This month we’ve visited… Armenia: Alaverdi & Yerevan!

 

The most beautiful area has been…

 
The route from Alaverdi in Armenia to the capital Yerevan was amazing. We went through small villages and peaceful Armenian rural countryside.   The landscape featured outdated external gas pipes and the route took us through majestic snowy peaks and rolling hills.

 

 

In Alaverdi (under the staring eyes of local people who seemed to somehow be surprised to see tourists around) we strolled through the center. The first glimpse of this hamlet wasn’t appealing: huge factories falling apart, shabby rows of grey Soviet-era apartment blocks. There were old cable cars just hanging in mid-air which once took the copper miners to and from work.  
 
 
 

The most bizarre experience has been…

 

 
Accommodation we stayed in at the border of Armenia – it should of been condemned. It was the worst place we have ever stayed. The toilet was the hole in the floor and the smell was shocking, it looked like a derelict building inside and the shower water was just a dribble. We should of tried to find somewhere to pitch the tent.  

 

 

The most challenging part has been…

We can’t answer that this month, we have had no bad weather to complain about and we are not going to say it’s too hot, we have been looking forward to some good weather for a long time. But the road surfaces in Armenia were shocking so very challenging to cycle.   To see for yourself, click here

 

 

 

A special highlight this month has been… 

 

  We cycled to Armenia to meet up once again with another representative of Europa Donna Armenia. This is a newly formed breast cancer society and the awareness of breast cancer and be “breast aware” is very minimal here in Armenia.  

 

 

Next, we are heading to …

 

We are not leaving Georgia until the end of July. Then we will be cycling through Azerbaijan, taking a boat across the Caspian Sea over to Kazakhstan and then into Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan then on to China. That is our next stage to concur.

 

 

Thoughts and feelings?

Having time out in Georgia has done us good. We are ready and raring to go again as we know that the next few months of cycling will be challenging and different to the last eleven months.   We will be cycling across desserts for a few months, something we haven’t experienced before, in high temperatures with possible sandstorms, but as we are fully rested mentally we are ready for the next challenge.

 

 

Chris & Gabs

Chris O’Hare and Gabriella Gratrix are no strangers to a challenge, but this year will see them face the biggest challenge of all, as they set off to cycle around the world for Prevent Breast Cancer. This epic journey will see them cycle over 100,000 km across 7 continents, and will take around 7 years. If just reading those figures leaves you breathless, pencil in the fact that many areas won’t have roads, and some mountain passes are almost impassable, even harder given the fact that their bikes will weigh over 55kg when loaded with kit! Now, that’s some going!