Ivan Sharpe @cycleman ?

active 19 years, 10 months ago
  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 1 month ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Chinese Visa %s

    Got my 90 day Chinese visa from the embassy in Tashkent. No hassles and no nonsense about LOI
    Will need to get a bus to reach the border before my Kazakhstan visa expires but what the heck!

  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 1 month ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Tashkent, Uzbekistan %s

    Day 129
    Reached Tashkent, Uzbekistan, what a cracy place! Just don’t try cycling here!
    Just been to the Chinese Embassy to try for a visa! What a difference, at last an
    embassy that want’s to help! Looks like I will get a 90 day visa after all!

  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 2 months ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Day 108 %s

    Kazakhstan has been hard to cycle. They have undertaken to rebuild the whole road network. Seem to spend most of my time dragging my bike through soft sand and gravel through clouds of chocking dust.
    I have reached the town of Shymkent and taken a few days rest.

  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 3 months ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Russia %s

    Russia is a strange place – it has wonderfull friendly people but, as a foreigner I can not get my own internet access or even a phone unless I’ve got at least a 90 day visa (which they wont give me!)

  • Ivan Sharpe posted a new status update:

    Day 75
    4,980km and have reached the city of Astrchan right down in the bottom SE corner of Russia, just a few km from the Kazakhstan border. It’s on the delta of the river Volga and the Caspian Sea.

    9 years, 3 months ago

  • Ivan Sharpe posted a new status update:

    Day 36 In Kiev and just put in my application for a kazkhstan Visa. They say it will be ready Thursday so Ive now got some where to go after Russia.

    9 years, 5 months ago

  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 5 months ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Day 19 %s

    Well that’s Holand and Germany come amd gone. Now in Poland.
    Slight problem with my bike – the trailer hitch has been clicking on the rear mudguard, that worked a couple of scews out, lost my rear reflector and worse, when I dropped over a large curb the back section of the mudguard shattered! Well at […]

  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 6 months ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Day 9 %s

    The Gods must be smiling, clear blue sky and warm sunshine. If this keeps up I’m going to need to get sunblock!
    First 500km done and reached Arnhem. Will cross into Germany tomorrow.

  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 6 months ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Day 7 %s

    18th April (Day7) 122km /462km / 168m / 2671m / 2% 7%
    It was flat calm last night and slept well. Glade I paid the extra £6 for a sea view. The ferry got in 07.45 but that’s really 06.45 because of the hour on the clock.
    Very easy to get out of the ferry terminal at […]

  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 6 months ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Day 5 %s

    Cycled up to Harwich. Head wind all the way and still feeelng the strain of carrying full luggage! My legs bonked and all most had to walk / crawl the last few miles through the lanes!
    Saw the news about the volcano and thought – er better book my ferry ticket. Got on the saturday […]

  • Ivan Sharpe wrote on their own wire:

    Day 6
    Been huming and arring about what ferry to book – then I saw the tv news about all the aircrafts being grounded. Managed to get book on the saturday over night just before they sold out!

    9 years, 6 months ago

  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 6 months ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Day 4 %s

    Given up on getting anymore visa’s. Cycled over Tower bridge and headed up to the village of Billericay. Discovered that crossing tar ridges is a bit different with a trailer! Front wheel ok, Rear wheel ok – then the trailer wheel slips down the wrong side of the ridge and the handlebars deffinetly start […]

  • Ivan Sharpe posted a new status update:

    In London trying to organise my visa’s

    9 years, 6 months ago

  • Ivan Sharpe posted on the forum topic What do you miss when on the road? in the group On the road:

    Just some times I get a hankering to chat to some one – any one – just please, let it be in English.
    There's only so much talking you can do with fingers and facial expressions before it becomes less then satisfactory.
    Then you meet someone, ask…

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  • Ivan Sharpe wrote a new post, Activity, on the site 9 years, 6 months ago

    Ivan Sharpe wrote a new blog post: Hello world! %s

    Hi
    Down in London to organise my visa’s for my big trip. Well, got my Russian one so far, so guess I will be going that far!
    Ivan

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