We last connected with Noraly riding through Kazakhstan. With this video series we follow her progress in Russia on her way to Georgia.
Ep. 92 – Riding from Atyrau, Crossing into Russia, and Riding onto Astrakhan
Noraly rides here last 300km in Kazakstan, across rough roads to the Russian border. And then rides onto Astrakhan.
Ep. 93 – Riding 300 km from Astrakhan to Elista
Ep. 94 – Riding from Elista to Stavropol
Noraly passes through a police check stop.
Ep. 95 – Noraly heads towards the Georgian border
Her transit visa is running out.
Follow Noraly as she continues her adventure with riding through Georgia.
If you had asked Neda and Gene when they first set off on June 14th, 2012 where we thought we’d be in seven years time, they doubt their answer would be: “Still riding around the world on motorcycles!”
You can read about their adventures from the beginning at Horizons Unlimited.
This film, produced by REI, takes the viewers into mountains of Iraq revealing a seldom explored, beautiful underbelly in a forever place scarred by the invasion.
The film follows American veterans of that war as they discover a different side of Iraq and heal deep personal wounds.
The producers hope to promote peace and a universal understanding that beauty can replace hatred when we strive for adventure, not war.
We last saw Noraly riding through Kyrgyzstan. With this video series we follow her progress through Kazakhstan.
Ep. 83 – Crossing into Kazakhstan
Noraly rides from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Almaty, Kazakhstan
Ep. 84 – Getting a Russian Visa and servicing the Royal Enfield in Almaty.
Ep. 85 – The Plains of Kazakhstan
Noraly has only a couple of weeks to travel to some 3400 km to the Russian border. So despite the weather forecast, she must make tracks.
Ep. 86 – Riding to Turkestan, Kazakhstan
Naraly rides to an important pilgrimage site. Yasaui Mausoleum, built in the 14th century, hosts the tomb of Sufi teacher and poet Yasaui.
Ep. 87 – Noraly explores Sauran, the ruins of the capital of the Mongol White Horde, on her way to Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
Ep. 88 – Riding from Kyzylorda to Aralsk
Noraly rides to see rockets at Baikonur on her long day’s journey to the Aral Sea.
Ep. 89 – Nothing but Camels – Riding from Aralsk to Aktobe
Noraly plans a long 617 km day ride.
Ep. 90 – Aktobe to Uralsk
Noraly takes a 480km detour due to road construction.
Ep. 91 – Noraly ploughs through another 510 kilometers of detour on her way to Atyrau.
Through flat grasslands and semi-desert on her way to the Russian border
You need a reasonably reliable 4WD vehicle, good off-road tires, some recovery gear, a way to safely carry water and cook, and you are good to go.
Jakob Schiller, writing for Outside Magazine:
You may have noticed: our wild places are getting crowded. Last year, 331 million people visited the U.S.’s 59 national parks—58 million more than ten years ago. Which means that if you want solitude, you’ve got to work for it.
One way is through overlanding, which, loosely defined, is off-road camping. Some head out for years on end, but the majority take their rigs on weeklong jaunts. “It’s about using sturdy vehicles to explore, whether 100 miles or 10,000 miles from home,” says Roseann Hanson, founder of Overland Expo, a semiannual gathering of the tribe in Flagstaff, Arizona, and Asheville, North Carolina. The practice has long been popular in places like Australia and South Africa, but it’s gaining traction in the U.S. Rooftop tents are popping up in Brooklyn as well as Bozeman. And 12,000 people turned out for this year’s OE in Flagstaff, 20 percent more than last year.
Much of the gear is overkill, but a few select items can help the exceptionally itinerant find the space they need.
Check out the video of how Will and Jen got stuck in the jungles of Belize, and fell in love, all in a Land Rover.
The short 55-mile road trip takes you through Ennistymon, Lahinch, Doolin, Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora, Carran, Bell Harbour, Flaggy Shore, Ballyvaughan, Plan on at least three days to explore the sights and smell the wildflowers.
Serena Renner, writing for National Geographic Traveler:
The 205-square-mile UNESCO Global Geopark is one of the only places in the world where arctic, alpine, and Mediterranean plants grow side by side. The name “Burren” derives from the Irish Gaelic for “stony place,” and the dramatic rocky setting has captivated creatives from Tolkien to Spielberg.
It’ll take hold of you too, especially if you follow this route in the spring, when wildflowers paint the hillsides in hues of pink, yellow, and blue. The narrow roads are more fit for cows than cars, so drive slowly and practice the traditional one-finger salute—index finger, that is—with oncoming locals.
The 55-mile route takes three days if driving at a leisurely pace—and stopping to smell the wildflowers.
Kara & Jason, a Canadian couple from Saskatchewan (if I remember correctly), self-built this amazing custom expedition vehicle built on a Ford F-550 to live the life they want to lead.
Take a look at their amazing build through the eyes of Chris at Tiny House Tours and then follow the Everlanders on YouTube and Instagram.
Updated June 1, 2019 to add link to his latest video.
In May 2014, Iohan Gueorguiev (website – YouTube – Twitter – Instagram) started cycling from the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The plan was to cycle to the tip of South America in a year, maybe a few more months.
Electric vehicles are the the future. Take a look at what one company has thought an electric overlander might look like.