This is the travelblog of Cyril Ducau and Niccolo Manno on their adventure from London (Cyril), Munich (Niccolo) to Hong Kong on motorbikes.
It took us short of 3 months to do 20,000km on bikes, trains and planes. We crossed the following countries together:

Austria - Italy - Slovenia - Croatia - Serbia - Bulgaria - Turkey - Georgia - Azerbaijan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan - Kyrgyzstan - Kazakhstan - Russia - Mongolia - China - Hong Kong

On this site you will find some info on both of us, our bikes, some of our friendly helpers in Hong Kong and London and loads of pictures on our trip. 

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Thanks for watching our blog - Enjoy as we did it!

Our path

Our path
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Friday, February 22, 2008

Kosovo... and now Turkey

Kosovo was close enough but not really on our planned itinerary. But now it is Turkey that just decided to invade Northern Irak. We were definitely expecting some action but not that early in the trip... Let's hope this does not turn our border-crossings into complete nightmares. The other thing is that if you look at the pictures of the Turkish troops, there is snow all over and it seems very cold. Still a month before we get there but let's hope things improve a bit.

Bought the Dover-Dunkerque ferry tickets yesterday - leaving the UK on March 1st to join Nicco in Austria on the 3rd. Becoming more and more real by the hour. Total respect to Nicco for dealing with these last minute bike problems with such a positive attitude. I have it easy in comparison.


Istanstok said...

Hello Road Fellows !

Je pensais vous répondre par mail mais finalement le mieux est peut-être ce blog, directement.
Pour des conseils de dernières minutes je ne sais pas quoi vous dire, vous m'avez l'air bien équipés et tout préparés.
Dans ce post vous parlez de l'armée Turque en marche sur le Kurdistan irakien, à moins que vous n'ayez prévu de vous rallier au PKK, vous ne devriez pas avoir de soucis. A en voir votre carte, vous ne descendez pas si au Sud-Est que ça, lorsque j'y étais les contrôles étaient fréquents mais sans obstacles, mais si d'aventure vous zonez dans les parages de la frontières syriano-irakienne j'y ai gardé d'excellentes connaissances Kurdes pur jus très accueillantes ! Question climat : j'étais à Van en août 2006, canicule... puis en mars 2007, la banquise ! Vous risquez d'y être début avril, les saisons sont franches là-bas, vous éviterez la pluie...

Sinon, n'hésitez pas pour des questions, anyway I'll follow your adventures online !

Josselin, frère d'Annabelle.

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Christian said...

Hello Cyrilou,
FYI pas de probleme de guerre au semi-marathon de Paris mais de nombreuses performances. Je fais pas mal d'autosatisfaction avec un bon 1:42 mais la surprise vient de Caro qui a mis la barre assez haut pour une premiere participation avec un magnifique 1:49... C'est mieux que ton record perso non? T'as beau traverser l'asie en Moto, tu te fais quand meme deposer au semi par une meuffe... va falloir songer a arreter les muffins

drmathew said...

y best wishes. I am sure u will love Dunkerque. I have myself visited last year and had a blast. By the way after the cross channel ferries to Dunkerque, which other places are you planning to visit?

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- Maddy, the head of our "London HQ", special technical and weather advisor, and because she is simply the best and has been so supportive over the last few months
- My family and friends for their understanding and moral support
- Robert Roe (alias Bob) from Motoselect Franham for preparing the bike with such good care
- Anastasia from thevisacompany for helping me deal with so much red tape
- Claudio von Planta for sharing his valuable experience on Long-way Round and Long-way Down and answering so many of our questions
- Ronnie, Emmanuel and Benjamin for their enthusiast support and precious advise
- The Techtransalp team for their excellent website and advertising our adventure

- clearly Manon as she has always been supportive of this trip even though this means 3 months without me
- My mother for not giving up on me, for receiving all the parcels at home in Austria and for not freaking out!
- Amy and Steve for pushing over several months to keep focus on the organisation
- Xavier, for trusting me to be in France in June and be his best man at his wedding
- Cyril, for posting our tracks on the blog
- Louis, for looking into getting Continental to sponsor us
- Romain, for getting us the Turkmen visas
- My friends for all telling me "DO IT"!
- Claudio von Planta, Sambor and Maciej for sharing their great experiences on their numerous motorbike trips
- Henry, Yau and Tan from BMW HK for their support with the bike, the preparation and the bike sale
- Yasser, Mark, Michael and Christoph from BMW Munich for their help with all the accessories and the last minute bike purchase
- Bertrand and Alice for your help with the tyres in Almaty