Other Adventures Anywhere
Motorcycling isnít everything. Other
things in my life also merit a few pages telling about them. This section will
be a repository for adventures that arenít on a motorcycle.
Most of these adventures were undertaken in conjunction with a motorcycle tour. A couple were independent of such tours.
This was a three-day prelude to the
Wild West Mongolia Tour. Its particular interest was to visit the old Mongolian
capital of Kharkhorin and to experience that part of the steppe Ė the Orkhon
Valley Ė that gave birth to so much of Mongoliaís early history.
This is an
amazing part of the world. Over millennia, itís experienced tribal movements
and conquests across the Great Eurasian Steppe; the coming and going of empires
and kingdoms; and the enormous changes to trade, commerce, philosophies,
religious beliefs, traditions, life-styles and, indeed, warfare that were the
products and by-products of the Ancient Silk Road.
As a prelude to my Tibet Tour, four of us, "harmonious friends" from previous motorcycle tours, spent almost three weeks in "mainland" China visiting several key tourist spots. We had planned to take the train from Beijing to Lhasa for the motorcycle tour, but ended up having to fly to Nepal and enter Tibet from there. The "mainland" China tour included the Three Gorges, Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing.
Delhi and Agra
This page combines visits made to Delhi and Agra in 2010 with Dylan, my grandson, as part of our Nepal/Bhutan tour; in 2012 as part of my Himalaya tour; and in 2014 with Oskar, my grandson, as part of our South India tour. The main highlights were tracing the legacies of the Mughal Empire; but the visits also took in some pre-Mughal structures and treasures of the National Museum relating to early Indian history.
Kirtling is a tiny hamlet in Cambridgeshire near the Suffolk border in UK. Itís somewhere no road passes through to go anywhere! You have to want to go there. My great grandfather, William Crick, was born and worked there. So too, his parents and their parents lived, worked and were buried there. My visit was part nostalgia, part self-discovery and part research. It was enlightening in all respects.
Rome and Venice
A few days in each of these amazing Italian cities preceded my Dalmatia Tour in 2010. Iíd never been to Italy but had a long association with Rome through classical studies and ecclesiastical links Ė all more or less intangible but real enough. Venice was my choice for a second city and proved a good one. It was also conveniently located to get to Ljubljana for the start of the Dalmatia Tour.
This was a five day voyage as a member of the shipís crew on HMB Endeavour from 25-29 April 2010. Hereís a chance to sail with me Ė if only in retrospect.
Prior to my Morocco tour in 2009, I spent some time in Madrid and southern Spain, visiting Toledo, Seville and Cordoba. There was an area of Spain under Moorish rule called Al-Andalus. I hadnít set out with this concept in mind, but it was a perfect prelude to Morocco.
I took the opportunity of visiting Jordan before undertaking the Turkey tour in 2008. Itís a special place worth capturing. I kept a detailed diary so that has helped to write it up - some three years after the event! It was a good introduction to the Middle East and a relevant prelude to the Turkey tour.
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