Travelling is not only for the rich people. And the world is more hospitable than people say.
Family cycling around the world, searching of authenticity, exploring interesting lands, meeting colorful people, getting into exciting adventures, continuously testing endurance to the limit (and not just physical)… All part of our project “Two-wheeled Chronicles”.
Even if you are not a traveler and you have never slept in a tent but at least you dream about it; even if you are not an artist, but world cultures touch something in your heart, we are happy to see you here. This web site is for you!
Half the world by bicycles or what is a Two-wheeled Chronicles
About adventures in an Iranian village, everyday life of the Iranians and hemp seeds (№22)
We are staying for a night in an Iranian house again. We were almost dragged into it to avoid blizzard on a mountain pass. Hospitality of the Iranians is incredible. During two months in Iran we spent only two nights in our tent! Lifestyle of the Iranians, family life, likings… you’ll learn about this from the video.
Why we don’t like the capital city and love villages in Iran (№21)
Two musicians from Folknery continue their journey in Iran heading to Australia and tell their adventures during past weeks. They were trying to get visas in Teheran and faced an obstacle: they will not get into Pakistan because of terrorists attacks. They recorded a song and made a clip together with local musician Roham in Zanjan. They keep getting added evidences that the most hospitable people can be met in Iran. Despite all its drawbacks, the country had already become their most favorite among the ones they had already covered on their journey.
How we had lunch in an Iranian village mosque (№20)
To invite a traveler for lunch is typical for Iranians. To invite foreign cyclists is a pleasure. We felt this in the way they treated us with special care. It was a really interesting adventure for us to visit a rural mosque in the interior of Iran.
About traffic, people and sleeping in a mosque – cycling adventures in Iran continue (№19)
We haven’t reached India yet, so thought that traffic in Iran was crazy. We spent night at mosques for dozens of times and this is one of the reasons why we like Iran. You will always find shelter here.
Does Iranian food taste good to Ukrainian cyclists? (№18)
We are talking about peculiarities of Iranian cuisine. It was our first experience at an Iranian cafeteria. Overall, we came to really like the local cuisine.
First night in Iran, mind-blowing hospitality and fingerprints (№17)
Finally, we’ve made it to Iran! What’s it like? Is it safe? How do locals treat foreigners? And many other questions we were anxiously asking ourselves on that day… till Iranians in the span of one evening proved to us that this country is the best for a traveller!
How to shower and do laundry during a cycling expedition
“How and where do you shower during the trip?” is probably the most commonly asked question from those who are thinking about taking a long-distance trip. It comes as no surprise, since nowadays people are used to comfort and are not too keen on going without a hot shower for long. Volodya and I hardly ever stay in hotels or hostels, so here we will only be talking about showering in the wild. To be honest, things happen during a trip. Sometimes you have to go unwashed and covered in dust and dirt for 2-3 days. It depends on where you are travelling. That being said, it’s difficult to imagine these things until you’ve experienced them yourself. And it’s much more painless than you might think. Usually it’s not difficult to get to shower every day. How do we do that? It couldn’t be simpler. Usually before stopping for the night, in a village or a town with a well and a sewage system we ask people to get us 3-5 l of water per person. You can use simple plastic bottles for that or a plastic canister, and for the most progressive people there are special shower systems sold […]
What musical instruments and equipment do we have?
We took two small drums in our round-the-world journey. To be more precise, one of them is a metal Turkish darbuka, which we have had from the beginning of our journey, another one – a traditional wooden Nepalese drum – we bought in Katmandu, where they are widespread and can be found at any music store. These drums are rather light and small, and can be easily packed into one bag on the luggage rack together with a tent and other belongings. Performance in Indonesia Another musical instrument we carry is a hurdy-gurdy made by a Carpathian craftsman Mykhailo Tafiychuk. It has been accompanying us in all six Two-wheeled Chronicles expeditions. We could even say that it initiated our performance as Folknery music band back in 2010. It stands to reason that this instrument is incredibly precious to us, though it is not in a perfect condition due to continuous transportation, exposure to excessive humidity and other impacts. Because of its striking appearance and amazing sound, our hurdy-gurdy always draws genuine interest from the audience while we are performing. Our hurdy-gurdy and darbuka We also have a ukulele, a small and light instrument which looks like a guitar and originally […]
Cyclist’s kitchen in field conditions
We normally cook for ourselves while in journey. We use a backpacking stove which is very popular with travelers. It is lightweight and easy to use. To cook lunch on a backpacking stove you do not need an armful of firewood. Unlike a typical fire, some small twigs are enough for it. You don’t need to buy fuel for the stove, which brings it significant advantage over canister or liquid fuel stoves. In addition to this stove, we have Primus OmniFuel which can use both gas and petrol as fuel. This is a very good stove, but we use it only in extreme conditions (during heavy rain or when there is no kind of wood around). We keep at least 100 g of petrol for such occasions. Our cookware consists of a 3 l pot in which we cook everything. It is a bit cracked and rather smoked. Our pot likes smoke so much that wouldn’t let it be cleaned off. We have two metal spoons (we also use them as tools while changing tires in case of punctures), two light metal bowls, two metal mugs, one knife and one 0.5 l thermos. This is a full list of our […]
Duties and responsibilities in “Two-wheeled Chronicles” cycling expedition team – who does what?
Volodya, as our journey initiator and a team leader, had taken responsibility for planning the expedition route, setting timelines, choosing and buying necessary travel gear long before the journey started. Volodya takes care of absolutely all equipment which we carry with us: bicycles, photo-video-audio equipment, electrical appliances and musical instruments. If anything brakes, he repairs it on his own or finds the way to deal with issues. Volodya is a navigator, which means that he follows the map, GPS and compass, so that we don’t get lost. He is also a cameraman. All videos from the journey which you can watch on “Two-wheeled Chrocles” Youtube channel were shot and edited by Volodya. I shot only several episodes. I, being a woman, am responsible for our nutrition. Although Volodya helps me with coking on the road and does the washing up more often, I am the one who buys all necessary products and makes sure we don’t run out of food, especially when covering long distances in deserted locations. I also take care of our budget. Volodya always provides us with water. I am also responsible for the first aid kit, keep it filled with all necessary medicine. If any clothes […]
What kind of photo, video and audio equipment do we take in our journey?
Apparently, it is difficult to find a person nowadays who doesn’t take a photo or video camera when they set off for a journey, even if it is a short trip. You can imagine how many items we need in a long and distant journey round the world to shoot our documentary and clips, take pictures of everything we see on our way and record music. To do everything mentioned above, a lot of equipment is certainly required. So, what exactly do we have? In Thailand Photo and video We have two cameras: Canon 100D with which we normally take photos and Canon 70D which we use to shoot video. These cameras were provided to us by Canon Ukraine, and we are really grateful for that. We use four lenses: two zooms, one wide-angle and one kit 18-55 mm. We love these cameras, because we can adjust both of them to our needs. Canon 100D is the lightest reflex camera in the world, it is perfectly suitable for cyclists who would like to get high quality photos. Canon 70D, being a bit heavier, suits best for shooting top quality videos. We use Rode SVM stereo condenser microphone with this camera. […]
Our first aid kit
It goes without saying that when you set for a long journey, be it cycling, hitch hiking, or any other kind of travelling, you should have a basic first aid kit. We would like to share with you our approach to compiling a medical kit, taking into account that cycling can become extreme at times and one has to be ready for an unexpected emergency. We took the following medicine in our journey: Activated charcoal tablets for food poisoning. We used it only once or twice in India and Nepal. These are the countries where nearly every traveler normally has problems with stomach. Analgin tablets – in case of a headache, toothache or any other pain of that type, but we haven’t taken it during this journey so far. Hydrogen peroxide – an important antiseptic in case of any superficial wounds. We applied it several times for minor scratches and cuts. Fortunately, there we haven’t had any serious wounds. Sterile dressing materials: roller bandages, cotton, elastic and adhesive bandages, knee and elbow supports, out of which we used a lot of bandages and plasters when Volodia had an abscess. We mentioned this case in our blog. We also have iodine, […]