May 08 2008


Published by at 3:25 am under World Tour 2008

Uzhgorod in Ukraine
Uzhgorod in Ukraine

After 2 days in Uzhgorod (Ужгород) doing various admin tasks (posting some excess luggage back home, buying a local SIM card, replying to emails, etc…) and also visiting a bit I am now ready to cycle into the Transcarpathian mountains. It will probably be my last mountain range for a while. After this I’m heading towards Odessa, carefully avoiding Moldavia and especially Transnistria, well known for the corruption of its border guards.

The crossing into Ukraine from Slovakia didn’t go as smoothly as I expected as I was told by the Slovak guards that the Uzhgorod crossing was only open to motor vehicles and that I should go 50km South to cross in a small village barely visible on my 1:200k map. After a bit of talking (and lots of gesturing) they asked a passing bus driver to take me and my bike to the other side and I ended up with a free 5km ride into the centre of Uzhgorod.

Uzhgorod itself is quite nice and a very relaxed place!

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Uzhgorod”

  1. Mike Vermeulenon 08 May 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Congratulations on making it to Ukraine. I’ve been following and will watch with some interest, particularly as you go across Kazakhstan and to the Chinese border.

  2. Arnaud Riesson 08 May 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks Mike! The Chinese visa seems very unlikely now. According to the new
    Chinese rules I would need to book a flight and the complete accommodation for the duration of the stay which is now limited to 30 days without possibilty of extension. I think I’ll spend my time visiting the stans instead…

  3. Mark Songhurston 09 May 2008 at 7:33 am

    More photos please! 🙂
    Really enjoying your blog Arnaud; stay safe and keep on pedalling!

  4. Alexon 09 May 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Pity about the China visa. We are all following your progress in the S++ room. Good luck with the next phase.

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