Planning a route for a trip like this is always interesting. Countries you never heard of before before will suddenly end up on the list of destinations. Climate zones, customs and visa regulations as well as possible show stoppers have to be researched and taken into consideration. Already at the planning stage there are some interesting things to learn.
In the first section we will go from Germany to the Black Sea in Bulgaria. The travel speed on this section will depend strongly on the timetable of the ferry across the Black Sea. As much time as possible will be spent on the paths of the Trans Euro Trail in Romania and northern Bulgaria.
The second section covers the Caucasus including Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Due to the many highlights in this region, we might have to ride a loop or two.
After the crossing from Baku to Aqtau in Kazakhstan we will ride through the Uzbek desert towards the Pamir Highway. In Tadjikistan and Kyrgyzstan the highest mountain passes with a height of 4000m or more are waiting to be conquered.
Once back in Kazakhstan, the last leg of the trip takes us through the Mongol steppe to the capital Ulan Bator, and from there north towards Irkutsk at the final destination, Lake Baikal.