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Africa, Central Asia   27 Oct, 2019, 18:36
On roads that echo: bicycling too far. Part 1: Asia  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker cycles far too far – though not fast – as he pedals across India on his way to Africa. Here there’s a river in the way.

Central Asia   10 Jan, 2018, 15:29
Cutting the wires to sneak through Tibet’s closed Western border  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker’s continuing adventures have resulted in the launch of a new travel book. Here, for the first time, take the chance to read his prologue.

Central Asia, Europe   18 Jun, 2017, 19:17
Skiing south on the border between Europe and Asia  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker tracks the border between Russia and Asia. It’s cold up there but Cally helps him travel a route with absolutely no transport infrastructure.

Central Asia, Europe   8 Jun, 2017, 18:51
Arrested for tourism in Russia’s far north  
Charlie Walker

Adventurer par excellence Charlie Walker runs into legal problems as he fights his way through a forgotten corner of the Soviet Empire. Who knew tourism was so illegal.

Central Asia, Europe   22 Apr, 2017, 16:52
A tank beats a trudge across the Soviet Arctic  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker’s latest expedition is tracing the border between Europe and Asia. His start, in the wintry tundra of northern Russia, makes it clear just what a task he’s undertaken.

Africa   13 Sep, 2014, 20:38
Praise to the lord – and now please pay. Amen  
Charlie Walker

On his bike through the DRC, Charlie Walker drops in to an emotional church service in Lubumbashi. Religious ecstasy rules but the ministers carefully shepherd their payment.

Africa   28 Aug, 2014, 20:38
Dodgy village campouts in rural DRC  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker finds his cycle through the Democratic Republic of the Congo sometimes helped – but often hindered – by the rarity of foreigners in one of the world’s most troubled states.

Africa   13 May, 2014, 12:37
A fast pedal through Namibia’s deserts  
Charlie Walker

On his endless round-the-world cycle marathon Charlie Walker passes through Namibia. There’s plenty of wildlife but also the peace of his surroundings.

Africa   11 Mar, 2014, 13:47
Stirrings of war in a quiet Mozambique  
Charlie Walker

A 60-mile stretch of road was closed to all traffic, except for army convoys that sped through once a day, bristling with guns. But Charlie Walker, on his bicycle, is just waved through. Gulp.

Africa   26 Dec, 2013, 11:25
All at sea on the shores of Lake Malawi  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker’s epic cycle ride runs into soft sand (of the beachy kind) on the shores of Lake Malawi. An overdue chance for some R & R.

Africa   27 Nov, 2013, 21:54
Pedaling through mud on a track through Tanzania  
Charlie Walker

By car, Tanzania’s best know for serious, random speed bumps spread along the tarmac. On a bicycle Charlie Walker has a different set of problems – mainly ants and tsetse flies – as as he powers his way down East Africa along a long stretch of mud.

Africa   30 Oct, 2013, 20:25
Gorillas in the .. er .. missed  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker’s epic cycle ride climbs the hills of Uganda. Though his budget doesn’t stretch to tracking oversize primates, his slow pace of travel gives him far more penetrating insights into everyday Ugandan life.

Africa, Middle East   26 Jun, 2013, 13:16
Scorpions and desert storms: cycling Sudan  
Charlie Walker

Globetrotting cyclist Charlie Walker pedals south from Wadi Haifa for the long hot journey to the capital, Khartoum.

Middle East   3 Jun, 2013, 12:35
Cycling through Kurdistan: welcome to a boom zone  
Charlie Walker

The latest installment from Charlie Walker’s three-year bike-ride around the world sees him pedal through Iraqi Kurdistan, dodging fast imported cars and endless cups of tea.

Central Asia, Middle East   13 Mar, 2013, 16:26
An all-too white Christmas: Iran by bike  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker’s epic bike ride continues through the Middle East’s most hidden society, the shrouded rural areas of Iran. Though the authorities are routinely suspicious, amongst ordinary Iranians he finds nothing but friendliness.

Central Asia, Middle East   18 Jan, 2013, 16:26
A leisurely pedal across today’s Afghanistan  
Charlie Walker

It’s hardly a usual destination for a cyclist. But getting a visa is easy so Charlie Walker seizes the opportunity to visit a country that may soon, once more, close its doors to the West.

Central Asia   13 Nov, 2012, 11:43
A game of polo with a headless goat  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker pedals slowly through the mountains of once-soviet Kyrgyzstan and borrows a horse for a game of Ulak Tartysh. Sadly the welcome of the locals is not matched by their mirror-shaded authorities.

Central Asia   21 Aug, 2012, 07:17
Horsing about on the Mongolian steppes  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker’s adventures across central Asia continue with a 600-mile expedition across Mongolia, helped by a horse. Maybe calling the animal ‘Nicky’ was tempting fate…

Central Asia   16 Jul, 2012, 21:11
Fair wind to Mongolia: from China on foot  
Charlie Walker

It’s a long walk from Beijing to Ulaan Baatur. Charlie Walker spends six weeks on the road and though frankly that’s fast (to cover 900 miles) he has the occasional adventure on the way. My favourite is the sexual assault, where grannies and toddlers come to his aid.

Central Asia   3 May, 2012, 15:05
Earning a travelling crust in Beijing  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker parks up his bike to earn some cash in China. Five months in the Chinese capital get him little closer to understanding several mysteries of the Orient. But when a small child pees on his leg he quickly decides it’s time to move on.

Central Asia   9 Dec, 2011, 16:55
Cycling across China: into Beijing  
Charlie Walker

The world’s most populous nation – and one of the largest too – doesn’t deter round-the-world cyclist Charlie Walker who pedals from Vietnam in the south to the northern capital, Beijing – and finds plenty of rural tranquillity along the way.

Asia Pacific   28 Oct, 2011, 00:11
Skulls and scams: cycling through Cambodia  
Charlie Walker

On his round-the-world cycle ride, Charlie Walker finds his biggest problem, in Cambodia, is too many tourists – and a lot of abandoned skulls.

Central Asia   23 Jun, 2011, 14:35
Cycling Laos, from north to south  
Charlie Walker

World cyclist Charlie Walker pedals his way down small, landlocked Laos but finds plenty of water along the way. Then a scooter crash threatens to derail his trip.

Central Asia   12 May, 2011, 10:45
A long draught of China on a slow-moving bike  
Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker is almost a year into an epic four-year cycle-ride that aims to reach the world’s ‘Four Corners’. With thanks to Lifeboat Tea (his sponsors) he details his experiences of pedalling through mainland China.

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