Fighting back

Hi all!

I finally have the medical report and I have a shortage of white and red blood cells and this is all because of a nasty protozoa that I caught in Turkmenistan. It is thus not giardia (a flagellate) but it causes similar symptoms. You all might wonder why I keep going on about it but it affects my travelling in a big way as I was loosing my condition and health fast and could not travel the way I wanted to. Anyway, I have a new medicine now and I hope they will work, fingers crossed. Time to fight back!

Tomorrow I will leave for Murgab and then head for Kirgistan and China. I most likely arrive in Kashgar at the end of the first week of September so there will be complete silence for the next 3 weeks so don’t worry :-)

The next days I will thus cycle above 4000m through the middel of nowhere on the “Attic of the world” surrounded by yurts, Yaks and beautiful mountain scenery.
The part to Murgab I will cycle together with Scott and from Murgab onwards I will be on my own again. I might however have to take a jeep for a part of the stretch because I lost a lot of days because of those stupid Protozoa.

I will put all the pictures online in Kashgar so don’t forget to check now and then.
See you all later :-)




  1. lochem
    August 20th, 2007 | 11:11

    *-/Hallo Marc,
    Gelukkig is de oorzaak van je darmproblemen nu helder. We hopen dat de medicijnen goed werk doen. Hou je taai!!!!! Vanmorgen Toon aan de telefoon gehad. Nu onderweg van Naryn naar At-Bashy.Alhoewel goed gegeten, erg veel afgevallen. Net als bij jou, erg zwaar en moeilijk te fietsen “wegen”. Verder alles goed.
    Marc, let op jezelf en nog heel veel fietsplezier.

    Groeten, Hemmie en Joke.

  2. August 24th, 2007 | 11:56

    hi, marc, schoen zu hoeren, dass du dich nicht unterkriegen laesst, wenn es auch kein spass ist, solche gesundheitsprobs im hintergrund zu haben.. wir druecken die daumen, dass alles gut vorangeht und wir uns dann in ca. 2 wo hier wieder lesen!! ;-) ))))))))))))))))))))))

    lg aus tab + teh, ip

  3. Gijs
    September 5th, 2007 | 8:13

    Volhouden hoor! weet zeker dat je er snel weer “zo goed als nieuw” bent. Ik kijk uit naar je volgende verslag. hou je taai en succes met de volgende etappe


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