People have been asking us why we have come to Rome ๐Ÿค” so let us explainโ€ฆ

Throughout my life Iโ€™ve always had dogs, so Iโ€™d planned to get one when we cycled through Italy 2 years ago, but due to the possible complications when we reached China, I decided against the idea, which turned out to be the right decision in the end.

We had to leave Thailand yesterday (26th Sept) as the government would not renew our visa ๐Ÿ˜ก and with all surrounding countries being closed, we had no option other than to fly out of the country, which as many of you know, was a close call, as I was admitted to hospital a couple of days before with heart complications, but luckily got discharged just in time for us to get our flight, talk about bad timing! ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ˜ฐโœˆ๏ธ ๐Ÿคฃ

We really enjoyed cycling through the Balkans, but especially the Stans, where we cycled the Silk Road through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and then over the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan as we made our way to China, these countries offer some of the worldโ€™s greatest adventure, mainly due to them being so extremely remote, they also offer some of the harshest environments on earth, so itโ€™s the ultimate challenge!

So taking into account all of the above, we came to the conclusion that Italy would be a great place to restart our tour, which also means we could get a dog ๐Ÿถ

So meet Comet ๐Ÿ˜we collect him in October from here in Rome, heโ€™s a Jack Russell Terrier (rough coat) hereโ€™s a few pictures of him, from 2 weeks to 5 weeks old, also some photos of his mum (Ivynook Bumblebee) and his dad (Fair and brave invincible iron)

The breed of dog is very important due to the way we travel, it needs to be a dog that is small enough to travel on the bike, but also be able to run for hours on end throughout the day when required, it also needs to have a fearless character and be extremely intelligent, so a Jack Russell Terrier fits the bill perfect.

The next leg of our tour takes us on a similar route, as we head through the Balkans, then following the Silk Road again through the Stans as we slowly make our way to Mongolia, where we will live with the Eagle Hunters in the North and then trek across the Gobi Desert in the South, so as you can imagine, Comet is in for a real adventure, heโ€™s going to have the time of his life!

We are going to be staying in Italy for a while, preparing for the next leg of our journey, and once Comet is ready, weโ€™ll hit the road again!

Our life on the road, and soon to include little Comet, will be complete, so long as we have our health, this is all we need, itโ€™s perfect, so hereโ€™s to the never ending journey ahead ๐Ÿ˜Š

Comet already has his own website and Instagram page, check him out here ๐Ÿ‘‰

5 thoughts on “Comet

  1. Very interesting. A huge number of people have just been kicked out of Thailand – can’t believe that they wouldn’t renew your visas after what you did. While I can see that you got right into the island culture, most of Thailand is actually populated by selfish, nasty little, farang hating, money grubbing people. Double pricing, serious corruption, stealing and even violent rape are all common. I am pretty sure that you could have gone back to Cambodia but you would have had to deposit 3,000 USD each on entry. Malaysia and Indonesia are closed until at least next March though.

    I was supposed to fly into Bangkok 8th August, on special entry as a skilled scientist. The writing is on the wall for anyone who knows that country, so I decided not to go back. Immigration do what they like with no coordination, the Health Minister is a serious fascist and the Military Government are a bunch of s…s My prediction is violence after the next demos in October.

    The next phase of your never ending trip sounds great. I assume that Mongolia is after next spring? Winter there is pretty terrible.

    I love the idea of a little pup – he really is lovely, as are the parents. I’ve been thinking the same thing since I might retire. Getting your JR to sit in one place for thousands of miles will be an interesting exercise!!!

    Good luck in Bella Italia!


    On Sun, 27 Sep 2020, 22:22 Chris and Gabs World Cycling Tour, wrote:

    > Chris and Gabs World Cycling Tour posted: ” People have been asking us why > we have come to Rome [image: ๐Ÿค”] so let us explainโ€ฆ Throughout my life > Iโ€™ve always had dogs, so Iโ€™d planned to get one when we cycled through > Italy 2 years ago, but due to the possible complications when we reached > China, I decide” >


    1. This comment is to Alex Lain Lain regarding the Thais. Wow! Why don’t you tell us how you really feel?!?
      Actually, while I don’t agree 100% about the whole of the Thai population, I think you’re 95%+ correct of those in the tourist areas. I have spent a lot of time in Thailand as well and have met a number of seemingly nice locals, but those typically had nothing to do with tourists or their money (true Asian hospitality is very nice). And I’m sure that many Thais go to the temples to pray for more tourists to rip off. But again, I have experienced some honestly good behavior from the locals; and yet I find your comments somewhat refreshing compared to the droves of clueless ‘travelers’ constantly being taken advantage of, and thinking it’s all so great! Over time I came to believe however that those ‘bad’ locals and clueless ‘travelers’ ultimately deserve each other- the trick is not to get caught in that net.


  2. For Chris and Gabs-
    You guys are AMAZING!!!! We’ve given up on travel for the foreseeable future (assumed you would do the same) due to hassles, health concerns, possible rapid border closures, isolation requirements, added expenses, medical insurance concerns, possible repatriation flights, etc., and you guys are hitting it hard- still!!!!! Maybe there’s still a chance you’ll swing by our place when nearby? Wow. I’m impressed.


  3. By the way, seriously cute puppy! But you knew that….


  4. Concerned to hear you were admitted to hospital with a heart problem hope you are o.k. Comet looks cute and being a jack russell he will at least be able to catch his own food when supplies are scarce!


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