The heavy rain the other day persuaded me to be a pussy and give Russia a miss, brrrrrr too cold.
Could do the Trans Siberian Express another time or on the way back.
So it`s Leeds to Kings Cross, next London to Paris by Eurostar, then onto Marseille for the first day, Global interrail pass bought, £325 for 15 days in a month. Value compared to £4.20 for 20 minutes to Ilkley !
Going to play it by ear when I can but need to plan ways to India (D on map below and blue arrows) , Visas and safety essential.
On my quest to avoid flight stress it seems obvious to head to Baku in Azerbaijan (A on Map) from Turkey, an alternative is to take a ferry from Odessa and avoid the Crimea problem. Transit from Iran into Pakistan is stupid (Red are areas where travel is deemed dangerous by the home office). There is a ferry from Baku to Turkmen but Visa there is a piss take, going over the top into Kazakstan is a longway and in Almaty (B) night temperature is -6 in December !
Looks like an airport eeeekkkk Baku to Either Islamabad or Lahore in Pakistan (C), might have to stopover in Dubai, what a shame !
Traveling and staying off the booze.