The world on two wheels
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Blidinje Lake - Bosnia

Blidinje Lake - Bosnia

This is a hidden lake near the Croatia/Bosnia border

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The Kazakh Steppe

The Kazakh Steppe

The vast stretches of the Kazakh Steppe offer a tranquil, if featureless, landscape

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Roadside meetup

Roadside meetup

On the road from Osh to Sary-Tash in Southern Kyrgzystan, I stop for a break and draw the attention of some local goat herders. 

The Pamir Mountain Valley

The Pamir Mountain Valley

The mighty Alai-Pamir mountain range along the southern flank of the road from Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan to the border town of Irkestam. This wide valley features a single dirt road and a scattered yurt or two. This 100-mile stretch would prove to be one of the the most serene and beautiful stretches along the entire journey. 

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The endless desert

The endless desert

This is a perfect representation of the terrain of the eastern edge of the Taklamakan desert. 

The Road to Nowhere

The Road to Nowhere

The Taklamakan Desert: with an area larger than the entirety of Germany, it is among the largest sand-deserts in the world. By and large, the landscape is completely featureless, but yet there is a stark beauty to it all. The influx of cash into infrastructure project has resulted in thousands of miles of newly-paved highways. This one, G315 was a familiar ribbon; I rode the entirely of it from the Western border of China all the way to Xining, Qinhai some 2,000 miles to the east.

Three Stooges

Three Stooges

For 1,000 miles from Kashgar to Delingha in western China, I rode with a Christian (Germany) and Ron (Holland). With only one road along the southern rim of the Taklamakan desert, it was terrific to have companionship. The first several hundred miles we benefited from strong tailwinds which pushed us to maintain 20-25 mph averages for days on end. However, about halfway through the desert, the winds shifted and as the sun warmed the air each day, by 11am the winds were just as strong in our face. We adapted and woke up before each dawn each day to get as many miles done before the winds picked up. On the days when we were caught out in the winds, we took one kilometer intervals at the front of our little peloton before falling back into rotation. One kilometer was about as much as the lead man could handle in those dusty winds.

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Hostel Graffiti

Hostel Graffiti

After weeks on the high desert plateaus of western China, descending into Xi'an in central China was a wonderful respite from the elements.

At the wonderful Xiangzimen Hostel near the south gate of the city, guests seem free to scribble their names and pithy remarks on the wall. I too have left my mark. 

The Final Mile

The Final Mile

After 11 months across mountains, deserts, fields and valleys: the end. 

Blidinje Lake - Bosnia

This is a hidden lake near the Croatia/Bosnia border

The Kazakh Steppe

The vast stretches of the Kazakh Steppe offer a tranquil, if featureless, landscape

Roadside meetup

On the road from Osh to Sary-Tash in Southern Kyrgzystan, I stop for a break and draw the attention of some local goat herders. 

The Pamir Mountain Valley

The mighty Alai-Pamir mountain range along the southern flank of the road from Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan to the border town of Irkestam. This wide valley features a single dirt road and a scattered yurt or two. This 100-mile stretch would prove to be one of the the most serene and beautiful stretches along the entire journey. 

The endless desert

This is a perfect representation of the terrain of the eastern edge of the Taklamakan desert. 

The Road to Nowhere

The Taklamakan Desert: with an area larger than the entirety of Germany, it is among the largest sand-deserts in the world. By and large, the landscape is completely featureless, but yet there is a stark beauty to it all. The influx of cash into infrastructure project has resulted in thousands of miles of newly-paved highways. This one, G315 was a familiar ribbon; I rode the entirely of it from the Western border of China all the way to Xining, Qinhai some 2,000 miles to the east.

Three Stooges

For 1,000 miles from Kashgar to Delingha in western China, I rode with a Christian (Germany) and Ron (Holland). With only one road along the southern rim of the Taklamakan desert, it was terrific to have companionship. The first several hundred miles we benefited from strong tailwinds which pushed us to maintain 20-25 mph averages for days on end. However, about halfway through the desert, the winds shifted and as the sun warmed the air each day, by 11am the winds were just as strong in our face. We adapted and woke up before each dawn each day to get as many miles done before the winds picked up. On the days when we were caught out in the winds, we took one kilometer intervals at the front of our little peloton before falling back into rotation. One kilometer was about as much as the lead man could handle in those dusty winds.

Hostel Graffiti

After weeks on the high desert plateaus of western China, descending into Xi'an in central China was a wonderful respite from the elements.

At the wonderful Xiangzimen Hostel near the south gate of the city, guests seem free to scribble their names and pithy remarks on the wall. I too have left my mark. 

The Final Mile

After 11 months across mountains, deserts, fields and valleys: the end. 

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IMG_9148.png
IMG_9345.png
IMG_5190.png
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Blidinje Lake - Bosnia
IMG_1079.png
IMG_0573.png
The Kazakh Steppe
IMG_1283 copy.jpg
IMG_1253.png
Roadside meetup
The Pamir Mountain Valley
IMG_1644a.png
The endless desert
The Road to Nowhere
Three Stooges
IMG_3251.png
IMG_3525.jpg
Hostel Graffiti
The Final Mile