Category Archives: Bike Touring

Riding High: the Final Push Across the Pamir Plateau

“Injection” the nurse said intently. “Ummmm…I don’t know” answered Morgan uneasily. But the nurse wouldn’t have any of it. She waved him off and started digging through a plastic shopping bag, spilling unmarked bags of pills and wads of gauze … Continue reading

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One Day in the Pamirs

Masks of Apathy We’d been on the bike for 6 hours and 15 minutes when the road turned bad again.  The road was carved into the side of a cliff, the Panj River dashing downwards beneath it.  Above us were … Continue reading

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The Five Minute Rule: How to Stay Friends with a Long Term Travel Buddy

    It was 7 am, breakfast. Chris and I faced each other across a low table in a Moorish courtyard, still waking up.  We were silent as the owner of the bed and breakfast brought us bread, eggs, and … Continue reading

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Mind Games for the Tough Hours of the Ride

Since the time I installed my bicycle odometer in Trabzon, Turkey – about 1/3 of the way through our journey – the trip computer says we’ve logged 730 hours of saddle time. I did the math; that’s 30.4 days, or … Continue reading

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Riding into No Man’s Land: Crossing the Steppe

The Kazakh Steppe is among the world’s most remote and isolated regions. For centuries, its vast and desolate expanses offered protection of Central Asia’s khanates against the invading armies of Europe and the Far East, braved only by the few … Continue reading

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