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Tajikistan Part 3: Life on the Roof of the World

Posted by on Jan 15, 09:54 PM
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The Wakhan Valley

Today I would ascend the to the highest point that I had yet pedaled: the 4,650 meter (15,000 feet) Ak-Baital (“White Horse”) pass to the massive, black, beautiful Lake Karakul at 4,000 meters. My road followed the Chinese border, the barbed-wire fence only 30 meters away, for most of the day.

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The China Road

Posted by on Jan 3, 11:57 PM
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…A Lada taxi bounced to a stop in the mud and a tourist jumped out into the swirling snow and wind. “YOU ALL RIGHT?” he shouted, and I caught the surprised looks of his two friends as they surveyed the apparently suicidal, mud-spattered cycle tourist…

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Tajikistan Part 2: Experiencing Afghanistan at a Comfortable Distance

Posted by on Dec 19, 02:26 AM
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Panorama of the Wakhan Valley

…I came across a small, deep valley that had some cultivated ground and rock walls but no sign of life, so I followed the steep side road down to the little field and began to set up camp. I stockpiled some rocks in case I had a visit from wolves in the night. Just as complete darkness fell and I was about to retire to my tent…

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Tajikistan Part 1: The Wild Wild East

Posted by on Dec 4, 06:32 AM
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The Anzob Tunnel

…I then entered the Varzob corridor: a lush river valley flanked by enormous manors built, and being built, by Dushanbe’s newly-moneyed. According to some reliable sources the origin of this immense wealth is the transport of Taliban-grown heroine from Afghanistan down the Pamir Highway to the rest of Central Asia and the world.

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Crack-ups and Capitals

Posted by on Nov 24, 01:59 AM
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‘деньги! деньги!’ … in the unnatural glare, a couple of swarthy thugs walked through the door and began to demand money in Russian…

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Further Escapades in the Stans

Posted by on Nov 13, 11:26 AM
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My plan was this: wait until nightfall when the air is comfortable for cycling, then clobber the entire 200km (125mi) in one go. I had a strong maté at the café and at 9pm hit the road.

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Central Asia's Thirstiest Miles: Cycling the Kazakh Desert

Posted by on Nov 9, 08:48 AM
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Five-hundred kilometers along some of Central Asia’s worst roads—a misnomer—across the Ustyurt Plateau and finally into Uzbekistan’s semi-autonomous Karakalpakstan. The route of choice for those who love endless miles of dusty dry desolation.

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