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To Pakistan on the Karakoram Highway (Pictures!)

Posted by on Feb 14, 04:49 AM
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The Karakoram Highway

Our beds in the spartan Traffic Hotel cost the equivalent of $2 for each of us, and we made the choice to stay an extra day in hopes that my symptoms would improve. Due to the lack of heating in our grim “hotel,” they didn’t noticeably subside.

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Celestial Cycling and Kashgar Cuisine

Posted by on Feb 3, 07:37 AM
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Our first 300 kilometers in Western China’s Xinjiang Province – including a run-in with the authorities of the Celestial Empire…

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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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Kyrgyzstan, Part 1 – Bishek to Arslanbob

Posted by on Dec 14, 08:13 AM
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The road from Bishkek rose through a crumbling canyon to 3300 meters where it burrowed under the snowy peaks in a leaky, three-click tunnel built by the Soviets…

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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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