The countdown has officially begun: Mel and I booked tickets to Istanbul, Turkey for January 7th, 2011, and from there we’ll start pedaling toward India, aiming to reach Ladakh about a year later, and exploring transboundary conservation case studies along the way. Nothing like a firm launch date to stir your belly into a frenzy of butterflies. We now have 70 days to sort out visas, finalize sponsorship deals, set up contacts along the route, and compress our lives into panniers for a year of vagabonding along the open road. Oh yeah, and acquire bikes! Our beloved touring bikes from previous trips – steel-frame hybrids we affectionately dubbed The Beast (Mel’s) and Crazy ‘Ol Maurice (mine) – are rusted relics of their former glory, so we’re seeking new wheels. More updates on gear and other matters to come. Meanwhile check out our expedition brochure.
In other news, the Cycling Silk website is mentioned in a new edition of Silk Roads, the Trailblazer guidebook depicted on the left (check out page 186!) They sent us a free copy which has already proven invaluable for planning purposes. So if you’re keen to explore this part of the world, be sure to check it out.
“One wanted, she thought, dipping her brush deliberately, to be on a level with ordinary experience, to feel simply that’s a chair, that’s a table, and yet at the same time, It’s a miracle, it’s an ecstasy.”