Belén Castelló and Tristan Bogaard take us on a seven-day, 430km bike packing loop in the Naryn region of Kyrgyzstan, near the Chinese border.
150 travellers who completed epic cross-continental cycling journeys were surveyed.
Each of the 150 cyclists got three votes to cast, and I simply tallied up the results. In the end, 80 different countries were favourited, which is pretty cool because that means most corners of the world have something, for somebody.
These are their top picks for the best countries for long-distance cycling »
10. 🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan
9. 🇨🇱 Chile
8. 🇲🇽 Mexico
7. 🇦🇺 Australian
6. 🇮🇷 Iran
5. 🇮🇳 India
4. 🇨🇳 China
3. 🇹🇯 Tajikistan
2. 🇺🇸 USA
1. 🇹🇷 Turkey
A full length (1h:10m) documentary video of a four-month motorcycle adventure from London, UK to Sydney, Australia, taken by two friends — David Darcy and Darren Higginson — back in 2012.
In the previous post about Noraly from ItchyBoots.com we followed her quick ride through Tajikistan.
With this video series we follow her progress through Kyrgyzstan.
Ep. 79 – Crossing into Kyrgyzstan
Reaching 4700 metres across some awful roads makes for an interesting ride.
Ep. 80 – Riding to Osh
Noraly welcomes the warmer weather at 1000 metres.
Ep. 81 – Riding from Osh to Toktogul
Next we follow Noraly crossing into Kazakhstan
Leigh and Steph from GrizzlyNbear Overland get invited to watch a game of Kok-Boru, a traditional game in Kyrgyzstan.
Advisory: The subject matter and some of the images may be disturbing for sensitive viewers.
History is full of long and legendary highways but none – frankly – come close to the Silk Road. It’s not just the magnitude (at least 4,000 miles, in more than 40 countries) but the mythic potency of the project. The world was cleft into east and west in the Middle Ages.
But long before, the Silk Road – which has existed in one form or another since the fourth century BC – breached any such divide. While trade was its raison d’être – Chinese silk, of course, but also salt, sugar, spices, ivory, jade, fur and other luxury goods – the road forged deep social, cultural and religious links between disparate peoples.
The Silk Road was not a road, but a network. The central caravan tract followed the Great Wall, climbed the Pamir Mountains into Afghanistan, and crossed to the Levant. Along the way were spurs branching off to river ports, caravanserai, oases, markets and pilgrimage centres. Journeys demanded meticulous preparation: the Silk Road and its tributaries cut through some of the harshest, highest, wildest places on Earth.