We last saw Noraly riding through Kyrgyzstan. With this video series we follow her progress through Kazakhstan.
Ep. 83 – Crossing into Kazakhstan
Noraly rides from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Almaty, Kazakhstan
Ep. 84 – Getting a Russian Visa and servicing the Royal Enfield in Almaty.
Ep. 85 – The Plains of Kazakhstan
Noraly has only a couple of weeks to travel to some 3400 km to the Russian border. So despite the weather forecast, she must make tracks.
Ep. 86 – Riding to Turkestan, Kazakhstan
Naraly rides to an important pilgrimage site. Yasaui Mausoleum, built in the 14th century, hosts the tomb of Sufi teacher and poet Yasaui.
Ep. 87 – Noraly explores Sauran, the ruins of the capital of the Mongol White Horde, on her way to Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
Ep. 88 – Riding from Kyzylorda to Aralsk
Noraly rides to see rockets at Baikonur on her long day’s journey to the Aral Sea.
Ep. 89 – Nothing but Camels – Riding from Aralsk to Aktobe
Noraly plans a long 617 km day ride.
Ep. 90 – Aktobe to Uralsk
Noraly takes a 480km detour due to road construction.
Ep. 91 – Noraly ploughs through another 510 kilometers of detour on her way to Atyrau.
Through flat grasslands and semi-desert on her way to the Russian border
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.
Read More at The Telegraph (paywall)…