Six years ago, I embarked on my first long overland journey, traveling from the little desert town of Dunhuang (China) to my new home town Berlin, crossing Russia and Eastern Europe on the way, much of it in the Transiberian railway. My first intercontinental trip and a marvelous adventure. Rather by chance, I realized that, during the first leg of the journey, I was following a stretch of the ancient silk roads eastwards.
An idea blossomed in my mind, an idea that filled me with inspiration and awe (and my parents with worries). Once my research in Berlin would draw to a close, I would take a different road to from East to West, starting again in Asia, but following the Silk roads westwards. And I would do so by bicycle. And solo.
So here I am. The journey is going to take me along the web of the ancient silk roads, from the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek to the Caspian Sea, cycling along the mind-blowing Pamir highway, through fabled Silk road cities, such as Samarkand, passing the dying Aral sea as well as the green pastures of Central Asian nomads who still live their traditional ways of life. My cycling expedition will lead me through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – and who knows, maybe this year’s winter is nice enough to allow me to continue my journey and explore Azerbaijan and Georgia as well.