Tajikistan: The Roof Of The World7 Posted by b_puliti - July 5, 2015 - Bike Tour, Pedal, Read, Tajikistan, Travel
All told, we spent a month and a half traveling in Tajikistan by bike. Part of this time was pedaling some of the highest mountains in the world--the Pamirs, known as "The Roof of the World"--and through one of the most remote regions in the world—the Wakhan Valley. It was here that the wind tore at my face, the cold permanently numbed my fingertips, the roads disintegrated to sand and I anxiously camped a literal "stone's throw" from Afghanistan. It's where I first uttered the phrase, "Today is the hardest day I've ever had on a bike." And then said it again and again, day after day. It was here that I fell in love--with the landscape, with the people, with the culture. And, despite several severe bouts of food poisoning, didn’t leave until a death in the family forced me out. In this part of the world... ...roads look like this. ...homes look like this. ...campsites look like this. ...hospitality looks like this. ...entire kitchens look like this. ...solitude looks like this. ...showers look like this. ...celebrity status looks like this. ...meals look like this. ...the 9-to-5 looks like this. ...transportation looks like this. ...decorations look like this. ...and perspective looks like this. It was entirely different from the "world" I come from--and without exaggeration it was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my lifetime.