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Tajikistan| Pamir Highway over worlds second highest international border to turquoise Karakul Lake

Heading south from Osh, Kyrgyzstan, the Pamir Highway begins and leads south towards the Tajikistan border. Slowly, from the low elevation, the route begins to make it’s way up into the Pamir Mountains. The landscape is beautiful and the twisty … Continue reading

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Brutal Ulak Tartysh horse battle with sheep carcass @ Kyrgyzstan Independence Day, Russian concert, & vodka

The timing was perfect for coming into Bishkek with Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day being celebrated on August 31st. A famous tradition on this day is the national game of Ulak Tartysh (Kok Boru). It’s similar to polo, except a bit more … Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan| Issyk Kul beach camping, Russian saunas, shooting kalashnikovs, & adopted by Kyrgyz family

Some days you wake up expecting something wild and fun to happen, and sometimes it comes out of nowhere. When I climbed on my motorcycle in the morning, I didn’t expect to be shooting an assault rifle into the lake … Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan| Song Kul Lake beauty, be-headings, blizzards & sunsets, to Issyk Kul Lake

A hint of nervousness remained with us for the ride up to Song Kul. We had to ride through Naryn, where the lake security force had been trying to take us. It was no big deal, but there weren’t any … Continue reading

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Welcome to Kyrgyzstan| Busted camping at beautiful Chatyr Kol & exploring Tash Rabat Valley

Central Asia was probably the place I looked forward to most when looking ahead at the beginning of this long trip. I’d been to everywhere else apart from Burma and Pakistan. Entering Central Asia meant leaving SE Asia, which was … Continue reading

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