Trailer for a self-supported expedition by bicycle across western China, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas, crossing both Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.
3200km/1800miles by bicycle, 500km by hitchhiking, 3240km by standing-room only train*, 1028km bus*
7968km of extreme travel with a bicycle, train and bus.
I encountered local cultures, languages, food, transportation and used old paper maps as navigation. This was not an expedition about crossing the longest distances (world circumnavigation riders have done all that).
Objectives of this expedition were about:
*learning to document expedition travel in a journal
*learning to record video and photos that can illustrate, as well as educate from life experiences on the road
*to experience places that I have seen through maps;
*to experience some of the world's best desert highways, mountain routes while challenging the terrain, climate, topography and elevations (above 4000 meters)
*learn to ride a bicycle self-sustained for an extended journey without ride support, backups, or sag wagons.
*to raise awareness of several, non-profit organizations
*to build networks with other explorers and share
*to prepare for future expeditions
*to live to face my fears, and live my dreams