Read all about our Silk Road adventures in the latest issue of WEND magazine, available on newsstands here starting in August. Just can't wait to get on the road again...

EXCERPT:

As young wannabe explorers who wish we inhabited a world where maps still bore blank spaces, the three of us have come to China to deliberately lose ourselves along the infamous yet geographically intangible Silk Road. For four months, we intend to live as nomads while exploring nearly 5,000 kilometers of China’s cracked and broken back roads, retracing an abridged section of this famed route through the autonomous regions of Xinjiang and Tibet. And while Marco Polo relied on camels and caravans to get around, we have opted instead for the sovereign freedom of two wheels.

We wanted to experience a hint of how Marco must have felt confronting the unknown Silk Road, with its meanders and dead ends, its high passes and harsh deserts, its ancient villages and booming cities. This means intentionally disorienting ourselves in China’s faraway places and peoples, gulping down thin air for dinner and swallowing sand for dessert, and burning muscle to the bone with our pulses pounding to the rhythm of altitude, adrenaline and life itself along the storied Silk Road...

 

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AuthorKate Harris