Our expedition will take us along the Silk Road, the oldest trade route network in the world. The Silk Road transported more than just goods between Eastern and Western Empires as long ago as 600 BCE. Technology, ideas, and religion all made the journey through the hands and the minds of the people who traveled these routes. We want to walk the Silk Road to discover this for ourselves and tell stories of the people we meet along the way, the places we walk through, and the purposes that intertwine it all.
Some argue the faster you move the more you see. We feel that the slower you move the more you connect.
Our vision is to follow in the footsteps of history. We will face the trials of crossing deserts, mountains, great plains, and endless valleys, not to mention the range of climate and seasonal changes; just as countless traders, travelers, and exiled souls did while crossing vast expanses. We are doing this to gain a greater understanding of cultures and the connections people have fostered for the places they call home. Another important aspect of this journey will be to challenge our perspective by blending the old with the new. Twenty-first century lifestyles value convenience and instant gratification, and we plan to challenge both by shifting our lives to max-out at 5 km/h as we travel through over a dozen distinct cultural regions that span Asia and Europe.
A map of the Silk Road routes is full of dots representing significant cities along the way. In the modern age, we typically travel dot to dot, ignoring those lines that represent everything in-between. For us, it is those forgotten in-betweens that are the draw; to experience our world for what it is, without skipping the "boring" parts. In this way, we hope to help bridge a connection between the people and places we meet with those who follow our journey. We want to challenge stereotypes and provide perspective as we continue the tradition of globalization between the East and the West. We must go to know, even if it is one step at a time.