Regional Summaries · 24 August 2018
Our final section of China brought us from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, to the massively vital trade hub of Khorgos, the port between China and Kazakhstan. When I say, “brought us from Urumqi to Khorgos,” it’s not that much of a stretch considering the number of times we were detained by police. This section of our walk has had a very distinct wash, rinse, repeat feel to it; we’d walk, the police would stop us, they’d drive us to the next town and force us to stay in an expensive...

Regional Summaries · 13 July 2018
Having spent more time away from our trailers than we ever anticipated or intended too, we arrived back in Hami in a weird place. As a group, we had isolated ourselves before coming back and tensions were felt in every direction. We were not in a good place having left much unsaid; festering for the last two weeks. We stayed in Hami for a couple days, in one part to hang out with the friends we had made there, Josh, Danny, and Thomas. Josh had saved us from a logistical hurdle when he agreed to...

Regional Summaries · 11 May 2018
We had just finished up working two trips with Insight Adventures after taking a little more than a month off to rest our injures from an incredible marathon day. We were rested, willing, and itching to get back on the road and continue our walk. We anticipated this section to be the most challenging, but we had no idea of the kind of challenges it had in store for us. It took us about 5 days to get back to our stuff from getting our stamp at the border. For the last couple weeks of work, we...

Regional Summaries · 05 April 2018
This regional summary is a weird one. To be completely honest, this region (or rather, this transition between regions) had more distractions and interruptions to our walk than it had actual walking, so bare with me. In a way, it mirrors that our journey itself was in a sort of transition period of its own. In total, we walked fourteen days during this 60-day stay afforded by our most recent visa stamp. It’s easy for me to say that this section was the beginning of many new things for our...

Daily Journal · 02 March 2018
After meandering through villages the last few days, we are most definitely in the Gobi now. All the land to our north is flat. It is completely covered with dark stones except for the commonly dispersed tiny brown shrub. It looks lifeless, although I know there must be some living things out here we have yet to see signs of. I wonder if we ever will. The day was filled with our usual philosophical debates. Todays topics were about what makes up a person's identity, and whether our trip is...

Daily Journal · 01 March 2018
We don’t recommend walking the Silk Road. It’s boring and uneventful. IF you want a load of time to listen to podcasts, talk at length with your friends about topics that may or may not really matter, look at flat nothingness for days on end, practice your slack jaw, interact with people from all over the world, test yourself physically and mentally, and understand the world as a whole better, then I guess you may find what we’re doing interesting. I joke but in reality, the understanding...

Daily Journal · 28 February 2018
From one unexpected 'bin guan' to another. Today we walked county roads along what seemed to be seasonal wetlands on the edge of a series of streams coming from the mountains to our southwest. As barren as it has been, and as we thought this new place would be, we are pleasantly surprised to be surrounded by tall, currently dried out, grasses, trees, and streams. In the recent heat wave, the series of streams that run perpendicular to our road are beginning to thaw, the standing water in the...

Daily Journal · 27 February 2018
Today was the first time in months in which I woke up in my tent with no resemblance of winter. The usual frost that lines the inside of my tent only to fall as snow every time I grazed a wall was nowhere to be seen. None of my water froze nor did I need to keep it in my sleeping bag with me while I slept. The day was pleasant from those first moments. Our muesli breakfast was supplemented with almond milk given to us by a stranger on the road the day before. The weather is wonderful. I am back...

Daily Journal · 26 February 2018
Today was our first Facebook Live event! It was amazing to start our day by having a conversation with people from all over the world. All who were there to ask us questions and generally support us on our walk. Big shout out to the Insight Adventures and Voyager Outward Bound School communities who came out in numbers! Thanks, y'all. Watch our whole event here. Our goal was to raise money for us to be able to walk across Iran but we neither made much money, nor talked at length about Iran....


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Silk Walk Expedition

 

Our mission is to walk from one symbolic end of the Silk Road to another weaving together stories of People, Places, and Purpose.

 

我们的使命是从丝绸之路的象征性的一端走到另一端,编织关于人物,地方和目的的故事。

 

Наша миссия - пройти от одного символического конца Шёлкового Пути до другого, переплетая истории различных Мест, Людей, и их Целей.



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