Daily Journal

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 with every moment that 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...

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. 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. People's questions...

Daily Journal · 25 February 2018
Due to a series of cascading dominoes, we decided to turn an poor situation into an opportunity. After having done an ultra-marathon Pat’s knee was feeling really sore. With the increase consequences of Gobi "Desert" crossings ahead of us and plenty of wiggle room during our visa stay, we decided to take it slow. Rather than simply hanging out in Yumen we took the train a little way on the southern Chinese silk road route to Dunhuang. While there we were able to see some iconic silk road...
Daily Journal · 15 February 2018
Happy New Year y’all! Distance: 0 km Total Distance: 1708 km End: Dunhuang Hotel Wrtten by Pat
Daily Journal · 14 February 2018
Today was a quiet day as we await the Chinese New Year to come. Turns out the fireworks are not till tomorrow night. The city is a weird mix of bustling and dead as seemingly every place is closed in the walking district, yet the streets are packed with people. Some random fireworks have gone off, a prelude of what is just around the corner. One thing I have always found enjoyable about different cultures is learning of the unknown assumptions I have always had. For example, I assumed that the...
Daily Journal · 12 February 2018
Today we checked out of our room in Yumen and put our trailers into hotel storage. We walked to the train station and headed to Dunhuang where we plan to chill and celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival.
Daily Journal · 11 February 2018
Today was a quiet day. Physically recovering from the ultra-marathon the previous day, we finally aroused ourselves to get food around noon. When we ventured out of the room we found that everyone was out in the streets shoveling. Apparently, a town as big as Yumen doesn't have plows. It was a real experience seeing everyone come out and work together for a common goal. Today we realized that if we continued as planned we would end up in the heart of nowhere desert for Chinese New Years. We...

Daily Journal · 10 February 2018
We walked an ultra-marathon today! It probably isn't a super commonly known fact but anything over 42 km is considered an ultra-marathon. We started later than we would have loved to, and ended later than we would have liked to too (took us about 12 hours to finish). The reason we were even able to walk so long is the blessing in disguise of having the police transport us and our trailers to Yumen. We didn't know how exactly to take this string of events causing us to arrive in Yumen two days...

Daily Journal · 09 February 2018
Today we find ourselves in Yumen taking an unintentional rest day. Last night we had difficulties finding a place to stay that would accept us. Eventually, the police told us they were giving us a ride forward to Yumen. So we find ourselves ahead of schedule with a dilemma. We must return to our endpoint from last night and walk back, but forwards, haha. The main dilemma is that the police were very accommodating and brought a van to haul our trailers to Yumen. Bringing our trailers back to...

Daily Journal · 08 February 2018
I want to fully share the experience of the day, I don't know how I truly can. How can I make you feel wind cutting through you, finding every crack in your layers, the only form of defense. Sand pelting all over, settling in your eyes, gritting underneath the lids with every blink. Skin being numb from cold, while the body is overheating. Stumbling with a sudden gust, balance being tested while walking. Stumbling again as a truck passes feet away, as the air's currents suddenly shift pushing...

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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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