Not wanting or wishing or chasing something else. I’m in stationary timestopped movement liberated from hoping for a better view or a softer light or a more ragged horizon. Kyrgyzstan is stasis that I know isn’t permanent but that I can at least be present in heat and contentment.
I don’t care about the equipment, I just want it to be perfect.
I think that span, the morning snow, the frustrations of the mud slog up and past the high point, the clacking rollercoaster descent and then whooosh, silence of our big tires on green carpet doubletrack for days; I think that span snapped and adhered this place to us so here’s where we never want to have missed or ended.
Mountains and steppe, high meadow yurt camps, Silk Roads and the history of Soviet presence, Islam and horsemen and crashing cold rivers. None of the confirmed superlatives will match our wide eyed slow heartbeat wonder.
Above, Pabongka monastery north of Lhasa. 2007. Alex and Ray cruising through Shimla, India before the start of the Himachal stage race. 2007. Luna ambassador Roz and and Irish mountain bike champ Beth helping some […]
Newspaper and television images, then the images of our lowest and high sentiments take over. Abbottabad, Pakistan is in the media today. The narrative and emotional context for Americans interleaves our September 11th staggering heartbreaking tragedy, […]
Sitting (second from left) with locals and Hassan — a Pakistani racer and training partner — up in the hills near Naran. We are taking a break during a ride before the three day Tour […]
Me and Alex Baker at the top of the Annapurna ride, 17,769 ft (5,416 m). Photo by Karen Keirnan. March, 2010.
We had arranged our Annapurna permits in Kathmandu through friends at Pilgrim’s Guest House. Once in Besisahar, we registered with the conservation folks at the start of the circuit (i.e., at the end of town). […]
Mountain biking the Annapurna Circuit.
Complete kit for riding in Nepal for a couple of weeks. Everything travels in the Osprey pack except for the clothes/gear worn, the SLR (in the chest pack), the sleeping bag (attached to the bars), the seat bag (attached to the saddle), and the bottle. Pack = 12.5 lbs./5.7 kg.
For the Nepal trip I rode my 2008 Giant Trance X0. Any mountain bike would have been fine. With the high altitude steep climbs and occasional big distances, though, the singlespeeds would have been inconvenient. And […]
Muktinath to Tatopani. 8,300 feet of descent in 30 miles, warp 9 on the Trance 5″ travel doucherocket mayhem, I never ride like this, wide open hauling ass grip breathe boulders drops airborne. Now hot […]