Regardless of a high risk travel advisory, Kirsten went to Kyrgyzstan for three weeks and mountain biked the Kyrgyz Republic section of the Silk Road and the rugged mountain tracks with Elena (a Kyrgyzstan/Russian guide) and drank fermented mare’s milk with Cholpon (a Kyrgyz cultural guide) which Kirsten vomited up the rest of the day while carrying her bike up Chok-Tol and then back down again in the dark.
Sergey of Nomad’s Dream in Kyrgyzstan put together this incredible adventure of a lifetime (here is the itinerary with details and prices) and supplied a list of cultural Do and Do Nots and some as well — which Kirsten managed to botch.
Кирстен Коза (my name in Cyrillic) on the front page of Vecherniy (Kyrgyzstan’s biggest newspaper). The article isn’t by me but is about my winning guides and breathtaking (literally and visually) mountain bike expedition in a country whose tourism industry was pounded by a revolution. If you can’t read Russian (I can’t) Sergey Gluhoverov has translated this, just click here. Leap Local’s founder has suggested I go to Libya next. But I’m leaning towards the Doors to Hell in Turkmenistan for my next trip.