"They lived on old hard, dried raw meat,
butter, sour milk and brick tea. They made boots and straps of
the wild asses skin, and thread from the tendons of the wild
beast. They and their women took care of the tame yaks, the sheep
and the goats. Thus their lives passed monotonously, but healthily
and actively, from year to year, on dizzy heights, in killing
cold and storm and blizzards. They erected votive cairns to the
mountain gods, and venerated and feared all the strange spirits
that dwelt in the lakes, rivers and mountains. And in the end
they died and were borne by their kin to a mountain, where they
were left to the wolves and the vultures."
-My Life As An Explorer, Sven Hedin,
the first Westerner to circumambulate Mt. Kailash, 1907
For five months in
the thin air of Tibet and Western China I made my way over dirt
tracks and around Chinese police checkpoints. Throughout most
of history this part of the planet has remained closed to Western
travelers. During the spring and summer of 1994 only a few short
portions of my 3300-mile bicycle trip crossed sections of Tibet
and China that were officially open to foreigners.
My 3300-mile bicycle trip is the subject of
the ebook, A Different Kind of Freedom. To find out more
about this journey, follow the links above or download the entire
ebook for free.
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