I remember gazing at my map before the lights went out every night, planning and thinking if a cycling or bicycle touring trip to Central Asia thrust right in the middle of nowhere seemed foolish. After all countries like Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan may seem wild to a lot of people, these are no backwaters, but rather known notoriously for its poor human rights record, freedom of expression in matters of faith, and where patriarchy runs deep in the valleys.

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