Monday, September 15, 2008

Caravan: Day 1

Daybreak on Day One: saddle up! The main body of the caravan is two days' ride from here.

Just a few kilometers outside of Bishkek we saw some herdsmen.

We like to say that our people are born in a saddle. Notice that these guys don’t carry rifles; traveling light and fast is the way to go for a small group like this one. With horses, these scouts can stay out of harm’s way. The rest of us, tied down with the main caravan, have our Enfields, still very popular thanks to the British.

First night’s camp, in the foothills of the Hotan Range. After breakfast we will begin the climb to the Heavenly Pass.