Finding inspiration for the adventure traveler
I was deep into the Wakhan Corridor, threading the needle along the border of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, emotions ranging from wonder to trepidation. Elementally, I was anomalous in that foreign land, and that was when we encountered a small team of adventure riders coming from the other direction. I could see his sense of relief, the start of a smile, eyes squinted within the dusty and scratched helmet. While I was driving a 4wd and he was riding a BMW Dakar, the bond was immediate. We spent several hours discussing the route he had completed (which included drowning his BMW in a washed-out road crossing) and we advised of the swollen rivers and detours on our route. We had similar goals, both spurned and inspired by the travels of others that had come before. We all need that inspiration, a guide, or some small insight that will spark the will to dust off the passport and step into that blank spot in our experience.