I thought I would throw this out there for anyone interested. I often do long distance trips on human power (kayak/bike/walking). Is anyone interested in a month long project in the springtime 2015 which involves crossing the ancient Silk Road travelling on abandoned Soviet railways using purpose built rail bikes? (Uzbek - Kashgar)

 

 

Since there is no longer any "slow" travel along these routes, people have lost contact with the other towns and the essence of the Silk Road has ceased to exist. The isolation from one another has lead the once most vibrant cultural mashers to fade into obscurity. I would propose a media project that involves documenting people and places from along the way and showing them in the next village, to reconnect them. Film the people watching/discussing the previous film and show that in next village, perhaps streaming to previous one.

This is just one idea. There are numerous other possibilities/options. I have done such trips getting sponsors like magazines, sports companies, and airlines to pay and donate *stuff* -but this might qualify for cultural funding as well.

Anyone interested?

@Bembo Davies

 

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I'd never heard of rail bikes before I heard people talking about this at LOTE.

But actually, they connect back to some of the ideas of stewardship. There are lots of abandoned railway lines around Europe. It costs money to remove the tracks, so they often just lie there, gently rusting.

Rail bikes seem like a nice way to turn that unwanted state asset into something useful. So there's a small leisure industry, built around rail-biking.

Crazy but fun

Hmmm, not out of the question. I have to get much more information on that part of the world, though.

Question: is the media project necessary? It seems to add a lot of overhead (also in terms of stuff you need to carry, which implies added security etc.). You, Jeff, are a writer; you could shrink down the project to a travel blog and take pictures with your phone. 

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We can make everything about stewardship

I'd never heard of rail bikes before I heard people talking about this at LOTE.

But actually, they connect back to some of the ideas of stewardship. There are lots of abandoned railway lines around Europe. It costs money to remove the tracks, so they often just lie there, gently rusting.

Rail bikes seem like a nice way to turn that unwanted state asset into something useful. So there's a small leisure industry, built around rail-biking.

Crazy but fun

Hmmm, not out of the question. I have to get much more information on that part of the world, though.

Question: is the media project necessary? It seems to add a lot of overhead (also in terms of stuff you need to carry, which implies added security etc.). You, Jeff, are a writer; you could shrink down the project to a travel blog and take pictures with your phone. 

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