This was the beginning. We decided to travel from Poland to China on wheels. Why? Because nobody in Poland had ever done it before. Eighteen people left (and came back!): 4 off Road cars and 5 motorbikes. We travelled 17 500 km – Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, , Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine. Unfortunately, we never drove into China – during the Olympics the Uygur separatists carried out bomb attacks, so the Chinese authorities declared a state of emergency. We had to leave our vehicles on the Chinese border and postpone the trip around the Taklamakan Desert (we went back there 2 years later!).

The arrival itself to Central Asia was both a challenge and an adventure. On the other hand, blazing a trail through Pamir, Tien-Shan and Karaoram was spectacular. The wilderness of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are every offroader’s dream. Towering mountains, pure lakes and creeks, infinite wilds, nomadic shepherds, oriental bazaars – all European desires since Marco Polo’s times. Our cars and motorbikes had done a surprisingly great job, as the oldest one was…23 years old.

We did not go there to gain fame, but our photoblog (www.variant-adventure.pl) has been visited by over half a million web surfers.  However, as soon as the expedition began, we knew that this was merely  the beginning…

Details are on the blog (but only in Polish ;).