There is only one known off-road route that traverses the entire expanse of Asia. It passes through Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Siberia, linking together 12,000 miles of demanding terrain, from soaring mountains to sandy dunes, brutal rocky sections to fast steppe tracks, wide river crossings in overgrown forests to open sprawling grasslands. Navigational, riding and survival challenges mercilessly punish the resolve of man and motorcycle. Such is the isolation, it’s a place where cell phone coverage is a myth and emergency services can be several hundred miles away. Yet the trials are eased by soul-enhancing encounters with the villagers and shepherds who inhabit this vast, unsettled, unforgivingly wild region of the planet.
Since its creation, just two dozen motorcyclists have tackled this “Sibirsky Extreme” route and only two men have ever completed it. Given the absolute inaccessibility and the associated dangers, no solo rider has ventured to risk it alone.
I would be the first. This is the story of my Trans Asia Endeavour.