Auther with bike
This recently constructed highway follows one of the many branches of the ancient Silk Road. It connects Kashgar, in the far west of China's Xinjiang Province, with Gilgit in Pakistan's Northern Areas. Shown here is the terrain just south of Kashgar, where the highway skirts the Taklamakan Desert. The bicycle is a "Specialized" Brand Stump-Jumper Comp. September, 1991.