"Got a spare jack?" - A fellow Lada owner broken down on the side of the road waves us down asking for help fixing his car. Within twenty minutes three more cars of locals stop offering help. The guy turns out to be the border guard down the road who happily waves us through hassle-free.
I love the simple interactions every day on the bike. Saying hello to shepherds, either on the road or when they call down friendly greetings from the cliffs (how on earth do they climb up them?!) One evening we were camped on a little road, which we later figured out was a shepherds path, as they made their way home in the evening. A man stopped and invited us to his home for fresh milk, tea, dinner, and a warm place to sleep. We declined as it had been a long day and we were just about to climb into our tent for respite. Half an hour later we heard voices and a gentle shake on our tent… the lovely shepherd had walked back with hot fresh milk, a big round disc of bread, and home-made butter! He was so worried about two girls camping that he had walked from his home just to share dinner with us. Oh heart melting, humbling moments on the road. • • • • • • #sophiemerkens#photography#nzphotographer#cycle#cyclingcentralasia#centralasia#tajikistan#wakhan#wakhancorridor#goats#peoplearesogood#shepherds#humbling#share#tentwakeupcalls#whosoutside#thelovelyshepherd#freshmilk