10 Questions: Bike Touring In Tibet
From 1999 to 2001, Bob Foster rode his bicycle around the world.
He began in Malaysia and headed north to China, Tibet and Pakistan. From there, Bob toured the Middle East and Europe before flying to Central America and meandering his way home to California.
In this edition of 10 questions, Bob tells us about his time in Tibet, one of the most challenging parts of the entire adventure. You can read more about Bob’s adventure, and his upcoming book, on his Cycle Nomad website.
Photo courtesy of Bob Foster, the Cycle Nomad.
1. How did you end up cycling in Tibet, and why did you choose that destination above any other route?
I was touring from Malaysia to France. Unable to traverse Myanmar because of visa issues, and without the desire to cycle through Mongolia or Siberia, Tibet was the only option. Also, I was intrigued by a romanticized Western vision of Tibetan culture.