In September 2015, Anne Westwards packed up her touring bike and boarded a flight to the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. A vague idea of 'cycling westwards' swirled around in the back of her mind.
In the world of long-distance bicycle touring, Central Asia stands out as one of the most challenging destinations on the planet. Tales abound of cyclists buckling under the physical demands of biking the high Pamir Mountains and despairing of the labyrinthine bureaucracy for which the region is notorious.
Anne set off to cycle Central Asia with absolutely zero prior bicycle touring experience under her belt. It was her first bike trip ever.
She invested a good part of her savings in gear and a sturdy bicycle, left everything behind in her home country of Germany and took a leap of faith.
She ended up falling in love with cycle touring and has not been able to stop since.
Anne has a penchant for wild camping, high mountain ranges and the beautiful remote corners of this planet, but enjoys a cup of tea with locals just as much (or two... or three...).
For her, this cycling trip is an inner journey just as much as it is about cycling.
So far, she has explored much of Asia and the Middle East - who knows where the journey will take her next?
Visit her website: Anne Westwards