“She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.”
-FRANCES E. WILLARD, HOW I LEARNED TO RIDE THE BICYCLE
"Margo" Polo is actually, Tara, an enthusiastic Canadian solo female cyclist on a round the world tour.
In May 2015 Tara set off cycling from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, crossed Xinjiang province in China, biked Pakistan’s Karakoram highway, then pedaled through the Indian Himalaya and on to the Pamirs in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
After one and a half years on the road, she headed to Australia to replenish her funds.
Here's a wonderful piece of writing from her time bicycle touring in Central Asia:
I had forgotten what it was like to cycle fast, to not hear the constant rattling of my bike beneath me. The 100km from Alichur to Murghab was effortless thanks to an intense tailwind wind that sent me flying with an icy chill at my back. The Pamir plateau has lost its colour and dry brown hills and plains dominated the landscape. After a small climb, I was racing downhill for about 35km to Murghab.
On the way, I passed one small house with a Kyrgyz yurt – a year round homestay. I enjoyed the final 5km to Murghab – the piercing blue river snaked in many directions across a cream -coloured plain dotted with ruins of old homes. I loved the smooth contours of the surrounding mountains defined by the shifting shadows.