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1200 km of asphalt between the highest mountains of the world, the Karakoram Highway is one of the most dreamed by travelers... on foot, by bicycle, by motorcycle, hitchhiking! From Pakistan to China, we'll try to travel on Karakoram Highway, which, since 1978, when it was finished, tells the story of hundreds of workers who lost their lives during the construction and the story of countless travelers that walked, and still walk along it in all seasons and by any transport.
In our ten months of bicycle touring in southeast of Asia we had the good fortune to meet many fellow travelers along our route and spend time with some of them amusing and entertaining. Among them are Eva and Mike, two Germans, cyclo-travelers  who visited eight countries in nine months cycling southeast of Asia. Here is a brief interview in which they tell us their stories ...
The Parenzana rail was an old narrow gauge railway that connected the city of Trieste to Buje and Poreč, Parenzo in Italian (whence the name Parenzana!). Built by the Austrian-Hungarians in 1902, it was the longest narrow gauge railway on the 760 mm. Ruins of the railway are still visible today and one of the most interesting tourist activity in the area is walking through the track (entirely or partially) by bike!
My first solitary cycling journey could not be made except by a special occasion and it was my graduation. The program was, to say the least, approximate since on a Friday afternoon I made to think about the journey (to be achieved in one week, not to far from home, cheap and in a country where the temperature was acceptable in February) and on Sunday I started. Initially the idea was to ride along a stretch of the Danube cycling path: close to "mine" Trentino but certainly far from "hot" I was looking for... discarded! Another idea: Camargue and the south coast of France to Barcelona (where I went to visit an aunt): too far... is not feasible! That's why i choosed to ride Corsica by bicycle.
The memories, like photographs, are a bit faded by the time, so I apologize if the description of the raid is not very detailed. What remained in my mind disinclined archiving (the memory has already begun to betray me even though I am still very young ... and considering this i'm a bit worried!) Is certainly the variety of the Tuscan landscape, as well as excellent food eaten in the farm where we were guests. The trip, this time carried out together with friends Alexander and Nicholas, started from the capital region: Florence. After a brief visit to the beautiful city of art, we started from Piazzale Michelangelo to Umbria. After tapping countries of Bibbiena, Monterchi, Anghiari, Gubbio, climbed Mount Pratomagno and visited the shrine of Chiusi della Verna, we reached our destination: Assisi.
Argentina's fame is usually linked to tango and gauchos, but much many bike travelers are mostly attracted to its natural wonders that range from northern deserts to the southern Cordillera de los Andes and to the marvelous and desolate landscapes of the land at End of the World, a perfect place for a bike trip, Patagonia.
Just in this extreme land I decided, together with Alessandro, to make my first bike trip.
The enraptured descriptions by Chatwin (the book “In Patagonia” is a must-have for whom is going to make a travel in those lands) have actually influenced me in the choice of my first great adventure on two wheels, although boundless and “free” spaces have always extremely attracted a “prisoner” like me (since I live in the middle of the Alps – gorgeous for other reasons – infinite horizons are not very familiar to me!).
Everything has started from my brother's proposal. At the beginning of the week he tells me that Thursday he would leave to France to attend the cycling race La Marmotte, the most prestigious amateur biicycle race on transalpine soil, which involves mythical climbing as Croix de Fer (Glandon), Telegraphe, Galibier and the final Alp d'Huez. He asks me if I want to escort him and, after a short indecision, I accept. 
We leave Thursday afternoon, destination Les 2 Alps: me, my brother, his girlfriend and another couple of friends who will participate (without victory ambitions) to the race in the Alps. 
At the end, result of these three splendid days dedicated to cycling: beautiful sunny days, a thrilling ride on bicycle along Tour de France's roads and, as cherry on the cake, my brother's victory: he managed to beat Dutchman, Bert Dekker, after a hearthbreaking duel I've followed from the first to the last mile with the car.
From my point of view, it is one of the most underrated accessories for bicycle touring: bicycle racks, both front and rear, when you're travelling, is fundamental; choosing the right one can save you from many jams. A too fragile one may break after a few kilometers, on the other side an heavy one may add unnecessary weight to the bike – in addiction to the luggage. In this article I'll make an overview on bike racks suited for those who are going to front a bike trip, considering the type of travel, and considering what the market does offer too.
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