Reaching the endpoint of an abandoned road is a goal as elusive and uncertain as any dream. This particular road starts in the most Bulgarian of mountains – the Rhodopes – and stretches all the way to Pamir in Central Asia, passing through Turkey, Georgia, the former Russian republics of North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Dagestan and Kalmykia, then onwards across Western Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Kirgizstan. For 157 days Philip Lhamsuren negotiates mountains, deserts, steppes and roaring rivers, at times only a stone’s throw from the dangerous ‘hotspots’ of Northern Caucasus and the desolate outback of Pamir. The journey puts to test the very essence of man in an attempt to awaken his true nature – the ultimate ordeal for the human mind, body and will, and of the equipment employed. At no point does the shortage of funds dampen enthusiasm. Trusted friends, bold decisions and the shadow of the distant mountain peaks manage to stir back to life those pathways that lie latent inside.