‘Beware of the most dangerous wolf is that which walks on two legs’ - Kelmick Buddhist Priest
I prepared for the journey in a world where time is money but came to understand that on the steppe time is measured by the seasons.
"Out on the road I am challenged to learn. Feeling the air, in touch with the way the world works, aware of everything around you. In the winter time you even realise when the days shorten by one or two minutes. If I'm in an apartment for a week I totally lose touch with what the moon's doing, where the stars are, what the weather's doing, and I start to lose my strength. To live in the city, in a world of abundance and disconnection where everything is controlled at the touch of a button, for me that feels like... death."
Tim Cope Journeys | Independent.UK
Tim Cope is a 30 year old from Gippsland, Victoria (Australia) is an adventurer, who speaks fluent Russian, and works as a wilderness guide in Antarctica, Siberia, and Mongolia. He has spent around five years travelling in regions of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse and camel. Most of all Tim enjoys coming to know people in their home environments by traveling in traditional and local ways.
Tim Cope on Journeys: "Journeys are integral to all our lives. They present testing challenges, moments of exquisite reward and insight, and times when you are racked by self-doubt and problems. Battling it out involves confronting fears, making yourself vulnerable, aiming for something worthy and clinging onto self-belief and passion even when it seems that everything is stacked against you. In the end a journey invariably offers us a chance to learn and grow and reach out for our dreams. I am still amazed at how things seem to work out in the most unlikely ways; it’s as if you just have to be willing to give it a go. There is always something new to be discovered, something waiting to surprise us around the next corner."
His journeys include: Cycling a recumbent bike across Siberia: from Moscow to Beijing: Tianeman Square, across Siberia and the Mongolian Gobi Dessert, a distance of 10,000 km over a period of 14 months. Rowing the Yenisey River from Lake Baikal to the Arctic Ocean, a distance of 4,200km: "The statistics about the Yensiey are mind boggling: the Yenisey has some 20,000 tributaries that form an aggregate length of 880,000km and drain a basin of 2,580,000 square kilometres. That is an area larger than all but six of the world’s nations! Every year 600 cubic kilometres of water is discharged into the ocean." On the Trail of Genghis Khan: a 3 year 10,000km journey across the Nomadic Steppes from Mongolia across Kazakhstan, S.Russia & Ukraine to Hungary by Horse.