I'm headed off to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for the Silk Route 1200K this upcoming Sunday (ride starts 0800h local time (EDT +9h) on Thursday, 18 October). Though I leave Sunday afternoon, I won't arrive at the start until Tuesday afternoon. Central Asia is both far away and tough to get to, at least from Florida.
At present count, there are 34 folks riding from 11 different countries. I'm it from the U.S. My buddy Rob Gray from the U.K. will be riding this fixed, as will I. (72"; no flip-flop.)
The only Russian and Uzbek I know is greetings and please and thanks and "A beer, please." All the essentials.
The scenery looks to be some of the best on Earth. The roads look like total crap.
Some details on the ride, here: http://xt-uz.com/brevet_1200.
I ought to have cell service in UZ, which means Twitter updates (and photos!) on the ride here: https://twitter.com/OctopusCycling.
I'll put a short report up here when I'm back in the States.