We were going to Khiva, the medieval oasis of cruel khans and wise scholars.
The steppe had no end. Its winds blew our words and brains away. Under the railway bed lay the old Silk Road. Atop the polished steel surface of the rails shone two narrow slices of sky. Clouds floated there in reflection.
Milestones are multimedia recordings taken every 100 miles along the 21,000-mile trail of the "Out of Eden Walk."