After several months of planning to go riding, Quentin and Matt and I finally threw the bikes on Quentin’s Lada Niva (that was a fun experience…) and drove off into the countryside. We got lost a couple times trying to find a shortcut and put the Niva’s 4x capabilities to the test.
We finally found a trailhead and rode off into the dust. It was hot, we got lost more, we ran out of water, we got yelled at for trespassing (we *think* that’s what he was yelling anyways, we don’t speak Uzbek…) and to top it off I got 4 flat tires.
Our original plan to spend a maximum of 4 hours from leaving the house to returning home was a slight miscalculation. Our total time? just over 11 hours. Just another adventure in Uzbekistan
Yaser Khalifa is a man with many years of experience as an electrical and computer engineer. After graduating from Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt, Yaser continued his education by pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Cardiff University. Upon graduation he leapt into the working world and has since worked with teams made up of people ranging from engineers working on super conductors to fellow professors at SUNY New Paltz. Yaser also has had over 40 papers published in a variety of educational publications. He has worked with such companies as General Electric as an electrical engineer consultant with their global research division as well as numerous others in different capacities. When not working you can find Yaser engaging in his other passions. He is an avid outdoors man and loves to mountain bike whenever possible. He both leads mountain biking tours as well as engages simply for pleasure. He was introduced to the sport by a friend at SUNY New Paltz and has since then volunteered as a biking guide with Minnewaska State Park, among others.