Dean Tanji a pal of Micheal's and mine has been on the GlodeRider's Silk Road Ride.
Dean is documenting his trip on the Silk Road and his Commentary, adventures and good humour make this worthwhile read for any of you who wonder what it is really like riding in remote places for weeks on end.
Here is one link to his ride report in Afghanistan . The website will take you back to the beginning of the ride.
The reports of equipment failures and what gear really lasts on the road are also quite interesting.