We Give Our Hearts to the Bikers Killed in Kyrgyzstan

Last Sunday, two incredibly inspiring people were killed in Kyrgyzstan as they rode their bikes around the world.  Two people who decided to live their lives to the fullest and experience what most people may never even dream of.  In their own words, “life is short and the world is big and we want to make the most out of our youth and good health before they’re gone”.

Their ideals hit close to home.  We feel a great connection with this couple and we are sad that our paths did not cross.  Despite having never met Lauren and Jay, we miss them already.  If it hadn’t been for the incredibly senseless actions of a sad and misguided group of people, much of the world may have let them ride by unseen.

On their blog, they talk about their unshaken faith in humanity, letting only their encounters with the incredible and hospitable shape their view despite so often finding the opposite.  One particularly moving post states that “badness exists, sure, but even that’s quite rare.  By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind.  Generous and wonderful and kind.  No greater revelation has come from our journey than this”.

They made the choice to fill their life with purpose, trading comfort for experience.  Would they choose this rich life cut short or a long life spent behind a glowing rectangle?  Sadly we cannot ask, but based on the choices they made, we can venture to guess.

By killing these bright and innocent people, this light which was attempted to be turned out now burns brighter than ever.  Not only has this group failed in its effort, but has helped to spread this light that Lauren and Jay held.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Fran A. says:

    Beautifully said! How sad for this couple and their families!!

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    1. Thank you. Definitely a terrible event and very unfortunate to happen to those with so much positivity.


  2. ronmitchelladventure says:

    My wife and I have similar beliefs as these “ambassadors of travel” and in their honor, we still believe.

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    1. This was very sad news indeed. We are happy to hear that other travelers share this view, though.


  3. sevenfauesisters says:

    I can’t touch the like button. I am so sorry. I ride my mountain bike and only ride on the streets in Anza- Borrego! Were they murdered? Horrific whatever happened by the tone of your blog post.

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    1. Yes, bike riding in Kyrgyzstan when a car ran them down and then the men attacked them. They were riding around the world.


      1. sevenfauesisters says:

        That is absolutely hideous and horrible. Oh, the poor couple. The world is so divided up into tribal camps now. I don’t know about you, but I am so discouraged by our country and the footprint we are leaving on other countries. There is so much anger. Breaks my heart.

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      2. Yes it is really sad. This moved us even more because we feel so close to their view and life choices.

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      3. sevenfauesisters says:

        Hit too close to home for you. I am so sorry. Humanity can be very discouraging. You must find a way to mitigate the potential for danger with keeping your heart open to new experiences. That part of the world is pretty damaged. My thoughts are with you.

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      4. sevenfauesisters says:

        And the like button had to be removed!

        Liked by 1 person

      5. Agreed. It didn’t seem like an appropriate addition to this post.


  4. praveenbn says:

    It is so sad to see that such open minded travellers who were learning so much from such an exceptional travel had to face such brutal fate. May their soul RIP. I cannot hit the like button however as described by one of fellow commenter above.

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    1. We completely agree with your sentiments. It is always terrible when something like this happens but extra painful when it happened to people who were such a bright light. We take comfort that this has inspired us and is certainly inspiring many others.


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