‘These stories become a part of you’, says Kamran Ali as he talks to Khaleej Times about the unique people and powerful experiences he encounters while on the road
When he was 12 years old, a Pakistani boy from the city of Layyah took his friend on a bike to a neighbouring city, nearly 26 kilometres away, to witness a religious celebration. This was the first taste of adventure that never left Kamran Ali, an inspirational cycling photographer.
Nearly five months after completing a 10,158km trip from Germany to Pakistan – in two phases from June 2, 2011 to July 22, 2011 and from 15 March, 2015 to 8 August, 2015 – he embarked on a second trip from Argentina to Alaska. The trip took him 3 years to complete from January 16, 2016 to August 23, 2019. And now, he is off on his third international adventure from Oman to South Africa – a trip that started in late December.
Khaleej Times caught up with Kamran during his stop in Dubai to talk to him about why an accomplished computer software engineer, with two masters degrees and a PhD, would leave behind his comfortable corporate role to cycle around the world with nearly 70kgs of additional weight (between gear, food and bike weight).
“That trip that I did when I was 12 got me hooked on bicycle touring. I started with 26 km, but then gradually increased to 52km, 100km, 160km and 400km. When I was on the plane going to […]