We met a great German couple on a self built tandem, and had some good laughs. We bumped into an Australian guy with the best dried fruits and muesli selection (thanks Phil!). We met Darek, a great Polish guy on an old Ukrainian bike (with only one city bike style handbrake - respect). And not just cycling is popular in the Pamirs, we met people in a driving house attached to a Unimog and even a couple in a campervan! It's a bit like "ter land ter zee en in de lucht"; everybody welds together their own means of transport and keeps their fingers crossed theirs will survive the rough roads.