A youthful American couple who took a year-long bicycle trip far and wide, trusting that underhanded was a pretend idea, took a deadly course in Tajikistan close to the Afghan fringe, where asserted ISIS fear mongers cut them to death.
Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, 29, quit their jobs last year with the end goal to make their excursion. Austin was a veggie lover who worked for the U.S. Branch of Housing and Urban Development; Geoghegan, a veggie lover who worked in the Georgetown University confirmations office.
Austin had a personal blog on which he wrote in June 2017, “I’ve become worn out on spending the greatest long periods of my day before a shining square shape, of shading the greatest long stretches of my life in swaths of dim and beige. I’ve missed such a large number of dusks while my back was turned. An excessive number of rainstorms went unwatched, too many delicate breezes unnoticed.”
Their trek, which endured 369 days, took them from the southernmost tip of Africa in Capetown, South Africa, to Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Montengro, Kosovo, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, lastly Tajikistan, where they were killed alongside two different cyclists, one from Switzerland and the other from the Netherlands.
While in Morocco, Austin wrote:
You watch the news and you read the papers and you’re persuaded that the world is a major, terrifying spot. Individuals, the account goes, are not to be trusted. Individuals are awful. Individuals are malevolent. Individuals are hatchet killers and beasts and more terrible.
I don’t get it. Fiendish is a pretend idea we’ve concocted to manage the complexities of individual people holding esteems and convictions and points of view not quite the same as our own—it’s less demanding to expel a sentiment as despicable than endeavor to comprehend it. Disagreeableness exists, beyond any doubt, however even that is very uncommon. All around, people are thoughtful. Self-intrigued some of the time, nearsighted here and there, yet kind. Liberal and great and kind. No more noteworthy disclosure has originated from our adventure than this.
Austin additionally had some disdainful words for President Trump:
On the TV over the room, Al Jazeera plays delicately. Donald Trump has quite recently declared his intends to move an international safe haven from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the Muslim world is unmistakably disturbed. Leaving Rabat seven days sooner, we’d accelerated appropriate by a huge serene show against the movement. The transmissions film of dissents simply like that one stewing up the whole way across the Maghreb, the Middle East, and past. As a clasp plays of a dreary Trump waddling over the screen, I do my best to vanish into the delicate rich of the sofa pad behind me. In any case, American as we might be, nobody here appears to mind.
At that point, on July 29, 2018, as they were riding their bicycles with two different cyclists in Tajikistan, five men left their auto and cut every one of the bicyclists to death.
The New York Times reported:
A grainy cellphone clip recorded by a driver indicates what occurred straightaway: The men’s Daewoo passes the cyclists and after that makes a sharp U-turn. It turns around, and points specifically for the bikers, slamming into them and swaying over their fallen structures. On the whole, four individuals were murdered: Mr. Austin, Ms. Geoghegan and cyclists from Switzerland and the Netherlands. After two days, the Islamic State discharged a video demonstrating five men it recognized as the aggressors, sitting before the ISIS hail. They confront the camera and make a promise: to murder “skeptics.”