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The trail that spawned Lonely Planet, among other memories, began with the Beatles and Ginsberg and ended with the overthrow of the Shah and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Like Ken, thousands of rebellious Europeans, Americans and Aussies in the 1960s and 1970s threw caution to the wind and traded their suburban upbringings for sarongs, sandals and the allure of the East, marching along the overland route on a journey that would forever alter the course of history.

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