Philip set off alone, by bike, with minimum equipment. This expedition later received the name “Abandoned roads“.
He started off from the Rhodope Mountain, following the southern coast of the Black Sea into Turkey and from then on cycled through Georgia and the Russian republics in the Caucasus where radical Islam and Russian military units render the region a dangerous zone. Next he journeyed through several steppes and deserts in Kalmykia and Uzbekistan, crossing the dry bottom of Aral Sea. At significant elevation in the Pamir, at the border between Tadzhikistan and Afghanistan, Philip was struck down by a severe bout of dysentery but despite this predicament managed, after 157 gruelling days, to reach his final destination – the Tian Shan Mountain.
The travel notes from this journey were published in a book entitled ‘The Abandoned Roads’. It went through several editions, becoming one of the bestselling titles in Bulgaria for which, in 2014, Philip was nominated for the prestigious award ‘Enlightener of the Year’, presented by Radio FM+.