Searching for a Sputnik

The plan is to ride to Mongolia through the 'Stans (Central Asian republics) and hopefully get there in time to see the longest total solar eclipse that Earth will experience in the 21st century - now that's worth riding 10,000 miles for.

Currently searching for a sputnik - as apparently sputnik means travelling companion. A few people are interested including a harpist, a US diplomat, a beauty therapist and the usual hangers-on! Travelling with me involves camping a lot and putting up with my off-tune renditions of various songs through the intercom headphones.