Having used an Exploratory Grant to begin an investigation of the overland pilgrim and trade routes that connected the medieval European world to North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in the winter of 2010-2011, this full proposal is intended to support travel and writing along those roads. The purpose of the project is not to produce a history of overland travel in the Middle Ages. Rather, medieval travel authors and their routes are used as a frame for experimental writing about twenty-first century travelers who choose the slow road. Trained as a medieval historian, I am interested in cultural exchanges produced by those who share the overland routes today. The intended outcome is a collection of stories supplemented with photographic essays. The collection needs to have the feel of a book, but may be produced digitally, to make best use of images. This grant will be used to support two trips. I plan to spend approximately forty days walking to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most famous Christian pilgrim routes in medieval Europe. The second trip integral to this collection of stories will trace the trade routes taken by some of the first western travelers to the capitals of the Mongol Empire that stretched from eastern Europe to China in the Thirteenth Century. To attempt the whole route of these early travelers would take years. For the sake of practicality, I will focus on the last legs of the journey, and walk overland routes toward the former capital, Karakorum.