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mikecbrxx 07-02-2012 04:22 AM

Kazakhstan (Altai/Tuva) OSM Project 2012
 
This project is to spend 5 weeks this summer riding some un-mapped routes in Kazakhstan, and maybe the Altai and Tuva Republics of Russia, to increase the track data for the area in the online Open Street Maps (OSM) Project.

The bike I am using for the trip, formerly an X-Country but looking more like a Challenge now, is currently in a container, along with 11 other bikes from the Dutch AllRoadManiacs Group. The container is somewhere in Russia on the back of a train on its way to Almaty.

We all fly to Almaty on weekend of 14th July to pickup the bikes as a group before splitting and going our separate ways. I will be traveling east initially, to Charyn Canyon before turning north along the Chinese border. I believe most of the others are turning south into the Stan's

Here's a few photos to start things off.

I bought this XC.....mostly as a result of Walter's travels and my own experience with the weight of the GSA!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-d...s800/00005.jpg

And then over the following year did extensive modifications to end up with this.....
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-O.../s800/0090.JPG

Which is now packed into one of these......
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-a...s800/00115.JPG

And loaded into one of these.....this is actually my crate being loaded by Peet at Mainport Forwarding in Rotterdam
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-B...s800/00130.JPG

Along with the AllRoadManiacs !
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-R...s800/00125.JPG

Proposed Route round Eastern Kazakhstan and across the top of Lake Balqash.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-T...capture_01.jpg

The green line is the proposed route, the other colors are optional routes if I get blocked due to terrain or permit issues. I haven't got border permits unfortunately so I am hoping ignorance will get me through.:evil

Dogcam Sports in Cornwall, UK, have kindly loaned me a couple of bullit cameras to help record the trip and to supplement my handheld video camera. I have been doing business with this company for a number of years and have no reservations about recommending them to anyone looking for live action POV cameras. A big thank you to them for their support.

btw: As the trip doesn't officially start till 13th, be patient for the next update, which will be from Almaty itself, assuming I can find WIFI.

If there are any other riders planning to be in the Kazakhstan after 13th, feel free to get in touch, maybe our paths will cross!

mikecbrxx 07-03-2012 02:56 AM

Location
 
As of yesterday, this is the location of the container/train carrying our bikes to Almaty.

On schedule for arrival 7th July by the looks of it :clap

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-E...20Location.jpg

Da5id 07-03-2012 03:48 AM

Great bikes, great route, and helping OSM. I'm jealous ... and in! :clap

mikecbrxx 07-04-2012 06:15 AM

Location Update
 
The container (and train) is now in Aktobe, Kazakhstan. Only 2250kms to go :thumb

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-N...20Location.jpg

mikecbrxx 07-09-2012 07:50 AM

Bikes have arrived in Almaty. Only 4 days to go and We will be joining them :D , assuming we can find out which warehouse the container has been unloaded into......there's always something:hmmmmm

jerdog53 07-09-2012 01:20 PM

Ok..........so........:lurk

chelo5sur 07-09-2012 01:23 PM

following you from Chile, safe ride.

Throttlemeister 07-09-2012 08:28 PM

Nice routes, maybe one of these days...

Me likey OSM mucho

:lurk

mikecbrxx 07-14-2012 10:32 AM

Random Photos Outbound
 
Here is a selection of photos from the trip out to Almaty and the first day there......

First however, a big thank you to Yerzhan, a biker who is also our shipping agent in Almaty. He, and one of his clearance agents met us at Almaty airport at 04:00 in the morning....áirside! to complete the paperwork for clearing our bike. For some reason, not clear, this had to be done before we went through and aout of the airport. He had arranged a customs officer who signed and stamped our paperwork so that by the time we left, we had cleared paperwork that would enable us to exit Kazakhstan with the bikes. AND, we could simple ride them out of the customs warehouse on Monday. Better than we expected :rilla

The airport at 05:30 when we left.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-i...s800/00155.JPG

Our hotel. It looks alot better than it is....

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-i...s800/00160.JPG

Large mosque in the centre of town

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-i...s800/00210.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-t...s800/00220.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-N...s800/00235.JPG


Tulips from Amsterdam ?
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-2...s800/00240.JPG

Memorial statue
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-A...s800/00255.JPG


Impressive building. I will edit the post later and add what it actually is....
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-U...s800/00260.JPG

We saw many wedding brides while walking round the centre of town.....well, it is Saturday, and loads of stretch limos. However, when we got to Panfilovtsiev park, they had all congregated in this area . There is some sort of flame in this park and each wedding party were having there photo taken by the flame. We arn´t sure why....does anyone know ?

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-G...s800/00265.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-g...s800/00285.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5...s800/00278.JPG

There are plenty more photos, but am tired so will post tomorrow or Monday. I´ll also try and identify some of the places we went during our random walk.

The other 8 members of the AllRoadManiacs arrive tomorrow morning (04:00) so the group will be complete. While they catch up on some sleep, we intend to go visit Silk Road.

squawk77 07-14-2012 11:40 AM

Nice :lurk Big thanks for contributing to OSM, I love it especially for finding hiking trails and adv roads etc :1drink

squonker 07-14-2012 11:43 AM

:lurk

BluNozr 07-14-2012 12:17 PM

:lurk

DetoX68 07-14-2012 02:07 PM

:1drink

boyjs1 07-16-2012 05:36 AM

Nice hotel! Not sure about the dodgy sauna downstairs.

mikecbrxx 07-17-2012 12:51 AM

Answers
 
Here are the answers to my own questions from the original post.......

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikecbrxx (Post 19128345)
Impressive building. I will edit the post later and add what it actually is....

This is the Kazak Britisk University in Almaty. Photo taken from the south....or Uptown, from the same park as the tulip lights photo.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-U...s800/00260.JPG

We saw many wedding brides while walking round the centre of town.....well, it is Saturday, and loads of stretch limos. However, when we got to Panfilovtsiev park, they had all congregated in this area . There is some sort of flame in this park and each wedding party were having there photo taken by the flame. We arn´t sure why....does anyone know ?

Apparently it is Kazak tradition for wedding parties to have their photo taken bz this commemorative flame to the fallen in WW2. This isn't the onlz place that they go to......other places include the large central mosque and even the large ice skating centre about 30mins out of town.


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-g...s800/00285.JPG


The building in the background is the Military History Museum.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5...s800/00278.JPG



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