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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 06:25 AM
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Posted By poppawheelie
Trans Siberian Highway

Change in plans. We were supposed to camp tonight, but by late afternoon there was/is a heavy, steady, cold rain, and we sought refuge in a truckers motel, several to a room. Time will come when we...
Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 05:55 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
The path is set by Compass Expeditions, and they...

The path is set by Compass Expeditions, and they try to include as much of Europe, the Silk Road, and the Road of Bones as possible. Yes, you could do this trip by much shorter version. I would have...
Forum: Ride reports 07-26-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Desert Camps & into Russia again

No time for Spell Check.

Three words describe our last 3 day ride through Kazakhstan, hot barren desert. We're now in heavily forested Russia and out of the desert. All in a days work were bumps...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Camp

Four days of camping coming up, probably HOT. :kboom

Then one night in hotel, then back to camping. Postings may become sparse.

We're getting into more remote territory and more camping. 17...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Yeah, I think the Go Pro and Drift are for some...

Yeah, I think the Go Pro and Drift are for some kid to turn on at the top of a snow board slope and leave on all the way down. With weak Internet connections I can't afford long videos. I can't...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Were the stan's worth it?

First I must say Kyrgyzstan is exempt, because it has mountains, good off road riding, and the easiest border crossings ever, easier than Canada/ USA. It is a liberal country and YouTube has...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Bluhduh Fed Ex Envelope Debacle

A credit card was stolen in London. My wife canceled it before any bogus charges and sent a replacement to Almaty, Kazakhstan, since I wouldn't need it till late in the trip. As long as she was...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Thanks. I need the boost. See below. :huh

Thanks. I need the boost. See below. :huh
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
I Crash

The remote switch for my Drift helmet cam does not work properly, and the small buttons on the camera are very difficult to use. Worst problem is I can't tell when it's on or off. Those with the Hero...
Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2014, 06:55 AM
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Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Rugged Territory

We crossed the border from Kyrgyzstan back into Kazakhstan on our way to Russia.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Not on your life. It looks like a clown hat to me...

Not on your life. It looks like a clown hat to me (on me?). :puke1
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 01:41 AM
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Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Russian Truck Ride

Ride into alpine valley for overnight in Tien Shan Mountains.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Bishkek to Karacol, Kyrgyzstan

Between these two cities lies the worlds second largest saline lake and second largest mountain lake, Issyk-Kol, second only to the Caspian Sea and Lake Titicaca, and 113 miles wide. It is on the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
I was able to recover all my photos rom my...

I was able to recover all my photos rom my camera, and the best are already on ADV. Very poor internet here, but I will attempt update.
Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
crash

Complete computer crash. Lost everything. May be awhile before new posts.
:cry:cry
Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Ala Archa National Park

A day off the bikes, we took a van to an alpine area 35 miles out of Bishkek, Ala Archa, named after an ever-green tree, the archa, member of the juniper family.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 205
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Posted By poppawheelie
Kalpak

Nobody seems to know exactly where it got started or how far back in history it goes, but the Kalpak made from 4 panels of white felt is worn by males of Kyrgyzstan. It's more predominant in the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Yeah, it was a whole city behind those walls,...

Yeah, it was a whole city behind those walls, temple, market, social gathering areas, living quarters, etc.
Forum: Ride reports 07-13-2014, 10:35 AM
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Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Into Kyrgyzstan, camp 1, 2, 3.

The border crossing wasn't bad, about 3 hours, and our first camp in Kyrgyzstan isn't bad either. We've gained some elevation, and it's cool at night on our lake front site, a welcome change after...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2014, 06:12 AM
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Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Authority rears it's head

We passed through another mountain range today, but with little relief from the heat, scenic as it was.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-08-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Day of the IZH + dentist

There are mountains in Uzbekistan, arid and parched though they may be. So we got temporary relief from the heat on our way back to Tashkent.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Day of the URAL/ Shahrisabz, Uz.

Mercifully our ride today was short and finished by 2PM, before the temperature went over 100. We're going to be in this weather for 2 more weeks, and it's going to get hotter.

One of our members...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Our local guide said that was a myth, throwing of...

Our local guide said that was a myth, throwing of men or women from the tower never happened. There is also an unconfirmed belief that Bukara's bathing pools were the source of the Black Plague....
Forum: Ride reports 07-06-2014, 02:49 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Bukara II

As opposed to the Iranian and other mausoleums here, this is an authentic local Uzbek mausoleum built 16th century, showing floral patterns as used on carpets. That's a stork's nest on the left.
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Forum: Ride reports 07-06-2014, 02:29 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Sun rises here at 5:15 or so. It's well up in the...

Sun rises here at 5:15 or so. It's well up in the sky by 7 ~ 8 AM. Due to hotel breakfast serving schedules, we don't leave till then. It would be fine with me to make it earlier, to avoid riding in...
Forum: Ride reports 07-05-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Bukara, Uzbekistan

Short ride today, finished at 2 PM thank God, because that's when it starts to get really hot, over 100. Bukara, population now less than 300,000, is another city of riches and culture on the Silk...
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Samarkand-Amir Temur & Registran

Indeed at one time civilization was farther advanced here than anywhere else in the world.

Original construction of the Amir Temur Mausoleum was in the 1300's.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-03-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Tashkent to Samarkand, Uzbekistan

I've seen many carts loaded like this, trucks too.

Driver happy to have his picture taken.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2014, 12:58 AM
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Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Sums of Money

This is the cash equivalent of $200 American in Sums, the Uzbekistan currency.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2014, 11:46 AM
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Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Steve, not going to be cooler any time soon, but...

Steve, not going to be cooler any time soon, but I've acclimated, just took me a couple of days. Remember I used to deal with Wash DC summers, 98 degrees and 98% humidity. Still, it's not my chosen...
Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Over 17,000 now, 10,140 when I left London. Total...

Over 17,000 now, 10,140 when I left London. Total for trip will be about 18,000 plus another 3000 to ride across the U S.
Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
History According to Drew

I was at odds with a few of the riders, questioning why we would go to Uzbekistan, with a border X-ing described by the ride leader as a hot, dusty "sh*t hole." I explained that I signed up for the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-30-2014, 06:24 AM
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Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Tamerlane's Mausoleum

Started in the 1300's, construction stopped after his death in the 1400's. The authorities back then didn't want to spend the money. It is now being restored and maybe finished. IMHO, not...
Forum: Ride reports 06-30-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Road of Death, Kazakhstan

06-27-2014: We are in the desert for 4 days and 3 nights. It is hot. We are on "The Road of Death," so called for travelers of the past who have lost their lives to heat exhaustion, thirst, or...
Forum: Ride reports 06-26-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Bureaucracy

The reason we are in Aqtobe two nights is to get a "mid country" visa stamp. We got a separate piece of paper with a visa stamp at the border, but we must also have a stamp to show where we have been...
Forum: Ride reports 06-25-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
You got that right. It already has (worn off)....

You got that right. It already has (worn off). It's just hot and boring to ride in a straight line for hours. :twitch
Forum: Ride reports 06-25-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Yeah, some times I don't even eat dinner, like...

Yeah, some times I don't even eat dinner, like last night.
This guy is a BIG help to me. He's on the ride too. :ricky :ricky
Forum: Ride reports 06-25-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Advice well taken.

Advice well taken.
Forum: Ride reports 06-25-2014, 07:54 AM
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Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Kazakhstan and 1st Camp

06-24-2014
While still in Russia we started in rain and shared a muddy dirt road with a military convoy. We passed 10 miles(!) of tanks, personnel carriers, small cannon, and a few large cannon...
Forum: Ride reports 06-23-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 32,547
Posted By poppawheelie
Blurry pictures from the saddle

We continued north along the Volga River, past another 250 miles of agriculture, including more wheat fields! That's about 1000 miles of agricultural land we recently traversed. That's 1/3 of the way...
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