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Old 12-19-2012, 10:38 AM   #1711
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Walter I have traveled by motorcycle over most of the U.S A. Thanks to you and the crew for taking me places I can only dream of, at 77 I know I will never get there on my own...It is a fantastic report
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:20 PM   #1712
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:15 PM   #1713
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Rod, good on you for doing the best by your dog. A lot of people keep their pets hanging on long after they should have gone because they don't have the heart to let them go. A vet once told me, "better a week early than a week late"; very true words.

I always smile when remembering my two long gone girls, we had many good times over the years.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:35 PM   #1714
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Pic Request

Hi Colebatch. Been following your trip report, and have found it to be one of the more inspirational ones I've run across. Thanks for the great story and awesome pics. I have a request, do you have a pic of your bike before you started modding it? Was it much like...



...or one of the more 'roady' looking ones?

Thanks!
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:46 PM   #1715
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Hi Colebatch. Been following your trip report, and have found it to be one of the more inspirational ones I've run across. Thanks for the great story and awesome pics. I have a request, do you have a pic of your bike before you started modding it? Was it much like...


...or one of the more 'roady' looking ones?

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #1716
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:48 PM   #1717
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I went down to the river to refill my water bottles and Beamster said to me ... What are you doing? You arent going to drink that are you? Its wild? Its not clean.

I tried to explain that this wild water is a clean as it gets. Crystal clear fast flowing mountain water. Better than any tap water or bottled water.

She still wouldnt drink it Oh those city folk !
I'm with Beamster. Even when I hike to the source of a fresh mountain spring water, I still treat with iodine tablets. Animals congregate around water sources and animals haven't learned the rule "don't poop where you eat".

Ride on folks! loving the story.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:53 PM   #1718
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If there are any critters pissing in it, drinking it unfiltered is a good way to get giardia.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:55 PM   #1719
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I'm with Beamster. Even when I hike to the source of a fresh mountain spring water, I still treat with iodine tablets.
Just boil it - actually you don't even need to do that 76.5ēC will do the trick. In some parts of the world no matter the water source this should be done. For example some mountain streams in Canada have "Beaver Fever" which can make you quite sick.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:43 PM   #1720
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Day 51 - 08 July 2012

The morning came and showed us slightly more promising weather than we had the previous day.



We continued down the valley towards a junction of valleys that had been my aim:



It was a lovely spot and we shot some video and fixed Beamsters flat tyre

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Terry looks at the cigarette lighter plug as if it was a foreign concept.



Before heading back towards Aktash. I am not a big fan of heading back down the same track you came in on, but for this valley I gladly made that exception:







Heading up to the pass, the weather was much better than it had been on the way down, which was much better for the camera:

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #1721
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I'm with Walter... I drink most everywhere I stop. My body has had a chance to adapt and grow stronger... only thing that has got me is food poisoning from bad chicken twice, a quick 11lb weight loss program and a short battle with Montezuma down Mexico way in 2008, (not cold fresh water either, but hot and filthy) just 3 days and cleaned me out nicely.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:17 PM   #1722
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:21 PM   #1723
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Katu Yarik

The occasional sunlight meant we could grab some portrait shots:







A Russian tourist posed on Beamsters bike



While Prutser grabbed something from his luggage:

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:44 PM   #1724
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Back to Aktash

Prutser, Beamster and Terry were keen to take their time returning to Aktash, so left them at the top of the pass. I wanted to rush straight back to mobile phone territory ... check if there was any news from Rod. So I took a few more pics and zoomed back to Aktash.





Back in Aktash, I grabbed a snack from the local snack girl:



I wanted to check my bike over very thoroughly before heading into Mongolia. The last couple of days was quite tough on the bikes. The Chulyshman tracks were quite rocky ... not like the smooth steppe trails. The shakier head cam video demonstrates how much more the helmet was shaking about.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:25 AM   #1725
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