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Old 09-08-2010, 11:44 PM   #151
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Franki

I sure will return and enjoy the remainder of the trip, thank you for the best wishes. Best part is that I don't have a 'set in stone' trip route at all!!

For your travels through N. America, we both are hunting for pointers. Have a look at this link, I also just finished reading it. It will show you more of 'my side of the world'.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=52625.0

Enjoy!!

Thanks for the pointers link. Have a good trip.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:05 AM   #152
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The road gets tougher as we pushed on





Capt. Kool negotiate the journey carefully





Met 2 girls Herding their goats





They think my bike is very cool











I took their closeups and promised to send them prints later. That must have made their day and left sing folk songs like 2 little birds.


























3 young lama & a carpenter





Its not often we meet bikers on the road but when we met, we always greet each other.










Our million star accomodation
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:44 AM   #153
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From Wenbu we back tracked 120km and then turned west to Gfirze. There was a point where we missed a turn and were lost for about an hour. Luckily, we hit a road construction site and they pointed to a donkey path where we can cut back on the right direction again. Yes, some road construction is going on here and I guess in 5 years time, there shall be a paved or graded road covering some parts of northern Tibet. Back on the right track and begin the painful trip down a super washboard “road” that went on for a few hundred kilometers. Super washboard means the grooves are about 20cm (8 inches) deep which is really too much for the Chinese made USD fork to handle. So all those vibrations get transferred to my body causing teeth breaking, eyes blurring and blood blistering on hands. Trying to get “off road” did help a little bit but there were deep sand patches that are too soft to ride fast. Capt. Kool flipped the bike when he tried to power out of one deep sand pit and the bike landed on his left foot. The crush didn’t break his bone but did smash up his soft tissues a bit. He was limping for the next 7 days which caused us the intention to make a trip to Zada. Riding off road also has its hazards. Adding salt to injury, Capt. Kool managed to run into a wire fence of a cattle farm when riding against the setting sun. He can’t see what is in front of him and forgot he was wearing sunglasses. I was about 50m to his right and heading towards the open entrance of the wire fence. I tried to warn him by honking my horn and shouting out loud. He was too concentrating on his riding and couldn’t hear me. So I watched helplessly while he rolls over the wire fence almost in slow motion. Fortunately, he was only doing 30kmh. The fall knocked him out for about 10 seconds and he lost is memory for about 5 mins. Wondering where he is and what he should be doing. I helped him to get his bike back up and asked him to get the hell out of there as soon as possible. We arrived in Gfirze around 9:30pm and were stopped by the police to check our IDs. It was the first check point we have encountered since on the northern route. The police were very polite and helpful. They even escort us in town to help us find a safe hotel for the night.






There are no roads or tracks to follow, we just ride along a dried river bed.





Suddently we came accross a track and knew we are on the right direction.





Colour of the savana is interesting





This is Capt. Kool's crush site





Still disorianted and temporary lost his memory. Capt. Kool trying hard to stand still





The many tracks on the ground is confusing which leads to where




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Old 09-09-2010, 04:16 PM   #154
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See any foreigners out there Franki?
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:12 PM   #155
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See any foreigners out there Franki?

I saw many foreigners in Lhasa and other tourist hot spots. Not many places that foreigner are allowed to go near the border area. But I have heard not only on single occasion that Chinese bikers met foreign bikers on the roads of Tibet and I have met foreigner on Royal Enfields coming from Nepal on a group tour. Later you will see photo of them in my report.

Are you concern about the freedom of movement in Tibet? I was free to go anywhere I like but I am sure some area needs permits to enter for foreigners.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:11 AM   #156
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My biggest wish is that finally the human race will mature enough to let go of politics, otherwise disguising competitive greed (and need) for space and resources. I don't think it will happen in the years left in my life time but reports like this using modern communications let us all share a little in the beauty of our world, however stark and unsettling it can be. Lets hope in time our kids can share it all! meanwhile I am grateful for these brief glimpses of the varied peoples of our planet, I see a shared community amongst the spirits of people all over. I am not just an idealist, I recognise the reality of encroaching civilisation everywhere with satellite dishes and paved roads and the loss of individual culture. But hey, we shouldn't regret that others want what we already have. I do hope that the time will never come when that clear air and open space becomes smog bound and polluted - those stars, what a simple awesome wonder!!!!! Thanks Franki.
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:06 AM   #157
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My biggest wish is that finally the human race will mature enough to let go of politics, otherwise disguising competitive greed (and need) for space and resources. I don't think it will happen in the years left in my life time but reports like this using modern communications let us all share a little in the beauty of our world, however stark and unsettling it can be. Lets hope in time our kids can share it all! meanwhile I am grateful for these brief glimpses of the varied peoples of our planet, I see a shared community amongst the spirits of people all over. I am not just an idealist, I recognise the reality of encroaching civilisation everywhere with satellite dishes and paved roads and the loss of individual culture. But hey, we shouldn't regret that others want what we already have. I do hope that the time will never come when that clear air and open space becomes smog bound and polluted - those stars, what a simple awesome wonder!!!!! Thanks Franki.

Thanks for the insight, Jape. I really welcome inmates giving me their in-sights so I know what my audience are thinking about what I am writing.
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:15 PM   #158
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Franki - I don't think there is a complement I can give that has not already been said.

The journey and photos are amazing.

You have changed my 'would be nice to see that part of the world someday' attitude into a 'I MUST see that part of the world'. Now it's only a matter of time, rather than wishing.

If your North America tour brings you to Vancouver, Canada, contact me and I'll help out any way I can.

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Old 09-10-2010, 07:04 PM   #159
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Franki - I don't think there is a complement I can give that has not already been said.

The journey and photos are amazing.

You have changed my 'would be nice to see that part of the world someday' attitude into a 'I MUST see that part of the world'. Now it's only a matter of time, rather than wishing.

If your North America tour brings you to Vancouver, Canada, contact me and I'll help out any way I can.

Cord

Hi Cord,

It made my day hearing that you have put "China" on the must see list.

I don't know where I will end up in N. America but it is very nice to know there is someone willing to give a helping hand when needed. Thanks Cord.

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Old 09-10-2010, 09:37 PM   #160
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The super washboard road lasted another 500km or so which caused my front USD fork to leak, thus lost front brake performance when the fork oil got on the rotor. Blood blisters also appeared on both of my hands but due to sever vibration, I didn’t feel much pain. So I just kept on going. The riding was tough but the scenery made up for all the physical suffering. I called it body in hell and eye balls in heaven.

Averaging 4700m ASL and there was very little vegetation that can grow, with only some grass on the ground; I was surprised how much wild life there is. I didn’t see any wolves or bears as I was told but there are plenty of rodents, wild donkeys, Tibetan Impala and occasional Yaks. I guess, when there is less human being, there are more wild life. We enjoyed a lovely late afternoon watching and photographing the wild donkeys just before reaching Xiongba. Xiongba can’t even be called a town as there are only a few houses where the road is. There is no hotel in Xiongba, only a room next to a tea house has 4 beds in it. We just slept in our riding gear as there is not even water to wash our face. However, we did have a very nice/tasty pouched mutton dinner cooked by a Muslim old man. Deep into the night, when nature called, I went out the door to relief myself and was amazed by the million stars in the sky and the flashing lights of a Karaoke sign board across the road. The next day morning, we return to have the same for breakfast, there is all there is, best food in town

From Xiongba we rode to into Ali area which ended our Ali northern route section. Siquanghe is the town that we can finally get some RR. Capt. Kool dropped his bike on his leg and has been limping for the pass 2 days. So the extra rest stop will help him to recover. We have also decided to cancel the 120km trip to Zada which we don’t think Capt. Kool can handle.





Salt flats





The vibration was so hard that the Ram Mount for my GPS broke and I lost my GPS (most of the trips tracks were inside). I only realized it when I decided to take a rest stop. After riding back 30 km I found it laying in the middle of the road. How lucky I was.





Dusty roads





Taking a rest nearby another salt flats









Horses are not a common sight here





Must be keeper of those horses































Crossing path





This is the 'hotel' we stayed in at Xiongba





Morning came and I prayed for a nice day of riding.





Recharged and ready to go





The last town we hit before reaching Siquanghe (end of the northern route)










There are the main road, secondary road, third road.....all right next to each other




This photo marked the completion of our second leg of our journey









It gets a bit greener when we get close to Sichuan he





The trio took a triumphant pose in front of the Sichuan he sign post

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Old 09-10-2010, 10:06 PM   #161
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Your pictures are breathtaking.

Fantastic work!

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Old 09-10-2010, 10:52 PM   #162
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I saw many foreigners in Lhasa and other tourist hot spots. Not many places that foreigner are allowed to go near the border area. But I have heard not only on single occasion that Chinese bikers met foreign bikers on the roads of Tibet and I have met foreigner on Royal Enfields coming from Nepal on a group tour. Later you will see photo of them in my report.

Are you concern about the freedom of movement in Tibet? I was free to go anywhere I like but I am sure some area needs permits to enter for foreigners.
No not concerned about freedom of movement.

Just wondered how many if any foreigners where in that part of Tbet.
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:24 AM   #163
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Come on Franki, tell us where you got your 'pose' from! It looks a bit like an archer (one of my hobbies) but I reckon it is probably from a 'tigers and dragons' style movie? Or 'the karate kid' ? Or did you just make it up!
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Come on Franki, tell us where you got your 'pose' from! It looks a bit like an archer (one of my hobbies) but I reckon it is probably from a 'tigers and dragons' style movie? Or 'the karate kid' ? Or did you just make it up!

Being once upon a time a Shaulin style student, I rarely watch Kungfu movies. Now with my busy travel schedule, I have no time even to think about it. Therefore, I guess the pose is self taught. But I do not claim copy right and you are welcomed to do the same pose
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:31 AM   #165
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Absolutely fantastic trip!!!!
I wish I could go there!!
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