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Old 09-01-2010, 02:38 AM   #76
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Great ride report with sensational photos of stunning scenery. Thank you. I visited the Shangri-la region of Yunnan a few years ago & loved it. This makes me want to come back & see more.

If you want to refresh your Shangri-la memory, here is a link for you.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ghlight=franki

China welcomes you
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:44 AM   #77
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Yes the Leh-Ladakh area in Kashmir has similar landscape.Thats close the Chinese border.And your military keeps making excursions into those areas.

Lets not get into politics. I hope there will be a peaceful solution soon. It breaks my heart to see wars in such beautiful country.
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:56 AM   #78
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Lets not get into politics. I hope there will be a peaceful solution soon. It breaks my heart to see wars in such beautiful country.
Yeah lets keep that aside and continue with your awesome RR.
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Old 09-01-2010, 04:36 AM   #79
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loving this report!!
Have always wanted to tour that area.
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:42 AM   #80
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Very cool adventure!

This great big world can be made somewhat accessible to us all through these glimpses into distance parts. Thanks for the RR and great pics. I guess in the end, it's all a great big ball of dirt. Landscapes and circumstances change, but dirt is dirt, cities are cities, and most importantly, people are people. We all love the adventure, and some of us are bonded by this two wheeled common thread. The motorcycle! That's about all the philosophy I can muster today!
Your report is fascinating me. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:36 AM   #81
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Lets not get into politics. I hope there will be a peaceful solution soon. It breaks my heart to see wars in such beautiful country.
The beauty of this place is astounding. The people all seem to be very friendly and acomodating with visitors. It's seeing RR's like yours that will eventually make it easier for all of us to travel that part of the world. I would think more outside visitors would be better for everyone. I'll make it one day.
Thanks Franki.
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:08 PM   #82
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Franki, This is a dream ride! I will ride this part of the world one day. Thanks for the great story and pictures.
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:17 PM   #83
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Eggroll,

You do pay attention to what I wrote Yes, I did a running in ride to Hainan Island and a 10000km test ride to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand from Yunnan before the Tibet trip. That took up most of my time on riding and not having time to sit in front of a computer I shall try to finish this RR before I head up to Xinjiang again for the golden autumn scenery Thank you for your understanding.

The north American ride is still on in 2011 and I am all excited.

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Franki,

I'll waiting for you here.
Let me know.


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Old 09-01-2010, 03:19 PM   #84
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Amazing trip! Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing.

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Old 09-01-2010, 03:45 PM   #85
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Beemer Boy,
You can do it again some day......
Don't be despair!

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Old 09-01-2010, 07:09 PM   #86
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Thank you all for your support, comments and philosophy.
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:19 PM   #87
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We stopped in Zedang City for the night and went to have a look at the Old Palace of Yongbulakang that belongs to King Sonzanganbu who later decided to relocate his Palace to Lhasa and built the famous Putala Palace.

After reaching Lhasa, we spent a few days R&R and at the same time work on our bikes. Unfortunately, the KTM LC4 ADV developed a waterpump seal leak. Coolant leaked into the crankcase. We found this out just a few minutes after this happened and luckily no further damage caused. Having no hope of getting parts for this bike quickly in China, we have decided to break the journey and each went our own way back home while parts were ordered from KTM factory. I went back to HK to wait for the KTM parts so I can hand carry the parts back to Lhasa for Capt. Kool to fix his bike.




Summer has arrived in Tibet




Old Palace of Yongbulakang




The Lhasa river is dry and soon when the rainy season came, it will look very different




This is our favorate sunning spot by the Lhasa River before reaching Lhasa




We share this spot with the Tibetan cowboy




Hotels in Lhasa can be expensive so we stayed in a bikers' home for USD5/bed and look at the high class bedding I have got




The benefit of staying at a bikers' home is that you get to meet a lot of bikers travelling in Tibet. Party time.




Living above 3600m has its problems. Trees are hard to find at this altitude, thus no firewood for burning. The Tibetans keep cattles that eat grass and output BS. The BS were stick on the wall to be dried and used for fuel. Human & nature lives in harmony for thousands of years




Remember the Guangxi bikers? We met up again in Lhasa and time to celebrate
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:39 PM   #88
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Walking around the famous temple




The Tatum pole




The Pilgrims









They walked thousands of kilimeters from their home to be here.




The trio playing tourist




The Putala Palace is majustic




Jon checking the photos he took during the day




Capt. Kool trying to enrich his knowledge about motorcycle
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:47 PM   #89
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Another great RR Franki.

I always look forward to your reports.

Are you going to continue from Lahsa on to Xinjiang?
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:33 AM   #90
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Another great RR Franki.

I always look forward to your reports.

Are you going to continue from Lahsa on to Xinjiang?

Thanks bigdamo. Our route were as shown on the map on page one. However, there is a plan to do northern Xinjiang in late Sep. providing Galaxy can get our bikes serviced and shipped to Urumqi on time.
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