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Old 05-13-2013, 12:06 PM   #1531
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Adam Lewis a top notch fellow, one of the best multiyear overlanders I've ever met, he can help you save money

Seems he hasn't been working on his site updating much. He'd be a good one to team up with for a short go if your crossing a rough spot or two. Hell of a good rider.
Yeah, he is a good dude. He even mentioned you in conversation yesterday.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:20 PM   #1532
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Yeah, he is a good dude. He even mentioned you in conversation yesterday.

That's funny tell him I said hello. Looking forward to these upcoming stages. I take it your planning on the BAM this summer

I'm impressed with you taking the time for Russian off the stone, you looking for girlfriends or something
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:24 PM   #1533
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Second that fo sho
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:41 PM   #1534
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I'm loving life again. More to come tomorrow.
You, sir, are an amazing man.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:13 PM   #1535
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i just went from mild jealousy to flat out envy.

im all excited to ride 350 miles to the overland expo this weekend. sheesh.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:21 PM   #1536
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good to see you heading east and loving life, looking forward the this next segment a lot...my KTM is done, so i'm one step closer to being back out there again, i'll see you as i'm heading in the opposite direction...
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:04 AM   #1537
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good to see you heading east and loving life, looking forward the this next segment a lot...my KTM is done, so i'm one step closer to being back out there again, i'll see you as i'm heading in the opposite direction...
Looking forward to you re-starting your trip.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:53 AM   #1538
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good to see you heading east and loving life, looking forward the this next segment a lot...my KTM is done, so i'm one step closer to being back out there again, i'll see you as i'm heading in the opposite direction...
Yeah... I was looking at it this morning. Those pegs are big enough to ride in flipflops.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:42 AM   #1539
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Really digging your steez Noah, after quite a few years off the snowboard you've got me thinking I should do season back home(NZ) before I go RTW on a KTM. Much respect to your outlook and the way you carry yourself in and out of situations.

CHUR BRO!
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:11 AM   #1540
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Really digging your steez Noah, after quite a few years off the snowboard you've got me thinking I should do season back home(NZ) before I go RTW on a KTM. Much respect to your outlook and the way you carry yourself in and out of situations.

CHUR BRO!
Thanks bud. I would suggest you start riding then take a break from your break.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:12 AM   #1541
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Good to read your spirits have picked up
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:27 AM   #1542
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Western Uzbekistan

May 11. 2013 Western Uzbekistan 594 km.

I woke up in the desert at first light realizing I camped about 1km from some goat farmers. They didn't bother me so I got back on the road. A bit down the road I found a truck stop that changed out some of my Kaz money for Uzbek Sun. The money situation is quite humorous here. The bank will give you a rate of about 2000 Som to 1 dolar. The largest bill is 1000 Som. So every time you pay for something you feel like a striper counting out 1 dollar bills. Only they are less then that. On the "black market" I have been getting an exchange rate of about 2700 Som to $1. Every Uzbek person can count money at blazing speed. We were discussing why they don't make a larger currency and it might be to keep inflation down.

At this truck stop I met an older Uzbek man who was building tables, beds and chairs out of steel. I listened to him weld and it sounded great... like bacon frying. Since I met up with my brother in Italy I have been carrying an extra set of pegs because he doesn't know the difference between passenger pegs and foot pegs. The welder wanted to take a break from what he was doing and we made some rally pegs out of the pegs I had. For the setup this guy was using, he did an amazing job. After he was done I asked how much and his reply was "nul". Again I tried. He refused. Fair enough.


Curious gents.






The power regulation of his welder. Notice the iron wire coil on the hot lead.


Uzbek rally pegs.



I found a cafe called Bon Voyage with WIFI at this Coordinate. It might be the only place in western Uzbek.
43.105317, 58.382696


At Bon Voyage. They signed Uzbek on the moto.


Trying to get fuel. Notice the shirt that the guy on the right is wearing...

My plan was to stay in Nukus but I couldn't find a hotel and I had a hell of a time finding fuel. I slept in a restaurant out side of Turkul. 20,000 got me a dinner of shashlik, a salad, 1.25 l of beer and a room to sleep in. I had to roll out my sleeping bag and camp pad.



May 12. Turkul to Bukhara 379km
When I woke up I started talking to 2 Uzbek truck drivers who were using the "sink" to bath and shave. They were good guys and gave me shashlik before I left. This was the 1st of 3 times I ate shashlik that day.







The road cuts very close to the border of Turkmenistan. It goes in and out of desert and oasis. Buying fuel from a plastic jug is common. When you find a station with petrol in the pump its a surprize.


Border of Turkmenistan is about 1.5km away


The kids I bought fuel from.


This guy was pretty stoked on his Ural. For good reason.


Lunch.


My new lunch friend.


Nothing here but hot.



I met 2 push bikers on a very long hot stretch and I stopped to see if they needed water. They told me about some guys on motos who were staying in Bukhara and one had a burnt clutch. I was able to locate them at the Rustam-Zukhara Hotel. $10 a night and there is parking for the moto in the courtyard.


http://mcneilsonwheels.com/. Their honeymoon is biking through Asia.


Not a great picture.. but you can see the 30 vehicle cue to get petrol at a station that has it.


Paying for a meal.



May 13. Bukhara
We woke up early and took pictures of the old city. In the afternoon I can't even go into the sun. It is 33 C in the shade. Catching up on the emails and RR all day. In the evening we went to have some food and beers.


Early morning wakeup call.






There are sparrows everywhere.


The russian crown vic.


This is a Lada. Its russian built and you see them everywhere. I love Datsun 510s and these look quite similar.


This is in the pedestrian area. Otherwise I'd be concerned about someone hitting that and bringing down the house.


The brick work is amazing.


At 7 in the morning there are no tourists.



Last night I didn't get much sleep because I had to go to the toilet about 7 times with a rumbly stomach. Today I've been sleeping most of the day. Hopefully tomorrow I can continue on.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:16 AM   #1543
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:16 AM   #1544
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fantastic picture :)
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:17 AM   #1545
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I have beard envy.



And I guess the adventure is pretty neat too...
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