3 x KTM GO EAST

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lordmaciek, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Joyseeker

    Joyseeker a biking sweetie

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    well, talk amongst yourselves then. :super
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  2. Globetrotter03

    Globetrotter03 n00b

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    Hey guys, great idea your trip, im right now in Moskau and on the way east too. I want like you crossing Mongolia and go as far as Vladivostock, but nothing written in stone. I would love to hear from you and see if we may can drive a view miles togehter.
    Here my details www.globetrotter03.com, emailto:globetrotter03yahoo.de
    And now drive safely ......

    Hope to hear soon from guys...
    Peter from Switzerland :clap
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  3. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Looks very exciting!:evil

    Keep us informed with good pics!

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  4. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    sorry not much time for writing now; just wanted to let you know we have arrived to Poti in Georgia; some photos on my website: http://motosyberia.com

    just changed the tyres to pirelli and going to the Swanetia region now - enduro adventure begins!!

    sea ya
    mac
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  5. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    Helo from Baku in Azerbeijan; 21 days on the road; have some time now so will post pictures from the Poland - Azerbeijan section;
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  6. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    so started as planned; good by famillly





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    ... it should take us about 10 hours to cross Poland, but there were problems. Perfect road, we enter Warsaw - capital of Poland and wojtek has a flat tyre:



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    Myself and MArcin went to to the city to get the passports and when we where back wojtek made 77 holes in his spare tubes when trying to fix the flat tyre; After 5 hours we have left the capital and after 200km the tyre just fell of the wheel; it was in Zamosc where wojtek had a motorcycle familly, which helped us to get new tupoes on sunday;

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    finally we have arrived o the Ukrainian border and met Mirek, so we are 4 in group now:

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  7. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    Still on transit, in a hurry to get on the ferry from Odessa to Georrgia (across the black sea).

    Camping in the bush (krzaczory) near Nemyrov where an excelent vodka is produced.

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    ... and we have finally arrived to Odessa - Miasto Gieroy (Odessa - the hero city)



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    ..and the well known Potiomkinowskie stairs:

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    Odessa by night amd next day we go to the ferry station; In a small window the woman tells me that there is no tickets; maybe on the next ferry (in 7 days) but maybe not; please please please; no; please please please; ok place for 2 person and 4 bikes; please please please; OK; you can go:)

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    .. after 3 days we finally arrive to Georgia/Poti. Huraaa!

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  8. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    looks like you're having a good time :lol3 :thumb


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  9. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    You look pretty excited!:lol3



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    Where can I buy one of those awesome T-shirts?:ear
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  10. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    So after a lot of fight with the customs we are finally on the land; first thing we do, we change the tyres from the crappy original road tyres to pirelli MT 21;

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    We want to go to the north, to the Caucas mountains - the Swanetia region. It the evening so we are looking in the bush for a good place for the tent. But a guy suddenly appears and invites us to his home. Huraa!!

    A big supper is being prepared for us, and of course a 10L tank full of wine is under the table.

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    This Mat and hist mother. Mat is a soldier.

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    Mat had a twin brother, who died few years ago. After the death he had a marriage with a dall.

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    ..next day little hangover, Mat came with a bottle of wine for breakfast;
    Me jumped on our bikes and drove to Svanetia. Drove through a UN checkpoint and were told not to turn left (Abhasia region).

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    Two mototbikers from the Slovak and Czech republick joined us.
    We drove through amasing track.
    A typical thing for this region are stone towers.

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    ..finally we haved arrived to Ushgula - the highest permanently inhabited(?) village in Europe.


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    When looking fot the right place to camp we found a lot of mud. All got stucked.

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    .. ok finally got there:

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    Next day the troad gets better nad better:

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    Few prblems with the snow - an avalanche came on the road few days before.

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    Met some wood workers, and tasted some home made vodka.

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    Got some fuel in a village:

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    ..and now direction Georgia south;
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  11. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    [​IMG]We where haeding south to my friend Sasha. I met him on one of my previous trips.
    Fixing the problem with the center/side stand - we have all gone through this untill know.

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    Hot springs in Borjomi - Borjomi is also well known for excelent mineral water.

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    ... and finallu arrived to Sasha. Big supper. Only man at the table. Women in the kitchen. Lot of wine, vodka, home made vodka and the speciality of this region - long and touching toasts.

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    Sasha:

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    Hot springs in Abastumani - good for the hangover.

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    By by sasha. Now heading toi the stone city - Vardzia.

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    On the oposit of the stone city, we have found an abandoned(empty) hotel. Slept on the teracce with beatifull view:

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    Chevron in Georgia.

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    ...and heading to Armenia now. Huraa!
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  12. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    4 hours of vegetation at the border an we are in Armenia. Made just 40km and were stopped by two guys who invited us for a party.
    Greate food, wine, vodka, lot of toasts and Armenian dance:

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    Marcin didn miss any toast (thay would let us) so the end was obvious:

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    Happy!

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    Next day Marcin wasnt filling any better:

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    Heading to the capital of Armenia - Yerevan.

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    We were invioted by a guy that had a KTM in the past. We could sleap at his place and he is running a restauranrt with excelent food:

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    Yerevan:

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    ..and next day going south:

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    I have found a nice shortcut on the map. The locals sad no way we will make it. There was a lot of downs at the beginnig but after it was TOP1.

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    Greate place to sleap at 2800m.

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    Next day the truck was even better and we arrived to 3200m.

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    ..and arrived to lake Sevan.

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    Arround the lake and up north to Georgia again (the border between Armenia and Azerbeijan is closed).

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    Nice road through the Caucas with industrial cities:

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    ..and back to Georgia / Tibilisi. Wojtek is going back home the next day so we have a good by party:

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    Mother gorgia: a sword in one hand for the enemies and a glass of wine for the guests.

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    Heading to Azerbeijan now.
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  13. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    7 hours of vegetation at the border and at 2am we are in Azerbeijan.

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    Heavy rain destroyed Marcin tent this night:

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    People extremly nice - the same in Azerbeijan, Georgia and Armenia.

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    Heading to the capital - Baku.

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    Baku - oil city.

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    Have been a few days in Baku now. Waiting for the ferry accross the Caspian sea to Turkmenistan.

    Bikes are running greate. Yesterday we have change the oil and followed Advrider/Creeper guide to set the valve clearance (thanx!!). After 12 hours of hard work in the sun it looks we have done it.

    Probably tomorow we get on the ferry.

    T.B.C

    More photos at my website: http://motosyberia.com/photo_en.php

    Maciek
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  14. blackbirdzach

    blackbirdzach Daily Adventurer

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    What a start! I will be keeping an eye on this one! :clap
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  15. ktmnate

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    this is going to one to watch.



    Nate
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  16. bobzilla

    bobzilla Dirty Old Man

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    Fan-Fkin-Tastic

    Looks like a trip of a lifetime and you guys remind me of
    "The Wild and Crazy Guys" from Saturday night live.:clap

    I wonder how much trouble The Ugly American that only speaks English and a few cuss words in Spanish would fare in that part of the world??

    Waiting for more:ear

    Thanks
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  17. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    No shit.

    Could this be one of the funniest - and most adventurous - reports in history...???

    Only time will tell.

    I do miss Russia. Say hello to the ladies for me! :getiton

    And if we can buy those shirts and/or decals...TELL US HOW!
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  18. the_couch

    the_couch Been here awhile

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    Yeah this kicks arse. Nice work. I hope the riding is as awesome as this when I get round that end of the world in a few years.
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  19. Ghost Rider

    Ghost Rider suxface!

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    Very cool! Keep it comin :thumb
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  20. STateIH

    STateIH Been here awhile

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    +1 wondering if we could get some of those shirts...
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