Can a Harley make it to Magadan?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwdoug, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Trailrider_77

    Trailrider_77 Adventurer

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    :lol3
    This cinched it for me....I'm in.:lurk
  2. LC4Dakar

    LC4Dakar Been here awhile

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  3. Poly

    Poly n00b

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    finally, sms :clap
    He is in Uzbekistan, camping now.
    Doug: "road is shit, can't see good"
    Doug: "The border was easy. You ever rode in a sandstorm? For 2 fu....ing days?"
    hehe, I see he is having fun...:ricky
  4. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

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    Back in 89 in Mexico I did the La Carrera Classic in a 74 911. Imagine going 149 mph in a side ways sand storm with only 15 feet vis for nearly 80 miles straightaway.......The height of stupity......But I won my class,,,,,,,whos stupid now?:lol3
  5. Tony P

    Tony P Doddery Old Fart

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    Not having a 'pop' at any individual poster, or their entheusiasm, but can we let Doug tell the story in his own time and manner?

    I refer to people telling us of events and/or locations where Doug may or may not be, ahead of what Doug has told us.

    If people want to be at the forefront of breaking news why not go and do it themselves instead of being just a computor screen Adventure Rider??
  6. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    Tony - You need to look at this link.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=448705
  7. Tony P

    Tony P Doddery Old Fart

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    Thanks.

    My point is not so much about the "+1" and "in" brigade (although that seems pretty pointless and sad to me) but those who say things about ahead of where the thread originator's reporting has reached, thereby potentially spoiling the impact of the actual reporting when it comes.
  8. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Yeah, +1 !!.... I am so in!!











    Doug, love your RR's.Thanks for taking us along bro. :clap
  9. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy Sometimes I'm A Jerk

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    I would sincerely hope that you aren't criticizing Poly's posts! :eek1

    I don't think Doug would appreciate that!
  10. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    +1.
  11. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    I would bet the poster isn't aware of who Poly is. (I hope so, at least!)

    By the way, I like your posts Poly, keep 'em coming! :clap
  12. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    To me it adds to the intrigue.....like a good mystery, moth and the flame, just a hint of what is to come,it leaves me wondering how he is doing, what and where..keeps me thinking about this report...Doug has a lot of people interested in his adventure and his welfare..
  13. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    any of y'all ridden in a sandstorm?


    for 2 FUCKING DAYS!

    SON of a BITCH!

    Anyhow, I made it to Uzbekistan, and my support truck is enroute from Italy with parts picked up in Hungary.

    Of course as Im not a movie star, & dont have 'The Force'
    my support truck is not a fully outfitted landrover, its a worn out harley electra glide. I think its fitting tho, as Nick was with me when my bike broke last year in Armenia, so now he can make up for that. :lol3



    Actually tho, the bike is doin fine, as long as I dont burn the headlights. You dont want to ride after dark here anyhow, as the camels like to sleep on the roads at night.

    I'll get my pics uploaded & update this ride report while I am here.

    No, really. I promise!
  14. djvx

    djvx Ride Safe!

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    No sand booger pictures please :puke1
  15. SlowRide13

    SlowRide13 Veteran n00b

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    sexiest words I ever read!
  16. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Have been in a sand storm in S. Cal. back in the '60's on a '63 Triumph 650. Not fun even though it was for only about 6 hours. And glad you made it though.
  17. Ed Teach

    Ed Teach Been here awhile

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    Yes, kind of it, near Merzouga two months ago. Not funny even riding on road:huh
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    Hope you can fix your electrical problems soon mate.
  18. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> The road to Ankara was hot & mostly flat. Pretty boring.
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    I stopped at a small parking area for a break, & this donkey wandered up, looking for a meal. I didn’t have anything but some hard candy, but he seemed to like that.

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    I got to Andi’s house that afternoon, was good to be able to take a break for a few days, but I knew the visa fetching was going to be a pain. I have to get 6 visas here.
    Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan (with extra stamp for Pamirs) Kyrgistan, & Kazakhstan. I had already given Andi the applications, & he had sent them to the various embassies, hoping to make the process move faster.
    Tuesday morning, a driver picked me up, & off we went. First to UZ, as they had already approved it, & just had to be picked up. They were in a basement of an old building, & it cost 140 usd! Ouch!
    Then we went outside of the city, to a big hill full of fancy embassies. Up here was the AZ, Kaz, & Tajik. Kaz wanted to keep my passport for 3-4 days, but finally relented, as I needed to get other visas. But, I had to fill out all the papers again. AZ was only open from 9-12, so had to return the next morning. AZ also made me fill out the papers again. Anyhow, it was all very confusing & hectic, but by Friday afternoon at 430, I had all 6 visas, & ready to hit the road.
    Took 4 days. Probably a record, but don’t think it would have happened without help from Andi!
    The easiest/nicest were the Tajiks, took a few minutes, & costs 35 usd. Biggest pita was azeri, they kept dickin around, & costs 131 usd. I think TM was 50, Kaz was 50, & Kyrg was 30.
    Ome of the embassies were palaces, some were small shitty places in town. I have them all on the gps, in case anyone needs to go to them.

    Turkmen embassy. They are very paranoid.
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    This is the Qatar embassy. Its bigger than the actual country I think
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    This is for Palestine, if I remember right. Not really a ‘country’ but they have a fancy building.
    And my ride for the day.
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    Embassies on the hill
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  19. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    Andi’s friend Birot has a repair shop, & we went there for a cookout. Andi’s MZ is getting new tranny bearings
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    Was an international gathering, a bunch of turks, Austrians, & me.
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    Birot helped me make a camera mount for the bike.

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    This mosque has a store in the basement. They are not allowed to sell beer tho

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    I met this pretty girl at the local bike gear store. I bought a pair of padded riding shorts. They have helped a lot.
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    Andi’s apartment maintenance guy has this Chinese bike with extra lights, sirens, & 500 pounds of chrome doodads on it. He is some sort of Turkish hillbilly from the country. I thought he was pretty annoying, I dunno how Andi puts up with him.
    As Poly would say, he struts ‘like a rooster on a shitpile’
    We have the same guys back home, only they usually ride Harleys.

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  20. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    One of Andis friend had broken his shoulder in a bike wreck. They were sort of like a matched pair.

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    Saturday morning, I headed to the coast, then to points east. The road was pretty good, but along the coast, the road is all new & perfect. I went this way last year also.
    A beachfront room for 40 bucks is always nice.

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    One town decided to make the trash dump where most towns would have a beach…..

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    I’d think having a rather large woman riding sideways on a scooter would be detrimental to the handling.

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