Family of 3 riding a sidecar through (almost) all of Europe, and east, to Mongolia..

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  1. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    Then we moved on to Bukhara.
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    Where we had to weld for the first time. The frame holding the side pannier broke due to excellent road conditions in Uzbekistan.
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  2. jettech01

    jettech01 Been here awhile

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    After drooling all over myself, and being stunned into silence...(not an easy task)...All I can say is WOW..... Please if you ever get to the US
    and plan a trip to South America....You are most welcome to begin your trip with a stay at my place in Houston Texas...to make preparations for the journey.
    Your candor, beautiful family, and undeniable skill with a camera take my breath away......:D
    Best wishes to you and your family in your continuing journey through life. :drink :wave
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  3. DuaKembara

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    heyyy sweet vladimirrrrr! you are so lucky to have those super cool dadyyy and moomyyy.... i'm so envy. once time ago, my mom always worried when I'm asking for permitt to go for a ride, She said that riding is kind of dangerous things in our circumstance ( 3rd world country ) . but when I doing it everyday, it will be lethal right? :freaky you guys such as a lovely fam squad. pardon my english. greetings from Indonesia :happay
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  4. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    Thank you for your kind words! There's no plan for the moment, but you never know. :wave
  5. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    We left direction Samarkand. Here's a pit stop by the side of the road.
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    I've been through Uzbekistan eight years ago, but I don't remember having a problem with finding fuel. Now.. it was nightmare. There's no petrol station, since ALL the cars are running on gas. So it's either you are lucky enough to find guys like these ones by the side of the road, or you knock from door to door, locals will make phone calls and in the end someone will shop up with the precious liquid. And you never know what you pour inside your tank. Just fill up and pray it's not all water.
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    Samarkand, UZ.
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  6. IT Hunter

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    Breathtaking, wonderful pictures, now I have to follow your travel until your return to Bucharest
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  7. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    In Tajikistan e teamed up with an Austrian family, traveling in a 1978 Mercedes truck. We stayed together for a few days, on the Wakhan corridor, since our kids had a great time together, and the old truck drove at the same pace as the Ural.

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    Then we met Paolo and Lindsay, traveling the world on a Vespa. really cool guys!
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  8. metavug

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    I am not a book publisher, but if you put all these pictures in a book i would buy it. They have a very artistic and intentional focus. They evoke closeness and love in your family, we all need a model for that. You seem to capture the human experience and the beauty of the surroundings in a very deep and meaningful way. Let me know when i can buy the book, it would live on my coffee table.
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  9. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    The Wakhan Corridor in Tajikistan was amazing.
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    If you remember the Wacky Races cartoons, then this image will look familiar. :wave
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    Can't believe I missed this this RR - fantastic trip and photography skills! :clap
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  11. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    Murghab, Tajikistan.
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    The morning we left we were given a task by our special friends from intotheworld.eu, Jon and Ana. If we ever got to Tajikistan, we were to deliver an envelope with pictures shot by the above mentioned, some four years ago, when they were there, to a family, 80kms east of Murghab to the Chinese border. We proudly did it that day. It wasn't easy, and it wasn't a 100% success either, since there was nobody home. But we left the pictures inside the house, where the stove was burning. The road was hell, but it was well worth it. I must admit, we were way out of our comfort zone, but now we definitely know where "in the middle of #&*%ing nowhere" is. We just got back from there.
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    Always pick the right track.
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    The highest point of our journey. Ak-Baital Pass, Tajikistan, 4655m.
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    Lack of oxygen leads to unexpected take offs on the Pamir Highway.
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    Last picture in Tajikistan.
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  12. es_kol_ta

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    Hi

    Is there any continuation of that brilliant trip ?

    It is so inspiring to look at your photos . I have two kids now and looking for a sidecar to get my family going as well. 2WD sidecar does the job - I think , especially if you plan to get to places not commonly known as tourist attractions. All the best

    Greetings from Poland

    Dominik
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    Best Ride Report Photos E.V.E.R.


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  14. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    No, no, wait, there's more! :1drink
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  15. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    So we entered Kyrgyzstan on a torrential rain, but the reward was... oh.
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    In Bishkek we did some maintenance to our beloved Zair and we were ready to hit the road again.
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    Direction Song Kul, the fairy tale lake at 3.000m altitude. When we were 20kms away from our destination, after riding another 20kms on a gravel road, I started hearing strange noises coming from the sidecar wheel. Stopped. All right, our sidecar frame was beautifully broken. We had to chose between going forward 20kms and the next day go back through another 40 or just head back to civilization through 20kms of gravel. I said, well, we might never get the chance to be here. So how worse can it get? So we moved on, forward, 10kms/h cruising speed. Needless to say, it was more than rewarding. Song Kul lake is one of the most beautiful places we've ever been.
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    And then, you know, we went back to the city, welded the frame with the help of some cool guys and off we went.
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    L_Bomb Strewth and blimey

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    Excellent photos and words as always, thanks!!!
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    Stunning trip and pictures!
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    fantastic.
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  19. RandyG

    RandyG Been here awhile

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    WOW!
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  20. steveh2112

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    not enough people on these road trips plan for zombie outbreaks. well done for planning ahead.

    actually, this is really cool timing finding this RR for me. i'm visiting my son at the moment and he came up with the idea of him, me and my daughter (all grown up) doing a road trip to Mongolia some time. i loved the idea immediately, several months with my kids and bikes, what could possibly go wrong.
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