Going east, before it's too late

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by G B, May 2, 2017.

  1. Macsporran

    Macsporran never lost ,just on a different road

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    thank you for the write up,i, really enjoying it
  2. KTMInduro

    KTMInduro Off Road Montster

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    Great RR. Subscribed. Looking forward to the next installment :lurk
  3. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    I stop every ca 45 minutes to have some water and rest, a cup of express coffee wold also be good but they do not have that here.
    I think it is so bright that I have to use a snow/beach function on the camera ans see if that helps.
  4. cristiano

    cristiano Been here awhile

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    memories from my trip last year :-) go on please ;-)
  5. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    13 June
    ca 26°C have cloudy
    The bike was parked at the hostels owner house 2 km away.
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    Did some planing and met Suzanne and Roger for lunch. House in Atyrau

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    Guy from Swiss and the lady that work at the hostel
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  6. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    404 km from Atyrau to Beyneu on a good road. There are places by the road where people can stop and pray.
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  7. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    Beyneu to Nukus in Uzbekistan
    The hotel in Nukus.
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    Bought fuel and had also 3L in bottles. There seems to be fuel also in Akjigit 55km that is 55 km from Beyneu.
    It is 83 km to the border of Uzbekistan on a very bad road it is best to drive on the tracks beside the road it took 2.5 hours to get to the border.
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    Through the Kazakhstan side of the border was no problem, hand over migration card from Kazakhstan and customs card from Russia. Uzbekistan side is only few hundreds meters a way. I did pass the line of cars, went through the disinfection mud pool ( the bottom in the pool is OK ) and to the gate, after some minutes they open the gate for me and in I vent. I had to go to a bank that is 100m from the border buildings to get 2 photo copies from passport and bike registration and the copies where free. Then I had to make a customs declaration for expensive thinks and what money I had, there is space for 3 different currency. The customs people were very interested medicine so it is best to have the legal stuff handy and show that. They wanted to x-ray me tank- and duffel bags. I was taken in front of the row at the x-ray machine. I think that local people with cars stays at the border for days as there is only 10-20 cars going through in one day.

    After getting through I bought a insurances $ 20,- for 3 month. Border crossing with insurances was 2.5 hours. There is people that change money at the border but the rate is 4000 same as in banks instead of 7000-8000. to a $.
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    There is a hotel close to the border on Uzbekistan side.

    The road is bad for the first 50 km from the border, there is a police check point after 100 km and a hotel 5 km after the check point. There is also a 5-7 km road work side later with bad road.

    I came to the Hostel in Nukus after 11,5 hours. This is on of the longest day on this trip so extra info for people that want to take this road to Uzbekistan.
  8. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    Some more photos from the Beyneu to Nukus leg after crossing in ton Uzbekistan
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  9. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    40°-42°C most of the day, sunny
    Nukus to Bukhara, a distanc of 547 km. The hotel arranged for fuel, a guy came with 25 L on 91 Oktain price 112.500,- that we put on the bike, so it had used 28-29 L the day before that is about 20% more than normal.
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  10. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    The first bit from Nukus is normal road and every thing is green but after that it is a highway through the desert
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    stopped to fix the top of the windscreen and helped this guy fixing leaking gas pipe on the truck, it runs on Metan.

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    Stopped at this place to buy water and they wanted to sell me fuel also but I did not need any.
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    The last 30-40 km to Bukhara is on a bad asphalt with a lot of traffic. Met this German fellow just before Bukhara.
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    The milage on the 91 oktain fuel was 4.7 L/100km and that is good.
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  11. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    I like the way you help people with their trucks - good one.
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  12. Kurare79

    Kurare79 Adventurer

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    Really fascinating beeing able to follow your journey Thanks for sharing!
  13. Andsetinn

    Andsetinn Adventurer

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    If it was a true trail mix, with unusual uses of everyday items, can you show us photo of the truck repair? :)

    By the way, very nice trip report.
  14. Andsetinn

    Andsetinn Adventurer

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    I have scrolled past this photo few times without realizing that these machines are making road-surface out of concrete. Do you see many concrete roads?
  15. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    No more photo, just used me letherman to flatten and folded the pipe from the metan tank as the did not have tools for that.
  16. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    I think that lot of the roads is from before 1990 and are made by the Russians and they love concrete. Many roads here are made of concrete and then later resurfaced with asphalt. Good concrete road will last longer than asphalt road but is more expensive.
  17. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    17 June, the Icelandic national day
    ca 40°C sunny
    Edovard and Mathilde ( directionjapon.com is in French ) leaving the hostel in the morning.
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    Did walk around the center of Bukhara and had a rest as it was to hot to explore.
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  18. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    Price is ca $ 60-80,- and it take 10 to 15 days to make one plate.
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  19. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    18 June
    30-38,5°C sunny
    Bukhara to Samarkand
    Got info at the hostel where to buy fuel and started by going where he was sure there was Benzin.
    There where probably over 100 car waiting in line at the tank station. The people in the line pointed me to go to the front and I had to go in to the station where you are supposed to exit. Then it was to pay 64.500,- for 15 liter of 80 oktain.
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    When it is 38°C it is good to stop in the shadow of a Benzin station as they are all closed and I had the place usually for me self.
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    This truck was missing the radiator and it run probably on Gas as it is not Diesel.
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    There is usually young and old people by the road selling something or killing time.
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    This is what the land look like most of the way when not going through village.
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  20. G B

    G B Been here awhile

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    Map for the last 14 days
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