Tajikistan Or Bust! Solo trip from England to the Afghanistan border via Chechnya

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by WesleyDRZ400, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    thanks wes for doing this rr.

    it opens up our eyes and minds that there are a lot of very nice people out there!

    read it all from page 1 all in one seating...that means...this is good!
  2. TravlinCat

    TravlinCat whocares

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    Wonderful photos! Thanks for being so inspiring. :norton
  3. zandesiro

    zandesiro In rust we trust....

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    Perfect!!!
  4. KTM Deano

    KTM Deano Adventurer

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    Im flying into Kiev tomorrow Wes then travelling by car to Odessa then up to Nikolaev. Looking forward to riding there in a few months.
  5. Red Herring

    Red Herring Gnarly Commuter

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    Love reading your ride report. It is amazing the people you are meeting, and I truly admire how much of a people person you are. It is very encouraging to hear how open and welcoming everyone is to you. Simple amazing. I'm not sure I have ever experienced hospitality like that, and I am not sure I would be so comfortable with it at first. It makes me wonder why we in the west are so much more closed, also makes me feel like carrying a spare helmet in case I come across a lone hitch hiker!
  6. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    But can those girls change a tyre in less than 4 minutes.
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    SteelB12 Long timer

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    Holy crap I hate you!


















    :D

    Just kidding. I have got to say, I am really envious of your travel. This must have been such an excellent trip. and all the cute girls you met along the way. If you ever ride on the west side of the pond you have a place to crash and enjoy some beers. I am not much of a cook
  8. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Really enjoyed reading your ride report. The interaction with the people you meet is quite amazing. :thumb:thumb
  9. klrmtn

    klrmtn Been here awhile

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    Pretty sure that is Colebatch's sticker. He has done several eastern European trips. http://www.sibirskyextreme.com/
    Great story, really enjoying it.
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    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Great RR! :lurk
  11. Mehaniotis

    Mehaniotis Been here awhile

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    They can take hours changing my tyre. What's the hurry...:D
  12. Vato Jinete

    Vato Jinete Feo del Norte

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    Cool, Ready, And Waiting

    Thanks
  13. Mehaniotis

    Mehaniotis Been here awhile

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    Just be safe.
  14. elron

    elron Still Standing

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    You're a sly fellow. Gotcha on "standby". :lurk
  15. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Tsk tsk tsk Wesley. How can you do this to us :ear However,

    :1drink



    We will be right waiting on you, have a great trip.
    Ateam
  16. EnduroAlexis

    EnduroAlexis www.enduroalexis.com

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    Amazing.

    Looking at all your photos I was going to ask if you saw any men on the way, then came the last picture.

    We are not alone :)
  17. KGBz

    KGBz Been here awhile

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    See you in March!
  18. Deseret Rider

    Deseret Rider Been here awhile

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  19. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    Wesley, this RR is amazing, truly amazing. Your sense of adventure is amazing, and your experiences with strangers (but quickly they turn to friends) excites me and invigorates my view of the good in humanity. :clap

    I see you are into the rope work on the rigs. Have you ever worked ropes with a chap from the states named Eric P? Blonde hair guy, big into rock climbing. He is from New Jersey, but was living in Thailand and now lives in Barcelona, but often works the rigs either in the Middle East or the North Sea.
  20. Don T

    Don T Bike Addict

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    Thank you for taking us along on your epic journey - it helps me endure this time of year, when the ground is covered in snow and my bikes are hibernating in the garage.

    Your ability to make new friends everywhere you go is truly a gift, and says a lot about what kind of person you are.

    As the political situation in Ukraine take up much space in the news at the moment, it was interesting to hear your description of the country and its inhabitants - it sounds like a great place I would love to visit.

    I like your back-to-basic philosophy regarding navigation and route planning. Good maps, input from locals and day to day planning is the recipe for real adventure.
    That being said, a GPS is a great addition to the above - but it require that you know how to use it, and understand that it's only another navigation tool - not the voice of God.

    As far as I can see, you didn't bring any camping gear on your trip - is that correct?
    If so you are a real ADVrider oddball - no GPS and no camping gear - what were you thinking!!! :eek1 :rofl


    And now to a more serious subject that is close to my heart:


    I'm looking forward to follow the rest of your adventure.

    Cheers
    Tonny