Tuva / Uriankhai - pure photos

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    Thank you for the history and the excellent cultural lesson. You have given me more information about Russia and it's peoples that the classes I took in college and your descriptions of the people mirrors my own experiences.

    I worked for the press in Washington, DC - not as a writer - for over 35 years and for several years I was in and out of the Embassy and the TASS bureau on a daily basis. Even here, the Russian people were friendly and very helpful - generally much more so than other nationalities.

    One other thing - I have read a number of different trans Russia and trans Mongolia etc road reports here on ADV. All of them have exceptional photography. What sets yours apart and puts it way above the others is your writing. Your narration, even in your replies to questions, reads like something out of National Geographic that had been edited by someone who knew what they were doing.

    Thank you
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  2. lakota

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    Incredible photos.
    Awesome scenery.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Thank you sir.

    As you may have guessed, the tapestry of nationalities, their histories and movements of the last 800 years (in the wake of Genghis Khan) in particular is something that fascinates me. This web of peoples that stretch ultimately from France to Korea in a single unbroken piece of land. How they have moved and why they have moved over the centuries ... who used to occupy what piece of land, when they moved on and why. The more you look into it, the more you find revolves around the legacy of one man, Genghis Khan.
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  4. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    I wonder where the world would be today if the Great Kahn's ideas and dynasty had survived. For better or worse, it would certainly be different than it is.
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  5. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Well like his countryman (and fellow Europe raider) Attila the Hun, Genghis traditionally got a lot of bad press ... because it was all written by people he had conquered or overran - from the Chinese, to the Persians, Arabs and the Europeans. So naturally the surviving accounts are more than a little biased.

    If all the histories of Julius Caesar had been written by the Gauls, Caesar would have looked a barbarian bloodthirsty bastard. I am sure Persian histories of Alexander would say something similar too.

    There are a couple of good books out in the last 5 years or so that have started to look at Genghis from a more balanced perspective:

    "Genghis Khan" by John Man and "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World" by Jack Weatherford are both really enjoyable reads.

    There are some amazing sidelines in the Genghis Khan story ... one of them still reverberates today. At one point, in the late 1200s, the Mongols sent a Nestorian Christian monk (Bar Sauma) as a special ambassador to seek an alliance of European Christians with the Mongols to launch a final and decisive crusade in the middle east. The Mongols had already taken Baghdad, then the centre of the Caliphate that ruled most of the Islamic world) and the plan was to not only drive the Islamic Mamluks out of Palestine, but right out of Egypt as well. The monk is recorded by European sources as having reached the Roman court in Byzantium, the College of Cardinals in Rome, and met with the Kings of France and England ... was warmly received, but got no takers for the plan.

    Read more here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabban_Bar_Sauma
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    Thank you!
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    Ο δρόμος προς Τούβα μοιάζει κάπως έτσι:

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    :bow :bow :bow :bow :bow :bow :bow
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  8. Jimmym1296

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    Another great read on ADV. The history and geography highlights have really wet my appetite to read more about that part of the world. And the photos are great as well.
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  9. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    That looks like a painting!! :eek1:eek1:eek1GREAT PHOTOS!!!
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  10. tylerjwhite

    tylerjwhite Wandering Mtn Goat

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    That whole page is just amazing. It reminds me much of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan. Such a beautiful place, I hope some day the war ends and we are allowed to explore on motorcycle.
    :lift
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  11. Osprey!

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    :drif Beautiful and breath taking. Thank you for sharing.
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  12. Vrakas

    Vrakas Been here awhile

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    I have my fair share of taking and viewing photos but these are from the best i have ever seen. :thumbup:0-0
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  13. Oisin

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    as usual brother colebatch...
    you and your compadres are setting the standard when it comes to motorcycle overlanding....

    well done amigo
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  14. quicktoys2

    quicktoys2 ADVrider junkie :)

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    Like Deja vu ....... I feel like I have seen some of these pics and explanations already in one of your other ride reports .......... Like the post on the woman running all the businesses and the men just drinking all day.

    Excellent pics as usual

    Soto
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  15. mrbreeze

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    WOW! These Colebach reports just keep getting better and better! Thanks so much for sharing, and the history lesson is appreciated as well. Absolutely fascinating! I can't wait for the book/dvd!

    :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap
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  16. Happycamper

    Happycamper Have bikes, will travel

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    +1
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  17. Mileater

    Mileater Been here awhile

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    Just when I thought that I would finally be able to get some work done.... this RR pops up! :clap:clap:clap

    Subscribed, as usual, and looking forward to more amazing photos and history lessons :lol3

    Thanks for your efforts to bring these brilliant threads to "The Great Unwashed." :deal

    Cheers :freaky
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  18. sled_rider

    sled_rider DESERT ADV RIDER

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    Photos:clap
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    THANK YOU
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  19. spirre

    spirre Freedom!

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    Brilliant stuff, I feel we`ve kinda used up all the superlatives when describing your reports and photos, so I won`t ramble on.

    But do by all means keep it comin sir, it makes my day here in snowy, sub-zero Norway :)
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  20. KL__07

    KL__07 ride your own way

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    again top pics and story telling. :rayof
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