Up the Dragons Arse - China to Pakistan

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CstrikerDan, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. CstrikerDan

    CstrikerDan DanO Supertramp

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    I have been reading the forums the last few weeks and have been inspired.


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    Well here it goes. I may have a plan of sorts.
    Last January I finished my 6 years of military, and have been on the run since. I drank too much in Germany, hitch hiked around Japan, got lost in the mountains of New Zealand, and have been in China the past 3 months teaching and exploring. Money is running low,(Thanks for the loan Mom and Dad!) but I think I can make this last leg without getting disowned.

    I bought my first motorbike in Yangshuo, China two months ago, and fell in love. It is a 2003 DFMCO(?)125cc. I paid way too much for it, but after a new carb, rear wheel, ignition, engine, and more; It ran up to a whopping 2000RMB or $292.77. My first time riding, back from the shop through Chinese rush hour traffic, nearly soiled me. After a few days of exploring the villages and learning what a choke does, I felt comfortable enough to toss my lady friend, Helen, (TROOPER!) on the back for a 700km trip around the Guanxi Provence to Beihai and back. It was a fantastic and convinced me to burn the Lonely Planet and make my own adventure from then on.

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    I sadly had to leave the bike in Yangshuo while I took Helen to Beijing to see her off back to school in the USA, as I promised her Ma I would. While I was wandering the city, missing my wheels, I stumbled on the Pakistani Embassy and decided to see what was involved in getting a visa. It wasn't much. Now, two days later I had my very own, and the idea to make a ride out of it. I will ride from Yangshuo to to Kashgar, the border of Pakistan, or at least give it a solid effort.


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    I convinced my buddy Jacob, who was going to travel with me for a month, to get his own bike and start the ride with me. Now I am sitting in Kunming, 1600km into the adventure. Today, Jacob returned back to the USA, and it is just the bike, me, and China from here on out.

    The last 1600km was a dream. We rode south from Yangshuo to Nanning then south west to ride along the Vietnam border. We sped along at a whopping 40kmh through pristine mountains and industrial filth. We were the entertainment for the shy villagers each night. Many said they had never seen a foreigner before. Repairs, beer, and rock hard beds were cheap, and life was good. I'm terrible at this writing thing so I will just let the photos tell it.



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    My Favorite Water Ladies trying to get a last bottle out of me with there good looks before departing Yangshuo


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    Jacob's 1st spill. His ignition key jumped out and was lost in the mud. Good thing Chinese bikes start happily with or without silly keys.


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    Breakfast


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    For the ladies


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    A fantastic town and decapitated cow


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    She helped me fix a loose exhaust


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    The border between Guanxi and Yunnan


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    Along the border with Vietnam


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    Most guys were hitting the bong in this town


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    We walked into a random karaoke room and were greeted by Red Bull and cheers. The kids were very very impressed by our singing of Celine Dion and Backstreet Boys.


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    This guy is my hero


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    Very worth the 20RMB to run around like this in the Golden Temple of Kunming

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    Kunming


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    Kunming loves them electric scooters and I love the expressions


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    This looked more complicated then Chinese Chess...wait a minute!


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    Baby's first Lauwei(Foreigner)


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    Jabob's last night. The best part about Chinese clubs is you pay for nothing and can look cool dancing like a retarded robot. The bad part is that only guys want to dance with you, and they can't seem to keep their clothing on.


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    Love them Kebabs

    Tomorrow I set off west from Kunming to Dali. I figure 2 days, but we shall see. I am a noob at this whole riding a motorbike thing, and complaints and comments are welcomed.

    Much love
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  2. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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  3. MikeBike4

    MikeBike4 Hacked

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    Great, keep us posted!:lurk
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  4. L82Dance

    L82Dance Adventurer

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    Lookin' forward to more. Good luck on your adventure.
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  5. MK96xj

    MK96xj 100% Seat Time

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    The action shots are great. Especially love the little one humping the fire hydrant:lol3
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  6. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    :huh Only the guys want to dance and I don't want to think...

    Great report!
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  7. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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    Your pictures are really good! Looks better than the usual point-and-shoot. What camera/lens setup were you using?
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  8. overtakenagain

    overtakenagain Adventurer

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    Loving your work there cstrikerDan. I will be heading west from Lanzhou in a few days on a bike. I will be going very slowly, so I may see you on the road for a beer:freaky
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  9. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Absolutely stunning pictures. More please :lurk
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  10. GB

    GB . Administrator

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  11. Evilstare

    Evilstare Adventurer

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    Cool ride, cool idea, great attitude! I'm in - stay safe!
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  12. lovebikes

    lovebikes adventurer

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    :clap:clapGreat:clap:clap Are you planning to ride to the Pakistan border or actually entering Pakistan. If you decide to enter Pakistan, do inform me.
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  13. Kyler

    Kyler Confused Hack Nut

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    gotta ask - do you speak Chinese? if not, how hard is it to communicate?
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  14. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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  15. Sevoman

    Sevoman Ever Vigilant

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    Nice intro.

    Ride Safe. Keep taking pictures. Your dialogue is fine, btw.

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    Sevo
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  16. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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  17. SteverinoB

    SteverinoB EstebanarinoB

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    Great pics...keep it up...please!
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  18. humanbeing

    humanbeing Adventurer

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    That model is Suzuki GX125 "copies" w/ geniune Keihin PZ26 (made in Nanjing) carb / Made in Foshan, Guangdong
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  19. merchantofmenace

    merchantofmenace STFUAGBTW

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    Great report! Love the photos! Keep them coming! :clap
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  20. Indochine

    Indochine 'Bikes are OK, but . . .

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    OK, I'm signed on for this trip! :deal Fine photos, indeed.

    Are you, BTW, legally licensed to own and ride a bike in China? SuperSignet, in another China report, is and that didn't seem to help much. Oh, well.

    Take it away, CsDan.
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