Uralistan: Bishkek to Kabul

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Tourist, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Tourist

    Tourist Adventurer

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    Yes please
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  2. selkins

    selkins No hay banda!

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    Excellent. Keep it coming, please! :clap
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  3. BoDii88

    BoDii88 n00b

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    just registered to this forum to keep tracking your tour progress ... damn i love your report man !!! cant wait for the updates !:clap
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  4. Dessert Storm

    Dessert Storm Dances With Drunks

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    Fantastic! More please.

    (Hope you don't mind me adding one of your phrases to my signature line - happy to nuke it if you do)
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  5. Tourist

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    Mosilton my host in Savnob.

    Go to any village in The Bartang and ask where a guesthouse is and they will simply say, "why every house is a guesthouse". A really open and friendly reception welcomed me into Savnob, Nice and comfortable homestay with good food put on. Mosilton my host was a real character. Just after I had settled in she brought around 3 young ladies to meet me and said "just pick one!, this one good for cooking, this one good for washing..." After my blind dates left she then went on to give me grief for not bringing her any moisturizer as she hand cuts the families wheat with a sickle, pulls up the potatoes and hand washes wool for making Pamiri socks to then sell on to markets in Khorog.
    Savnob village was nice to be able to just walk around and listen to the wind blow through the wheat watching people go about their daily chores in the village with the afternoon sun on your face. The locals that saw me wandering would invite me over to their gardens and give me handfuls of apricots, Bread & tea no matter how much I tried to resist. From my experience this kind of hospitality is on par with northern Pakistan and Iran in which I believe has to be some of the best in the world.

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    In Savnob.

    The next morning I did some maintenance checks, Haven't burned or leaked too much oil since Karakul, I'm impressed - Fuel was running low, so I dumped 15l into the tank then Climbed out of Savnob past the weather station here I'm met with the view of Peak Communism but now known as Ismoil Somoni Peak, Tajikistan's highest mountain at 7495m.
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    Looking back the way we came, from here on its all down hill.

    The peak is shrouded in cloud so I press on dropping in elevation throughout the day, The road improves also, making the riding much more enjoyable but its tough riding in such a scenic place to actually keep the concentration on the road and whats coming up it. As I get down to river level and in a few instances below river level, I'm wondering if it the road is going to be closed the further downstream I go, The worst section being high enough to lick the underside of the carbs.

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    Down to river level.

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    Down stream river levels almost stopping me.

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    Leaving the Ural behind and heading across and up to Jizev valley for an over nighter.

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    I do like mountains but after being in the Pamirs I have to say I prefer to ride up them than hike.

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    Jizev's first village.

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    and the 2nd.

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    Spring water Vs Snow Melt.

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    The Simple Life.

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  6. RoverMike

    RoverMike Adventurer

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    Great photos of a beautiful place. Oh, nearly forgot - love the bike!
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  7. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Amazing pictures! :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap

    I did the Pamir this summer. I love seeing the picture because it seems every person that posts sees things I missed. But some things are the same :D

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Aesyi0pViywgfDC2MLPUE9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-IiXflML5C_s/UaWjuSuODYI/AAAAAAAAdUE/QNbV_KeKngU/s800/DSC08620.JPG" height="532" width="800" /></a>

    Keep up the good work. I'm definitely subscribing to this one. :deal :D
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  8. Tourist

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    Thanks Guys for joining the ride! :freaky
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  9. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    I'm in. Too good to pass up!
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  10. fredgreen

    fredgreen Proud Canoodian

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    Welcome to ADV! Cool pics and RR. What a great life you lead! I've got a 2012 GearUp, but I don't think it will ever see this area of the world.
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  11. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    Beautiful light in your photos. What is your kit you carried with you?
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  12. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    all i can say is "Wow!"...... can't wait to see more.....:deal
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  13. I.Will.Ride.On.Mars

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    This is such a great RR! Keep em coming!
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  14. Hevy Kevy

    Hevy Kevy ADDRider

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    Inspirational! A true testament to low dollar travel. Cheers and thank you for sharing! :clap
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  15. Golden_Cliff

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    Thank you so much for sharing the very beautiful photographs.
    Have a safe ride.

    BTW; which one you selected out of three ladies?
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  16. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    THANK YOU for taking the time to share your journey with us!
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  17. D-R0CK

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    What gorgeous photographs! I especially like the reflections. Subbed!
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  18. lukeman

    lukeman Cool Hand

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    Great pics. Really cool bike; it looks timeless in these photos.
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  19. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    :clap:clap:clap Love reports from this section of a little traveled world. The pictures are just beautiful. See the camera is changed during the trip. Thanks to the work and time to share the journey. :clap:clap:clap
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  20. Tourist

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    Thank you all for your nice comments, I'm using a Fuji X100s keeping it in a small shoulder bag while I rode. :gerg
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