Uralistan: Bishkek to Kabul

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

  1. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    "I rest my bag up against a column and take a clean shirt and wash up, the water runs brown from all the dirt my hair and face has collected from the past 8 hours of riding. I lie down and rest in my spot and not long after a dinner mat is rolled out the entire length of the platform and I enjoy a vegetable curry with nan and endless tea with all these remarkable faces staring/ observing me, watching how I eat... being told my story from the manager and somehow I feel their respect for me. Once dinner has finished I lie back and relive the days events before drifting off to sleep for the night."

    "Great" doesn't even begin to describe your narrative... :clap:clap:clap

    And without a doubt I have voted this "metaljockey"...

    YK
  2. jackalsour

    jackalsour Dreamer

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    The portrait photos, the landscape photos, the narrative, the respect, the suspense.... it's all +5 star! I only hope some day more "tourists" can experience this country as well.
  3. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    :clap:clap:clap Finally! After about 3 days of on and off reading , I catch up on this super fine report. What a gift this ride report is. One of the Best I've ever read. You are so right in the Adventure not being about the bike but the person , his thoughts and the people and land he meets and connects with.
    Thanks so much for the time and work you are putting into this awesome report and this is for sure 5+ star rating. :clap:clap:clap
  4. Tigris_GER

    Tigris_GER Adventure-Finder

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    I´m so jealous :D

    I live in Kabul since February 2013, in a foreigner´s compound, no chance to leave the compound without armored vehicle and body protection due to the security regulations of my employer, the last attack with a vehicle bomb only 100m away from my accommodation only two days ago.

    Although I like adventures on the motorbike - 2005/2006 I had my Suzuki DR 800 with me in Kosovo, from 2009 to 2013 I was riding motorbikes in Republic of Georgia - and I don´t call me a coward I wouldn´t have the courage to do such a trip you did.

    Due to that: Thanks a lot for sharing your adventure in words and pictures with me (and all others).

    Kind regards from Kabul
  5. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    This is continues to be a remarkable thread. I wish more westerners would read this stuff. It shows just how great central asia and it people really are.

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  6. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting your incredible story and pictures. :nod My wife and I ran a URAL with sidecar for 15 years, here in the states. Loved it, especially in the snow.
    May your roads be smooth, your skies clear, and the wind at your back.
  7. feldjäger

    feldjäger Been here awhile

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    I miss Afghanistan, Kunduz, Mazaar E Sharif and the areas around there are amazing. I found Afghan people to be very interesting, yet gracious. The food is great there, and the smell of the towns I will never forget. So wish I could be riding with you, but your RR will have to do.
  8. feldjäger

    feldjäger Been here awhile

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    Hey PM me if you ride through Kunduz, I still have a lot of contacts there, and if anything a good nights rest, and great food.
  9. Tourist

    Tourist Adventurer

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    Just thought I would let you guys know that this ride isn't being done in real time... Bit of a spoiler, but I arrived In Kabul just over a month ago. I'm now back in Australia at my desk job, I'm missing the life I led and have plans to reconnect with the Ural next spring if work doesn't pick up here :D
  10. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    I assumed as much, if for no other reason than to preserve the notion that there are at least a few spots left on earth that don't have an internet cafe on every corner...
  11. mart´n

    mart´n Adventurer

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    Absolutely one of the best RR´s I´ve ever read.

    Thank you for telling your story.

    I bet you wear custum made pants with that size cojones:eek1
  12. Lacedaemon

    Lacedaemon Been here awhile

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    I was going to ask.

    Really enjoying this report.
  13. selkins

    selkins No hay banda!

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    Consider this an official launch of a "Pin This Report" campaign!

    If this one doesn't deserve a place at the top of the thread list, then I don't know what does.
  14. Lawmeister

    Lawmeister Long time lurker

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    Stunning photography. Amazingly descriptive text. Big Brass Balls.

    This road report needs to find it's way into some widely distributed magazine or newspaper (although nice glossy pics would be preferable). It's simply too good to not share it with a wider audience.

    Perhaps a travel and/or biking mag? With an excerpt in a inter/national weekend newspaper travel section?

    It could even finance your next adventure!

    Can't wait for your next post Tourist!
  15. moto rrad

    moto rrad ADV n00b

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    This RR is certainly print material. First class magazine feature !:freaky

    Thanks again for posting
  16. ShaneBaby

    ShaneBaby Been here awhile

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    Thats one hell of a tiki tour you there bro! Congratulations that ride really is spectacular. The photographs outstanding.
    Its so funny I posted this link to my facebook page and the brissy riders club page and nothing not one like or comment!? when clearly we are all in awe of a job well done
    WHAT THE HELL is wrong with the world when a pic of a cat doing something meanless gains much more attention then this real word adventure?
    Are western people just to obsessed with comfort to comprehend the real pleasure and diversity of the beautiful people in this world?

    If you are anywhere near Brisbane Ill ride out and buy you a kebab and cold beer! Thanks for sharing
  17. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Man....don't even know what to say:dunno But "thank you". Just a beautifully written and photographed journey.....I feel like I'm right with you. That part of the world is just so unbelievably gorgeous...i hope my eyes get to witness it one day.
  18. John K.

    John K. Adventurer

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    You da man!:clap

    Simply awesome and thank you!
  19. feldjäger

    feldjäger Been here awhile

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    I thought that may be the case, but I always described Afghanistan as being like living in the middle ages where everyone has a cell phone.

    Great RR!
  20. cengiz64

    cengiz64 Foreigner

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    Great Ride, excellent photo, perfect presentation, all 5+***** what a gift for ADV RIDER. :clap:clap:clap:clap
    Hope to meet you somehow, and somewhere