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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by sambor1965, Sep 10, 2009.
I guess most of us we`ll be more than happy for entire years in our lives to experience the almost lifeless, stuning scenery mountains you and your friends have been to.
On the other side - changed my desktop image, saved the pictures for the slideshow when the computer is in stand by and told my buddies about your trip on the main Romanian motorcycle forum:
All the best and congratulations !
The scenic pictures you present of the mountains and streams are breath taking, but it seems nothing can match the beauty of a woman.
amazing amazing stuff. Thanks for the writeup and looking forward to more.
I LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!
Sick sick sick! I'm ready to quit and sell everything. Could riding get better?
That's some ADVriding right there!
In Kalaikhum we reached "famous" Pamir Highway.
The Pamir Highway is a road traversing the Pamir Mountains in Central Asia. Sources disagree on the termini of the highway, with Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; and Khorog, Tajikistan all being offered as the beginning of the highway; however all sources agree that the Pamir Highway ends in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
The Pamir Highway is designated as route M-41 over much of its length in Tajikistan, and is known as the second-highest altitude international highway in the world (4,655 m).
Construction and maintenance levels vary substantially along the the highway. The roadway sometimes paved but often unpaved, and heavily damaged in places by erosion, earthquakes, landslides, and avalanches. However, it is the only continuous route through the difficult terrain, serving as the main supply route to Tajikistan's Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region.
The route of the Pamir Highway has been in use for millennia, as there are a limited number of viable routes through the high Pamir Mountains; the road formed one link of the ancient Silk Road trade route.
The Pamir Highway passes through the altitude 4,655 meter (15,270 ft) Ak-Baital pass and past lake Kara-Kul before crossing into Kyrgyzstan and on to Osh. The Murghab-Osh leg is 417 kilometers (259 miles) in length. The stretch of road between Khorog and Osh attracts a small amount of tourism due to its rugged natural beauty.
I have travelled this road many times and only talking with all these mad bikers is attraction for me...
These were from Swiss travelling for 4 months, heading toward China...
I have many pictures near this sign. Did you heard about civil war in Tajikistan? Perhaps not:
It began in May 1992 when ethnic groups from the Gorno-Badakhshan regions, which were underrepresented in the ruling elite, rose up against the national government of President Emomali Rahmonov, in which people from the Leninabad and Kulyab regions dominated. By June 1997 fifty to one hundred thousand people had been killed. Now it is safe and quiet...
Anyway mines are problem remaining from civil war... 216 hectares of Tajik territory has been cleared of landmines, with 20,000,000 square meters of land still needing to be swept.
We overnight in this camp with these young brave boys working in the passes and meadows as minesweppers.
Along the road you will find some tanks and military transporters from civil war era...
But we were safe and arrived to Khorog without any problems...
Insane...and excellent...stories and photography.
Amazing photos and tales once again Sambor, can't wait to see the rest.
I love the photography as well! I wish I could afford one of your tours!
Wow, makes my ride to Inuvik seem pretty silly Great Great stuff.
Great report and pictures!
It can be arranged. Just let me know and I'll invite some fellow Poles to Tulsa.
Suddenly my current Middle East trip seems really lame. Well, I guess I can't compete with Sambor (maybe I can drink more vodka ).
It's 5:30 AM in Dubai and I'm on ADVrider... Does that make me crazy? ... Possibly :) I'll be in Syria tomorrow so maybe it will get a bit more exciting
Sambor, You guys are my heroes. Anytime someone asks me what the people of Poland are like I say - adventurous. And your RR make it so easy to prove!
An epic adventure of epic proportions