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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Jan 26, 2010.
Or Jungarian Mountains to you and me, Eastern Kazakhstan, up against the Chinese border.
Amazingly, this represented my first flat tyre ever. In 16 years and about 50 countries by moto. Not surprisingly with a empirical record like that, I hadnt bothered even bringing tyre levers!
Fortunately some passing local Kazakhs had some.
Turns out the valve wasnt put in properly back in Almaty a day earlier, and sheared clean-orfff.
I was here in 03. Paid vacation by Uncle Sam. The Uzbeks were wonderful people.
Just shows that little knowledge is worse than none... I managed to read the first paragraph of a Wikipedia article and immediately matched the words to my stereotypes and biases...
Reading slightly more shows that the drop is not explained. Since there is no outlet from which water flows out, who the hell knows why it dropped.
How did you get those two guys to change your tire? Are they just some random passing dudes that just happen to have tire irons, know how to do this, and are happy to get their hands dirty and waste an hour? WHat are the odds of that happening? Did you pay them?
Crows are particularly affected by the West Nile Virus. See http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/westnile.htm. That wouldn't explain a large number all dying at once. Perhaps they were served up a tasty poisoned treat nearby.
Just to give Colebatch some more material about the "stan", here are some pictures taken before and after our meeting in the middle of nowhere...
How are you mate? Did you get out of Singapore?
There's only one possible response to that particular question -
Yes it's cool!
Lepsi to Akhtogay
North East - The Road to Ust - Kamenogorsk
Or the Kazakh Altai ... this actually was Russia for hundreds of years, but Khrushchev decided to transfer it to Kazakhstan in the 1950s. Nevertheless, the majority of the people are Russian, and the villages, towns, roads etc look Russian rather than Kazakh, even now, over 50 years on.
This is the Road north of Ust-Kamenogorsk
near Leninogorsk (Ridder).
From Chennai to Kuala Lumpur, and now riding Thaïland to go to Laos. From there the plan has changed: cambodia, thailand, malaysia, indonesia, timore, darwin, the whole australia, and then canada.. However, the motorcycle is showing some signs of weakness. Hope to be able to do some work on it in Darwin.
Hope things are all right back in the UK. Are you planning to cross south america or africa some time in the next few years? 'cause i'm not ready to stop yet... Good luck for your book by the way!! ;-)
I was trying to find the easternmost crossing possible between Kazakhstan and Russia ... the closest possible to Mongolia. I went to Leninogorsk (Ridder) and tried from there
Just beyond this foto, I was turned back. The border here is just for locals. No foreigners. It meant I had to stay the weekend in Ridder (leninogorsk) and try a different crossing on Monday;
Yes I have many plans for the next few years.
I saw you're shooting with the D90. Can you give us a basic idea of the settings your using? I'm curious if you let the camera do the work, or do you shoot manual? You control depth of field very well in your portraits and landscapes.
I'm not getting anything done...