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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We walked out the front door and a family was walking by with take out pizza boxes and we said “is that pizza? and where did you get it?” The dad pointed the way and we found the cafe about 400 m away. The young waiter spoke fairly good English and so we managed to get two pretty good pizzas.
    All along the main road there are “positioned” huge and very grand buildings. There is the hotel, the library, several mosques, and a theatre. They are totally over the top on the grandiose side and seem never to be open.

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-41 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Wedding car.

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arranged a driver to take us 40 minutes north to the ancient city of Merv. This was once the largest city in the world. What a treat to ride around in an Air conditioned land cruiser in this heat.


    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The afternoon we spent at the bazaar making some friends, having lunch, and doing a bit of shopping. The official exchange rate is 3.5 to 1 and we had changed just 4$ at the hotel. Orvar and Trevor needed some cash and interestingly got 7:1 from the money changers. Now one did try to fool Orvar with a bait and switch, but he caught him and recounted the money for the correct amount. In the food part of the bazaar we wanted to buy some fruits for the border tomorrow. There were some very nice, but very small pears and we asked for 4. This women must have thought we were stupid as she told us they were 100 manat a kg. This would make them 5 USD each. The real price in the grocery store is 13 Manat a kg!! We said forget it and went onto the next stall to buy some dried apricots instead.

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-33 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    They were setting up for something big across the street with a stage, red carpets, and a big screen TV. Later there was a crown of several hundred lined up to watch the presentation. We found out this was for the celebration of the president’s birthday. Any participants that tried to get out of the blazing sun to the shade or sit down were told to get back in line. This lasted until the TV cameras stopped rolling. There were lip sync singers and some dancers. The big screen had a “propaganda” like stream from the capital. Very 1984 or North Korea.

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We wandered over to a local "pub" that did have beer and they served samosa like pockets hot from the fire.

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkmenistan-42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  6. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Your photos are incredible!:super:thumb
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks Michnus, but it is all Daniel!
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  9. Nickhob

    Nickhob Armchair adventurer

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    :clap:clap
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  10. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    An amazing adventure.
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  11. chussel

    chussel Adventurer

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    Perfect. We should be there from the 14th-17th as we are getting our bikes serviced there. Be great to catch up.
  12. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Long timer

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    Truly amazing adventure. I was starting to like the "headscarf" look. :lol3 I'm thoroughly enjoying your excellent posts. Be safe on the Pamir. Looking forward to that update!
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  13. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    It's great to see your adventure unfold. Not many riders get to experience Iran - likely due to the red tape. I've heard the people are wonderful and your RR confirms that.
    The Pamir will be awesome! Can't wait to read about the next stage of your trip. Be safe you two.
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  14. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Excellent!
    Love the "SARAHS" sign!
    And you're "pinned" now!
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  15. tradex56

    tradex56 Been here awhile

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    bene !!! Ti seggo sempre
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  16. chussel

    chussel Adventurer

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    Hi Sara. We are now in Osh for a couple of nights, staying in VIP GHouse. How are you guys all going?
    Janet and Charlie
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  17. driftr

    driftr Adventurer

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    Sad these guys don't have any plans to visit India.
  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It might look ok, but got old real fast!!! :)
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The riding in Iran is not why you go it IS the people. Was a fantastic experience every day. Pamir was epic, but now we are weeks behind in RR and photos! Tales to tell. SP
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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Great to hear from you!!! SP