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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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

  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I would have loved to go to Turkmenistan when I was over that way a couple of years ago, but your description of all the BS entering the country makes me cringe. You have more patience than me! In the end, it's probably not worse than a foreigner trying to enter into the US these days. :-)
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    I know we saw these ads everywhere and even saw the Weiners in the shop. When people ask where we are from and we say Canada. They either answer with Ottawa or Hockey!! No hockey just soccer/football and some basketball hoops. Thanks Sara
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes crazy, but efficient. The total cost and time was insane, but the price we had to pay to open the gate to the stans. It was a crazy weird place and so worth the visit. Bummed we did not get to Ashgabat for the full "North Korea" like experience and supper bummed about not getting to camp at the door to hell. Cheers sp
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today it was already 35 degrees at 9 am and we set out of Tashkent on the way to Khujand Tajikistan in 170 km. It was a bit of a round about as the road we were routed on was closed and there was a bit of traffic.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-09 at 08.35.36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We headed the 100 km to the border and stopped once for some cold drinks and made some friends. There was another car a white sedan that was following us for about 20 km, but left as we neared the border. Again strange.

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

    [​IMG]Uzbekistan-28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uzbekistan-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The border is not really marked and you have to make a u turn to get to the gates. As soon as you do there are money changes who want to buy your Uzbek money and sell you Tajik money. The women all had these incredible gold grills.

    [​IMG]Uzbekistan-30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    You pull up to the closed gate and the officers come out to check your passports and then let us thru. You go about 100 m and stop. Here there is a camera and you have to go farther, make a U turn, and then park so the camera can take your plate. There was a bit of an issue as they could not seem to get a reading on my BC plate or it may have been that it is in shadow. They came out with several letter size papers with CANADA written on it can you believe it. This took about 20 minutes for my bike and we stood off to the side in the shade. It is 40 degrees. The guys bikes took only about 5 min each.

    On line it says that the Uzbek officials here are unfriendly and it can be a hassle. They were more than nice to us and very smily and friendly. There is a large sign posted that there are no fees here and that guards will not accept bribes. We sailed thru besides the camera issue, and they were more embarrassed than anything that they had problems.

    Next you ride 200 m and park in the shade at customs. Here you go in and fill in an exit declaration card. It is in English and they provide sample ones with the correct data entered. From here you go back out to the booth on the opposite side of the lane. Here they check your passport and want your TVIP and registration. Next you walk 20 m to the passport control for the exit stamp. When you return to customs they asked to look in the luggage, but they really hardly looked at OURS.

    [​IMG]Uzbekistan by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now on to Tajikistan. We were a tad worried as again on line the horror stories of the hassles you get at Tajik borders and the bribes demanded abound. We again sailed thru with no issues what so ever and they did not even ask to look in the luggage.

    You ride 400 m to the gate and they asked to see the passports and then let us thru the gate. You ride about 200 m to the document check point. Here the very nice official asked for the passport and Tajik visa. He fingerprinted Trevor and Dan, but not Orvar or me? He did take our shots and even showed me mine as I had a funny face and he laughed and said it was ok.

    You drive thru the tire decontamination pool and then ride 400 m to the customs building. Here we were parked in the shade and an officer directed us to the customs office. They copy your passport and registration, enter a bunch of data into the computer while you wait in the small office full of smoke. The customs fee is 10$ us and receipts were given. It was super easy.

    My only issue was my tire plug was not holding air and needed to be redone. We are wondering if the last one did not set as it was siting in the 42 degree heat?? Now we have only 70 km to Khujand. It was an easy ride and the first thing we saw was open gas stations!!!.

    [​IMG]Khujand by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we will ride 305 km south to the capital Dushanbe, which is the staging place for the Pamir “highway”. We will rest here for 2 nights, Orvar will swap out his tire, and we will stock up on some provisions. We were happy to finally find some 95 octane ! Also nice that we did not have to pay at the tolls.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-09 at 11.51.47 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dashnube by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dashnube-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dashnube-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Just before one of the tunnels we ran into Tom and Angela from Germany on their bike with a sidecar. This tunnel was only paved a month ago and is known as the tunnel of death. It was previously pitch black and pot holed. They started this trip in Dubai. The tunnels here are not for the faint of heart. There are 2 over 5 km long on the way and they are pitch back, with 2 way traffic, cars passing, and they are filled with exhaust and dust so it is very difficult to see. All of us were actually a bit scared SCARED.

    [​IMG]Dashnube-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dashnube-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dashnube-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Tajikistan-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Tajikistan-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Tajikistan-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE1810 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had to take a break about 30 km from town as we were all overheated and Daniel especially was dehydrated and actually hyperthermic. Luckily the hostel is cool and quiet and we have good air con and a shop next door. Dan was straight to a cold shower 2 litres of cold water and slept until the Morning.


    [​IMG]Tajikistan by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  15. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    It seems wrong to "like" your last post. Oppressive heat can be brutal - especially for us Canucks. I hope Dan's doing okay.
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    Dibss Been here awhile

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    It's rather funny to find the sign in the last picture saying what looks to be "Welcome" in Urdu\Persian words but written in Russian. LOL
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  17. pzvt

    pzvt Been here awhile Supporter

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    Awesome scenery. Thanks for sharing. As a fellow Canuck I don't know how you are dealing with the heat even with the air con naps. I'd be riding in my underwear


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    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    Holy epic ride!

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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