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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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  2. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    I like the border art with the map of the country. I see the Marco Polo sheep is Tajikistan's national animal.
    Apparently they should have had a Markhor goat on the Kyrgyz side, spirally horns.
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    July 17 Sary-Tash to Osh July 17-19

    Despite sleeping on mats on the floor we actually all did well. We were up about 9 and after breakfast packed to go by 11. Our host (and chef) and his son.

    [​IMG]Kyrgy_-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We had a short 185 km to Osh on a silky paved road.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 17.32.22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We are still at 3600 m and cross one more pass to 4200 and then its down down down! Finally adequate O2. At the top of the pass there were a few kids selling milk and this one 12 year old boy spoke and read English perfectly. Drivers here are courteous and there is little traffic. We had no issues with the police despite what we had been told.

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

    [​IMG]Kyrgy_-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgy_-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgy_-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving to the city it was 28 degrees and there was some traffic to deal with, but the hotel was easy access off the 41.

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Osh-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgy_-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We had booked into a 4* hotel for 2 nights to really relax and get caught up on bike maintenance and RR. To be honest we wanted good wifi and a big TV so we could watch the first episode of Game of Thrones!!!

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Osh-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Kyrgy Osh by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Dan pulled the wheel off the 650 and took it around the corner to the tire shop for proper patching. We also noted earlier in the week that there was a small oil leak from the stator gasket and when we checked the oil it was fine, but when we checked today it was down. Orvar luckily has a later of oil and we topped up. We also sealed the leak with some high temp sealant, but we will keep an eye on the stator for a failure in the near future.

    We had been in contact with Janet and Charlie Russel since we were in South America and now we find we are finally in the same spot. They delayed their departure to meet with us and exchange info on our respective routes. They are deciding how they will get to Dushanbe after hearing the lower route is now blocked. We had the opportunity to hear about their experience in Russia and Mongolia.

    [​IMG]Kyrgy Osh-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The downward side is more gradual. This road in sections would be a real nightmare in the wet. We stopped about 50 km from the end for a tea break.

    [​IMG]Kyrgy Kazarman-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Kazarman-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Kazarman-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The last bit was pretty badly wash boarded. There is brand new pavement for the last 5 km to town. This place is pretty sad looking and none of the guest houses on map.me or the GPS exist. We did have a B&B listed and we showed up there. We have a pull out bed in the dining room. This brings new meaning to the term bed and breakfast!

    [​IMG]IMG_8957 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The very good dinner was served in a yurt. There are a lot of other travelers here including a family form Slovenia. There is one bathroom for 12 guests so you had to be strategic.

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

    [​IMG]Kyrgy Kazarman-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    July 20 To Song kul lake 175 km.

    Despite sleeping on the pull out we actually slept pretty well. The breakfast of rice porridge was a little hard to stomach. You always seem to be just a bit nauseated here. There was a small shop in town to get some supplies for camping. We set off for the alpine lake Song-Kul, which is 175 km on gravel/dirt road that is on the GPS.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-21 at 20.43.09 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    The first 20 km were a bit of a drag with washboard and deeper gravel, but then you start to rise up on the mountain road, which is mush firmer.

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The road rises up to the pass at 2800 m over some very quick switchback, but the corners are banked and smooth.

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgy Song-Kul-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgy Song-Kul-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The down side is a snake of switchbacks down to the valley floor. The road here is again washboard and deeper gravel for about 15 km.

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Kyrgy Song-Kul-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgy Song-Kul-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    Kul-10 I want to live at the end of that road up high. Beautiful


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Beautiful and soooo quiet!!
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We turned north near Ak Tal and stopped at the village to get some snacks. Dan was riding to the shop and a kid about 6 hurled a fair sized rock at him and hit the pannier….Dan hit the breaks and got off. The kid started running and screaming and Dan (looks 9 feet tall in his boots suit and helmet) chased him down. The kid was screaming so loud he had to stop running, which is a good thing since running at altitude for sea level dwellers is a challenge. The other adults nearby also yelled at the kid.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-21 at 21.04.34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Initially the road is flat and pretty good.

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Song-kul-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr