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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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We motored on and ended up on the south side of the lake. A communist era monument.

    [​IMG]Kyrgyzstan Kaji-Say-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgy Kaji-Say-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgy Kaji-Say-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kyrgy Kaji-Say-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The town of Kaji-Say is small and there are not too many options, but the Art hotel was in the GPS. It did not look like much from the outside, but inside the gate was a very nice courtyard for us to put the bikes. The price included dinner and breakfast so that was a no brainier. The rooms were simple but comfortable and the water hot and plentiful. The bonus was great internet.
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    July 22 Orn’ok
    We were divided about the plan today some of us wanted to “go around the lake” and others did not…Around the lake it is.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 19.31.31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Nothing to see and in fact Dan did not take 1 photo all the way. At Cholpon Alta there is about 10 km of dirt, on which they are spraying water from tankers in the construction zone= mud. The town of Cholpon is a mad house of Russian tourist there for a beach holiday. It is crazy and we could not get out of there fast enough. Further down the road we came to Orn’ok and found a “resort” that actually had space as most were full. It is a bit like a summer camp. You check in and the rooms and in 2 story blocks and meals are served at given hours. The beach is clean and the water clear. The food is very marginal at best. It was the best we could do in the heat when we did not want to camp. It was a bit like communist era family camp.

    [​IMG]Ornek Bishkek-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Ornek Bishkek-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    July 23 Bishkek

    The original plan today was to take a mountain road towards the capital. Stating up the “road” from Orn’ok it is more like a track and very rocky and sandy. This “road” up the first pass is 23 km and after this the route is marked as a track for a further 70. After 3-4 km we decided that it was not worth the time and effort for a scenic detour. The second reason is the shock on Dan’s 800 is making a disturbing squeak and all we need today is to blow that out in the mountains. So we decided to turn back and go on the main route to the city. We had booked into a guest house for 3 nights to get some rest. Orvar had decided to stay one more night at the beach.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 19.32.43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The ride into the capital is right along the Kazakhstan border. We had again no trouble with police despite constant warnings by other riders. Bishkek apparently has strict rules regarding which streets motorcycles can ride on. We tried to stay on the main roads and the few police we passed ignored us. The fine is apparently 2000 Com (30$usd).
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had planned to meet up with ADV inmate Allen here in the city. He has lived here and in Uzbekistan for almost 2 decades. They run an orphanage for over 20 kids. He was kind enough to meet us at “the container mall”. This is where Dema and his wife have the only motorcycle “shop” in the city. Dema had gloves for Trevor, some full synthetic oil for us, and a connection to a guy to work on my pannier. I was also able to buy another tubeless repair kit for my bike. The mushroom kit we have has come with the wrong tip and this is why we can not get the plug device to work. Back to old school with the goo ropes. The crash I had in the deep sand torqued the box and the top so the lid closure was a challenge. The Bumot did great as far and the metal, rivets, and welds. Dan and Allen rode over to a mechanic shop where the owner was “one of the biggest humans” Dan had ever seen. He looked at the box for a few minutes and then got out a jack and some 2x4’s and voila perfectly back to square.

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Ornek Bishkek-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Just a few blocks from the hostel there was a restaurant that looked like it could be at home! Good drinks and food. It must get wild here they have an impressive set of DO NOT do rules.

    [​IMG]Ornek Bishkek-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ornek Bishkek-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ornek Bishkek-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There is also a pretty nice bazaar here where you can buy just about anything.
    [​IMG]Ornek Bishkek-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ornek Bishkek-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

    [​IMG]Ornek Bishkek-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hostels can be a bit sketchy and several of the kids where ill here and it is probably from the food. We ended up here 4 days as several of us were sick especially Daniel. He was well enough to go by July 27, which is good as we need to get across Kazakhstan for our Russian Visas. The rear shock on the 800 has been squeaking and we are worried it will blow. There is a KTM shop in Almaty and so we will make a detour there.

    We are all leaving Kyrgyzstan today and are headed to Kazakhstan. We are going to Almaty to the KTM. It is 240 km and mostly a back track. The other guys will start heading north directly to Astana as Orvar has a service booked there July 31.
    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 19.33.13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The ride to the border is 26 km. We left just before 8 and it was 29 degrees. It was 34 by the time we reached the border. You pull up to the control gate and they let 3-4 vehicles in at a time. When you go thru the gate you pull up to passport control and they give you an exit stamp. One guy asked us to open the luggage, but his colleague told him to forget it. Done in 15 min.

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

    You then proceed 200 m to the next control gate. here they also let a few people in at a time. You ride ahead 200 m to the border zone. Here there are dogs sniffing. You hand over your passport, and bike registration and they want you to fill in a tourist “card” and a small slip of paper with your bike brand, model, and Plate number. All of these get stamps. Then you ride 100 metres and turn left and then 200 meters to “the scanner”. Basically you ride into the customs building. here they stamp your small scrap of paper after looking at your papers and passport. They sort of looked in Dan’s luggage. They were more interested in how long we were married and why we had no children. All done out and in in under an hour.
    [​IMG]Almaty-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We then had 209 km to go and it was 39 degrees. There is nothing to see but flatness and haze.

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

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    We were about 70 km from Almaty when 2 bikes pulled up beside us and singled to pull over ahead. They had Alberta plates!! Turns out it is Kevin and Carey from Calgary. Kevin is our friend Francis Walsh’s brother. Small world as they are actually also going to the KTM shop for work and then they will store the bikes until next year for Mongolia.
    [​IMG]Kazakstan Almaty by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The guys at KTM were awesome and put the bike right into the shop when we arrived.
    [​IMG]Almaty-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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


    [​IMG]Almaty-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Getting help with the menu from the girl at the next table!

    [​IMG][/url]Kazakstan Almaty-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    We got a call at 9 pm to say Dan’s bike was all done and good as new. They changed the oil and recharged the gas. The shop did not open until 10 and so we got to sleep and and have breakfast with the guys. Luckily the breakfast menu was translated.

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

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

    [​IMG]Kazakstan Almaty-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Sara’s 650 just does not seem quite right for the last day or so, but we can not put a finger on it. Seems lacklustre..….We had a long hot day planned, but how long we are not sure since looking at the map there is nothing for at least 350 km from Almaty.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 20.34.39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There is nothing to see except a straight road, flat land and haze. There were several camel herds. The road was advertised to be horrible and potholed!!! It is not we managed 100 km/ h most of the day.
    [​IMG]Priozersk by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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    There are some rough sections and deep grooves occasionally. On one of these sections the 650s speed sensor warning light was on again! We checked seems intact. It is not mission critical so we pressed on. It was 38-40 all day and we had the wind against us, which made for terrible gas milage. Also we had been told how the police here were the worst and pulled you over for any excuse. We did the speed limit especially when signed to be 40-50. We saw some police, but none paid us any attention.
    [​IMG]Priozersk-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Priozersk-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    Salt lakes

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

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    By 4 pm it was gusting crosswind and very strong. There was a gas station with 95 after 300 km and so we filled up. The GPS had a place listed there, but it looked sketch. The next one in 47 km did not look mush better. We know the guys stayed in Priozersk last night by their spot and we did see one guest house on bookings there. So we had another 80 km in strong wind to deal with. We checked the maps.me for the guest house, but it did not look like much when we got there so we headed down the main road. The main square was blocked off and so we pulled over to the right to ask a taxi driver parked there where we could find a hotel. The police pulled in next and asked if they could help. They escorted us to the hotel! Great secure parking. Small apartment with aircon and wifi for 24$. SCORE!! It is the 61 st birthday of this army town and there is a carnival on. There are all sorts of vendors, bouncy castles, singers and dancers. The evening was capped off with a fire works display.


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

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

    [​IMG]Kazakstan_-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kazakstan_-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had heard from Trevor and Orvar that yesterday they were in this same town and arrived at 8 pm. They had then only gone 161 km today to Balkhash. This is mostly because there is a town at 140 km and the next is another 380km. Trevor resorted to white tape on his helmet to beat the heat!

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

    We got up early and it was a lovely 23 degrees. This meant we could arrive to Balkhash by the time the other two were on the road and we met at the turn off. It remained cooler all day and under 26. The ride is maybe slightly more scenic near to Karagandy, but it is mostly just 500 + km of a straight bumpy road thru pretty much nothing.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 20.42.38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Karagandy-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Karagandy-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There is the odd gas station or truck stop. We did stop at an abandoned station to hide in the shade. Trevor left the station and turned left, when we were going right….it took him 8 km to stop and wait for us before he realized he had gone the wrong way…too funny. Just goes to tell you it is a lot of nothing out here. We stopped for some food about 120 km from Karagandy, but none of us really feels all that hungry in general. Karagandy is a surprisingly big place in the middle of no where. The hotel we had in the GPS and saw on bookings was the Ozz. This turns out to be a very chic. The town itself is nothing to see, but we did a bit of a walk to find something to eat…Donar as usual.

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

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

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

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    Hola Sara , yes will try to ride to Guadalajara, let me know the dates when you have them.
    Ride on your epic adventure ¡
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Astana is the capital and it is only 213 Km. It is still over the mostly flat steppe with little of interest.
    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 20.43.23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    The road the whole way is 4 lanes under construction and they are for unknown reason mostly only using 2 lanes on one side and you switch sides every 30-40 km. It is humid and 29 as well and so we are all not feeling that great.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Astana is a very expensive city and we are lucky to get a hotel for 65$USD, which is quite nice. The “Expo” is on here for “Future Energy” and our hotel is on the free shuttle route if we need it. We did take a taxi down to the centre where it is a bit disney-ish. There is the Bayterek tower and singing fountains.

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

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

    [​IMG]Kazakstan Astana-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Kazakstan Astana-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

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

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

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    It is much better after dark with all the lights. We walked to the main street and a few guys were waiting there as “taxi’s” they however wanted double the real rate and we said forget it. We walked 2 blocks over to the Hilton garden inn , where the concierge kindly booked us a driver for the normal price (6$).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Astana-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

    [​IMG]Astana-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today Orvar headed over to “BMW” where they said they were ready for his service. This is not a motored dealer, they do not service bikes, and they do not have any parts. HMMMM. Well I guess it is a day at the Astana Expo 2017 for us. We grabbed a cab over there since the supposed free shuttle never arrived here. In fact the guys at the desk despite the huge banner sign in the lobby were a bit stunned when we asked about it (the sign was gone the next morning). Well 45 min ride was 3$ in a cab. The entry was 4000 T (12USD). The huge ball in the centre that looks like the death star is the Kazakstan pavilion.

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

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

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

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