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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    Just after here we saw an off road hill climb and of course went up for a better view. Our driver Mr. Tang said he really wanted to follow us up, but was not sure the Jim Bei was up to it.


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    About 5 km later at the second view point you get a great vista of the switch back on the down side as well as the cloudless blue sky and the panorama of the mountains. We were all so hot now we had to peal off layers and its only 14 degrees.

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Once you descend you ride about 30 km again across the flat valley bottom and then thru several small villages. The last 30 km is again uphill and with some switchback and peek a boo views of Everest. There is a ticket check point and then about 3 km from the end of the road (to where tourist are allowed to drive to) there is another Police passport checkpoint. Then its the last few km with a spectacular view of the mountain. The road ends at a gravel lot surrounded by small tent restaurants.


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    We had some noodle soup in one of the tents and then walked 200 m to the “monument” that marks the altitude for a group shot. The guides then headed slowly back now at 230 and we will meet them at the check point at Tingri.

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  3. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    mdsn969 Long timer Supporter

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    WOW!!!
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  5. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Very cool!
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  6. natraps

    natraps Adventurer

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    Simply amazing :ricky
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    yamalama wet coaster

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    hope the Swede made out ok. been a tough go, pretty certain of that.
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    marco polo Long timer

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    Amazing. Well done.
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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes it has been a mental and physical challenge for all of us over the last 6 months! Orvar is better for sure and currently lounging on an island off the south coast of Thailand!! SP
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We walked another 500 m to the Rongbuk monastery and SLOWLY up the stairs as we are at 5200m. Spectacular view!!

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here it was another 200 m to the monument that marks the elevation at the top of Everest. You can not walk the 500 m to the actual tenting area of the base camp unless you have a climbing permit. The climbers can actually drive to their tent site now. The river water here is slightly murky like glacial runoff and very soft. We enjoyed our time here, but but by 345 we were all tired and Sara had a bit of a headache.

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Check out our video of the ride to base camp!



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  13. gspeed

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    Wow wow wow what a dream! It's great to follow you!
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  14. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    Great video!
    Is that GPS a Montana?
    If so what have been the pros and cons of using that make/model?
    Thanks and keep the rubber side down.
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  15. oldgsbob

    oldgsbob Adventurer Supporter

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    Fantastic report, it makes us all very jealous. wonderful photos.
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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks for the shout out.

    Yes they are Montanas and have been bomb proof! We have had them in almost daily use since 2012! Processors are a bit slow compared to newer units. So start up takes a bit, but we warm the bikes up before leaving each morning so they boot up before we need to go. Sara
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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks to everyone for the nice comments! Dan does an amazing job with the photos. Glad you liked my little video it was fun to make especially since I do not do it very often. We made it into Thailand despite doom and gloom to the contrary! Sara
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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We did not need to stop at any of the checks for 100 km until Tingri. On the way back we ran into a Vietnamese guy on a tour with ride Asia. His guides bike was in the back of the truck looking thrashed from a car crash. We had no issues at the check point and we passed our guides about 5 km before so they did not have to wait long for us. The line up coming the other direction was insane!




    In town we went to the gas station and we are getting better at guessing the exact volume of gas we will need. Back at the hotel we put the bikes up on the stands and Dan did his daily once around check that all seems OK. NOT there is a serious issue with the shock on the 650 GS. The shock has snapped off the bottom aluminum shaft and is now swinging free. It must have just let go with the force to get the bike on the stand. WTF do we do now in this tiny village. Well luckily the guides had already made inquires about a truck for Orvar’s bike as he says he will not ride it back over the pass at 5236m. They found a guy with a truck in “Old Tingri” 60 km away thru a fixer. We negotiated him down from 3200 RNB to 2500 (500$). This includes loading and securing 2 bikes, hotel tonight and tomorrow in Shigatze, fuel, and delivering the bikes 250 km away, and returning 310 km home. We still have the same issue of the road closure and we loaded the bikes tonight as we need to pass the Tingri check point before 630 am.

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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were up and out and at the check point for 630 and the truck with the bikes had gone earlier and was thru already. It is 3 degrees when we left town and minus 6 at the top of the pass. Dan said he had to stop and take his gloves off and put his hand down into his pants just to get them warm enough to keep going.

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    Luckily it was soon 8 degrees on the down side as the sun was now up. We had 90 km to go of the construction zone and we met Trevor and Dan at the check point at 8 am. They had been cruising, but only beat us by 10 min and the bikes on the truck arrived shortly after us. It was all downhill 150 km to Shigatze and we met the guys at the edge of town.

    We were at the same hotel and there was no good spot to unload the bikes, but luckily there is a construction site next door and a bunch of the men there helped to lift the bikes out. Then to get the shock out! Not as easy as it seems as the top bolt is bent. We could unscrew it and release the fitting, but could not thread the bolt thru. So brute force and repeated whacking with a pipe on the socket extender did the job. Lunch was a quick beef noodle soup across the street. Also for a well deserved [​IMG].

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    Dan and Trevor, the driver ,and the Tibet guide spend 3 hours driving around to find someone to weld for us and also to find a new top bolt. They wrapped the shock in wet towels during the weld, but we are worried about the seal.

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    The install was smooth a silk and we hope then weld will do the job. The seal seems OK so far. We went back to the same place for dinner and Mr Tang came thru again with a great meal. The owner gave us a huge discount as well (dinner is usually 35-50 RMB each and tonight with this huge meal it was 25).
  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We only gave 93 km to go today to Gyangze (Me la) at 3977 m and so we got to sleep in and leave after breakfast at just after 9.

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    We came down to the bike and unfortunately there is a small pool of shock oil. The weld seems good, but the shock was spewing oil one we got going. Not much we can do now. We will try the bicycle inner tube and tie down trick to try to get out of China. We will contact YSS Germany thru the dealer we used there and see what they can do for us. So far this shock has cost us 1400$ including purchase price, shipping, truck transport, and welding. It has been stellar otherwise especially the height.

    We set off and kept the speed to 90 km for the ride today. Arriving to the city they would not sell us gas at the first station at the edge of town. We were directed to THE station in the city center that motorcycles can buy gas at and told us we would need to register with the police to be able to get gas there. At the station there was a line of 10 guys at the pump and the side of the lot was full of bikes. The computer system was down and who knows when it will be back up. So to the hotel is and we will try in the morning.

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