Mongolia to Tajikistan, alone on the Sibirsky Extreme Trail.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by willmaniac, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Wow! Great pictures again. This is one of the best threads on ADVrider.
    In Samarkand, did you notice some of the mosques with elaborate design in the stone work but no color, like the tiles in your pictures? When the area was controlled by a more strict Muslim sect (from what is now Iran?) color in architecture was forbidden, so the local masons found a different way to display their art.
  2. td63

    td63 Been here awhile

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    Just another RR that leaves me wondering why I'm such a coward. Brilliant. In.
  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    missed the first installment and have to do some catching up. this time, all IN.

    i'm impressed by your adventure spirit and thankful for finding the time to share.
  4. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Fantastic stuff man !

    I've been to Turkmenistan as well but in a truck (During the Silk Way Rally) and we had all the customs and Visa things taken care of by the organisation.
    Ashgabat was very empty back then too, apart from the street sweepers and the Police/Military.
    We were told we weren't allowed to take pictures back then. Never mind that :-D

    We got there starting in Kazan Tatarstan (Russia) and went through Kazakhstan all the way along the west.
    The first day when you hit the plains proper you're in awe about how far you could see but the novelty of that soon wears off to the point of I was asking my navigator if he was sure we didn't need to turn off at every crossroads.

    He once said to me: Do you know why the suicide rate is so low here ?
    I said I didn't.
    He replied: There isn't a FFing tree here to hang yourself from !

    Boring.

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    Boring without tarmac.

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    The ferry terminal in Turkmenbashi wasn't very exciting back in 2009

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    Little old me driving the rally truck back from Ashgabat at 100 MpH ! (I wasn't the rally driver for it though)

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    This was mine to drive.

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    Thought I had more pics but they're not on Photobucket. Might look them up.

    Sorry for the interruption.

    Cheers, Ard
  5. roktbox

    roktbox Been here awhile

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    Spectacular!
  6. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    Fantastic report, waiting for more!!:clap

    I can help with bike storage in Bulgaria, should you need it. There is also a very competent bike mechanic in Varna.

    My bike is currently stored in Sofia, but there are options along the Black Sea coast as well.