MotoMavericks ride WR250R's RTW. Motos, Beer, Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CJ, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado Supporter

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    Ouch.
    While I'm not a physician, and don't even play one on TV, I have been around more than my share of broken legs...ski patrol.
    So, when I saw the position of your foot relative to your knee I said to Hannah 'I bet it's a tib/fib, no way his foot can twist like that with just the tibia broken.' Sometimes I hate being right.
    Heal fast big guy, you've certainly had a rough time of it.
  2. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    At least you got 'Lucky' with your dr.
  3. Spongex

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    Man when I broke my tib it was way less awesome. Probably because it was in my yard on a crf50.
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  4. eezhy rider

    eezhy rider n00b

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    You've both become really good writers in the past year and a You've
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  5. CJ

    CJ Wheelin' & Dealin'

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    A few more shots of the ride to the Tash Rabbat and toward Osh

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    Colebatch had drawn a pretty "vague" track that needed some pretty interesting freestyle riding to get over the mountains

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    This is the Tash Rabbat... There were offers made to exchange money to go inside. We declined and kept riding

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    As we were descending into the heat, John piped up, "I think I see and adventure rider!"

    Sure enough in the distance, a short man on a 125 was taking in the view. not exactly a friendly man, he was upset that I grabbed a quick picture of him.

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    The remains of this little mud village was just as cool as the Tash Rabbat.

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    The roads that are cut into the mountain sides really cause havoc on the land. Acting as water dams without proper ditching and water culverts, eventually they just let go. We were lucky to arrive here after the machine had already been at work for some time.

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    From here, Colebatch had found yet another old road. It ran from about our location to Osh taking a massive shortcut over a nearby pass. He told us it looked steep, and vague but there was certainly a track. Almost immediately it got tricky. We were face with some very old small washed out sections. There was a river down below. This was our target to set up camp for the night before making an attempt at the steep shortcut in the morning.

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    I don't have any photos of this sweet spot aside from this one. We were so relieved to have found one of the greatest spots we'd ever seen that we neglected to break out the cameras. It was mint though. It felt like a proper jungle with a beautiful sandy beach, sweet river, nice views,hot during the day and cool for sleeping at night.

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    After a night of many beers, a bottle or 2 of vodka and a huge feast we were feeling ready for the old Osh road shortcut challenge.

    We climbed back up the little cut out track from the river and followed what was now only a live stock track. About 4 kms later the track descended back down to the river. We were expecting a river crossing, but to our disbelief a bridge came into view. Unfortunately the last section of it had been washed away. As John mentioned, getting across wouldn't have been too difficult but the track up ahead had some serious washouts deleting the entire side of the mountains. They looked like they could've happened ages ago. I estimate that a motorized vehicle had not been down here for many, many years.

    This picture makes the bridge look a little less of a problem than it really was. Someone had made a little transition, for livestock to get across I assume. The transition section was less than 12 inches wide and about 2 feet lower than the bridge deck. Getting the bikes down would've been pretty simple, but going back the other way would've required a pretty serious rework of the transition to allow us enough room on either side of the bike to lift them back up to the bridge.

    We are starting to really loath the size and weight of our machines. If only we had unloaded dirtbikes!

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    Once again we turned back and followed our tracks back toward the main road. Osh was only 80 "crow kms" from where we stood. We would now have to ride over 300 kms over a huge pass that would take almost the whole day.

    All of the celebrating the night before caused John to forget about a certain problem we faced on the way in.

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    Back through the overgrown washouts.

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    And we spent the rest of the day climbing and descending over the pass toward Osh.

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    Mostly an uneventful day after the pass, aside from an annoying encounter with the police. We were back in civilization and spend many hours riding on main roads through towns on our transit toward Osh.

    We arrived at Tes Guest house that evening. The sort of place we try to avoid mostly, a little pricey for our blood, and crawling with annoying traveler types who we have a hard time relating to most of the time. We had to swallow it and get some work down on the bikes. In the end we enjoyed our time at Tes. We met Sasha and Martin who turned out to be great friends.

    We had so much fun we ended up spending 3 days in the sun, eating, drinking beer and listening to hardcore death metal while we tried unsuccessfully to get much done to the bikes.

    This was the name of the game.

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    Sasha keeping the drinks coming.

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    And us spreading our shit all over the place as usual

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    Martin and Sasha turned out to become great friends indeed! It was too bad to say good bye. One day we'll have to join them for a leg of one of their famous trips together! Cheers boys

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  6. Squidly01

    Squidly01 n00b

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    Martin and Sasha are rocking some sweet fanny packs.

    You guys are great writers and I really enjoyed reading this report. I hope everything heals up and you 2 get back to epic adventures again
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  7. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    What happened with the police?
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  8. eezhy rider

    eezhy rider n00b

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    You've both become really good writers in the past year.
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  9. eezhy rider

    eezhy rider n00b

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    Self-sufficient, clever, courageous adventurers who are cool enough in adversity to make sound decisions and keep taking captivating pictures in the middle of it all. That's my summary.
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  10. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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  11. gluaisrothar

    gluaisrothar Been here awhile

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    Yes, I too hope you have a speedy recovery CJ. All the best to you.


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  12. k1322

    k1322 Adventurer

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    Holy shit CJ. Your bone breaking quota should be fulfilled for the next attempt. Stay strong.

    So, when is the book coming out...? Great reporting, a true gem of the forums.
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  13. Kempy

    Kempy Been here awhile

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    "Sure enough in the distance, a short man on a 125 was taking in the view. not exactly a friendly man, he was upset that I grabbed a quick picture of him."

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    Classic love the cut face and the back ground looks like a canvas incredible picture.
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  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Hole. Lee. Chit!!!

    guess we'll get the personal in depth story when we stop by in a month or so...in the mean time get well,

    I feel your pain, been there done that, amazingly you got recovered quicker than i did in Death Valley and operated on quicker as well...the rest not so much
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  15. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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  16. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Any updates on the recovery?
  17. BelgardaBuddy

    BelgardaBuddy Adventurer

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    WOW! I am totally blown away by this amazing RR!:clap It has given me permanent damage of ADV riding dreaming syndrome:rofl I think that I will have to get out of the house and make an adventure ride off my own, to try to find a cure.

    I came across this thread a week ago, while reading your WR250r build thread and I have just finished reading all the posts. I’m quite new to this forum and was very lucky to stumble on this great adventure story of yours. I want to thank you for taking the time and effort, to share your fantastic journey.

    You guys give ADV riding a whole new meaning; you show that it is possible to ride, in seemingly impossible places with your light bikes! Totally jaw dropping, I am so stoked. It has been so inspiring; you have shown that the real fun starts where the tarmac ends! The reading has been very entertaining, I just could not help my selves reading late into the nights:-)

    I am very sorry to hear about the injure CJ. Hope that you will heal up well and that the two of you will get the chance to finish the trip someday. But you guys are tough as nails, and if there is anyone to complete such a crazy, gigantic ADV adventure you took on, it is you! Thank you so much for the inspiration and I wish you the best of luck on your future adventures.

    Cheers
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  18. Dirtleg

    Dirtleg That's it, I'm hailing a M0d. Supporter

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    Hey guys just read the whole report.
    Mind blown. What a fantastic and epic ride report. The candid reporting, difficult routes and photography combined to make your adventure come to life for the reader. Excellent work.
    Sorry you have not yet made it to Madagan but thank you for documenting your journey.
    Hope you guys are doing well at home.
    Look forward to hearing what happens next.
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  19. CJ

    CJ Wheelin' & Dealin'

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    Joe, I've been off crutches for about 6 or 8 weeks now, it was a long 5 months hobbling around on those things. Slowly getting back to work now. My surgeon here was keeping a very close eye on the bone healing which was happening very slowly. I must've had 20 x rays and 1 CT scan but slowly the bone bridged over and began to union. My next visit will be in a couple months where she will start to make a game plan for removing the hardware sometime in August or september. She is also going to remove the clavicle plate that I got from Kazakhstan last year as it gives me a lot of grief. Other than that I'm 100%, I haven't been on a bike yet but I will buy one as soon as cash permits. John picked up an old Trials bike so I'll start the search for one of those over the next while. The plate in my leg really protrudes through the skin on my shin bone... it's pretty uncomfortable in work boots so I don't imagine moto boots will feel great until I have it removed. I may give some casual snowboarding a go this season and see how it feels.


    BelgardaBuddy, reading this made me grin ear to ear! Thanks for the kind words! It really is awesome to hear that people have enjoyed our stories and have even been inspired by them. It was some other riders on this very site that inspired us to finally say "fuck it, life's short, let's go!"

    Roll on mate!

    Dirtleg, Cheers! It is a bummer that we still haven't made it to Magadan! However, I don't think either of us look back and think we've been defeated. I hate to write lame cliches about how "it's about the ride and not about the destination"... but really we learned so much along the way, and had so much fun in so many places neither of us are disappointed! John and I love nothing more than to be faced with unthinkable challenges to negotiate and that's what we got. We make a pretty good team in those situations, and this trip provided many for us to work on.

    We will definitely team up for another challenge soon enough. The tour of Idaho is still calling at me in a BIG way. Magadan will always be waiting for us.

    I look forward to be able to get back on a bike and hit the tail with John to see what ridiculous route we can punch through somewhere!
  20. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

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    Glad to hear you're not feeling defeated. I've been to Magadan, it's nothing to get super excited about - you're correct in saying it's all about the journey!
    Hit me up if you're in my neighbourhood, we'll have a beer or two and tell tales.