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Forum: Ride reports 04-13-2009, 05:13 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Thanks! I'd love to... It's a dream of mine to...

Thanks! I'd love to... It's a dream of mine to write a book but I have visions of the publishers saying "Yeah, stick it on the pile mate" and tossing it on to a heap of un-published bike-trip-books :p
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2009, 06:39 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Jaw's back up to strength, just had an x-ray on...

Jaw's back up to strength, just had an x-ray on the arm (about half an hour ago!) and it err.. didn't look awesome... That said I'm the only one that's seen it so we'll see what Dr Rai says!

Can't...
Forum: Ride reports 04-01-2009, 09:10 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Hacking and wheezing I sat down in the snow for...

Hacking and wheezing I sat down in the snow for the the 10th time in 3 minutes.
As I gasp for air, gulping it down in huge freezing mouthfuls I decide it's probably best to quit smoking... at least...
Forum: Ride reports 02-19-2009, 06:04 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
"May I come in sir?" "Murr, sure" As I stir...

"May I come in sir?"
"Murr, sure"
As I stir inside my warm bed 'the boy' puts fresh wood into the tin stove and pours an obscene amount of kerosene on top of it swiftly followed by a match....
Forum: Ride reports 02-17-2009, 08:49 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
I actually grew to love my bike after everything...

I actually grew to love my bike after everything it put me through, as it did have a lot of problems. Most caused by the previous owner not looking after it properly I feel. However the problems I...
Forum: Ride reports 02-17-2009, 07:55 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
If I felt I had to finish the trip I'd have...

If I felt I had to finish the trip I'd have stayed in India.
But really the only bit of the trip left was going round india and then shipping over to Aus.
The latter I'm definitely going to do at...
Forum: Ride reports 02-17-2009, 04:38 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Nope, the bike wasn't new, 8 years old! Though...

Nope, the bike wasn't new, 8 years old!
Though I'm entirely responsible for it looking like a rat bike :p

And the healing? going badly, gonna be months before I'm on a bike again I think...
Forum: Ride reports 02-16-2009, 09:11 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
"Don't gossip! Let him drive!" Wow, even the...

"Don't gossip! Let him drive!"
Wow, even the road signs are chauvanistic round here!
It was two days ride from Amritsar on the Indian side of the India/Pakistan border and the first day took me...
Forum: Ride reports 02-05-2009, 06:27 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
I arrived at the Regale Inn still fuming from...

I arrived at the Regale Inn still fuming from being ripped off by the tuk tuk I paid to navigate me through the crowded and smoggy streets of Lahore and loudly enquired "Do you have any beds?". The...
Forum: Ride reports 01-14-2009, 03:19 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
hey guys! sorry i havent been making any posts...

hey guys!
sorry i havent been making any posts lately, kashmir has few working internet cafes and now i'm back in the UK typing with one arm is a bit slow!

Basically what happened was that while...
Forum: Ride reports 12-23-2008, 06:48 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
I'm still here! I'm snowboarding in the...

I'm still here!
I'm snowboarding in the Himalayas (Kashmir) and there's fuck all internet about hence the lack of updates.

Anyway, just a quick post to tell you I'm alive and I'm off to 't party....
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2008, 03:47 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
The Karakoram Highway is, amongst other feats,...

The Karakoram Highway is, amongst other feats, the worlds highest international road.
Construction was started in the 1960s and carried on all the way into the 1970s.
It's not surprising the length...
Forum: Ride reports 11-11-2008, 08:51 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
First thing this morning I nipped down to the...

First thing this morning I nipped down to the Rusi Bazaar, and amongst the broken Sony's and battered Samsungs I found myself a reasonable enough camera that I beat the guy down from $100 to $55 for....
Forum: Ride reports 11-10-2008, 09:44 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Warning: andy area ahead 'Andy area?' I thought...

Warning: andy area ahead
'Andy area?' I thought to myself , 'What the fuck is an Andy-- Holy shit!'
I leaned hard on the right hand handlebar and narrowly missed the massive sand dune that flared...
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2008, 06:50 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
I followed the cross-eyed man to his hotel room...

I followed the cross-eyed man to his hotel room even though I was dog-tired.
'Don't refuse Iranian hospitality!' I reminded myself.
When he pulled out a bottle of scotch I was glad I had, a...
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2008, 01:56 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
‘How much?’ ‘16 Toman’ About sixteen US...

‘How much?’
‘16 Toman’
About sixteen US Dollars, hmm, I hadn’t stayed in a hotel in Iran that was more than 10 toman a night.
‘Hi, can I help?’
‘Oh yes, I’m just trying to explain that this is...
Forum: Ride reports 10-30-2008, 12:36 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Lady? My bike's name is Trevor I'll have you...

Lady? My bike's name is Trevor I'll have you know!
(I realised in Ukraine that all my bike problems were him getting offended by me patting the faux-tank and saying 'good girl', so I switched to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2008, 05:12 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
'I think... I think... It was a cat' I replied,...

'I think... I think... It was a cat' I replied, tenatively prodding the gelatinous lump on my plate that seemed to be staring at me eyelessly.
'Don't think about it, just eat it' Ben said firmly....
Forum: Ride reports 10-25-2008, 07:21 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
*ring ring* *ring ring* 'Hello?' 'Mr Sam! We...

*ring ring* *ring ring*
'Hello?'
'Mr Sam! We have found your motorsickle!'
'Fantastic, where was it?'
'On the other side of the city, where are you? I will come and pick you up'

A short (if...
Forum: Ride reports 10-24-2008, 10:51 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Well well well lads! Looks like I'm walking...

Well well well lads!
Looks like I'm walking from here on out!
Somebody just stole my motorcycle (again).

Anybody got a reccomendation for walking boots?
Forum: Ride reports 10-20-2008, 12:18 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Oh I forgot to mention, if you do call, don't...

Oh I forgot to mention, if you do call, don't forget the time difference, as someone did last night when they woke me up at about 2am! ;)
+2:30 GMT is Iran!
Forum: Ride reports 10-19-2008, 11:22 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Where to begin. On reflection I should have...

Where to begin.
On reflection I should have made a blog post before I left Turkey.
'Oh, I'll do one when I cross the border'
Little did I know the Iranian internet infrastructure was slightly...
Forum: Ride reports 10-12-2008, 04:22 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Glad you guys are enjoying it, always good to...

Glad you guys are enjoying it, always good to hear I'm not writing this report to myself :D

New blog post in a while, dıd some serıous offroadıng, stayed ın a PKK bakery and vısıted an ancıent...
Forum: Ride reports 10-07-2008, 11:49 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
'Terrorist! Big Problem!' 'Hiyur problem,...

'Terrorist! Big Problem!'
'Hiyur problem, tamam, tamam'
'Tell him we only want to stay for one night'
'Uhh... Bir... Night... Tamam?'
'Hiyur! Big Problem! Terrorists!'
Camping near Chatac in SE...
Forum: Ride reports 09-28-2008, 07:11 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
I left Istanbul, striding (well, rolling...

I left Istanbul, striding (well, rolling technically) proudly into Anatolia.
http://toukakoukan.smugmug.com/photos/380211191_Xig9h-M.jpg
To say the landscape changed was an understatement.
If...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-25-2008, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2,610
Views: 3,346,748
Posted By Toukakoukan
http://toukakoukan.smugmug.com/photos/380211191_Xi...

http://toukakoukan.smugmug.com/photos/380211191_Xig9h-L.jpg
Sneak preview this! Not even on my blog yet ;)
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2008, 05:56 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,466
Posted By Toukakoukan
Some of that looks familiar! ;) I'm in Istanbul...

Some of that looks familiar! ;)
I'm in Istanbul at the moment (heading out on Wednesday), I didn't get to see the islands though!

Thanks for showing me what I missed :D
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2008, 01:23 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
I always find it hard to write an entire post...

I always find it hard to write an entire post about a city, even one as amazing as Istanbul; it requires having an opinion on things, and I find they're treacherous things at the best of times!
...
Forum: Ride reports 09-18-2008, 07:08 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
http://maps.live.com/?v=2&encType=1&cid=59BEC2149C...

http://maps.live.com/?v=2&encType=1&cid=59BEC2149C825A1C!134 <
Just thought you guys might find that interesting!
Forum: Ride reports 09-15-2008, 03:37 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Not Constantinople

Bucharest is not far at all from the Bulgarian border, took me no time at all to cross and despite being told you had to pay a toll to get over the river that marks the border, the guard at the toll...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2008, 05:49 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Well I reckon it takes a particular kind of...

Well I reckon it takes a particular kind of personality to do a trip like this solo in the first place, so even if we had the same schedule we'd probably end up ripping each others throats out if we...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2008, 01:30 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
"Any LSD or guns?" I think the border guard was...

"Any LSD or guns?"
I think the border guard was a little offended when I burst out laughing.
Getting out of Ukraine was easy, so far the worst the Moldovan guards had done was insist that I had to...
Forum: Ride reports 09-06-2008, 06:28 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
'Many a word said in haste' and all that... ...

'Many a word said in haste' and all that...
After running the engine for half an hour yesterday I was unable to replicate the oil leak.
From the location of pooled oil and trails thereof I think it...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-05-2008, 04:04 AM
Replies: 2,067
Views: 563,631
Posted By Toukakoukan
http://toukakoukan.smugmug.com/photos/296666118_J8...

http://toukakoukan.smugmug.com/photos/296666118_J89z3-M.jpg
One of the prettier forecourts I've had the pleasure of occupying!
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2008, 11:34 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Bike's leaking oil again... Anybody know a good...

Bike's leaking oil again...
Anybody know a good breakers yard in Odessa?
I'm fed up of this shit...
Forum: Ride reports 08-30-2008, 12:20 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Well they were suggesting that I marry them,...

Well they were suggesting that I marry them, so... A LOT.
Forum: Ride reports 08-30-2008, 05:47 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
After a 2 hour bus ride from Kiev, we arrived at...

After a 2 hour bus ride from Kiev, we arrived at the 30km exclusion zone checkpoint.
http://toukakoukan.smugmug.com/photos/361756714_5mvwj-M.jpg
"Please will everyone get out and bring your...
Forum: Ride reports 08-30-2008, 05:43 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
Well, drive at any rate. I'm so glad I didn't...

Well, drive at any rate.
I'm so glad I didn't drive from Prague to Kiev in two days, that would have been murder.
Warsaw was ok, didn't really see very much of it, the old town seemed quite nice,...
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2008, 04:31 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
"No parking here" "Yes, sorry, I realise that...

"No parking here"
"Yes, sorry, I realise that now"
But why? I've parked on the pavement everywhere in Europe, even in front of the Colosseum of Rome for God's sake and nobody batted an eyelid!...
Forum: Ride reports 08-20-2008, 09:55 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 36,971
Posted By Toukakoukan
http://toukakoukan.smugmug.com/photos/355602561_xz...

http://toukakoukan.smugmug.com/photos/355602561_xzMNq-M.jpg
Well.. Shit...
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