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Old 03-31-2013, 03:07 AM   #1
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Trip through Turkey, Iran, Stans, Russia, Mongolia









First day of the trip, 0,00 km.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:30 AM   #2
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:21 AM   #3
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Last day of the trip. Many cups of tea between. And as you can see, I wasn't going really fast.

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Old 03-31-2013, 11:46 AM   #4
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:11 PM   #5
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I was on the road from mid April to mid July 2011. Some pictures to give you an idea what it was like.



This was somewhere along the Croatian coast. Sunny and fairly warm after rain and snow in Austria.

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Old 03-31-2013, 12:16 PM   #6
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:57 AM   #8
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The trip that you have i hope to do it in the next 2-3 years!!!

I'm in!


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Old 04-02-2013, 07:39 AM   #9
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Do it, Zandesiro. On the way to Istanbul I spent some days in your area. Nikiti and Stavros, beautiful part of Greece. I liked Sithonia a lot. Met great people there.



I met those two happy Italian bikers in Göreme. They had been further to the east.





This was my direction - Silk Road!



After Göreme it got colder and wet, so no more camping for some nights.






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Old 04-02-2013, 08:04 AM   #10
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Do it, Zandesiro. On the way to Istanbul I spent some days in your area. Nikiti and Stavros, beautiful part of Greece. I liked Sithonia a lot. Met great people there.
Next time ring me a bell....To have some beers together!!
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Next time ring me a bell....To have some beers together!!

I will.


So as I said above, it got very wet and ...



very cold and ...




very windy.











but very scenic.



better protection against the wind and cold. It was meant to reduce the noise in the helmet and it served its purpose well.



My last night in Turkey, Dogubeyazyt. Even in the room it was cold so I slept in my sleeping-bag. And as you can see, I was getting prepared for Iran. I would cross the border at Bazargan. And I was revising my very basic Russian.

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Old 04-02-2013, 02:18 PM   #12
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:01 PM   #13
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Nice report Eustachius. I look forward to reading about the rest of the ride and seeing some more photos.



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Old 04-15-2013, 03:00 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by trailtosakhalin
very nice pics !
Had a look at trailtosakhalin. Looks great, big trip ahead. Good luck!

@Eustachias thnks first look at yours trip
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:46 AM   #15
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On the first day in Mongolia we went as far as Ölgii, which is about 100 kms from the border. It was a chilly, windy ride over fast tracks, and very different from what we had seen in the Russian Altay. There are not many trees and grass is sparse. Dark clouds were threatening, but we arrived in the Blue Wolf Camp in Ölgii without getting wet.

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This was our ger for 2 nights.

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XT660 Ténéré from GB and KTM 950 or 990 (you know better than me) from Italy.

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We walked into town to get some more local money and food and to have a look at the market.

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Nothing we could use but we got some metres of rope in case we had to tow off one of the vehicles.

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Why not take the plane to UB and tour Mongolia on one of these Chinese bikes?

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After 2 nights in Ölgii we continued on to Khovd. The landscapes were quite spectacular. It's wide open spaces with the mountain range of the Mongolian Altay to the west (3000 to 4000 metres in altitude).

There are many of these places of worship along the roads. There were clouds and it was windy, but it was the start of a beautiful day on the bikes.
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