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Old 11-16-2013, 01:09 AM   #31
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Many people associate Chechnya, Dagestan and other former Soviet republics only with terrorism; your journey and pictures dispel that perception.
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:49 AM   #32
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:58 AM   #33
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You have a great attitude and I appreciate your desire for adventure. Looking forward to more! Thank you.
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:34 AM   #34
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missed Ingushetia, regretting

unfortunately I passed Ingushetia by highway this time and regretting much.
All the charming names like Vovnushki, Erzi, Dzheyrakh, Egikal and some others are waiting till May '14 (pic stolen)

But I'm pretty sure this particular Maga (although the name is very common) was also present at the season opening in Grozny and Makhachkala which I was made to visit not to offend my hosts - every rider from 3 republics was there.

I've had a very brief holiday there - only 2 weeks, but that's cause I did not hand over my notice and had a job to return to.

I managed to squeeze pretty much into these weeks though and I'm still mesmerized but views and people - just what you told - everybody invites you, no chance to check any hotels. Guys took days off from work and left relatives visiting at home to accompany me - Caucasian courtesy.

This is midday working day - guys came and left and were very sorry they cannot spend the whole day there drinking tea and deciding who is going with me to the mountains.

They would never allow a guest, let alone a female one to go anywhere alone. After few tons of tea had to make a secret decision to leave telling them I'm heading for border - the only chance to get to see anything ant talk to strangers - while accompanied by them I had no chance to be spoken to

These guys have the same opinion of mountains like those who live at the seacoast and swim only in rivers. The more ironic one told "we dream to prove we've already come down" meaning specific attitude towards highlanders that's common anywhere in the world.

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Old 11-16-2013, 05:28 AM   #35
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I just had this feeling from your first report page. Knew you had a big heart and searching for true people
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:50 AM   #36
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Another person with not enough sense to not know he shouldnt be riding a motorbike without experience in countries that nobody in their right mind should be riding thru.

You can bet your ass I am in for the Women Guns N Beer!!

Be safe this is a good un.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:59 AM   #37
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:59 AM   #38
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Maria (Kokosha) do you know Maga from Ingushetia by any chance rides a Yamaha XJS?

I also spent time in Ingushetia but more of that later

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:09 AM   #39
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The Boring Bit, From West to Eastern Europe

So i arrived at the Dover Euro tunnel train to early however this is not a problem as they let me get on the earlier train, the guy checking my passport before i got on looked at my bike and said "Paris to Dakar" i replied with " No its Norwich to Tajikistan" with a smile

Once on i took my jacket off and made my self comfy on the floor expecting this train to be 2 hours or something (iv never been to France/Euro train before and as it was a last minute decision my planning was pretty p@#s poor) i had only got my Garmin GPS a few days before and never really had time to read the instructions or get fully used to how it worked. i did however managed to download Walters waypoint files he has on another site but with not knowing how to use my GPS (Garmin 650T) it was about as good as a DRZ with no wheels.

Before i could make myself comfy everyone was getting ready to get off as it only took around 30 minutes. i quickly packed all my gear up and set off.

So i was in France, The National French flag

So i set off heading East and after around 50 miles my battery on my GPS died and my 12v charger was not working as it was cutting out so i stopped at a petrol station to buy a coffee and draw some euros out of the cash point however this petrol station had no cash machine but the night time cashier/worker at this petrol station could see i was tired and passed me over a euro coin and pointed to the coffee machine with a smile, this really surprised me as this would not happen in the UK.

I then set off heading East with out my GPS on as the route looked pretty straight forward and then when it was day light i stopped to get some food and refuel. I got off my bike on the right side and my foot caught the top of my side bag and i fell forwards and as my stand was on the left side the bike came crashing down on to me (quickly found out the hard way to only get on/off the bike on the left side where the kick stand is)

The lady working in the shop looked in horror and came rushing out to help me and i stood back saying "iv got this iv got this its ok" and then dropped the bike again as i was lifting it up, it was a pretty comical situation to be fair but to top is all off once inside the lady who helped asked me where i was from and then said "what do you think of our country so far" i replied with "France seems very nice" she stared at me for a few seconds and replied back with "You are in Belgium!"

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A familiar site of anyone trying to make it as fast as they can across Western Europe

So i brought some batteries for my GPS (takes batteries and internal also) and headed off to Nancy in the East of France where i would stay with a girl from couch surfer, this would be my first and last couch surfing experience and i was never good with timings and always changed my mind last minute where i would head off to as i had no real fixed route just a end destination of Tajikistan.

My new route of the day (or should i say hour) would take me through Luxemburg and once in Luxemburg i decided to take a rest and came across by chance the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial of the soldiers who died in the Battle of the Bulge. i then laid on a near by bench and fell asleep for a few hours

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Once i woke i made my way to Nancy i was meet with my host who was not french but a Russian from Novosibirsk who was studying in Nancy she made me feel at home with some Russian style food, i sleeped on the floor adjacent to her bed and will talked all night about many things, her family, my family and various other subjects, we both woke up late after she gave me a giant cup of porridge i set off around mid afternoon

And the traditional plasma drink

I then headed towards Germany and just before the border i took a break for a few hours at McDonald's making the most of the free WiFi and meet some cool french bikers and spent around a couple of hours with

The plan was to then gun it as fast as i could across Germany & Czech Republic to Slovakia as fast as me & the Sputnik Explorer (DRZ) would go so i could spend time riding the High Tatras mountains in Slovakia.

German National Flag

Taking a quick break from the boring motorway riding

The to familiar site i started to get use to every 5 hours or so

Once in East Czech Republic my GPS keeped changing its mind what direction i should take so i just switched it off and looking confused i noticed a small older gentleman looking at my curiously across the road he waved me over and pointed at my bike and then himself saying "meeee bikkker tooz" so i followed hin back to his workshop and as soon as i got off the bike he showed me his work shop and whilst i was looking around he started checking my bike over and decided he should adjust my chain

Czech Republic National Flag

He feed me and made me coffee and offered for me to stay however i was right on the Czech Republic / Slovakian border and was to excited to sleep and decided to head straight for Slovakia as i wanted to see the High Tatras mountains first thing in the morning. Also one of my very close friends is Slovakian who i shared a house with for a few years and i nicked named him the " Best from the East" and also the " Butcher from Bratislava" i think he threatened to crush my wind pipe once when i first came up with these names , anyway i wanted to see where my friend grew up so i headed of to Slovakia

Slovakia National Flag

It was late in the night by now so the plan was to get to the edge of the High Tatras Mountains and find a hotel for the night and then start exploring first thing in the morning

Slovakian national flag on top of a tank

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Old 11-16-2013, 11:07 AM   #40
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:27 AM   #41
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:46 AM   #42
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #43
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I'll be riding along cause I want to see if Tajikistan is a real place.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:03 PM   #44
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I find a photo of you here!!!

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Old 11-16-2013, 02:21 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by zandesiro View Post
I find a photo of you here!!!

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Yep i met yeuop on the road in Kyrgyzstan, trust me its a very very small world. i read his blog and knew who he was when i saw him coming up the road on his famous purple Yamaha but more on that later.

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