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Old 11-05-2008, 08:32 AM   #31
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We need more pics!

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Old 11-05-2008, 09:05 AM   #32
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Ok, some more pics ..

Tough going in the Fan mountains, Tajikistan


Towards/along the Afghan border, Tajikistan






Afghan border post


I was interviewed by a Tajik TV crew near the Afghan border




Near Khorog, Tajikistan


Pamir Highway, Tajikistan






Pamir Highway, Kara-Kul, Tajikistan


Kyzy-Art pass, Tajik-Kyrgyz border @ 4.300m




Pamir Mountains looking back from Kyrgyzstan


Kyrgyz-Chinese border


Flat tire in China


Chinese toll booth
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:15 AM   #33
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And some more ..

Khunjerab Pass, border China-Pakistan

It was really cold when I was there, about 5C






Other bikers on the KKH


Paki traffic near Islamabad


North India


Monsoon in west Nepal


I crossed the 'river' right after this pickup
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:28 AM   #34
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Shipping the bike home from Kathmandu





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Old 11-05-2008, 09:34 AM   #35
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:46 AM   #36
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what an adventure. Did you arrange all the paperwork yourself ?
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:57 AM   #37
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what an adventure. Did you arrange all the paperwork yourself ?
In as far as it could be done myself, I did the paperwork myself.
Unfortunately, for some countries you have to use an agency to get a visa. The worst, of course, is China, when you can only ride if you are accompanied by a guide 24/7. The paperwork for China takes 2-3 months(!)

For the Uzbek visa you need a LOI. This is easily arranged through an agency (I used Stantours).

Iran also requires the visa application to be handled by a travel agency. This was no problem, the visa application takes about 2 weeks.

In the end, the paperwork took me 3 months. Most of the time you're waiting for the consulate to process the application.
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:05 AM   #38
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Awesome photos, awesome journey.
Now for the time-consuming bit:
Tell us your stories
Edit: Just noticed, the stories are on your blogsite http://www.boskoop2nepal.nl/blog

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Old 11-05-2008, 10:07 AM   #39
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:32 AM   #40
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Tell us your stories
Edit: Just noticed, the stories are on your blogsite http://www.boskoop2nepal.nl/blog
Yea, during the trip I wrote about my travels on the blog.
Most of the places I went to had some form of Internet-access.
The best Internet-access was in Turkey and in Iran (often Wifi); the worst was probably Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (although in Dushanbe I had Wifi in the hotel).

Most countries east of Turkey have some form of censorship & try to regulate Internet access. The worst was Turkmenistan. The only Internet cafe in the country is in the capital Ashgabat. You have to register with your passport and then wait to use one of the 5 PC's. Once you're behind a PC, a guy comes over and watches everything you do. Real Orwellian place.
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:44 AM   #41
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What did the Chinese "escort" cost?

Alot of your pics bring back memories (I did a very similar trip). I certainly agree about how wierd Turkmenistan is- I even got arrested at the UZ/ TM border.

And +1 for Stantours- David is a nice guy.

Nice work, this looks like a great great ride.
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:59 AM   #42
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What did the Chinese "escort" cost?
Paperwork for the bike USD 650
Guide, driver and car USD 200 / day

There really is no way around it. I know that there are stories about people doing China alone without a guide. Well, there is no way to do that. At the border, they won't let into China if there isn't a guide waiting for you.

For the Chinese agency it's quite a job to get all the paperwork done. IIRC, they need the ok from 8 different official ministries/agencies including The Peoples Army!

Together with Turkmenistan, China was really the scariest place regarding State control. Actually, because in Turkmenistan, State control (as everything else) is done in such an amateur-like way, the State control, although omnipresent, seems relatively benign. In China, however, it felt much more sinister due to the much more professional attitude of the officials. Also, because in Xingjiang the local population (Uyghur) feels oppressed by the Beijing-led Han-Chinese minority, there is much more an us-and-them atmosphere. China had, by far, the highest checkpoint density.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:27 AM   #43
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:51 AM   #44
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Paperwork for the bike USD 650
Guide, driver and car USD 200 / day


OOFF! This in a country where the average person earns under $1,000 per year! I have been all over Xingjiang with a backpack, but never a motorcycle- too much trouble.



Also, because in Xingjiang the local population (Uyghur) feels oppressed by the Beijing-led Han-Chinese minority, there is much more an us-and-them atmosphere. Also, China had, by far, the highest number of checkpoints.
I got along well with the Uyghur people and they really influenced my opinion of the Han Chinese-same in Tibet. Makes me a bit angry really.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:52 AM   #45
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Wow...the only paper work I had to worry about during the TAT was which TP was the softest. Very inspiring trip and pics.
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