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Old 11-07-2008, 07:00 AM   #76
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In Mashad, Iran, they cleaned the bike for me!



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Old 11-07-2008, 07:06 AM   #77
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Desert in Turkmenistan

This is about halfway between Ashgabat in the south and the Uzbek border in the north (approx. 600km). I stopped here to get something to eat. This was the only 'village' around. As I rode into the village, kids came over to look at me. I gestured 'eating' and pointed around. After a while they understood what I wanted, and pointed a bit further. I rode in the direction they pointed, and reached some other houses/shacks. In one of the shacks there was a guy cooking kebab.

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Old 11-07-2008, 07:14 AM   #78
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:19 AM   #79
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I crashed ..

About 100km before the Uzbek border, I crashed. I was cruising at 120km/h enjoying the tarmac that had finally returned (after 300km sand). Ahead I saw a dark patch on the road. The patch looked like a recently filled pothole, albeit a big one.

As I got closer, I saw that what I thought was a filled pothole was, in fact, the shadow of a wide hole in the road. The hole was at least as wide as the road.

I braked hard and was able to reduce my speed to 80km/h when the front wheel dove down into the hole. The front wheel quickly lost traction and the bike was launched out of the hole. The bike & I hit the ground hard, and slid to the side of the road.

I felt that I hit the road pretty hard on my side, but as soon as I came to a standstill, I got up and walked over to the bike. I did feel that my shoulder was strained, but was able to move my arms, hands and fingers.

The bike, however, was in a more damaged state. As the bike slid to the side of the road, the front wheel had hit a steel pipe. This had caused the front wheel to snap sideways, twisting the fork. Besides that, some plastic had been damaged, including the windshield.



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Old 11-07-2008, 08:00 AM   #80
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Luckily, they were able to fix the bike. The forks weren't bend, they had just been twisted in the triple clamps. With some fiberglass most of the plastic bits were fixed.
I could continue my journey, although it would be without a windshield.

Uzbek desert
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:07 AM   #81
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Scary one , but you ended out of it in one piece , heck of a ride
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:11 AM   #82
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So I ended up in the Fan mountains between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan



I hadn't counted on the trip between Samarkant, Uzbekistan and Dushanbe, Tajikistan to be a survival exercise. After crossing the border, the road gradually got worse. As I got higher, there were signs of recently cleared landslides.
Normally to cross the Fan mountains, one takes the Anzob Pass. A couple of years ago, a Iranian-build tunnel was opened: The Anzob Tunnel.

Passing this tunnel was by far one of the scariest things that happened to me on this trip. 5km of Hell. To get an idea of what the tunnel is like, check out this video:


Coming out of the tunnel on the other side of the mountain
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:50 AM   #83
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Emiles!
great great!
I have to tell you that I have seen many countries in my short life.SOme of them with a rucksack but most of them on a bike. Iran is by a huge margin the best country I have had a pleasure to visit!!
keep us posted mate!
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:58 AM   #84
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I just read the part with your crash! damn scary!!
I had a similar episode..but the hole in the road was acctualy a blue Tofas (very popular car in Turkey). Just a part of the journey.
Good that nothing serious happened to you.
This is how my bike looked like after hitting the car and the car itself.




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Old 11-07-2008, 11:01 AM   #85
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World class trip and photos! The things you heard in the tent are a testament to the power of our imagination and that even in some of the craziest places, the world is good and we should sleep better than we usually do!

Looking forward to the rest of your ride report. Especially seeing your photos of the Trans-Taklamakan Desert road.

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Old 11-07-2008, 11:50 AM   #86
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fantastisch bedankt voor de foto's, meer AUB
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:06 PM   #87
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:26 PM   #88
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A real solo RR.
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:27 PM   #89
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great ride, report, and pictures !! thanks, I enjoyed reading it
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