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Old 10-19-2009, 01:51 AM   #76
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I think you're stupid to attempt a ride like this without the proper gear and experience, but fuckit I am jealous for not being as stupid myself. Awesome stuff, I truly admire your guts and the experience you must have had. Some really good photography as well.
Haha, I was(well still am) defenitly stupid but I wouldent have it any other way. I was pretty informed about the risks and willing to take them.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:54 AM   #77
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Organizing?!

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Nice pics. How did you manage to organise this trip? I was planning to do a ride from Shangai travelling west to the Stans but the cost of paperwork and red tape from the "authorities" has changed that trip to russia/mongolia and then the stans. I have not noticed any shots including the compulsory "guides" that have to follow in the 4wd that they were trying to hit us up for.
I did almost zero actual organizing. I only hired a guide once and that was to get me thru the checkpoint in Kashgar to enter the KKH into Pakistan. He made up some paperwork and drove me thru the checkpoint and then made a u-turn right infront of the cops and let me split on my own. Got to love China. How is the trip going?
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:08 PM   #78
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Haha, I was(well still am) defenitly stupid but I wouldent have it any other way. I was pretty informed about the risks and willing to take them.
Yeah I wonder who is more stupid, you or me, I might have carried a spare tube and some tools to fix a flat but then the difference is I'm still stuck in this stupid rat race of a life, to scared to go anywhere useful.

I'm glad you are taking my remarks in a light way but on a more serious note and although I am sure you have learned heaps from your trip, your bike is your life supply and keeping it running should be the most important planning of your trip. Flat tires is the most common brake down and having the right supplies and tools to fix them on the side of the road is as important as having gas in the tank.
I can also recall my early riding trips doing a 1000 km, exploring the most remote paths and tracks I could find with no tools or means of repairing a flat tire. I believe the shear bliss of ignorance to the possible dangers of not being prepared, got me riding thousands of km's with no real problems. And surely today as an older and wiser rider not leaving home without some basics for even a one day ride, I had to rely on my spare tube and toolkit on numerous occasions.

On another note, a truly remarkable and admirable traveler recently told me about another remarkable traveler they have met on their travels. This guy, I was told, have never rode a bike before and decided on the whim of the moment to buy a small road bike while traveling in China. The idea was to ride across China. He told me that what made this so exceptional is that you could not fly your bike to China if you want to do a trip there. This have left China as one of the last mostly unexplored corners of the globe for some real extreme adventure and exploring.

When reading your report the story started to sound all to familiar.
Maybe you might recall bumping into Billy & Trish, possibly in Pakistan. Then maybe Billy got the story from someone else. (Not from this forum I can assure you as Billy is not one for much internet surfing.)
The travel tales of these two Auzies will only accompany them and the people they met on the way as they do not much like the limelight cast on them by posting ride reports or having blogg's or websites.
They are currently finding their way up the west side of Africa.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:48 AM   #79
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The thing that strikes me most about your trip and your photos is that you obviously have incredible people skills. No matter where you go, you seem to get into the thick of things with the locals in no time at all. Super impressive.

That, and your amazing attitude. The crazier things get, the more you seem to relish them.

My hat is off to you. You really seem to have the zen of life thing down.
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Absolutely fantastic!
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:09 AM   #80
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Pakistan Pics

If any one is interested I have some photos from Pakistan. I have met some other ADVRiders and have really been missing the bike on these great and dangerous dirt roads here.

For the Gallery:
http://freedanphotography.smugmug.co...91776980_rFU9P


The view from Karimabad Cafe


Lucky shot


Nanga Parbat the 9th highest


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Pano from Avdegar, it was a punishing hike after all that motorbike laziness
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:31 AM   #81
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WOW...... What breath taking photo's ...........
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:05 PM   #82
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WOW...... What breath taking photo's ...........
You should see the rest of them! http://freedanphotography.smugmug.com/
Amazing stuff mate.
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:26 AM   #83
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How about that Uighur food? It really rocks!!
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:25 PM   #84
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Brilliant

Wow. Great report & good on you for just getting out there & going. Most people plan to much, me included.

I'll see ya out there.

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If any one is interested I have some photos from Pakistan. I have met some other ADVRiders and have really been missing the bike on these great and dangerous dirt roads here.

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The view from Karimabad Cafe
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:59 AM   #85
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Thumb Mr. Extraordinary

What's so extraordinary about you is the fact that you appear to be anything but...extraordinary; yet, you repeatedly demonstrate the fact that you, in fact, are, rather, quite an extraordinary individual...with some exceedingly extraordinary photographic skills to boot.

I enjoyed reading your epic voyage into the unknown; the people you met and their images that are now forever captured in the hearts and minds of countless strangers - like me. Thank you for that.

Only one thing I would have done is kept the bike. A call to your patient Parents would no doubt have sorted that one out (again!)...but, it's your journey and your rules.

Keep going, Mr. Extraordinary! And may God (continue to) Bless you and keep you safe!
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:45 AM   #86
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Home Again

Thanks for all the support. I have made it back to Germany after spending the last few weeks running around Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore. Time for a Shnitzel and Heffeweissen!
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:30 AM   #87
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Fantastic photos Dan. Just Amazing. Hope you keep it happening. Thanks for the work of sharing.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:51 PM   #88
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Beautiful....

As someone said, travel works against prejudice... your travel has changed my opinion about Chinese friendliness.. Thanks..
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:03 PM   #89
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Talking Thanks

After reading this again, 6 months later, I don't recognize myself from this story, or how I managed what I did.

I really want to thank everyone for the comments and support. If it wasn't for ADVRiders, I would never have recorded the trip how I did. I know now, that many events I thought would never be forgotten would be gone, or foggy already, without the forum.

I had a good time editing the posts. Now that I am back in school I have relearned the usefulness of the comma, and almost how to use it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:45 AM   #90
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Thanks for the RR, luckily found it now :-) Love the photos.

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