|02-06-2011, 02:04 PM||#166|
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
That's real adventure! I've backpacked through India a couple times in the 90's and I see things haven't changed much. Everything is an extreme.
Great that you can roll with the punches. Found that if you survive the country nothing the world hands you the rest of your life will ever truly bother you again.
|02-07-2011, 07:05 PM||#167|
Joined: Jan 2011
I was talking about this RR with the wife, I've been showing her pics and reading some bits out loud, and we were trying to figure out what was more amazing, the pics or the wrenching. Then it hit us. The most amazing thing is how light the wimmins packed! Fly to the other side of the world for a two week adventure with just a little carryon daypack? Absolutely amazing!
So we were wondering if the ladies would chime in and tell what they packed, what they didn't pack, what they wished they had packed but didn't and what they did pack that they could have done without.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your trip with us,
|02-08-2011, 05:16 AM||#168|
Joined: Nov 2010
|02-08-2011, 10:46 AM||#169|
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Hanford CA
HA, I'm loving this RR!! I'd love to know what the ladies packed too in case I ever want to try something like this.
Gotta say though, as interesting as your trip is, I'm most looking forward to finding out what happened once you brought the bikes (after paying more on repairs then the bikes themselves were likely worth) back to the rental place.
I've been thinking about a trip up to Tibet or elsewhere in the Himalayas, what a gorgeous part of the world that is!!!
|02-08-2011, 02:09 PM||#170|
nomad acc. § 2(3)AVV
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: an Austrian in Ankara
lovely report & great adventure
there has been discussed enough about smaller bikes; I just want to ad, take at least a 150cc, there are enough of them, a Pulsar 180 or a Karizma 225 has nearly the Power of the Enfield.
Though you really had bad luck; on the other hand, my brother had borrowed a neclected Enfield from a friend in 2007 and we had to do some repairs every day, while my TVS Fiero had no issues at all.
Rhajeev Whadwa in Karol Bag has a bike shop and is a is a good, honest man and himself a racer; he won his amateur class in the Raid de Himalaya at least 2 times. Bought two bikes from him, no problem. Don't have his number anymore, though.
riding and camping northwest of Ankara, Turkey http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=519571&highlight=Ankara
north India 2007http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=11265117#post11265117
|02-08-2011, 02:56 PM||#171|
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Durango CO
This is by far the most amazing report I have read on this site. It would be an honor to ride with ya'll some day.
Now going on a trip like that? A dream which must happen.
I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure
|02-08-2011, 03:22 PM||#172|
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: Bucuresti, Romania
Nice, very very nice. Your adventure was awesome and I'm sure that you had a lot of fun despite the mechanical issues. Nice pics too. You proved to me that we can have a great adventure in any circumstances, even with the wifes :))))
I'm planing :)
|02-08-2011, 04:36 PM||#173|
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: SLC, Utah
Okay ladies I’ve made a list. I have packed a little extra clothing because I planned to stay another month after the crew left. Everything fit into my side sling bag and our carry on waterproof dry backpacks (Costco). We carried our helmets in hand. I do have a lot of experience traveling light so I have things down to a T. We still had room for a few small purchases along the way.... A girls gotta shop :)
Clothing: Riding pants
Black gaucho short pants
Long sleeve t-shirt
3/4 sleeve loose fitting shirt
Black tank top
Yellow striped tank top
Long sleeve black wrinkle free shirt
Two yoga bras
Five pairs of panties
Wool base layer top
Wool base layer bottom
Three long pairs of thin(ish) socks
Short flip flop socks
Buff (thin neck gator)
Shoes: Riding shoes
Gear: 40* down sleeping bag... add dryer sheets to the stuff sac.. fresh :)
Silk sheet (bug treated)
Sheepskin seat cover... saves my bum!
Steripen (water purifier)
Nalgene water bottle
Fleece glove liners
Rain shoe covers
Camera and charger
Side sling bag (I am never without this.. holds passport, money,
camera,phone and waterproof stuff sac)
Iphone and charger
Deck of cards
Toiletries: Disclaimer.... I am an Aesthetician so my skincare regime is more that what most people bring. I need options... I only bring a small amount of each thing. Luckily I could put a few things in Joe’s bag..... being that you can only bring so much liquid in your carry on.
3oz hair smoother...a must in humidity
3oz Dr. bronners soap.. wouldn’t bring again, you find good soap.
1/2 oz tea tree oil... awesome for cuts or any infections.
1/2 oz lavender oil.. calming for skin and mind.. smells nice too.
Two kinds of facial wash
Manuka honey facial mask
Two kinds of facial moisturizer
Tampons... you'll never find them there!
Wide tooth comb
Big hair clip
Rubber bands for my hair
Body exfoliating glove
Ginger chews... used every day
Digestive enzymes.. I used these almost everyday.
Four protein bars emergency food :)
Nuts and dried cherries
Emergency Vit C packets
Grapefruit seed extract
Maja had the first aid kit.... :)
I know this looks like a lot, but it did all fit with a little extra room left. :) As far as I can remember I didn't wish I'd brought anything I didn't already have. Lucky for me Joe was willing to take home the keep sakes! ~minxter
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|02-08-2011, 08:05 PM||#174|
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: The Badlands (of NJ)
Edit: Ah, yes... Voile straps. A pack of these is en route to my house. Thanks for the pointer.
Robert in Northern NJ __ '09 R12GS, '03 R1150RT
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|02-08-2011, 08:44 PM||#175|
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Redmond, OR
Just caught up with your report, AWESOME!
2005 Gas Gas EC 250, 2004 Sherco 2.9, 2002 aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord, 1993 Kawasaki KLX 650
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|02-09-2011, 08:08 AM||#177|
Joined: Jul 2007
Thank Joe for another awesome report. I was actually going back to read 10 Days of Utah Madness when I found this trip. I can't stop laughing at that flex-frame video. I keep hoping to see more of Utah, but this works. I'v owned a 'genuine' 1950 brit bike, and never again. You must look at the photo at the top of the page of the RE cruising through the water with some serious contempt.
I have a large pile of pretty orange Voile's thanks to you. They are found at a Mountain Equipment Co-op (kinda like your REI I suppose), branded as their own, plus Voile will just ship them to you. Not a damn thing has moved since I got them. It's funny to see them all over your bikes.
Look forward to seeing more of these. I do it myself from time to time.
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|02-09-2011, 10:06 AM||#178|
Dusty and Thirsty
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
I am really enjoying your ride report, you are an excellent writer, thanks for taking the time to post it.
And thanks for the new quote for my sig line.
Rob Swartzwelder, Southern AZ
I'm not real fast, but I do have a dog named Dakar!
97 M900, 07 G650 XChallenge,11 KTM 990 ADV R
2011 North up the CDR
Sierra Vista AZ to Paonia CO and Back through Moab UT
|02-09-2011, 03:50 PM||#179|
Joined: May 2007
Thanks boys, it's fun posting this stuff. As someone noted earlier, after India, not much will phase you. So true.
Don't worry B-Rod, Buurrt and I and a couple more of the usual suspects are gearing up for numerous spring rides here in Utah and we'll do a week journey somewhere. We've still got some routes where we'll need to lower the bikes with rope and a couple of river crossings that are too deep to ride which we'll need to float the bikes across. Minxter and her KTM 250 wants in but we'll do a more tame route with her. The big routes are enough to make the toughest crack. Can't wait.
Also, we're thinking about a journey into Central America next fall. We ride bikes as far south as we can get in 2 or 3 weeks and fly back. The one stipulation is you can't spend more then $500 on your ride! Buurrts got a Kawasaki KZ 750 twin rat bike that he paid $400 for. I've been looking at Honda Silverwings and CBs. Should be a classic journey.
More on India shortly.
|02-09-2011, 04:38 PM||#180|
Joined: Jul 2007
Wait, you're kind of doing it with this RR, but I'm sure you've far exceeded the value of those piles.
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