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Old 07-09-2011, 11:58 AM   #1081
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I have planned a trial trip in a week for 7 days long with Silk Offroad.

Let us know how your trip goes. I have been thinking of taking their Central Asian Ring tour next year (no time this year).
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:04 PM   #1082
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Doug should make it into Osh today - where he will once more have internet access, hopefully we'll get an update from him. I can't see him lingering in Sary Tash for long as there's not a lot there and it's still fairly high up and cold and not even a phone signal unless you stand on top of a yak
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:25 PM   #1083
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It will be interesting to hear how the Harley ran at those altitudes.

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Old 07-09-2011, 08:15 PM   #1084
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What’s the time zone set to on Doug’s Spot? Anyone know?

Edit: OK, looks like CDT or GMT -5

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Old 07-09-2011, 08:40 PM   #1085
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What’s the time zone set to on Doug’s Spot? Anyone know?
I think it said America/Chicago so it would be US Central time.


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Old 07-09-2011, 10:20 PM   #1086
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What’s the time zone set to on Doug’s Spot? Anyone know?

Edit: OK, looks like CDT or GMT -5
Its Redneckistan time (otherwise known as Alabama)
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:25 PM   #1087
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I made it to Osh, back in civilizaton, with running water (from a faucet)
electricity (from a wall plug, and not a generator or solar panel) internet, coca cola, & marlboros!

The Pamirs. Wow.

I gotta go back there!

I was sposed to meet Nick from Italy here, but HIS alternator fried in Kazakhstan, in the western desert, so now he is waiting for parts from europe, so he can go home. So I'm trying to find a way to ship the parts from him to Almaty. My alternator is completely gone, but I can make a few hundred KM on a charge, so Im ok now that I have electricity at nite.
I'm takin a break today, seeing some local sites.
A year ago, their was fighting here, the uzbeks & the kyrgs. Everything seems ok now, but I'm told it could happen again anytime. I hope not, as the people here are really nice.

I'll try to take time & do some writing today

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Old 07-10-2011, 07:30 PM   #1088
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Apparently you got out of Turkmenistan just ahead of the posse:

http://news.yahoo.com/turkmenistan-s...163326745.html
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:49 PM   #1089
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and I guess I should reply do some of the posts. I have fun reading what everyone posts while Im gone. the thread sometimes just takes off on its own. I can just sit back & see what everyone else says. Saves me alot of writing :)

My AL docs abbreviated the bike to HADA which is why thats what is on the paper. Since Azerbaijan, most border guards have never heard of a Harley, they spell it all kinds of crazy ways.

The DIRTSTR tag confuses the hell out of them also. I can tell Ghengis Khan came thru here, as most customs/border guys seem to have a bit of Mongolian ancestry (what bike number?)

Tankut, I met your nemesis at the border. I saw him coming as I approached the border, so I stopped & got a couple rocks off the road. I hit him with one, (and said it was from you) he ran off after that. But, when I started the bike to leave, he came again. As soon as I picked up another rock tho, he changed his mind.

and yes, that is the most remote border I have ever been to. I got snowed on a little crossing the pass between them.

Anyhow, I hope your able to return to Tashkent soon & finish your trip! Did Ramo get home yet?

US dollars work about everywhere here, most hotels are quoted in dollars. Visas are also paid for in dollars. they are recognized worldwide, unlike euros, pounds, etc. which can be exchanged at a bank etc, but most places wont accept them.

on the languages, yes, Russian should be alot bigger on the map. I get by in all of the former USSR countries with Russian. Not that Im good at it, sort of like how Tarzan spoke english.

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Old 07-11-2011, 12:49 AM   #1090
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Doug if you cant get the part in kazakhstan send me the part number i can check in moscow and bring to yakutsk; while i seriously doubt the part will be in stock, it can't hurt to check, and maybe it could be delivered in a few weeks.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:16 AM   #1091
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Tankut, I met your nemesis at the border. I saw him coming as I approached the border, so I stopped & got a couple rocks off the road. I hit him with one, (and said it was from you) he ran off after that. But, when I started the bike to leave, he came again. As soon as I picked up another rock tho, he changed his mind.

and yes, that is the most remote border I have ever been to. I got snowed on a little crossing the pass between them.

Anyhow, I hope your able to return to Tashkent soon & finish your trip! Did Ramo get home yet?

Doug, nice to hear that you have safely arrived to Osh after Pamirs and get my revenge at the border .


I am currently trying to overcome bureaucratic formalities of Uzbek Customs. If I succeed, I am planning to return from the northern route of Caspian Sea.


Ramo is safely back to home, he said, it was like hell to cross the Karakum desert at 55 degree Celcius .
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:11 AM   #1092
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the karakum was like hell. 4 days total, 2 of them with blowing sand.
I wont be in a big hurry to visit that place again, not that will let me return, if they read the shit on here!

I met 2 germans in Tajik on Africa Twins. The turkmen ferry was delayed 3 days, they sat out to sea waiting for the port to clear. They docked, & had 1 day left on the transit visa. So of course they overstayed it. At the exit border, they gave them the option, pay a big fine, or get a black stamp in the passport barring them from returning for 5 years. they chose the stamp.
the border guard told em 'we gave gas & oil, we dont need tourists'

what a place........

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Old 07-11-2011, 09:37 AM   #1093
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Doug,

I'm so glad that you actively seek out the worst places in the world and report on them so that I don't have to waste my time and money actually going there myself Bet there ain't no place like..............


"Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you"

All in good time of course!







Keep on jivin'.


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Old 07-11-2011, 10:20 AM   #1094
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You going thru Kazakland by chance ?

What a tour - I'll be a year behind you if all goes well, certainly stopping to look over Bulgarland for a suitable living situation....
IF you run thru Kazakhstan and IF you are near Almaty and SHOULD IT PASS that you have a little time on yer hands, will you drop by Talgar (25km from Almaty) and say hi to the kids and Father Guido at L'Arca orphanage ??

here's the linky, it's in dagosprache but you'll get the idea - http://www.larca.org/

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Old 07-11-2011, 05:23 PM   #1095
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I got back to the hotel, & charged the batteries both up til they are full. I figure I can charge them at night, & ride during the day without lights
I did that with an old Dodge PU back in 1980 that had a bad alternator. I worked at a gas station, truck stop, restaurant, junkyard and made virtually no money to buy a new one.
I found a battery out of a junked car to use as a spare. I would charge them both during the second shift I worked then drive 30+ miles to home each night. swap batteries in the morning and ride back to work. Did I mention this was during the winter when running the heater long was a bad idea if I wanted to make it home?
I did this for a few months. The batteries got so bad that after about halfway I would have to turn the heater off, go a few more miles and turn the tail lights(I had them rigged), a few more miles then the head lights. Moonlit nights weren't too bad but those cloudy nights were a real bitch! Thank doG for trench coats too! It got really interesting the last few miles from home running on about one and a half to two cylinders(Slant 6).



Finally caught up with your RR. Hope you get your charging problem fixed! Keep it coming Doug!
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