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Old 07-15-2013, 12:15 AM   #1816
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I have information here. If you feel you must donate i'm not going to stop you
http://rtwwithnoah.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

That being said, I would rather do something to give back to the places I am traveling... I have information on that link.

When my bike was stolen in Dublin many people donated. I didn't feel right about taking the money so the majority of it I gave to a childrens hospice in Ireland. The Irish people had been so good to me I felt better about giving the money to someone who needed it more.

You're a class act Noah! But since I can't afford to do the trip you're doing I could afford to buy you a beer for letting me tag along. Thanks for the continued report.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:16 PM   #1817
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Subscribed......great story so far!
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:07 PM   #1818
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:02 PM   #1819
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Damn right ...

Tha saddest thing of all about backpackers, and lonely planet disciples ... is that they are all on package tours - but they cant see it. There is no independence about it at all. They stay at the same hostels, eat at the same restaurants, take the same buses as everyone else carrying the stupid book.

And they bump into each other, the same people, supposedly on independent trips, every few days.


Its a social / dating tour package, rather than a guide to freedom. It doesnt encourage independence, but quite the opposite. It entrenches dependence. They'd be lost without the book. The book becomes their package tour guide.

I avoid that type like the plague when I am on the road.
Funny have you seen "The Beach"? The gist is the same.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:16 AM   #1820
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:03 AM   #1821
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Cats out of the bag...
Craig and Patty had an off in Tajikistan. They are alright but the bike looked fooked. I got the email about a week ago.

He said it was beyond repair.. after a few days of pondering it looks like they will try to get her back together!

Good luck guys! It is unclear right now if Craig will join us for the BAM and Road of bones.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:25 PM   #1822
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:20 AM   #1823
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June 14. Almaty to Camping in the middle of nowhere Kazak. 372 km
I was slow to get on the road in the morning and didn't leave until afternoon. It was hot and traffic leaving the city was horrible but soon it opened up into a long straight road going north. Soon I started to get tired and I stopped at a small cafe for a salad and some coffee. Back on the road. Around sun down I rode up into the mountains and found an amazing campsite. The view of the sunset was great. I ates some noodles and went to bed. Good to be back in the tent listening to the wind in the grass.


Its not shown very good in this picture, but there were weird mounds in areas where the rest was flat.




Someone else was here?



June 15. Camp spot to Zhangiztobe. 587 km
The sunrise was just as good as the sunset. I love waking up with the sun and getting on the road early. It was still a little cold but soon it warmed up nicely. The roads through central Kazakhstan were not very interesting. Mostly grasslands with the occasional lake. In the afternoon I met 5 amazing people riding old.. I mean OLD bikes. 2 Ensfields, a Triumph and a BSA single. We chatted over some duck shashlik and coke. These guys were awesome. I feel like I was cheating. I We exchanged contact info and I headed north, they headed south. In the evening it started to rain some and I found a place to sleep. It was just a bed in a room. I thought there was a shower.. but no luck. Oh well.










2 up on a 50 year old BSA 500? You guys rule!


What I would give to find a sidecar like this on the side of the road in the US.



June 16. Zhangiztobe into Semey
Construction and mud was what happened the last 50 km into Semey. I was not planning on staying long in Semey but some guys pulled up and said to follow them. They had a bike club. My luck. I had access to a garage to clean the bike and work on it. I did a valve check and installed a my "new breather 3-way" that I had bought in the bazaar in Almaty. We found that my rear rack was cracked and went to work welding it as well as making a brace to triangulate the rear rack so it would not bounce and crack again. The guys also took my mirror mount to an aluminum welder and I was told it would be ready in the morning. That evening I met many bikers and some very nice people. Great to practice my russian. They keep apologizing for their english but its far superior usually. I got to ride a Ural custom for the first time. Kinda a joke but it was fun. 750 cc and basically no power. They did look kinda cool though. For dinner I tried horse for the first time. It was quite nice. Way better then the dog I ate in Kyrgyzstan. I slept on a guest bed in a new friends house.


S.T.U.C.K.






$3 worth of parts from the Bazaar in Almaty.

















June 17. Semey
After a breakfast of leftover horse, I got to work on the internet trying to find a schematic for a 2006 HD road king. One of the guys in the club had an HD that had been down and it would not start. I told them if I couldn't fix it, I could at least find the problem. I was not able to find a schematic for a 2006 but I found one for an 2004. It would have to work. We got to work on the HD right away and found a few problems and got them resolved. After a few hours we were able to fire her up. While putting the controls back together, one of the guys turned the screw to hard and broke the pot metal crap that the controls are made of. About half the work we did finding a short in the wiring went to waste because he would have to replace the controls anyway. Next I fixed a few outlets in the clubhouse and put my moto back together. Getting close to the evening I here a small thumper pull up and I go outside. I see a small Russian girl climbing off a Honda XR250 Baja. My heart skipped a beat when she said she was going north. "What speed do you ride?" she asked. "What ever speed you want". She smile. I tried to contain my excitement. For the next few hours we tore into her bike straightening the headlight rack that had bent when she went down on some gravel. We went back to one of the biker's house and made plans to leave in the morning for Russia. I could ride with her for the next few days or longer if I wanted. I was already thinking of ways to spend more time with Sveta.

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Old 07-20-2013, 04:11 AM   #1824
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Wink Fishfunds bike going strong?

Just been catching up on your RR. Looks like your having a great time!.
How has the bike been going? The only reason I ask is I've been laid up with a back injury. Been reading through some old RR's that I enjoyed years back while I'm on the mend.
Fishfunds RR 25,000miles with Luke and Nick. He had some problems with the bike that kept on popping up. How has it been for you? Just interested as it now has plenty ok Km's on it and is what ill be riding on my RTW.
Anyway keep up the great report and enjoy the company
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:38 AM   #1825
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Just been catching up on your RR. Looks like your having a great time!.
How has the bike been going? The only reason I ask is I've been laid up with a back injury. Been reading through some old RR's that I enjoyed years back while I'm on the mend.
Fishfunds RR 25,000miles with Luke and Nick. He had some problems with the bike that kept on popping up. How has it been for you? Just interested as it now has plenty ok Km's on it and is what ill be riding on my RTW.
Anyway keep up the great report and enjoy the company
I post all the problems I have in this ride report. I have nothing to hide. KTM is not sponsoring me to ride this bike or to post this ride report.

In my opinion, there is no better RTW bike than the 690. It is reliable. It is durable. It is efficient. It is powerful. It is easy to work on. It is easy to ride. It carries what I need. It has a 500 km fuel range. and at the end of the day, IT IS FUN TO RIDE. It is rare you will see me without a smile. My comfortable cruising speed here in Mongolia is not slow. I keep her serviced and I ride her hard. I would challenge anyone to put a KLR (for some reason this is the one people tell me I should have) through what this 690 has done. It might make it?.. but you and the bike will not have as much fun as Katriana and I have had.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:22 AM   #1826
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Russia with Sveta

WARNING: This post contains a lot of picture of a cute Russian girl. Try not to fall in love as hard as I did.

June 18. Semey into Russia. 220 km
We packed up and said our goodbyes. One of the guys from the club escorted us out of town. He said if the cops tried to pull us over to keep going and he would stop. I love the moto clubs in central Asia and the ones I met in europe. America should take note. Doesn't matter who you are, what you ride. If you are on 2 wheels you are a brother. You will get help, food, drink and friendship whether you need it or not.

Soon we were at the border. There was no problem with my paperwork but Sveta was missing the little white paper you get when you come into Kazakhstan. She kept telling them "They never gave me one". But it still took about 4 hours to get her out of Kazakhstan. By the time we were in Russia it was getting dark. We rode to Robstovok to get a hotel room. We found a place that had a room and a fenced in yard to lock the bikes. It was about $80. After we get done unpacking the bikes and we were checking in, they would not rent us the room because my passport was not in Russian. I had import documents for my motorcycle and my visa in Russian, but the lady was insistent that since my passport was not in Russian we could not rent her the room. Сука. At this point is was midnight. We rode to a few other hotels who had nothing. We decided to ride on and find a place to camp. We were both shot. There was no trees anywhere. Just fields. Then finally we found a place to pitch the tent and pass out in a row of trees a couple km from the road.


Our anti-police escort.


Funny plants growing everywhere in Kazahk and Russia.


Finally able to leave Kazahk. This is a happy Sveta.



June 19. To Barnoul. 250 km
The sun rose and we just layed there. We both wanted to keep sleeping. I cooked noodles and made some coffee for breakfast and we got on the road. Sveta called her friend Andrew once we got to Barnoul. This guy is great. He will help you get any parts you need.. if he can. We all met up with another couple traveling 2 up on a BMW 650 for dinner at a brewery. I have not had good dark beer for such a long time. I was in heaven.


Leaving our camp spot.








Shit. I forgot about that mud in Kazakh... It dried into concrete and did this to my seals.


Andrew. This guys has ridden all of Baikal.. In the winter... on the ice.

June 20. Barnoul
We brought Sveta's bike to a mechanic to get some new shoes put on and an oil change. We messed around Barnoul for the day. Found a few things we needed/wanted. BBQ pork and sausage in the evening. It was good to eat pork again. It had been nearly 2 months since I was able to eat it. The meat alone I didn't miss. It is the sausages I missed. Sausage without pork in it just doesn't work. Its a beef frank at best. You can't make a pizza like that. My fork seals were leaking BAD from the mud going into Semey. I made the mistake of not cleaning it all before the mud got hard. I took my dust seals down and cleaned them. I cut a magazine cover into a strip about 1 inch wide and pushed it up under my oil seals. I swiped them between the seal and the fork all the way around about 4 times. I left my fork guards up and the nest morning no oil had leaked. Problem fixed. For the record, 8,000 km later and they are still not leaking.


I found a Chewberashka!


Sveta wanted one also.

June 21. Barnoul to Belovo. 361 km
Up early and on the road. We had to ride through Barnoul to get east. There is no good route through this city. Soon though, we were on the open road and racking up the kms. Sveta had about 2 weeks befor she had to be back at work. This is why we were just going going going. My attempts to get her to call work and get another week or 2 so we could do Mongolia were no use. I think it would have been easier to convince her if she was more comfortable off road. Something I'm going to have to work on with her. We met up with her friends in Belovo and went to his house. Wife and kids there. Banya to clean and a great dinner. They even cut my hair short again... and had cold beer for us.








Our great hosts



June 22. Belovo to somewhere off the M53. 481 km
We rode north to Kemerovo to get on the M53. We attempted to get me motorcycle insurance. I had forgotten to get this at the Russian border and I didn't want complications. They would not sell me moto insurance. Not even temporary. Great. Now not legal. Not even a little. I tried but close only counts in horseshoes and handgrenades. We got some food at a cafe and continued. I was getting an all too familiar miss in my motor. We pulled over on the side of the road and I went to work fixing my low voltage lead to the coil. This time it is hopefully the last time. I did overkill. At least the symptoms are easy for me to spot now. In the evening we were in the middle of nowhere and we needed a place to stay. My GPS map showed a guest house/camp thing near a river in the woods. It was 1000 ruble for both of us. About $30. We tried to take a walk by the river but the mosquitos were shredding us. We were sleeping before it was dark.


Trying to find the insurance place.






Back in buisness.

June 23. To Alzamay. 684 km
We left without breakfast. We decided to get it on the road somewhere. We hit some construction in the evening and I learned just how nervous about gravel Sveta was. She had brand new E09s and a great little bike but she would still slow way way down when she got onto gravel. On pavement in the twisties she surprised me how she could move that little 250. I kept having to rotate my right hand more then I though I would have to. We thought we would have gone further but I got a flat on the rear. The rim tape I bought in Bishkek finally failed. I put a shit chinese 18 on the bike to replace the worn out TKC80 I was running. We stopped at a hotel after dark. We ate and went to bed.




I had more confidence in the worn TKC80.

June 24. Alzamay to Irkutsk. 624 km.
Kilometer after kilometer. This girl just would not slow down. The M53 was so boring. Some places were beautiful. The little villages were great.. but for the most part... there was only one place this is where I wanted to be. We went to a few places in Irkutsk to get a room. First hotel 5000 ruble. We laughed and left. Second hotel 9000 ruble. What kind of place is this? $290 for 1 night? Sveta made some phone calls and soon a guy from the local moto club pulls up and we follow him to a the club house. It one one guys birthday so it was a huge party including the siberian strippers. I acted like I wasn't interested in watching the strip show but Sveta said "come on, lets go back inside so we don't miss it". It tuned into a late night.


This is how they keep you from gettin hit by a train.


Not much of anything here.


Cold ride. She sure liked the Klim gloves.


At the bike club.






Not sure whats going on in this picture. But there might be quite a bit of russian beer in me.

June 25. Irkutsk to south shore of Baikal. 328 km
We went to the motoshop in Irkutsk where I had some Mitas E09s waiting. I got the rear because I knew I would need it in Mongolia. Since I skipped Altai to ride with Sveta, I knew I would be doing some major miles crossing Mongolia twice instead of once as planned. I also bought some Oil for my next change. I knew that would be somewhere BFE. Another travel Hans joined us heading west. He was on his way to Sakhalin. The road south of Irkutsk gets twisty and fun quick. Baikal was beautiful. I kept thinking I was back home next to Lake Superior. In the evening we took a ride on my KTM and watched the sunset over Baikal. The last 8 had gone so fast even though we had ridden nearly 3000 km. We knew this would be our last night together for a while because once we hit Ulaan Ude, I would go south and she would continue toward home. I tried to take in every moment and every memory.






Funny.


Baikal

Privet!


This guy probably has some explaining to do to his boss...






Not quite sure what this was. But that is a truck cab/drivetrain




She sure liked my KTM after I took her for a ride on it.




Unfortunately.. there is always an end.
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:24 AM   #1827
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I'm get'n misty over here..









Very Nice N~


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Old 07-20-2013, 11:52 AM   #1828
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Love that last shot

Great RR, still following your adventure, thanks for taking us along
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:14 PM   #1829
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Riveting. Can't wait to find out what happens in the next chapter.
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