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Old 01-09-2013, 12:02 PM   #2356
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The biggest thing that speaks to the longevity and the issues Walter was having with his bike was his reference to aircraft and the useable lifespan of the airframe. They can only take so much flexing, before it's time to retire them for safety reasons.

I'd bet that if he'd been able to magnaflux a new X frame and parts, then do his bike before this ride, the results would have forecast the issues like his subframe. But who has the cash to get that done on a bike? I'd love to see the data, but be damned if I could afford to do it.

NDT is expensive, and only used when safety/cost concerns are high enough. Wish it weren't so, but...
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:31 PM   #2357
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One suggestion on your groups next trip is for you to install a top box that can hold some ice to keep Rod and Terry's martni ingrediants chilled for their truck rides when they come up!
OH no,.....i,m watching you......
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:55 PM   #2358
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Thanks for the thoughtful replies Walter and Rod. I wasn't at all trying to say that your particular bikes are not up to the task.
Quite the contrary.

Anyhow, the fact that I have followed every post in this report means I am in awe of your work. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:10 PM   #2359
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Thank you.

I too have enjoyed reading this thread daily from the beginning. Thank you for the time spent in all aspects.

Comment about the social aspect of getting along:
I would just like to say how good an attitude everyone had on this trip, and even now discussing this trip. It's hard to get a group of folks together, that can get-along for that many days over that type of stress daily. I'm not sure how you did it. There are so many "trying" situations. Language barriers, gender styles, wet bodies, stinking bodies, hungry bodies, cold, hot, bathroom situations, choices of where/when to stop, the list is absolutely endless. Y'all are to be commended. Great job, great time, great example of sharing!

Thank you.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:19 PM   #2360
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Hi Purtster. I was sure you had invested in your bike money and time, I just didn't know to what extent
I'm enjoying the adventure and particularly the part where you make time to observe as many wild creatures as you possibly can. Your photographic skills my friend is second to none.
I hope we get to see more.
Thanks.



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Old 01-09-2013, 01:43 PM   #2361
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Day 61 Part 4

All of the bikes made it to the other side but these crossings were real time-consuming.
And we had loads more to come



This was another one, Beamster was getting the hang of it and IMHO by now she could call herself an expert



The valley kept showing us loads of moments.




Later we had to take a few steep trails were Beamster came off the bike while trying to do things with her G650 where using a trial bike would have been a far better option.
In this steep climb just before the top there were several huge rocks sticking out of the track.
She made it over the first few, but kinda landed in the wrong place hitting the next big rock which threw her over.
The bike fell right on her foot that was now stuck between the bike and a pointy rock, just as Rod told in post #2294.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:37 PM   #2362
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Thumb Binocular hands

Is it just me or does anyone else hit F11 (full screen) and make binoculars out of their hands so they have no peripheral vision other than the image on screen and try to imagine what it would be like to be in these amazing places in real life?

No?

OK, it's just me being a weirdo then...

Don't catch yourself doing it now


Prutser: out of curiosity, what binoculars do you use? Ever since I was a kid I had a love of raptors. I can only imagine the thrill of seeing a wild Saker. I have to make do with the odd Peregrine or occasional very Hobby...

Cheers, Andy
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:26 PM   #2363
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After riding for half an hour we stopped to take a picture of this snow covered peak in the distance.
This is Otgon Tenger Uul Mountain, one of the Mongolian most sacred mountains.
It is the highest peak in the Khangai Mountains in Mongolia. Its summit is currently calculated to reach an elevation of 4.008 meters above mean sea level.
The mountain is located in Zavkhan Province and is the only peak in the Khangai range that is capped with a permanent glacier.


It struck me how the ger mimics the contour of the sacred mountain.

when in a few years that ger has gone, wonder how the mountain will fare.





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Old 01-09-2013, 03:31 PM   #2364
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day 61 Part 5 Bad pictures

These pictures are still's from video's made with my fruity cell phone. So my apologies for the bad quality.

This shot was taken just after Tee Bee helped Rod to pick up his bike and save it from drowning.



Than Rod tried to jet propel the KTM onto dry land before I could reach for my camera........... To late Mate.



Tee Bee was next to take the bumpy ride.



I know its getting kinda boring, but here is ANOTHER crossing.





The white dots on the horizon were yurt's which we started to see more and more. That told us we were getting closer to Tsakhir which was our goal at the end of the valley.
But before we could start searching for a nice hotel with a hot bath we had to cross at least 10 more streams.
At one point Tee Bee stopped at a river that was at least 60 meters wide. By now we all thought NO NOT AGAIN !!!
The river was DEEEEEP and fast flowing. But Tee bee noticed that the track continued just around the corner of a steep cliff on our side of the river.
That meant we didn't have to cross it, but just follow the cliff and stay real close to the bank trying to keep out of the deep water.

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:55 PM   #2365
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The valley kept showing us loads of moments.


Just ... WOW

Just one question: how do you manage when you're back home, far from all this beauty?!?

Wonderful ride report, keep it coming!
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:20 PM   #2366
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Just ... WOW

Just one question: how do you manage when you're back home, far from all this beauty?!?

Wonderful ride report, keep it coming!
Obviously I can't speak for Team Extreme, but when I go through the pictures I have taken on the wee rides I did, I'm there again. Same goes for telling the story in a RR.
After that, I have a look at the pics from previous rides.
After that, it's time to start planning again.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:47 PM   #2367
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out of curiosity, what binoculars do you use? Ever since I was a kid I had a love of raptors. I can only imagine the thrill of seeing a wild Saker. I have to make do with the odd Peregrine or occasional very Hobby...

Cheers, Andy
Hi Andy,

I took my Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Its not small but i'm happy to carry that extra weight.
Beamster took a Zeiss 8x30 classic which is a perfect size. But the 8.5x42 gives me a so much better view when the light is fading.

Peregrine's and hobby's are not a rare sight in Holland but most of the time they fly by in a few seconds.
Seeing this Saker hunting, sitting and feeding the youngsters was a real treat.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:58 PM   #2368
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PS. The luxury cars driving the streets of U.B. is just mind blowing.. You have people living in tents in town and others driving a Maserati. Where does it go from here?
UB is the only place in the world I have seen a 450RR in the flesh. That's a 30K dirtbike.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:41 PM   #2369
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Fantastic pictures and a great report. Thanks to all of you for taking the time
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One suggestion on your groups next trip is for you to install a top box that can hold some ice to keep Rod and Terry's martni ingrediants chilled for their truck rides when they come up!
Funny you should say that, I was just thinking the same thing
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