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Old 01-07-2014, 07:21 PM   #151
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Very inspiring. I have been following along for sometime now. Thanks and look forward to more.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:04 PM   #152
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Amazing photos!! Thanks for the update. Safe travels.

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Old 01-08-2014, 04:25 PM   #153
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Like your choice of scotch. Cheers mate.

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Old 01-08-2014, 04:51 PM   #154
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Stellar pic! Reminds me of my image of the Taj Mahal.

Great report, as always.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:38 PM   #155
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Stellar pic! Reminds me of my image of the Taj Mahal.

Great report, as always.
I just hope that was not due to pollution!?
Love the pic of the pool! The blue against the surrounding monochrome really works!
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:12 AM   #156
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Loving the report - keep the photos coming!

Are those the Mitas E-09 tires you're using? How are you liking them?

Also what camera/lenses do you shoot with? How are you liking what you've brought for adventure traveling?
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:02 AM   #157
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Loving the report - keep the photos coming!

Are those the Mitas E-09 tires you're using? How are you liking them?

Also what camera/lenses do you shoot with? How are you liking what you've brought for adventure traveling?
The E-09 where the first tire of the trip and the ones that lasted the longuest at 13k km. They rank among my top 3 tires. For gnarly off roading, the Michelin Desert where incredible but only lastef 8k and where only fair on pavement, the Sahara have excellent grip on pavement, decent traction in dirt but struggle in sand (even though I followed a klr running metzeler 21's in stuff that he was getting stuck in). So those are my fav so far. for this trip, when possible I'll try to get saharas from now on as they last 10k and dirt cheap. The worst tire so far has been tc-80: wears a bit faster than a Desert but is shit in mud, but better on pavement but not as good as the Sahara. And it costs a freaking fortune for what it is.

Camera wise, I've got a Canon S110 point and shoot for when i dont want to stick out to much and a Nikon D800 + 24-70 F2.8 lens. The full frame 36megpix is great as it has enought resolution that it like having a dx with two lenses.

Yup, very happy with all the junk i've been lugging along. The full pc tablet has taken a beating quite a few times (bike crashes), takes hardly any space, charges of the bike and runs lightroom plus every other application I care to run. Then there is the over stocked tool set which is a pain to carry but makes your life soooo uch easier when you actually have to wrench on the bike tha it more thn compensats for it. The saddle bags have been bomb proof so far and, for me, are infinitely better for this trip than hard panniers would have been for many reasons. Last thing of real note: merino wool has replaced all cotton and synthetics from my luggage (except pants). the stuff is a miracle. Comes close to being a second 'Babel fish' like thing...
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:42 AM   #158
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.... Last thing of real note: merino wool has replaced all cotton and synthetics from my luggage (except pants). the stuff is a miracle. Comes close to being a second 'Babel fish' like thing...
Really? Though I do have some of that wool I am almost always covered in mostly synthetics... and yeah, cotton is the worst waste of space on the planet (are Jeans cotton?). Anyway, please elaborate on the miracle of wool as someone who has taken on many many more days and miles than I.

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Old 01-20-2014, 06:06 AM   #159
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Merino wool fan here too.

Keeps you warm when wet and doesn't stink like synthetics.

On with the story.

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Old 01-20-2014, 11:34 AM   #160
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I just hope that was not due to pollution!?
Most of it was fog. Uttar Pradesh is notorious for the thick fog in December. But it was also a cold day and there was a lot of smog around town from burning stuff (any stuff) to get warm.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:31 PM   #161
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The other perk with wool is it doesn't burn. Sit around the fire in synthetics and you will notice lots of ember holes.
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:15 AM   #162
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So true don't have an pics but most of my snowmobile gear has what looks like small caliber bullet holes in it from standing around the winter campfire.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:15 AM   #163
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Amazing pictures. Just perfect.
Thank you for that.
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:46 PM   #164
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Merino wool fan here too.

Keeps you warm when wet and doesn't stink like synthetics.

On with the story.

Exactly.

Example you ask? I ride with full motocross boots (sidi crossfire) and these boots do NOT breath. Just changed my socks yesterday for the first time in 8 days (dont ask why). Yes they smelled but only slightly! Try that with synthetic: better have good health coverage! ;)
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:47 PM   #165
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The other perk with wool is it doesn't burn. Sit around the fire in synthetics and you will notice lots of ember holes.
as my TWO pairs of pants can attest! :(
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