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Old 10-20-2013, 03:43 AM   #121
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This RR is like a great book

"I rest my bag up against a column and take a clean shirt and wash up, the water runs brown from all the dirt my hair and face has collected from the past 8 hours of riding. I lie down and rest in my spot and not long after a dinner mat is rolled out the entire length of the platform and I enjoy a vegetable curry with nan and endless tea with all these remarkable faces staring/ observing me, watching how I eat... being told my story from the manager and somehow I feel their respect for me. Once dinner has finished I lie back and relive the days events before drifting off to sleep for the night."

"Great" doesn't even begin to describe your narrative...

And without a doubt I have voted this "metaljockey"...

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Old 10-20-2013, 04:58 AM   #122
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The portrait photos, the landscape photos, the narrative, the respect, the suspense.... it's all +5 star! I only hope some day more "tourists" can experience this country as well.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:03 AM   #123
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Finally! After about 3 days of on and off reading , I catch up on this super fine report. What a gift this ride report is. One of the Best I've ever read. You are so right in the Adventure not being about the bike but the person , his thoughts and the people and land he meets and connects with.
Thanks so much for the time and work you are putting into this awesome report and this is for sure 5+ star rating.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:56 AM   #124
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I´m so jealous

I live in Kabul since February 2013, in a foreigner´s compound, no chance to leave the compound without armored vehicle and body protection due to the security regulations of my employer, the last attack with a vehicle bomb only 100m away from my accommodation only two days ago.

Although I like adventures on the motorbike - 2005/2006 I had my Suzuki DR 800 with me in Kosovo, from 2009 to 2013 I was riding motorbikes in Republic of Georgia - and I don´t call me a coward I wouldn´t have the courage to do such a trip you did.

Due to that: Thanks a lot for sharing your adventure in words and pictures with me (and all others).

Kind regards from Kabul
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:18 AM   #125
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This is continues to be a remarkable thread. I wish more westerners would read this stuff. It shows just how great central asia and it people really are.

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Old 10-20-2013, 09:22 AM   #126
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting your incredible story and pictures. My wife and I ran a URAL with sidecar for 15 years, here in the states. Loved it, especially in the snow.
May your roads be smooth, your skies clear, and the wind at your back.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #127
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I miss Afghanistan, Kunduz, Mazaar E Sharif and the areas around there are amazing. I found Afghan people to be very interesting, yet gracious. The food is great there, and the smell of the towns I will never forget. So wish I could be riding with you, but your RR will have to do.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:33 PM   #128
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Hey PM me if you ride through Kunduz, I still have a lot of contacts there, and if anything a good nights rest, and great food.
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:29 AM   #129
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Wow. I didn't know Taliban prisons had free Wi-Fi.
Just thought I would let you guys know that this ride isn't being done in real time... Bit of a spoiler, but I arrived In Kabul just over a month ago. I'm now back in Australia at my desk job, I'm missing the life I led and have plans to reconnect with the Ural next spring if work doesn't pick up here
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:44 AM   #130
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Just thought I would let you guys know that this ride isn't being done in real time... Bit of a spoiler, but I arrived In Kabul just over a month ago. I'm now back in Australia at my desk job, I'm missing the life I led and have plans to reconnect with the Ural next spring if work doesn't pick up here
I assumed as much, if for no other reason than to preserve the notion that there are at least a few spots left on earth that don't have an internet cafe on every corner...

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Old 10-21-2013, 05:18 AM   #131
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Absolutely one of the best RR´s I´ve ever read.

Thank you for telling your story.

I bet you wear custum made pants with that size cojones
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:53 AM   #132
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Just thought I would let you guys know that this ride isn't being done in real time... Bit of a spoiler, but I arrived In Kabul just over a month ago. I'm now back in Australia at my desk job, I'm missing the life I led and have plans to reconnect with the Ural next spring if work doesn't pick up here
I was going to ask.

Really enjoying this report.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:06 AM   #133
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Pin this RR!

Consider this an official launch of a "Pin This Report" campaign!

If this one doesn't deserve a place at the top of the thread list, then I don't know what does.
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:43 PM   #134
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Thumb Get it published!

Stunning photography. Amazingly descriptive text. Big Brass Balls.

This road report needs to find it's way into some widely distributed magazine or newspaper (although nice glossy pics would be preferable). It's simply too good to not share it with a wider audience.

Perhaps a travel and/or biking mag? With an excerpt in a inter/national weekend newspaper travel section?

It could even finance your next adventure!

Can't wait for your next post Tourist!
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:38 PM   #135
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I can't agree more.

This RR is certainly print material. First class magazine feature !

Thanks again for posting
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