Author: Daaf

By Daaf

Thank you.

We found Ulaanbaatar after a few days of very relaxed riding through central Mongolia. Here, after numerous great meals, countless cocktails and many nights of restful sleep, we end our trip. We crated our bikes, somehow managed to pack everything we have in to air-travel acceptable luggage and now I am sitting in the aeroplane,…

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Riding Mongolia

Even though the Mongolians are working hard at connecting all the regional capitals by paved roads, this is still an ongoing process. So, with our bikes cleaned up and new knobbly tyres fitted, we left Ulgii in the very west of Mongolia for our first real stretch of off-roading. From Ulgii to Ulaangom, less than…

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The hundred dollar saviour.

It’s been a wonderful and relaxing day in eastern Mongolia where I look back on the start of this last leg of our journey. We expected Mongolia to be tough on us, but, in hind sight, I can say the toughest part was our entry: The border crossing from Tashanta in Siberia to Tsagaannuur in…

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Surprising Siberia.

When I thought of Siberia, cold empty harsh snow covered plains came to mind. One of the reasons we chose a route via Iran and ‘the stans’ was because I felt the Russian route would mean endless dreary roads, harsh distrusting people speaking like James Bond villains and cold, cold weather. What I did not…

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Cops are robbers!

Hello! It is great to see you all here, welcome to corruption scho…. uhhh.. Kazakhstan police academy. During this full day course, we’ll make sure you learn all the necessary skills to function as an official Kazakh police officer! Don’t worry it’s not difficult, even that guy sitting next to you can do it! And,…

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A word on warranty and waterproofness

Waterproof apparently means “will take a bit longer before you get wet” maybe the Gortex slogan should be amended, “Guaranteed to keep you dry, a while”, because none of our Gortex gloves kept our hands dry during the continuous rain of first days of our trip, nor on any of the later days. Neither did…

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Uzbekistan

I suppose I should write something about Uzbekistan. About how strange and foreign this country was, how far from home we felt and how bedazzled we were by its customs and how out of touch we were due to the language barrier. Fact is, I had come down with a severe cold and spend a…

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White marble hell

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the country ‘Turkmenistan’ before. I sure hadn’t. The Turkmen government seems to try very hard to keep it that way. I believe the current president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, was at some point the former president’s personal dentist, but good fortune has seen him in to the big office himself….

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Heart-warming Iran

We wake up in Saqqez after our very miserable day through the snow a day before. The world seems a bit brighter today, the sun is out, we slept well and we have an alternative plan brewing. In a few stages, about a day behind our original schedule we make it to Isfahan. And here…

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Homesick in Iran

I knew little of Iran before we entered the country just over a week ago. Western news seldom portraits it in a positive light. Images of Ayatollah Khomeini and the burning of American flags come to mind. A harsh regime, poor and oppressed people. The American rhetoric, calling Iran the ‘axis of evil’ is not…

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