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2013_05 Vietnam NW

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2013_05 Vietnam1, a set on Flickr.
Our first week in Vietnam with our BigBikes was exciting! This is a photo story from the Laos/Vietnam border crossing, riding the Ho Chi Minh trail up North to Sa Pa.…

Nepal 3: The last days in Nepal – getting ready for Tibet!

16.12.2011 Kathmandu
Our bikes are full of mud, so is our gear. We spend the morning getting everything cleaned and also need to fix “Flocke’s” right pannier, which got dented at the crash. While Harry is replacing his rear brake pads, I look after my heated grips. The left one doesn’t work for months and need to be fixed prior…

Trip to E.B.C, Day 2 Nagarkot to Charikot

13.12.2011 Nagarkot to Charikot
We get up at 05:30 a.m to be in time for the sunrise. The night was cold, just 7,5°C in our room in Nagarkot at 2200m altitude. Nope, there is no heating over here! Our room has a balcony towards East and we get rewarded by a beautiful sunrise over the mountain range, which we enjoy…

Nepal 1: Harry’s arrival and preparing the bikes

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06.12.2011 Harry’s arrival in Kathmandu
About a year ago, Harry contacted me via e-mail. At this time he had some questions about my equipment. We stayed in contact and exchanged some e-mails, as he planned an overland trip from Innsbruck, Austria to South Africa. He couldn’t pass the border from Turkey to Syria and decided to change his route to…

Nepal 1: Harry’s arrival and preparing the bikes

06.12.2011 Harry’s arrival in Kathmandu
About a year ago, Harry contacted me via e-mail. At this time he had some questions about my equipment. We stayed in contact and exchanged some e-mails, as he planned an overland trip from Innsbruck, Austria to South Africa. He couldn’t pass the border from Turkey to Syria and decided to change his route to…

BigBertha Service

11.12.2011 Service (Odometer: 48.000km)
Today is a big day. We will do a service for our BMW R1200GS bike, including changing the engine-, drive shaft- and gearbox oil and adjust the valves. Back at “Autoland” http://www.autoland.com.np we find Total 5W40, a fully synthetic oil which is specified for temperatures as low as -25°C. We buy 12 liter of that expensive…

A day in Kathmandu: Admin, Shopping, Momos!

10.12.2011 A day in Kathmandu: Admin, Shopping, Momos!
All participants of the overland journey from Nepal to Laos come to the hotel of the Dutch couple to meet Mr. Tirthu Acharya, a representative of the travel agency. On the way to their hotel we bump into a procession. Women who are dressed up in their national clothing throw petals at…

Preparing the bikes

08.12.2011 Preparing the bikes
We meet Fabian and Janine for breakfast and fill out the application forms for the China visa.

Harry carried a set of spare tires (Heidenau K60 Scout) on his BMW R1200GS Adventure. As his current set of tires is still in good condition, he offers to borrow me his spare tires. I’m very happy about this,…

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Hanging out in Kathmandu

07.12.2011 Hanging out in Kathmandu
It’s another lazy day for me, still working on photos and learning “Apple’s Aperture”, the application I decided to use to manage my photos from now on. Harry is busy doing his laundry and cleaning his gear. For dinner we are invited to Schmi & Simone, the Austrian couple on KTM 990 Adventure.  It’s their…

Indian Himalayas 4: Around Leh

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Day 13+14, 29.9. + 30.9.2011 Leh Ladakh
I reach Leh on the 28.9. about 5 p.m. and look for a guesthouse. I find only crappy places or they are fully booked. I was told the best place to be in Leh is around the “Main Market”. On my way there, I hear two guys calling me. I turn my head around…

Indian Himalayas 4: Around Leh

Day 13+14, 29.9. + 30.9.2011 Leh Ladakh
I reach Leh on the 28.9. about 5 p.m. and look for a guesthouse. I find only crappy places or they are fully booked. I was told the best place to be in Leh is around the “Main Market”. On my way there, I hear two guys calling me. I turn my head around…

Day 13+14: Leh, Ladakh

Day 13+14, 29.9. + 30.9.2011 Leh Ladakh
I reach Leh on the 28.9. about 5 p.m. and look for a guesthouse. I find only crappy places or they are fully booked. I was told the best place to be in Leh is around the “Main Market”. On my way there, I hear two guys calling me. I turn my head…

Indian Himalayas 3: Leh – Manali Highway

Day 9, 25.9.2011 Khoksar – Keylang
This morning my Israel friends will go back to Manali, heading south via the Rothang Pass, so we will go separate ways from no on. We share photos and videos while Einav brings some breakfast to our room.
Einav is a bit worried about the Rothang pass, as it is often muddy. However, locals…

Day 10: Break @ Keylang

Day 10, 26.09.2011 Break @ Keylang
My BSNL 3G Data connection works fine today, so I update my blog and talk to friends and family on Skype. I enjoy Momos in a local restaurant, get a haircut & shave, get my laundry done and buy some “Old Monk”, an Indian rum. Not a special day, but you need some of…

Day 09: Khoksar – Keylang

Day 9, 25.9.2011 Khoksar – Keylang
This morning my Israel friends will go back to Manali, heading south via the Rothang Pass, so we will go separate ways from no on. We share photos and videos while Einav brings some breakfast to our room.
Einav is a bit worried about the Rothang pass, as it is often muddy. However, locals…

Indian Himalayas 2: Spiti Valley

22.09.2011 Nako – Mudh (Spiti Valley)
Janine and Fabian make homemade breakfast. We make decent coffee and enjoy muesli with fruits. Indian breakfast is normally veg and paratha, eventually you can get eggs. As they have a similar route, we discuss where we potentially could meet again, maybe in Nepal?
From Nako, they need to proceed to Chandigarh, as they…

Day 06: Nako – Mudh (Spiti Valley)

22.09.2011 Nako – Mudh (Spiti Valley)
Janine and Fabian make homemade breakfast. We make decent coffee and enjoy muesli with fruits. Indian breakfast is normally veg and paratha, eventually you can get eggs. As they have a similar route, we discuss where we potentially could meet again, maybe in Nepal?
From Nako, they need to proceed to Chandigarh, as they…

Day 05: Kalpa – Nako Lake

21.9 Kalpa – Nako Lake
We get up in time and go back to Reckong Peo for breakfast. I buy a new horn as the compressor of my Stebel Magnum horn seems to have difficulties with the thin air at this altitude. I also buy a liter of engine oil – Castrol Active 20W40 for Rp. 260 (about €4!!). Man,…

Indian Himalayas 1: Delhi – Satluj Valley

18.09.2011: Delhi – Shimla
After more than a week in Delhi, where I stayed at a friend’s place and could prepare myself and my kit, it was about time to hit the road again! As I’m going to explore the North of India, I need to hit the highway (NH1) to Chandigarh and take the NH21 and NH22 to Shimla,…

Day 04: Chitkul – Reckong Peo – Kalpa

20.09.2011 Chitkul – Reckong Peo – Kalpa
I wake up early, around 6 a.m. Not sure if it’s because I’m so excited to be back on the road, or if it’s the altitude, which makes me sleep bad. I step outside to see how the place looks like, where I arrived in the dark last night:
 

This place is…

Day 02: Shimla

I arrive in Shimla at around 8 p.m. and it is already dark. As usual I haven’t booked a hotel beforehand, so I have to search for accommodation. No problem in Shimla, as this is a well known Hill Station. After a bit of searching, I decide for the Pineview Hotel for Rs. 650. Not a special place, but good…

My 1st day "On the road again!"

After more than a week in Delhi, where I stayed at a friend’s place and could prepare myself and my kit, it was about time to hit the road again! As I’m going to explore the North of India, I need to hit the highway (NH1) to Chandigarh and take the NH21 and NH22 to Shimla, a 381km ride. Not…

BigTom’s route in Northern India!

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of meeting Archit Mittal, who I got connected with on Facebook. Archit is passionate about riding his motorcycle in the mountains of India and a member of BikerZone and 60kph. Along with Thierry Wilhelm’s feedback (he just did a similar route), I came up with the proposed itinerary for Northern India:
Delhi – Chandigarth…