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    No, dont get the wrong idea, this thread has nothing to do with Che and his travels across South America but yes this thread does feature a doc, his bike and the crazy idea to see the country on a two wheeler. Some people have restless souls and no amount of comfort can bind them to a single place for a long time. I may be included in this category, more than a month at a place and it starts haunting me and the urge to move makes me sick. I cant say I have travelled as much as many of you here but I have covered many a miles in my life. Sometimes purposeless and just for the sake of travel and to keep the sickness away. Very little else makes me as happy as I am when on the road, no matter what mode of transport I take. So when did motorcycle enter in the scenario and why? Ok I stop it here, let us leave the details for my blog. I think these words of Ian Chadwick explain it quite well.


    “ If you've never ridden, you can't comprehend. But once you try it, you're hooked for life.




    I currently own a Suzuki GS 150, locally manufactured ,small displacement street motorcycle that is cheap, reliable and handles well off the pavement.

    My Rig

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    Suzuki GS 150, nothing fancy but does the job.



    Here, in this space I will share my travel experiences and show you my beloved country as I see it from the back of a motorcycle saddle.




    For those of you who are not familiar with me and my strange sense of fun, here are the links of my previous rides I shared on this forum.

    4000 km trip

    Short ride

    Gwader trip




    I work only because it pays for three F's. Food for me, Fuel for my bike and Film for my camera.

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    Day2. More wet, more cold and more mud holes:

    All the way from Batgram to Dassu its a beautiful green area, good scenery and road runs parallel to the river, however if you are traveling in summer make sure that your car AC is functioning properly.
    We spent the night in a hotel in Dassu, avoid spending night at Dassu as there are no good hotels. In the morning it was still wet and cloudy but not raining. Had breakfast and we left around 9 in the morning.

    After Dassu


    Motorcycle Diaries, A doc's adventures. - Dassu?psid1



    Head start for my riding partner

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovebikes View Post
    Once again a brilliant thread, congratulations! This should be the picture of your opening post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovebikes View Post
    I continued the ride after some rest and few photos. A few kms short of Taobat it started raining and it was just the beginning of what was to come. I had not been able to watch the news and totally missed the predictions of met office about the spring rains, the mistake I had to pay for all along the trip. At Taobat I stopped to buy plastic sheet to cover the luggage and electronic items including camera and mobile phone got wrapped in double layers of plastic bags. So no more photos for the day. After crossing the Taobat bridge one of the worst part of KKH starts, this time at least I didnt have to worry about dust and heat but it didnt make it any easier as both were replaced by cold rain and mud. By late afternoon reached Besham and refueled bike. Then waited for Tahir to catch up as it was decision time, getting late, Chilas nearly 200 kms and the clouds didnt look like giving break any time soon. Tahir refueled his bike and we decided to push on, may be we could make it to Dassu in time. It was not bad and I enjoyed it for a little while riding in light drizzle but closer we got to Dassu and more water the clothing soaked, it got less pleasurable, tackling loaded trucks, only other traffic on the road didnt help either. In the end I was wet, cold, felt pretty miserable and I could only think of hot meal, dry clothes and warm bed. These are the times that differentiate motorcycle traveling from others, strangely its this time of most suffering when you actually feel alive and appreciate the simple comforts which we all take for granted back home. Oh sorry I again forgot its not my blog but a ride report on a forum. Lets not bore you with more words and continue with pics.
    Enjoyed reading your narration...felt as if I was riding with you.

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    @Libra
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    I work only because it pays for three F's. Food for me, Fuel for my bike and Film for my camera.

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    Soon after Dassu scenery starts to change and vegetation becomes sparse. Once you cross the Diamer Bhasha dam site its all bare rock and sand all around. River still runs parallel but the greenery is replaced by brown and burnt black rocks. In summer this place is hot as hell but when the temperature is nice, the rugged beauty of this area has its own appeal.
    Coming pics are taken with mobile phone camera so quality is not good.

    On the way to Chilas.

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    road is non existent in many places

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    Excuse the presence of finger in the pic, I am not used to taking pics with a mobile phone.

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    From dam site onwards to Chilas road condition is relatively better and we covered the distance in quick time with few breaks here and there.

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    Great thread, and one that reminds me of trips to the northern areas during my student days on a Kawasaki GTO.

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    @vcheng
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    Nice trip report.
    Reference post # 20... You used the name "Taobutt" in narration. i could not remember a place having this name on KKH around Battagram. Will u please re-confirm the name .. I shall be thankful to u... Keep moving .....

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    From time to time many small roads and bridges lead to some hidden and some visible valleys across the river which one day I would love to visit, like Tangir.

    One such bridge
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alam39 View Post
    Nice trip report.
    Reference post # 20... You used the name "Taobutt" in narration. i could not remember a place having this name on KKH around Battagram. Will u please re-confirm the name .. I shall be thankful to u... Keep moving .....

    I might have mistaken remembering the correct name or spelling but I think it is Taobat. It is between Batagram and Besham where you cross the suspension bridge over the river and there is a police check post as well. Now a new concrete bridge has been constructed over there but it still is not in use.
    I work only because it pays for three F's. Food for me, Fuel for my bike and Film for my camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovebikes View Post
    I might have mistaken remembering the correct name or spelling but I think it is Taobat. It is between Batagram and Besham where you cross the suspension bridge over the river and there is a police check post as well. Now a new concrete bridge has been constructed over there but it still is not in use.

    Thakot. Taobut is in Neelum valley towards the eastern Deosai route. Just too pretty, not to be missed.

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    The correct name of this place is THAKOT as mentioned by "khanmomer". Here lies the "Dosti Bridge" RCC bridge was also being built. way to Allai valley also branch out from this point. Your description and story-telling in exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khanmomar View Post
    Thakot. Taobut is in Neelum valley towards the eastern Deosai route. Just too pretty, not to be missed.
    Thanks for the correction. Thats it Thakot is the place. I will edit my post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovebikes View Post
    I might have mistaken remembering the correct name or spelling but I think it is Taobat. It is between Batagram and Besham where you cross the suspension bridge over the river and there is a police check post as well. Now a new concrete bridge has been constructed over there but it still is not in use.
    Ok, my mistake it is Thakot.
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    We had a light lunch at Chilas and continued the ride. The road was in acceptable condition until Tata Pani. From there it was mixed somewhere ok and other places missing all together until Raikot bridge.

    Few kms before Tatapani.

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    Once you cross Raikot bridge no paved road exists, its dirt all the way. Though it has been widened significantly and once completed it will be a pleasure to drive on this road. Luckily for us the turn to Astore road was not too far away so we had to negotiate a small portion of that wide dusty road. As soon as we turned on Astore road a drizzle started which continued for a while. Stopped at check point to register and cover the luggage with plastic and by the time we left check post, the drizzle had turned into a continuous rain. Traveling on these northern roads in rain is very dangerous and should never be done because rain causes lot of landsliding, but we continued as had no other option, staying on that narrow road by the side of mountain in continuous rain was as dangerous as continuing. When we reached Astore my feelings were similar to the previous day's, it was the day one all over again. Well got a room in the first hotel we saw and changed to dry clothes. It was far more colder than we expected with fresh snow on the mountains. In the night we got the news that Deosai road does not open in this season, which I pretty much expected by now. It was again decision time, both of us have visited Hunza, we love the place and wouldnt miss any opportunity to visit it again. So now either go to Hunza or stick with the plan to visit Skardu via regular Skardu road. In the end decision was made in favor of Skardu. Had a quiet dinner in the room and went to bed with the rain continuing outside. Good end to a day of fine riding.
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    Good Going @lovebikes (Y)

    We r feeling our selves traveling with u Keep the good pics coming
    Exploring Machines is my Passion...

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    @imran
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    Day 3. Time wastage, jumps in dirt and night riding:

    Before I continue with my narration, one advice for those who have rides that run on petrol specially bikers who have small tanks, please be careful once u cross Besham and dont miss any opportunity to get petrol if in doubt, though it is available in most of the towns on the road but never take chances.
    We had the lightest and tastiest parathas I have ever tasted for breakfast in Astore and left. The conditions were still overcast but clouds were giving way and sun showed from time to time.

    Morning in Astore
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