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    Exclamation The wind, bike & heart; Tour de KPK

    Its all about the freedom of life on the road, a personal adventure that leads a biker to the KPK province of Pakistan. KPK is known as the land of hospitality.This adventure started with passion, hope, fear of unseen and ended giving experiences & memories of good times to be recalled. It also helped me discover myself and taught me lessons to be remembered.




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    Day1: 8th July 2015

    In order to avoid scorching heat I started my journey early in the morning. Pic taken on TP link Canal after crossing Head Muhammad Wala (N-5A).
    The wind bike & heart Tour de KPK! -1600081

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    Bike's suspension felt a sigh of relief as did myself when hit the MM(Muzaffargarh-Mianwali) Road which is under the supervision of Provincial Highway Department Punjab and is reasonably maintained because its the shortest link between Islamabad and Karachi. After 2 hours riding, took a small relaxation break near Fatehpur at a roadside field.
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    Sitting in Thal desert area relaxing my body, pic taken by self timer. For a moment, thought to meet @ifoo_786 but dropped the idea as still had to cover a lot of distance and wanted to do it in daylight preferably before Asar.
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    Fatehpur
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    After Fatehpur, Layyah dirtrict Jurisdiction ended and Bhakkar district started. It was a cloudy day; "~Mehraban hua Khuda"
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    At Saraye Mahajir took a left turn towards Bhakkar and left the MM Road. They have built a new bypass from Adda Jahan Khan to Kotla Jam, hit that road and bypassed Bhakkar. Pic taken on that bypass.
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    Near Kotla Jam. The place was according to my taste and provided some calmness to my soul's "wahshat". I was enjoying the terrain. Pic cannot show you the beauty of the surrounding area and also you may or may not be of my type.
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    The sun was now out on a fuller scale and it was hot out there. After reaching Kotla Jam-Darya Khan road, took left turn towards D.I Khan. Milestone erected by the KPK Highway Authority.
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    The road have some bad patches and under construction at some points. So the ride was bumpy and unpleasant at some places. Finally reached at Mighty Indus bridge.
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    Toll plaza. Welcome to NWFP from Frontier Highway Authority written on it. Name hasn't been changed by the concerned authorities yet. We are now entering into Southern part of the KPK which is more deprived just like Southern Punjab. The real KPK starts from Kohat.
    The wind bike & heart Tour de KPK! -1622887

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    Saw a roadside track leading to a lake formed by the spilled water of Indus. So pulled off

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    Sajjad Ali's famous song came into my mind: "~Paniyon mein chal rahi hain...Kashtian bhi Jal rahi hain...Hum kinarey per nahin hain hoo" My bike KPK ke paniyon per langer andaz
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    Reached Qureshi Chowk D.I.Khan. Road towards right takes one to D.I.Khan City. On left towards D.G.Khan. And straight is D.I.Khan bypass.
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    It was almost 120PM. Initial thought came into my mind that should go from within the city and explore some city areas like Chaughalla in Topan Wala bazar. The road along the bank of river Indus on which Mid-Way hotel is situated is realy a calm soothing place to relax. D.I. Khan's Andon Wala Halwa is also a speciality. Some famous Pukhtoon dishes like Chapli Kababs and Namak Mandi Karahi can aslo be found in D.I.Khan. Sohbat is a traditional dish of D.I.Khan. Overall D.I.Khan is a decent city provided peace prevail.
    But as reaching Peshawar the same day was in my mind, so dropped the idea and proceeded on bypass .
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    At some places, D.I.Khan bypass was in pathetic condition. Channels were formed in asphalt due to overloaded trucks. It is a dual carriage way from D.I.Khan bypass to Gundi Chowk( where road leading to Bannu seperates from N-55). But drivers were driving in both lines. Practically it was giving view of two parallel roads with two way traffic. There is a famous proverb "In Rome do as Romans do". So acting upon the proverb, I rided on which side of the road I wanted but with beam in On position. Its almost 111kms strecth. Where else you can have that much driving/riding liberty?

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    Zhob turn on D.I.Khan bypass
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    Tank turn on D.I.Khan bypass
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    End of D.I.Khan bypass
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