World Tour - Europe, Asia, North and South America - Entries for: Uzbekistan

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41° | sunny | km 102

Spontanous recreation

on 2016-06-01 in Uzbekistan
We were greeted by a sign on the Uzbekistan border that clearly stated that the import of drones was prohibited. First the first time we even had to remove our duffel bags to get them x-rayed. They checked all bags and cases thoroughly... except for the last case - Fabi's top case. Feeling incredibly lucky we headed out of the border checkpoint and towards Bukhara to pick up some Lari from an ATM.
Just when we arrived at the center, we were greeted by a swiss-american couple. We canceled our current plan to sleep in a tent outside of Bukhara as soon as we heard that the night in their hotel only cost 10$ per person. After almost one week in the tent and the last "shower" in the Caspian Sea we figured we had earned it.

We had planned to stay for one night but in the end because of Fabi's swollen foot and some stomach aches we stayed for 5 nights. The hotel turned out to be the meeting place for many over lander and in the time we stayed there we got to know many like minded people. One of them was Josef, he travels for a good cause with his BMW to India. We spent a nice evening with him and a couple of beers, cheerfully exchanging past memories. He also writes about his travels in German on http://www.seidenstrasse-2016.de/.
Bukhara, with its oriental feeling, turned out to be the perfect place to recover from the past days and we really enjoyed our stay there. Rejuvenated we set of to Samarkand and to cross to Tajikistan the next day... little did we know at that time that we would soon be very exhausted again.
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39° | sunny | km 876

Paradies and Hell

on 2016-06-06 in Uzbekistan
We had heard some rumors that the border at Samarkand might be closed. Our research at the department of foreign affairs did not come to any conclusion so we decided to try anyways. The mountains and lower temperatures after the Samarkand border were too tempting to pass up.
Since we were too late to reach the border the first day we decided to look for a nice and quiet spot at a nearby lake. Some locals told us it would not be a problem to stay there, it was only possible that some wolves might be close by.
Sadly the fact that we would stay there for the night spread like wildfire in the nearby village which in turn lead to a large crowd gathering around us whilst we set up camp. We tried to explain to them, that we would like to go to bed now and get some rest. Most of them went home at first, but soon there were others coming over to take pictures and so on. Suddenly the local military showed up, checking our passports and bikes. They insured us that everything would be all right and they would keep an eye on us. Sadly they explained to us, that the border really was closed which in turn meant that we had to ride 450 km to Denov in order to cross the next day. Even after we had gone to bed people were stopping by that night knocking at our tents and calling our names. They did not get that all we wanted to do is get some sleep!
We got up early the next morning to leave as fast as possible to Denov. As soon as we got out of the tents there were already 5-10 people watching us like zoo animals. We have never packed up so quickly and left.

As usual we decided to take a shortcut the next day to make the boring 450 kilometers more exciting. The navigator showed us a way across the mountains that looked good. At first we found ourselves on a surprisingly good maintained paved road. We wanted to take it easier than usual because Fabi's leg still hurt from his accident and he had to take it easy to recover for Pamir. We rode through a beautiful canyon and were quite pleased with our decision to take a route of the main road. Slowly the road started to have some gravel patches until it turned into a good dusty road. Still without any problems we continued, the navigator showed us the way and we kept going through the beautiful countryside. We passed some pine trees and amazing fields. We were very surprised of the beautiful nature in Uzbekistan. We rode alongside a crystal clear lake and we felt close to paradise. The street turned into a path and it started to be exhausting to ride. But as usual we managed, even with his hurt foot Fabi was able to keep up. We sort of lost track of the time and when we looked at the navigation system we saw that crossing the border that day would be a close call again. We tried to push a bit harder until we reached a small shed with a gate and some people in front. It turned out to be a checkpoint of the provincial border. Nobody was wearing any uniform but they asked for our passports. They assured us that it was no problem they would just quickly have to make a call and register us. We waited for more than an hour without getting any new information.
Finally some policemen in a Lada showed up and told us that we had to follow. They took our passports so passing them was no option. We followed them through another canyon, that was even more spectacular than the first one. It turned out to be one of the greatest highlights we had seen so far.
We followed the police to the next city and into the police station. At this station Denis was interrogated for 1,5 hours. He had to explain each date and night we had spent from the beginning of our journey!! The reason for the whole charade was the fact that we were not supposed to leave the main highways in Uzbekistan. Apparently our travel organization or the guys at the border missed to tell us this quite important fact. He assured us that it was all right to camp on the side of the main road though.
When we were finally allowed to leave the sun was already starting to set and the border was already closed for quite some time. We decided to grab something to eat in the next village and try to find a spot to camp thereafter. Suddenly a cop from the station who apparently had followed us drove up and told us not to ride over 100 km/h. Annoyed from the constant controls and the interrogation we longed for a lonesome night in our tents. We found just the right spot at a field just far enough away from the main road. Just when we were finished setting up our tents we saw a couple of lights moving towards us. Yet once again it was the police. They explained to us that we were not allowed to camp here and had to go to Denov the next city 20 km away.
It apparently was not enough to tell us this and see how we packed up our gear and got ready to leave. No we had to wait for another 30 minutes until the local english teacher arrived to tell us what we already knew. We headed through two other checkpoints each taking their time to slowly copy our names and license plates into their books... In Denov we were brought by another officer to the only hotel in the city. Since there was no alternative we booked the room, little did we know it was about to be the worst place we had ever stayed in. The rooms where very shabby. There was one toilet and one shower for the entire floor. As soon as we hit the bed everything started to itch. Fabi and Denis decided later that night to get their silk travel sheet and the mosquito net. Basti used our anti mosquito spray. There was no air conditioning and from time to time there was a smell of dead rat or something. Even though we were extremely tired we did not get much sleep that night.
Our only goal in the morning was to get out of the filthy hotel, out of Denov and finally leave Uzbekistan. Luckily some very nice and funny border officials brightened our mood and made us rethink our final opinion about Uzbekistan. One of them had the dream to go to Germany to get to know some of the beautiful German girls. When Denis mentioned to him that there were a lot of Uschi, Barbara, Sandra and Claudias in all colors and sizes he was more than enthusiastic. We sealed the friendship with a round of arm wrestling. At first they had actually looked quite thoroughly through our luggage. Including looking through all the cameras and even our laptop - in the search of pornos. Luckily at the end they quit searching right before Fabi's top case again and therefore the drone was luckily undiscovered once more!
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Arman
2018-11-10 06:28:17
Thank you very much for the good description.And I was very happy to be acquainted with you.I hope to see you again
I wish I could serve you more and I should give you all the points about Iran and its people at the beginning of your trip, but unfortunately I forgot.
be successful and victorious .
Rolf
2018-05-19 19:08:53
Hello Basti, welcome back to the Old World!
Enjoy the last leg of the ride home!
Basti
2018-05-05 03:40:58
Vielen Dank Michl,
nein gstritten wäre übertrieben. Wir haben nur feststellen müssen dass wir sehr unterschiedliche Auffassungen vom Ende der Tour hatten.
Daher konnten wir auch keinen Kompromiss mehr finden und die Trennung war letztlich die einzige Möglichkeit alle zufrieden zu stellen.
Wir freuen uns aber schon auf das baldige Wiedersehen!
Michl
2018-04-25 21:31:52
kann mich meinem Namensvetter unten nur anschließen, 2 Jahre spannende Geschichten in Text, Bild und Video, Danke dafür.

Aber sagt mal, nur noch Basti on the Road? In Österreich würde man sagen: " habt's g'stritten Mander?" ... ???
Basti
2018-03-26 03:22:12
Richtig Tom und vielen Dank!
Tom
2018-03-24 12:48:10
dann betrifft Eure Standortanzeige nur noch Basti?
Ich bin gespannt auf Euren Bericht.

Basti weiterhin eine gute Reise.
Basti
2018-03-24 11:21:32
hahaha Moe! Da hast du natürlich völlig recht, aber dann würde der Text zu 80% aus ride bestehen ;)
Moe
2018-03-23 02:35:21
Kleiner Übersetzungsfehler: you don't drive a bike, you ride it;) 'Driving' is just for cars.
Basti
2018-03-18 03:54:16
Hi Tom,
ja da hast du recht ;)
Wir sind ja leider nicht mehr zu dritt unterwegs. Fabi und Denis sind schon seit einiger Zeit zuhause und Basti wird es wohl nicht rechtzeitig heim schaffen... Derzeitiger Plan ist Mitte Mai.
Tom
2018-03-14 12:41:09
Wenn Ihr in vier Wochen wieder in DE sein wollt, müsst Ihr aber ordentlich am Kabel ziehen?!
Basti
2018-03-13 03:52:37
Servus Michael,
WOW das freut uns riesig! Vielen Dank für die netten Worte. Es ist wirklich viel zu lesen und wir haben uns immer gefragt ob das wirklich jemand liest... Also Danke für die Aufklärung! ;)
Schick uns doch bitte ne FB Nachricht oder ne Mail, in den deutschen Norden werden sicher bald mal aufbrechen. Denn von Deutschland haben wir wirklich noch nicht viel gesehen...
Liebe Grüße nach "oben" und ein paar Stories kommen noch...
Michael
2018-03-09 14:20:42
Moin Männers!
Nachdem ich vor einiger Zeit alle Eure Video geschaut habe, hab ich jede freie Minute in den letzten Tagen genutzt um Euren Blog von vorne bis hinten zu lesen (inkl. der beiden Alt-Touren).
Was soll ich sagen, außer, dass mein Leben jetzt keinen Sinn mehr hat, weil ich nichts mehr zu lesen habe:

MEGA GEILE STORY!
Es hat mir so unfassbar viel Spaß gemacht Eure Geschichten zu lesen, danke dafür!

Solltet Ihr jemand in den Deutschen Norden kommen, bitte bescheid geben! Lade Euch gerne auf ein oder zwei Bier ein :D

Gonzalo Bueno
2017-12-10 16:58:43
It was a pleasure
Basti
2017-11-06 20:01:23
Hi Thai, thank you, yes we are having a great time in Ecuador right now.
I enjoyed the night in Big Sur a lot and will always remember you and your nice family! Hope all is well!

Also thank you MHMT and Fred. We still have half a year left with hopefully plenty of adventures to come :)
Thai
2017-11-03 06:08:09
Hi Sebastian, this is Thai. You stopped by my camp site at Bigsur California. I was with my mother and 2 kids. Hope you are doing well...have fun and good luck with your journey.
Mhmt
2017-10-21 22:04:48
Great story with great team!
Fred
2017-10-06 10:28:42
Man what a fantastic journey,i am jalous!
Thanks for the beatiful recordings!
And safe travels!
Good luck to you all
Warm greet fred,the netherlands
Rolf
2017-07-29 20:16:20
Hi guys, hope it is not too hot in CA. Was trying to see how you were doing but have not seen a tracker signal since Thursday. All good? Need any help? Have a great weekend. Rolf
Basti
2017-07-29 11:21:49
Hi Robert,
vielen danke für deine Kritik! Haben wir bisher noch nicht gehabt. Dass wir ziemlich hinten dran sind ist absolut richtig, wir nehmen uns gerade eine kleine Auszeit um aufzuholen.
Allerdings kann ich deinen Punkt zu den Sponsoren und Spenden überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen. Wir sind überrascht und froh wie wenig wir die Sponsoren erwähnen müssen. Außer in der eher kleinen Rubrik Support kommt eigentlich nichts in der Richtung vor.
In den nächsten Wochen werden wir auf jeden Fall zügig aufschließen und du darfst viele neue Berichte und Videos erwarten :)
Robert
2017-07-29 10:37:56
Korrektur des ersten Satzesvon vorher:
Ich finde Eure Tour sehr interessant.
Robert
2017-07-29 10:36:51
Hallo,
ich hab Euch in Osoyoos am Campingplatz getroffen und finde Eure Tour. Leider find ich Euren Internetauftritt nicht besonders aktuell.
Mit am meisten Raum nimmt der Verweis auf gesponsorte Produkte und der Aufruf zu Spenden ein
Schade.
Webseiten anderer Weltreisender sind da wesentlich interessanter und aktueller mit mehr persönlichen Eindrücken.
Da drückt man dann vielleicht auch mal eher auf den Spenden Button.
just my2cents
Trotzdem weiterhin viel Spaß und gutes Durchkommen bei Eurer Tour
Basti
2017-07-28 04:25:16
Hey Phil,
das ist ja super von dir! Fabi hat bereits 2 mal seine Gabeln deswegen austauschen müssen. Zumindest das zweite mal geht jetzt schon mal sicher auf Garantie!
Das erste mal war auch eher ein Crash und somit wohl kein Garantie Fall.
Er fährt jetzt übrigens mit zusätzlichen Klemmen als Verstärkung!
Phil
2017-07-27 10:34:27
Wichtige Info für Fabi!
Rückruf von BMW für die GS, wegen Problemen mit den Standrohren
der Telelever. Im harten Einsatz können sich die oberen Stopfen lösen. Werkstätten pressen Hülsen zur Verstärkung auf. Am besten
bei einer BMW Werkstatt vorbei-
fahren und prüfen lassen.
Basti
2017-06-28 07:41:21
Oh wow! Ich hab gerade einen kleinen Fehler entdeckt weshalb Kommentare im Blog Bereich nicht angezeigt wurden! Wir hatten uns schon gewundert ;) Vielen vielen Dank für die vielen lieben Worte!!!

I just discovered a small error which caused comments in the blog sections not to show! We already wondered ;) Thank you so much for all the nice words!!!
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:29:31
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Amir
2017-06-28 07:28:55
Welcome Iran Dudes....
Sebastian EBN ;-)
2017-06-28 07:28:40
Hallo Jungs, viele Grüße an euch. Beeindruckend schöne Bilder, Erlebnisse und Abenteuer. Ich bin gespannt auf die nächsten Geschichten. Euch viel Spaß, Gesundheit und Glück bei der Weiterreise. Liebe Grüße Sebastian
Steffen
2017-06-28 07:28:34
Hallo ihr drei, viele Grüße aus dem verregneten München sendet euch die Maurer AV. Wir schauen ab und zu auf eurer Seite vorbei und freuen uns über Neuigkeiten. Zugegebenermaßen, nicht ohne eine kleine Neidträne zu vergießen. Denkt an unser Elend und erhellt unser dunkles Sein weiterhin mit Euren Reiseberichten. Grüße von München . Steffen Z.
Marin
2017-06-28 07:28:30
My friends, I am Bulgarian and I should congrats you for the courage to do such trip. But I think you should better plan your visit in Bg :) there were a lot more interesting plases to see in spring than "abandoned" tourist city. Interesting name you gave to my country :)
Chris
2017-06-28 07:28:26
Hi Guy's.
I am interested to know how you prepared custom clearance and visa for all the countries. Did you do it in advance or will you do it on the run.
Cheers from Queensland
Chris

Btw. just a shame to miss out of Downunder :)
Jussy
2017-06-28 07:28:23
Hey Jungs ich hoffe es geht euch gut, wenn ihr so weiter macht wird es ja nur eine Ein-Jahres-Reise.
Viele grüße auch von meinen Kolegen der gesamten AV ( Maurer).
Ps: ich hoffe das bei euch das Wetter besser ist bei uns hat es nur 2 Grad und es fällt Schnee !!!!!
salih
2017-06-28 07:28:18
I prefer you to visit our North Sea Side not south.After you finish the north side you can ride across form north to south.
Salih from Turkey
Hemuli
2017-06-28 07:28:13
Keep stories coming :)
Have you checked if you can take the drone to all countries you plan to visit? I could imagine some borders might give you a really hard time if you have drone...
Ernst Huber( Jussy)
2017-06-28 07:27:04
Hallo Jungs bitte weiter so und viele Videos ich bin begeistert von euerer Reise.
Bleibt bitte Unfallfrei.
Gruß Huber Ernst ( Jussy )
Micha NC700X
2017-06-28 07:26:52
Sehr schöne Berichte, Fotos und Videos. Danke und macht weiter so! Viel Glück auf Eurer Reise!
Vahid
2017-06-28 07:26:42
Great! Hope to see you again soon!
Anastasia
2017-06-28 07:26:25
Don't you miss kebab yet? :)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:26:12
Super! Danke für die Reiseberichte und weiter viel Glück und Gesundheit!
Lars
2017-06-28 07:25:12
Hallo ihr lieben! Der Azubi Lehrmeister meldet sich auch mal wieder :-)
Ich hoff euch geht´s gut - In Deutschland ist es kalt und es regnet - Ich hoff ihr habt an Heiligabend ein schöneres Wetter :-)
Sonny
2017-06-28 07:25:04
what happened afterwards ? you left them there ?
Sonny mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:56
In the caves of laos where you visited one is where the biggest spiders In the world lives. Watch out haha, We saw one ist like 30 cm wide ...
Sonny Mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:47
Cool stories guys ! Keep up the amazing writing, where are some updates from December ?? :-D !!! Its so epic that you can do this trip
Daniel
2017-06-28 07:24:38
What a great time we had :-)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:24:30
Ihr bereitet uns in der Motorrad freien Winterzeit eine große Freude mit Euren Berichten. Vielen Dank und Alles Gute weiterhin.

Gruß Micha (NC700X im Winterschlaf)
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:23:57
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Micha
2017-06-28 07:23:47
Super, Euch Alles Gute!
Trixxie
2017-06-28 07:23:34
Hey guys! Great to meet you in Death Valley! I took a couple photos, and a small video of you going through the slot canyon. If you're interested in getting those, let me know where it would be best to send it! Also, let me know if you're planning to head to San Diego, California. Happy Trails! Trixxie
Jörg
2017-06-28 07:23:20
Hallo Leute,
ich bin gerade zufällig auf Eure Seite gestoßen. Sehr schön und informativ gemacht. Den Tipp mit dem magnetischen 12V-Verbinder kannte ich noch nicht. Das realisiere ich vielleicht, wenn ich von meiner Reise zurück bin. Denn wir könnten uns demnächst begegnen, wenn ich ab Sonntag in Halifax bin und von dort aus Richtung Süden starte. Einen Blog habe ich mal aufgesetzt und da ist auch meine Position per Tracker sichtbar. Würd` mich freuen, wenn wir uns mal auf einem Campingplatz treffen.
Der Blog: joergreiter.blogspot.de
LG
Jörg
Lisa
2017-06-28 07:20:26
Hey Basti, Hope you were able to replace the chair in Munich. Nice meeting you at SFO airport. Love your website; what a great trip you are on! You have crossed the Rubicon. No going back.
Via con Dios,

Lisa
Maxim
2017-06-28 07:15:54
you'll love the mavic pro. got it for a bike trip myself and the active track funktions are perfect for following bikes even at higher speeds. looking forward to watch new videos from your trip.

cheers,
maxim