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1TB1901 - Worldtour from Tallinn to Bangkok

Friday, September 20, 2019 | Mike Woltering / Marc Adamiak | The World Tour / Asia / Europe

in theTien Shan mountains - from the kyrgyz side.

Dear followers, we are very sorry about the delay with the blog!

Due to heavy restrictions in China compared with bad wifi in the hotels, we are sadly not able to update the blog as frequent as we would like to. 

We do our best to keep you all posted!

September 15th: Song Kul - Naryn

Not only the bikes are getting cleaned for China

September 14th: Tamga - Song Kul

Meet todays support van crew, Alex and Mike.
All the way up to Song-Kul lake, what an amazing scenery!
We´ve reached our todays highest point before we go "down" again to the lake. "own" in this case means aroundf 3019m
We finally arrive at our million star hotel for the night!
Today we will sleep in several jurts right next to the lake with such a beautiful view.

September 13th: Tamga rest day

Lake Yssik Kul in the morning
Even a tour guide needs a short break from time to time after an awesome ride through the mountains south of the Issykul lake.
When you got a huge amount of sheep in front of you blocking the whole road, then you are in Kyrgyzstan.
What an amazing sundown at the Yssikul lake.

September 12th: Shonzhy - Tamga (Kyrgyzstan)

Today, we cross the border from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan, which is one of the smallest countries on our tour.

On our way, we will cross elevations of about 2000 meters and in the afternoon, we will arrive at the second highest alpine lake (after lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia), the Issyk Kul.

September 11th: Almaty - Shonzhy

After a well rest and after we got our bikes serviced (also with new tires), we will leave this big city and take some nice secondary roads towards east.

THE highlight of the day will be Sharyn Canyon, where we will spend some time for breathtaking pictures, before riding a bit on an (partly) unpaved road to our hotel with a pool (which is up to 40 celsius warm; nice in the cold evenings!)

September 9th and 10th: Almaty rest days

After that long stretch yesterday, we stay now for 2 days in Almaty, the former capital.

Our bikes get a service and new "shoes"...

September 8th: Balqasch - Almaty

Today is the day with the longest distance to ride: 680km

Nevertheless, an early start lets us enjoy the route with its vast lands and some treasures in the "nothing".

September 7th: Karaganda - Balqasch

Balkhash lake (partly saltwater, partly fresh water - and bigger than lake Aral) will be our destination of today.

Lets see, if we can find the first camels on the way there...

In memory of the Gulak victims.
Finally some riding pictures on gravel, even tho it was just a short stretch back to the main road.

September 6th: Nur Sultan - Karaganda

Good-bye capital of Kazakhstan and welcome to the kazakh prairie.

Just another typical lunch place but don't judge too early, please. The food was good!
A visit at a Gulag (labour camp) museum in Dolinka, near Karaganda
...back in our hotel.
Taking the pre-order of our dinner

September 4th: Burabay to Nur Sultan (Astana)

We leave the national park and head to the capital, which was renamed this year after the last Präsident.

A ski jump facility in the national park, where we would not have expected it.
The days have come, where any option is welcome for a coffee break - as this lonely hut
Entering Nursultan, it first does not look Luke a capital
School is over
See the school uniforms
The city center is more, what we expected it to be
At the hotel

September 3rd: Petropawl to Burabay

Todays route leads us through the first (a bit Mord flat) part of Kazakhstan, where we can get a slight impression, of what is waiting for us the next days. In the afternoon, we reach the area of Burabay with its lakes, woods and hills (of which some are serious mountains: the highest up to 1000m).

Morning atmosphere in Petropawl.
Islam is one of the two main religiös in Kazakhstan.
Aa quick coffee break in the middle of nowhere...
Kazakh flatlands
Arrival at the beautiful Burabay national Park.
Our swiss friends, Bruno and Martin.
Zoom in and see the wonderful rock in the lake.

September 2nd: Kurgan to Petropawl (Kazachstan)

Amina and Feroz are almost ready to start (hopefully with other boots )
Last coffee stop in Russia before we reach the border.
Parking lot of our lunch spot.
Typical truckstop in Russia.
Road construction nearly all the way from the border to Petropawl.

September 1st: Yekaterinburg to Kurgan

"Interesting" ground surface at a gasstation...
Stopping somewhere in a town or even in the countryside is always a crowd puller.
Waiting in line at one of the many road construction sides on the way to Kurgan.,
Before arriving at the hotel we´re gonna have a look at the aircraft museum here in Kurgan.
Bruno is trying to get that bird in the air.
Captain Feroz is ready for take off, please fasten your seatbelts.
Enjoying our farewell Russia dinner at our last hotel till we cross into Kazachstan.
That looks mouth watering, doesn´t it? Good choice Charles!

August 31st: Rest day in Yekaterinburg

Everyone uses the rest day as she or he likes for relaxing, sightseeing or shopping. Sadly the weather is not too good and we got a lot to organize.

August 30th: Kungur to Yekaterinburg

Entering the Ice Caves of Kugur before we start today's ride.
It is ice all year long down here, even in summer it doesn´t melt.
A few years ago they even had a competition down here about ice sculptures.
This is the coral cave as it reminds of a coral reef in the ocean. Every cave down here has its own motto.
Stay focused all the time and take care while riding.
In the Ural mountains
Asia here we coooome! Bye bye Europe see you soon .

September 12th: Shonzhy - Tamga (Kyrgyzstan)

Amina and Feroz struggling whether to be on the European or Asian side of Russia here at the divide.
Edelweiss dinner at a very nice russian restaurant

August 29th: Izhevsk to Kungur

As we continue further east, the weather will not change to better today - but the route has some nice and interesting insights for us!

Always an eyecatcher, such a beautiful church!
For our coffee stop, we visit a youth sports camp.
A mix of shooting sports and russian fascination for weapons...!
What a match:
Lets travel the world...
...but first, we need to gas up
Russia is rich in natural resources - like gas and oil.
In the middle of nowhere, one can see two, three oil pumps.
Stop and eat, where the truckers do!
Always a good choice.
Rain has also a bright side...
...like this reflection of one of our bikes
Our Hotel takes us back a bit into the soviet time again.
2 elevators.
Maximum 1 biker with gear and luggage per lift, as there is no more space!
Who remembers such a TV set?!

August 28th: Kazan to Izhevsk

Today, we head to Izhevsk, where the famous russian Kalashnikov (machine gun) is manufactured

Rain and cold temperatures cannot turn our moods bad and we start with some unpaved fun...

Some potholes as a starter ...
...then 18km with a mix of hard pack, bit sand and some mud
At this coffee stop, named "Bingo"...
...we met some nice bikers (the one with the blue ural turned outside town, in order to follow us and to have a nice conversation...)!
As his bike did not want to start again, Stefan tried to help with some German engineer knowledge (...didnt help!). Finally, they pushed it.
Now, the bikes look, for what they were built
Everyone deserved a good dinner tonight!
Charles allows himself a german "Schweinshaxe"

August 27th: Rest day in Kazan

Today, we will discover Kazan - the capital of the Tatar region/district is half muslim and half christian

The Kremlin, its wall and mosque from outside
One of the main gates into the Kremlin
Statue of a russian poet
This wonderful mosque was maily built for touristic purposes
He reads the coran and it is broadcasted via loudspeakers
Tatarstan is the only russian republic, where they have leader, who can name himself "president" - of Tatarstan... (besides the one only president of Russia!)
Different options for a (self-)guided city trip
Pedestrian area
To finish the day, we have a typical and delicious tatar dinner

August 26th: Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan

When you get the chance....
.... you have to stop - or in this case - take a seat, at those beautiful booths ....
.... and talk to the locals.
We even got our own watch dog at this lunch spot.
Today we got a special guest at our briefing for tomorrow. Please welcome our buddy Martin as the orator: He is organizing a city tour of Kazan for us, guided by a friend of him. Thanks for that Martin!

August 25th: Vladimir to Nizhniy Novgorod

Today is one (and not the last) of some days with colder temperatures (8-10 celsius).

But nevertheless, we enjoy the ride and more of the Russia!

Typical houses, which accompany us along the road.
What a quiet spot, to build a church on a little island.
OK, nowadays, the big and busy countryroad just passes close by and sort of destroys the idyllic athmosphere.
Karin and Stefan
Cliff
Approaching the Nizhniy Novgorod kremlin (=old town/fortress)
Beautiful view from up there onto Wolga river.

August 24th: Moscow to Wladimir

Let's continue our tour...
...but first, Cliff is doing a Video Interview with Ralf.
... ... Look closer at Cliff's shirt...
Rockets (and tanks, etc) are tourist attractions here...
...our motorcycles and we are the attraction for the locals (especially for the kids)!
Waiting for one of the loooong freight trains, to pass.
Local costume(s) in Aleksandrov at lunchtime.
A small restaurant in the "good old soviet style"
All of a sudden, one "feels" like back in the 70s
Martin and...
...Bruno, posing as soviet officer
In the afternoon: stop at a monestary.
One of the several centuries old buildings was built just with one axe.
Amina goes for some horseback riding on a local market, next to the monestary.
Old? Rusty?
...Still working and the technical inspection seems to be ok with it.
Cows, crossing a main connection road...
At our hotel in Wladimir...
...we enjoy a nice caucasian dinner (ok, and some vodka ...)

August 22nd and 23rd: Rest days in Moscow

This city needs to be discovered!

And that is, what the group did!

Thanks to Cliff, Maria (a local City guide) gave some more insights on a walking tour.

At breakfast in the hotel:
No, that's not Strudel!
(Omg, don't let our austrian friends see that!)
First challenge, lesson and impression: The underground in Moskow
Kremlin, red square and its well known Basilius Cathedral are a must. Phil was there
Ralf and Martin: really...?
...you want to continue the tour like that?!?
One can find (and buy) almost everything here
Russia, what is it (also) famous for?
Right: vodka and caviar!
In Moscow, one can see all sorts of high class vehicles...
Time for another group dinner in an extraordinary restaurant

August 21st: Vichny Volochok to Moscow

The capital of Russia awaits us...

We follow the "good old" M10 (which is actually in new and excellent condition) which we leave after half way for smaller roads to have more curves and more scenic environment.

Then finally: Moscow!

Big, modern, rich, wiiide roads (but luckily, not too much traffic!).

Martin, getting ready for take-off
Leaving our hotel via the same sandy road, that we came in yesterday
Along the road, we pass all sorts of tanks, airplanes, artillery and mass graves - this is one of the regions, where soldiers fought in WW2
Moscow at night

August 20th: St. Petersburg to Vichny Volochok

First full riding day in Russia: Leaving beautiful St. Pete we take the M10 towards Moscow: 390 km on this loooooong and very straight country road, where big trucks seem to have a race and we become more and more used to the Russian traffic.

What a contrast, approaching our hotel at a calm situated lake.

Before leaving, Charles and Phil use the early morning mood to take some pics
Leaving St. Petersburg via one of its big avenues
Quick coffee stop
Pity - the lady inside does not sell any coffee!
Stefan, Amina, Phil and Ralf are happy (maybe, because at the gas station next to where we parked, they sell coffee?!)
Meanwhile, Martin and Mike take care of a visitor ...
... which seemingly intend to accompany us
So far, we are really lucky with the weather!
In the afternoon, this typical spot at the roadside was a must for stopping:
In theses huts, the ladies sell Russian tea and homemade pastries
Not just Martin and Ralf are enjoying them ...!
Our Bikes - THE attraction (for young and old)
This will not be the only time on this trip
The last half mile to the today´s hotel we have our first "offroad challenge": Sand (but quite solid)
A local outdoor hot tun - unfortunately not in use!
But: What a location and view...
...especially, with a refreshing "sundowner"

August 18th: Tallinn to St. Petersburg (Russia)

After some days of last preparation here in Tallinn the day has finally come to load the bikes, dress up and start the engines for an amazing trip!

400 km and an unforeseeable border crossing into Russia ahead, we prepared the bikes already before breakfast to be able to start off as early as possible.

After a nice ride of around 2,5 hours through Estonia towards the border, we arrive there at the scheduled time. Just some comleted customs paperwork later we are already out of the EU. Entering Russia is a completely different task. Luckily we have Vasily with us. Our Russian partner does amazing to help us cross the border. Huge thanks to him!!! Nevertheless it takes us around 5 hours to enter Russia.

Everyone is getting ready to role!
Thank you Charles for some great photos.
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Arrived in time close at the Estonian border, staying at the waiting area for our pre reserved slots being called up to go to the actual border.
Step by step again: At the last traffic light before entering the Estonian border area. No pics permitted from here ...
We finally made it to Russia with a little delay of 5 hours. Sadly there’s no time for bigger breaks as it’s already quite late.
Yeah we managed to get to the hotel in one piece through the Russian traffic and take the elevator down to the underground parking
Cheers to a great day!

August, 15th to 17th: Welcome to Tallinn (Estonia)

Our first group dinner in the Hotel in Tallinn.
Happy birthday, Cliff. What a great way to start such a tour?!
Some impressions of The beautiful city of Tallinn. Definitely worth a visit.
Having the famous Edelweiss Welcome Briefing.
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Gerd Schapelt
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 13:54

beeindruckende und schöne Bilder die ihr uns liefert, muß ein tolles Gefühl sein, wenn man dabei ist und es bis jetzt geschafft hat.
Atemberaubend, alle Achtung - super !!!
Halte durch Gerhard ( grins )
Michael und Indra
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 08:56

Liebe Karin und Stefan,
ganz viele Grüße aus München...Die Bilder werden immer schöner und exotischer. Genießt die vielen Abenteuer und bleibt gesund bzw. Eure bikes funktionstüchtig.
Habt ihr eigentlich EUR oder USD dabei?

Grüße auch von karins Eltern, habe ich zufällig kennen gelernt...sehr nett
Stefan
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 14:49

Hi Ihr beiden,

Ja, wir sind überwältigt von Kirgistans Schönheit und der Freundlichkeit der Menschen hier. Ab Kasachstan Süd hat in der Tat der exotische Teil der Reise begonnen. Ausser einer Erkältung und gelegentlicher Kreuzschmerzen geht es uns sehr gut. Morgen geht es über einen 3700m Pass nach China runter. Wir sind sehr gespannt.. VG Stefan u. Karin
Gabi und Peter
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 14:03

.... sorry irgendwie ging der Rest vom Text verloren.

Wir sind noch bis Freitag im Büro erreichbar, ansonsten über Handy.
Am Sonntag geht`s los zum Gardasee bis 15.09.2019.
Könnt ihr noch "sitzen"?

Weiterhin gute FFFFAAAAHHHHRRRRTTTT
Macht`s gut.
Stefan
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 17:38

Danke Euch beiden,

sind heute in Astana angekommen und haben da einen Rasttag. Euch auch einen schönen Urlaub am Lago. We keep in touch.
LG SuK
Gabi und Peter
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 14:00

Hallo Karin und Stefan,

wir freuen uns über die vielen Bilder. So sehen wir auch was von der Welt.
Sabrina Schultze
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 17:25

Hallo, tolles Team

Richtig schönes Foto von dir, Ralf
Klemens Stertzenbach
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 16:22

Der Ralf sieht immer gut aus. ))
Grüße von Klemens
Marc Adamiak
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 12:00

... *hüstel* ...
Ducatisti Peter
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 19:52

Hallo Karin und Stefan, Ihr seid schon ganz weit gekommen. Wie geht's eurem "Allerwertestem". Wir wünschen euch sehr viel Spaß auf eurer Tour und allzeit Gute Fahrt.
Herzliche Grüße von Christiane und Peter
Stefangliches
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 17:34

Vielen Dank Peter u. Christiane,
ja wir sind heute in Astana angekommen und haben seit unserer Abreise ca. 6t km zurückgelegt, aber sind noch lange nicht bei der Hälfte. Fahren, essen, schlafen, da verliert man jegliches Zeitgefühl. Ansonsten alles super, bis bald und LG
Ducatisti Peter
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 19:05

Hallo Stefan und Karin,

wie geht's euch in der Ferne? Die Strecke wird immer pistenähnlicher. Weiterhin gute Fahrt und passt auf euch gut auf. Grüße von Christiane und Peter
Willi Kobler
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 17:14

Hallo Marc
Schön die Tour im Blog begleiten zu können.
Nun beginnt so langsam das Abenteuer.
Schöne Grüsse aus der Schweiz Willi
Marc Adamiak
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:59

Salü Willi,
wir haben 2 deiner Landsleute dabei - ihr seid irgendwie überall...
Danke für deinen netten Kommentar.
Folge uns gerne weiter und hol dir ein wenig Appetit fürs nächste Abenteuer...
Willi
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 19:22

Hallo Marc
Schön dass ihr auch wieder Schweizer dabei habt das durchmischt die Gruppe etwas.
Ich werde weiterhin den Blog anschauen, schöne Grüsse und gute weiterfahrt, Willi
Chris
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 22:12

Liebe Karin, lieber Stefan,
freuen uns immer auf neue Bilder und können nur staunen was ihr so alles erlebt.
Wünsche euch und eurer Gruppe weiterhin allzeit gute Fahrt und passt auf euch auf !
Liebe Grüße
Karin
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 10:42

Läuft! Das Wetter hat sich auch erholt
Angela
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 16:27

Hallo Mike und Marc, und der ganze restliche Reisetrupp,

Ich wünsch euch eine ganz tolle Reise mit vielen schönen, eindrücklichen Erlebnissen !!
Habt viel Spaß !!

Ganz liebe Grüße,
Angela
Marc Adamiak
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:57

Danke, Angela!
Diese Reise ist immer wieder ein Erlebnis der besonderen Klasse!
Gerd Schapelt
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 12:47

Moin, moin. Bis jetzt war ja alles was man auf den Bildern sehen konnte easy und nur Spaß. Der Schwierige Teil kommt wohl noch. Weiterhin gutes Gelingen und bestes Wetter wünsche ich. Außerdem drücke ich die Daumen dafür, daß alles klappt und weiterhin immer ne Hand voll Teer unterm Vorderreifen.... Schöne Grüße an Gerhard
Marc Adamiak
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 15:46

Vielen Dank, Gerd!
Stefan und Karin
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 08:42

Hallo ihr Zwei,

das sind ja beeindruckende Bilder von eurer bisherigen Tour.
Wünsche euch weiterhin gute Fahrt und trockenes Wetter.
Vermisst ihr schon euer Bett und Badewanne?

lg. Gruß Gabi
von Gabi an Stefan und Karin
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 08:44

falscher Absender
Sabrina Schultze
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 12:28

Hallo, ihr Lieben
Was für tolle Fotos von euch...
Freue mich für euch....
Das Foto mit den beiden Nordlichtern auf dem
Gespann, trotzt vor Spaß und guter Laune... Weiter so.... Gute Fahrt... Liebe Grüße Sabrina
Bernd Repenning
Monday, August 26, 2019 at 20:28

Hi Marc and Worldtourers!

Enjoy this very special adventure and always ride safe!

cheers
Bernd

Marc Adamiak
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 15:47

Hey Bernd,
werden sehnsüchtige Erinnerungen wach?!
Vielen Dank für die Wünsche und bitte schön weiter mitlesen!
Peter
Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10:31

In der tiefsten Sowjetunion. Das sieht interessant aus. Bisher scheint das Wetter ja trocken und auch warm zu sein. Weiterhin gute Reise und aufpassen.
Viele Grüße Peter Schnez
STEFAN
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 18:19

Hi Peter,

danke, alles super bisher, allerdings hat's hier kurz vor dem Ural nur noch einstellige Temperaturen und es hat Wind und Regen. Egal, müssen wir durch. Morgen geht's nach Jekaterinburg wo ein Rasttag ist. VG Stefan
Oliver Kraft
Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 09:57

Hey Marc and Phil,
have a great save ride . Wish I could join. Great adventure.
Marc Adamiak
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 15:49

Hi Oli,
thanks a lot!
The tour is good fun and it was cool, to meet Phil here again!
Chris
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 19:17

Moskau, wunderschön, echt eine Reise wert! Liebe Karin , lieber Stefan, weiterhin so tolle Eindrücke. Wünsche euch und eurer Gruppe noch viel Spaß und weiterhin gute Fahrt. Liebe Grüße von Chris
Karin
Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 21:11

Danke und liebe Grüßle nach Hause
Jörg Oswald
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 08:45

Hello everybody, I wish you a safe trip and a great Tour, i will follow your impressions on te Blog. I am still waiting for more participants for the South America Tour next year……….
Many greatings from Switzerland, Jörg
(I met some of you on the briefing in Mieming)
Marc Adamiak
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 15:51

Hello Jörg,
thanks for your lines and I am looking forward to meet you on the southamerica tour as soon as possible!
2x Martin, Bruno, Ralf, Stefan, Feroz, Karin
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 18:33

Dear Jörg, we miss you you would have been a perfect for our team. Salie Jürg,hoffä du häschäs guat.Mir sind acho i dä Tour.Äs isch aifach mega, hüt obig hämer en Russeobig mit Vodka, das würdi dir sicher au gfalle, e schöne Obig Worldtlurteam
Alex
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 08:14

@Müllers
Tolle Bilder - schaut aber auch ziemlich anstrengend aus ....
Viel Spaß auf der weiteren Reise - freue mich schon auf die nächsten Eindrücke

Ist die Katze noch dabei?
Liebe Grüße! Alex

.. und das nächste mal mit dem Rennrad...
Karin
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 18:40

Die Jungs konnten sich nur schwer von der Mieze trennen
Holger
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 16:35

Hello Marc, hello Mike,
all the best for your trip and safe travels!
Is Alex on board? My regards to him as well.
Cheers
Holger
Marc Adamiak
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:21

Hey Holger.
Many thanks for your wishes!
Alex will join the group in Kazan.
Following the blog, you will remember the great days, we had on our Tour!
Michaela Achatzi
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10:39

Hy Mike,
Hi Marc,
Hello world traveler,


Ride save !!!!

Have a great trip !!!!

Best Michaela
Marc Adamiak
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:18

Thanks, Michaela.
It will be an unforgettable journey for everybody!

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