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  1. #51 Re: The Middle Kingdom Ride 
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    DAY 27 - The MKRIDE team enjoyed a partial day off in Kashgar, China. We slept in for the first time in ten days of straight riding, it was heavenly! Then we visited a local mechanic to assist us with our bike tune-up, tire change (TKC 80's) and our oil changes. Then we visited a local car wash and had the bikes hosed down, now the are running like new; and they look great amazingly new. It is a very satisfying feeling riding clear accross China. Can't wait to start the long way home.
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    DAY 28 - The MKRIDE team arrived safely today in Tashgorkan, China - 3200m. Tashgorkan is the border town along the Karakoram Highway between China and Pakistan. Our journey today was reminicenst of Silk Road traders half a century ago, traveling along the stunning Karakoram valley which was once, and still is, the gateway between China and the Middle East. The riding was absolutely incredible: snow capped mountains, Tajik herdsmen, perfect tarmac! More updates coming soon!
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    DAY 29 - The MKRIDE team departed from Tashgorkan, Xinjiang (3200m) this morning to the border of China and Pakistan (5200m). Our journey was doomed from the beginning as light rain and 12C was quickly replaced by -2C and hail. Both of our BMW F800GS' stalled at -2C (5100m) just 4km shy of the border. We had to leave the bikes behind and join our support team for the last stretch. The border itself was engulfed by a blizzard and little could be seen. The journey back to Tashgorkan was even more tough as one of our bikes battery died and had to be put into the back of our support vehicle. We did make it back to Tashgorkan in one piece. The bikes are functional again and we've got more road to eat up tomorrow.
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    DAY 30 - The MKRIDE team has safely arrived in Kashgar, China. Today we rode 288km from Tashgorkan to Kashgar along the Karakoram Highway. The team will enjoy a rest day in Kashgar tomorrow. To be honest the team is still pretty spent from it's difficult day up to the Pakistan border. A rest day is seriously needed.
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    DAY 31 - The MKRIDE ride team is sleeping in Kashgar today. We are still pretty roughed up from our snow storm experiences on the border of China and Pakistan. Must rest needed before we prepare for our journey home.
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    Your trip seems to be taking you to some truly extraordinary parts of the world. Extreme jealousy all round. Keep soldiering on!
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    Ryan,

    I'm a bit confused. Was the trip out to Tashgorkan just a day trip? Is there a route from there that would have taken you south of Hotan and into western Tibet? Are you saying you had to backtrack to Kashgar? Will you attempt the same Karakoram route again, or head southeast to Hotan and into Tibet from there?

    These sections surely are the true forbidden fruit of your journey. Fantastic stuff!

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    Jeff,
    The trip out to Tashgorkan was a planned 2 day trip to visit the highest border crossing in the world: The China Pakistan border at 5200m. It ended up being a 3 day trip because of extreme cold, a hail storm, motorcycle failure and a crash. We had to go back through Kashgar to Kargilik before connecting with the G219 highway which will take us in to Western Tibet.
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