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  1. I am so impressed with your border crossing abilities. Seems that you have a natural talent. Wish I was riding with you guys. Cheers!

    Justin F · Feb 24, 09:24 AM · #

  2. Wonderful post Randall. How long did you and Andrew stay in Gilgit? While you were there I Googled Earth and travelled down the KKH. So in a sense I believe I was ahead of you in your travels, but from a damn easy chair and not a bicycle seat! in most of these off the beaten path countries are most the signs in English also? Polo match looked rough. The big land slide backing up the many mile long lake I believe I read about in one of my science magazines. If it is the same one, if I remember correctly, it poses a major threat to the towns below shall the dam fail! Was it caused by one of the many earthquakes? Gotta go. Love Dad

    — Dad · Feb 24, 05:02 PM · #

  3. Nothing to it, Justin! Just research and a pinch of patience. As for riding with us, why not? We’ll be in SE Asia soon — bring your bike.

    Hey, Dad!
    Thanks. We were in Gilgit for about a week. Good question about the signs: in the former British colonies we’ve been through, all of the important road signs are English. In Western China it was seldom so: the signs were typically in Mandarin and Arabic. In the formerly USSR ‘Stans the there was little English — most were in Russian. But with GPS there’s no issue.
    The landslide, I think, was consequence of an earthquake back in 2002. Cracks were visible, and growing, until it finally slid in 2010. You can see some great pictures of the aftermath here

    — Randall · Feb 25, 09:33 PM · #

  4. The pictures in your “here” link are incredible! I hope others take a gander by clicking on it! This spring when the river is raging that slide/dam may just give out, and that will be one heck of a mess. Cannot help but feel much compassion for those people effected by it! According to my atlas there is a pass on the KKH 18,920 feet high, is that true, and if so, is that the section the Chinese made you take a bus over? To go over a pass that high, in November, in the northern hemisphere, on bikes, with trailers, would seem as futile an endeavor as crossing the fictional Isangaard pass in the Lord of the Rings. Thanks, take care, love Dad

    — Dad · Feb 28, 06:58 PM · #

  5. It’s a pleasure, Dad.
    We had to bus across the Khunjerab Pass , but only at around 4,700m (15400 ft). The highest passes we’ve crossed by bicycle were 4,200 meters on the KKH (both brothers) and around 4,500 meters (Andrew) in Tajikistan. Nothing too challenging, really.
    The most difficult pass was was the Taldyk Pass in Kyrgyzstan, at around 3,700 meters.
    Cheers!
    R

    — Randall · Mar 4, 09:10 PM · #

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