For those G310GS owners wondering how Aussie girl Amy Harburg is progressing on her mammoth trip from Mongolia to the Rally Raid HQ here in the UK.....read on...
It's great to be in Almaty, having a few days off the bike and getting some much needed rest.
To recap.....I crossed into Russia last week sometime. The Altai Mountains are as beautiful as I was expecting. It's quite incredible how quickly the land changes once you are over the boarder. The land becomes green and lush, the mountains rise up and the best part is the roads become windy. It was a lovely ride! I didn't get to spend long in the Altai unfortunately but what I did see was beautiful.
The boarder crossing into Kazakhstan was easy and it was great have the company of Brett Allison
and Yvonne Freeman
for the run into Semey.
The next two days on the road to Almaty was almost torcher, it was insanely bumpy in parts and seemed to go on forever, but it was worth it to catch up with Steve Hamilton
at the other end.
As I rolled into Almaty I got my first puncture courtesy of a nail, but luckily I was more or less at my hotel.
The next day I set about finding a mechanic to get some work done on Pepper. It was time for a service, change the fork oil, new front tire and I had started noticing a strange wobble in the rear end of the bike.
Now this is where bikers helping bikers was at its best. The team from Agent Orange (yep that's KTM) here in Almaty really helped me out. Not only did they happily agree to work on a BMW but they also offered to pick my bike up from the hotel to save me the hassle of changing the tire. The service manager, Leonid was awesome, his English is great and he got the work done in no time at all.
Next up for coming days is Charyn Canyon and Lake Kaindy."
Who say's you need a big bike for a big adventure......just BIG IMAGINATION !!!