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Hi Everybody

feeling a lot better , but the stomach bugs haven't gone away and the bike has developed a electrical fault which I cannot diagnose! , thank you for your comments and help guys it was muchly appreciated.
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Hello Kennichi,

Good luck, you're only gonna be a better man after all this, hard knocks and falls do make us stronger. Your story is very impressive, your balls are bigger than mine. I can only learn from what you're doing, I'd love to venture that far on my own. Prehaps one day, I'll become a jedi knight and feel the calling.

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I replaced my tools after spending 8 hours at the car supermarket Colebatch talked about on his blog , I am now armed with some 50cm tyre levers some patches and an even bigger pump. again.
Dude !!! you found tyre levers??? i searchrd for ages looking for those and got ntg. About the only thing i couldnt find there
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feeling a lot better , but the stomach bugs haven't gone away and the bike has developed a electrical fault which I cannot diagnose! , thank you for your comments and help guys it was muchly appreciated.
Hi Kennichi,

good to read that you are feeling better. In your first post you looked like in were really low. I really felt for you!

I hope I will be able to follow in your steps in 18 months time. Shame you took down your blog. Not many blogs of people doing your route (North Asia).
I hope to meet you and pick up your brain if you come back to the UK before our departure!
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Kennichi mate, how are your stomach bugs? Still bloated, very tired, etc? If so, if complaints persist, thought crossed my mind that it might be an idea to try a course of metronidazol against giardia? 250 mg three times daily, 7 days, dont drink alcohol with it (you'll get smashingly sick if you mix it with alcohol)?

in russian you write it: МЕТРОНИДАЗОЛ
just a suggestion.. keep your head up!

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....., dont drink alcohol with it (you'll get smashingly sick if you mix it with alcohol)?

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Majos, Thank you for posting the last bit, your Amsterdam location had me worried for a second

Kennichi, how you doing? What are the electrical symtoms? Anything someone with a lap top full of wiring diagrams might be able to help with?

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Andy, nooo , its an antibiotic
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I know about the antibiotics I am supposed to take a kind vet told me which ones to take, but then I thought whats the point? in that if ll the food is contaminated (and it is, after the meat balls I attempted to eat about an hour ago contained pubic hairs short and curly).

Then all that will happen is that I will get it again after I am cured and again and again , causing the bacteria to become immune to the antibiotic.

The Americans I camped with last night were also sick in the morning too after eating similarly contaminated food.

Which meant although the advice I got is good its probably better not to take them as I'll only get sick again, I'm getting used to the horrible poos I am having and having to vomit within an hour or two of eating anyway.

I have however lost a large amount of weight I'm guessing 30-40lbs which the vet is concerned about.
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Dude !!! you found tyre levers??? i searchrd for ages looking for those and got ntg. About the only thing i couldnt find there

Yup went into a car shop , who attempted to sell me these 2 metre long crow bar type things, asked him if he had any smaller ones he said no....

Went to the shop opposite the big one with all the glass cases and asked , and she had some of all types the best ones they had were some 50cm ones which were badly finished that I spent an hour filing down the metal burrs on the edges but what do you expect for 110 roubles?.
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That sounds nasty.

I'd be tempted to go on something that's harder for them to make a mess of. Bottled water and bread or plain rice would be my thought but no idea what's available. Stay well hydrated.

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K-chi,
Just got a chance to read this thread...

Sorry to hear you're hitting this phase/mood in your trip.

Any traveller undertaking a similar trip encounters a this emotional bumpy stretch.

Just like all of the rough patches/roads you've overcome...this will be one too...
Patience and perseverance...this is not a race, its a journey.
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Dude !!! you found tyre levers??? i searchrd for ages looking for those and got ntg. About the only thing i couldnt find there
I know you went to the car market...but there are many shops around that will fabricate them for you as well.

In UB, I found a shop that could fabricate any rubber seal/o-ring you needed-the Komatsu-dealer sent me there!!!
Stunning option...wish i had access to such fabricators in America...instead I have to buy whats available;(
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Out of Mongolia

Hey man, good on you for making it to UB. I've done the trip myself from Sochi but went into Mongolia through the Altai Republic and then across the wilderness for two weeks to UB.

One easy way to cross Russia on the way back is to ride back into Russia as far as Lake Baikal and then buy yourself a ticket and throw your bike on a train. The trains (trans-siberian) rolling back west all have cargo space on them that you can "buy/rent" ... that's the official way ... but even better, the guys who work in cargo take bribes and are the kind of guys who like to help other guys with motorcycles ... you can probably get them to help you out, or check the rates for the "official" cargo way. Either way, you can get your bike back to Moscow on the train without having to ride it ... I've ridden across Russia twice I know what a pain in the ass it can be. If you're heading back west then check out this option ... it's probably the cheapest way to get the bike back as far as Moscow or St. Pete and since it's on the train you can "check" on it at every stop. Once you're back in Moscow you can easily finsih your trip west ... you can be out of Russia in a day and then it is relatively smooth sailing as you head west.

It's all about the adventure brother, some day you will laugh about all of this!!!
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Hey Leon
You've achieved a lot and sounds like you're getting a lot of support here which is always good to see.
you take care, unfortunately I'm still at least six weeks from UB as I'm still in the 'Stans getting angry with the highway robbers/soldiers, but Gabe should be around.


It doesn't sound like Giardia to me - too much vomiting, but if it is giardia, it's definitely worth getting rid of it with the antibiotics, trust me, I've had it three times and the last time Baron Bolton had to share the room with me - not funny for him. Also riding a bike with the cramps you get from it is hell.

doesn't Diego here on HU have a contact in UB?? I'm sure you can flog your bike there somehow if that's what you're thinking. If not I know someone flying in later next month who sooooooooo wants a bike that he will pay you for it. and can be trusted.
email me- I've actually got email access for a bit

and hubby, thanks for the nod on this, you know who you are.
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