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Exclamation Bridge Down Near Kyrgyz Border - Road Closed

Two days ago an earthquake damaged a bridge jsut 65kms inside China on the ONLY road from the Irkeshtam border crossing.

This has meant that NO vehicles can get to or from the border currently - unless it is a very small motorcycle.

there is a lot of activity at the bridge as they attempt to repair it and the lines of lorries on both sides are stretching away into the far distance. Estimates ranged from 3-7 days for repairs.
At the last count there were 12 bikes and one van sat in the Customs compound on the Chinese side of the border.

It's possible to use other vehicles to get to the bridge, scramble across the broken girders and get on another vehicle to get to a town (I'm in Kashgar).

I'll update as soon as I hear anything about how passable it is.
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Thumbs up Good news

As of lunchtime (local time) today, Monday, the bridge is re-opening. heading up on a bus 4 hours to retrieve Beryl the bike.

Hopefully no-one else has been caught up in this.

can't wait to get back on the road.

apologies for making it look like I'm a compulsive post writer, but as this border potentially affects those in both Southern and Northen Asia, it needed to go in both forums.
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... to retrieve Beryl the bike.
"Beryl" you say, Tiff?
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As of lunchtime (local time) today, Monday, the bridge is re-opening. heading up on a bus 4 hours to retrieve Beryl the bike.

Hopefully no-one else has been caught up in this.

can't wait to get back on the road.

apologies for making it look like I'm a compulsive post writer, but as this border potentially affects those in both Southern and Northen Asia, it needed to go in both forums.
Thanks Tiffany for keeping us informed. Its very sweet of you showing your concern for other bikers.
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Hello Tiffany. What route are you going to use to get into Tibet? Is it the 219? Following your ride report with interest! Thanks.
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Arrow route

we're leaving early in the morning, heading from Kashgar to Mazar then Reed Willow Beach, continuing to Ani.
haven't got my map handy so not sure of road nos.

what I have heard is that the trail conditions in tibet this year are very BAD even by Tibetan standards apparently.

never mind, I'm on the altitude tablets and hoping for the best.

are you anywhere that we might be able to meet up?

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Sadly still in London at the moment, but I'll raise a glass to you!. Planning a trip along the 219 next year as part of a London to Kuala Lumpur trip. So interested in your route, which I am pretty sure is the 219 (Mazar is certainly on that road). I heard that route 219 is undergoing repairs at the moment so it could be an interesting ride! Absolutely stunning route though by all accounts. Are you going to circumambulate (if that's a real word?) holy Mount Kailash?
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