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Old 27 Sep 2004
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Mir Javeh - Quetta

We have been told that the situation on the road is now insecure because of election coming in America/Afghanistan. We are planning to pass the border beginning of october. Are there any motorbikers did the trip and can give us new information? How about armed escorts?
Thanks a lot,
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Don't be too paranoid - most Pakistanis very friendly.
The rule of law seems to hold along the main road from the border to Quetta but as you are travelling through tribal areas the state law only extends 1m either side of the main road.
If there are any security concerns then the police will arrange an escort for you - this will happen in other areas you travel through. They have had enough bad press lately and don't want to put tourists at risk.
Enjoy the north of Pakistan - it's stunning!
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Hi there,
I am mauro and with alberto are doing the same trip of yours ...heading to india ... and crossing the border on the 12th to Pakistan ... we had the same info as you and trying to understand better the situation ... we are now in Esfahan ...
Alberto has posted u an email .. let us know where u are and when u are planning to cross the border ...
cheers
mauro


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Originally posted by kadde_michl:
We have been told that the situation on the road is now insecure because of election coming in America/Afghanistan. We are planning to pass the border beginning of october. Are there any motorbikers did the trip and can give us new information? How about armed escorts?
Thanks a lot,
Kadde & michl, on the way with two BMWs from Germany to India
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Hi Mauro and Alberto

We're in Istanbul at the moment .. hoping to get our visas for Iran and Pakistan.... We would be grateful if you could let us know how you got on in iran ...
we're finding it difficult to get any up to date info... cheers.. jim and lisa..
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Originally posted by mauro:
Hi there,
I am mauro and with alberto are doing the same trip of yours ...heading to india ... and crossing the border on the 12th to Pakistan ... we had the same info as you and trying to understand better the situation ... we are now in Esfahan ...
Alberto has posted u an email .. let us know where u are and when u are planning to cross the border ...
cheers
mauro


<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="">quote:</font><HR><font face="" size="2">Originally posted by kadde_michl:
We have been told that the situation on the road is now insecure because of election coming in America/Afghanistan. We are planning to pass the border beginning of october. Are there any motorbikers did the trip and can give us new information? How about armed escorts?
Thanks a lot,
Kadde & michl, on the way with two BMWs from Germany to India


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Hi guy,s (and girls)

Don,t worrie about Iran. It,s one of the most relaxed country,s in the world and perfectly safe.

Pakistan, although a bit more dificult to travel, is also pretty safe (safer then new york).
I was there (in quetta) on election-day... and though every foreigh office warned me about NOT going into the streets I was stupid and did. I had a great time.
Everubody liked to talk about politics and wanted to hear my (western) view.

About the road to quetta (tribal land).
I had a serious food-poisening there (which left me unconcious in the desert).
The so called "bandits" helped me, got a docter, treated me and expected no payment what so ever for it. If those are the bandit,s, I guess the good guy,s must radiate halow,s 24 hours a day.

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Hi Jim and Lisa,
iran is ok, no problem at all regarding safety ...road are good as i mentioned the road from tabriz to Zanjan is very trafficed so just be a bit careful there but nothing to worry about too much .... some people are having problems in getting their pakistan visa in teheran so i would recomend u get it in Turkey .,... for the rest iran is not a problem to travel ....
cheers and hope to meet u sometimes on the road
mauro


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Originally posted by jim'n'lisa:
Hi Mauro and Alberto

We're in Istanbul at the moment .. hoping to get our visas for Iran and Pakistan.... We would be grateful if you could let us know how you got on in iran ...
we're finding it difficult to get any up to date info... cheers.. jim and lisa..
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="">quote:</font><HR><font face="" size="2">Originally posted by mauro:
Hi there,
I am mauro and with alberto are doing the same trip of yours ...heading to india ... and crossing the border on the 12th to Pakistan ... we had the same info as you and trying to understand better the situation ... we are now in Esfahan ...
Alberto has posted u an email .. let us know where u are and when u are planning to cross the border ...
cheers
mauro


<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="">quote:</font><HR><font face="" size="2">Originally posted by kadde_michl:
We have been told that the situation on the road is now insecure because of election coming in America/Afghanistan. We are planning to pass the border beginning of october. Are there any motorbikers did the trip and can give us new information? How about armed escorts?
Thanks a lot,
Kadde & michl, on the way with two BMWs from Germany to India


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Comrades!
Please advise of most recent experience crossing Tafthan - Quetta. Did you make it!!!?

We follow soon.

Richard others ? Iran/YADZ
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Hi,
wouldn't be too paranoid about Pakistan, great and friendly people there.
If you don't make it in one day from the border to Dalbadin, you can camp at the custom house in Nokundi. We stayed there July last year and enjoyed the offered tea very much.

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just crossed the baluchistan... got caught in a sand storm from dalbandin to quetta.
spent the night in dalbandin and apart from the noise had no problems.
plenty of boot leg iranian fuel along the route. take your time and enjoy the ride.
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check the other thread on Pakistan for my crossing of Baluchistan in August
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Hello
I crossed also without any problem, stayed at night at Dalbandin (not a nice place but break the journey). I just heard about problems of slippery tarmac in the mountains before Quetta.

No need to stress, just enjoy the dunes and the dead camels!
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