Pakistan / Quetta
The trip (409km) to Quetta will go down as one of the most differcult so far.
Posted by Ross MacDonald at July 12, 2009 01:37 PM GMT
Escort was late and when it turned up sooooo slow, even had 2 guys on moped pass us. Leaving early was important because I was about to cross my first desert (Kachhi Desert) and I didn't want to arrive in the middle of the day, I did!.
The trip started ok but from Sibi onwards was tough, dirt, gravel, rough roads and the heat (crossing deserts in the hot season...doh) The Bolan pass about 100km from Quetta was bike/rider breaking, heat, dust, and rough and by this time I had already done a full days ride and I was knackered. I kept saying only another hour then I looked at my speedo and realized I was only doing 40km/hr another hour later I would say "only another hour" and on and on it went.
Finally arrived at hotel Bloomstar (bikers stop) shattered, great hotel with garden and great food (did I mention the food?)
Stayed 2 nights to regather thoughts and strength, gave bike a service.
Have I mentioned the bike (suzuki DL650 Vstrom), I have to say I'm amazed at how much punishment it takes and (touch wood) it hasn't given me any problems. I constantly worry take the suspension is going to give up or I'm going to break it. If that happens here... game over.