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Old 18th September 2010, 01:25   #1
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Default Kalimantan, Borneo - the first motorized vehicles crossing in 25 years

no ... not mine.

But its so amazing and mind blowing that it is worth posting as a linkie. Here you go (from ADVRider):
Borneo Equator Expedition - Jungle , Swamps and Heatstroke - ADVrider

About 5 bikers and 30 4WDs which crossed Kalimantan - the first in 25 years.
What happened then?
ADVrider - View Single Post - Borneo Equator Expedition - Jungle , Swamps and Heatstroke

Here's some pure 4x4 action:
ADVrider - View Single Post - Borneo Equator Expedition - Jungle , Swamps and Heatstroke
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Here's an excerpt from a later post:
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Its now 9pm and all of the guys in this Ford are exhausted and will sleep in the truck. Theres nowhere to put up a tent anyway. Rudy and I rummage around and find our sleeping bags and head back up to the bikes. On the other side of the gorge the 4x4's that have arrived have set up camp. They will go down into the swamp tommorow.

Out of 30 vehicles only 14 have made it to this gorge so far. 9 or so have gone down into the swamp and 4 or 5 are still in there. The rest of the expedition is behind us, still trying to get past the other 2 rivers.

We are only 230km into the journey on day 3 of a 15 day expedition and we have already lost half the participants !
Enjoy folks - its a TREAT!!

(Mods: Pls move to 4x4 section - but i was confused)

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Old 18th September 2010, 08:42   #2
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This is simply awesome, some of the toughest driving trails in the world. I especially liked the portion where they had to evacuate Land Rovers that were stuck, using choppers!
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Old 18th September 2010, 12:43   #3
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Mind blowing adventure. Some of the most inhospitable roads and very very scary rides. Hats off to the participants.....
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Most mindblowing travelogue I've ever read!

Thanks for posting man
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I read the full thing yesterday after I saw your link. Brilliant, anyone with an hour to spare please read.
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I had never seen such a toughest one. If I say adventurous, its will be an under statement.
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Akshay,

You finished it in an hour? How? I am gasping and gulping for breath after EACH shot. They are incredible

PS: Thanks to other vellas for sharing! I just forward it onward
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Interestingly, though its on a bike site, the sole reason they made it through was Sam and his super winching. Linkie: http://ktminduro.smugmug.com/Motorcy...3_Fuoos-XL.jpg
winching 'em bikers like:
http://ktminduro.smugmug.com/Motorcy...07_QJUVt-L.jpg

No wonder someone came up with this take on ADVRider's masthead :
http://homepage.mac.com/graphixmonke...d-advrider.jpg
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OMG. Jaw dropped. mouth wide open.
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@phamilyman: Yes, I got the link too from Mr. Khanna. Spent half the day going through this yesterday. It's so amazing, it left me speechless.

The ride report also contributed to some increase in knowledge - I had never heard of the Husaberg motorcycle before, nor about the Rekluse clutch system, and had to look it up in detail.
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Yes. I had posted it in such enthu that I had not read till the end whether the original poster has completed posting it or not.

I am now myself in a grrr mode and am subscribed to it, waiting for the next instalment.Despite being a passionate biker, I was myself surprised by the names of the stuff used plus the amount of winching.

Its humbling to see that without 4x4s, the bikes would've found it impossible to complete the course.
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I read the full thing yesterday after I saw your link. Brilliant, anyone with an hour to spare please read.
Finished in an hour. How you finished it mate?

For the last two days at least for 3 hours (avg), I am gasping the photographs and its incredible narration and still in Day 7.

@phamilyman: Thanks for sharing this lovely epic. It is unbelievable that Sam finilased the route after going through the entire route + some more. No word can describe his passion for 4x4 and never ending spirits.

OT: Never had any idea that 4x4's are capable of these.

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Awesome stuff, Hitanshu thanks for sharing!

Btw, a quick question to all those pouncing on Akshay - how long would it take to read this anyway? I did it in a couple of hours - I didn't bother going through each & every post saying "Awesome" blah blah, I just went through the Ktminduro's ones only.....

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Really awesome stuff. Waiting for the OP to complete the report.
This quote really stayed with me :
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She thinks I am with some advance party thats here to repair the bridge. She tells me that for years the people on this side of the river have been "trapped" and that we are the first to come out of the forest on her side of the river since the bridge collapsed 2 decades or so ago.
Hardly anyone comes from the other side either as theres no reason to come here and due to the general lack of any job opportunities she's obviously terrified that her sons and grandchildren will leave herand her husband alone. She's desperate and its pretty hard having to tell her that I'm only passing through and am not a road and bridge builder come to save her and the village.
Also felt sad reading about all the deforestation going on. We humans are the biggest parasites on the planet.
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Mind blowing stuff this is . Someday i wish to do something like this in this lifetime of mine.
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