Friday, June 26, 2009

High Hail

We woke up early only to find Husain still sick, fortunately one of our guides can ride a motorcycle, and Husain is well enough to ride in the car. We knew that the next three days we would need to cover a lot of mileage.

Our target was Wenquan over 400 km with known construction on the way. For the first 220 km it was a normal road until Nagqu where we fill up with fuel manually again and had lunch, we then followed the road to Amdo where we found many trucks parked waiting for the road to open, however they did let the motorcycles through.

So we rode until we reached where they were laying asphalt. We parked the bikes on narrow shoulder and waited until we were allowed to ride on the newly laid asphalt.

We then passed Amdo and went through a series broken roads due to construction which was the same as riding off road on gravel or at times on a rocky surface.

We past Wenquan and decided to continue since there was daylight left , we stopped briefly for prayers at 5000 meters above sea level and continued on at high altitude going through a pass above 5200 meters.

Once we were descending it started to rain lightly, then heavily, then it hailed stinging us with small pellets when we opened the visor to clear the condensation, all this while managing bad roads with potholes.

We barely reached Toutou Heyan before it got really dark, and while our guide was asking about accommodations in this really small town, a soldier came up and talked to Ali first who then directed him to our guide, the next thing we know is that we were staying at the nearby army barracks, which was cleaner and safer than any hotel in the area courtesy of the red army.


  1. AnonymousJuly 02, 2009

    قواكم الله الحقيقة استمتعنا بالفيديو الممتع والله يعينكم على المصاعب اللي تواجهونها والله يسهل دربكم
    ابراهيم البيرمي

  2. AnonymousJuly 02, 2009

    You posted the best video by far - and probably had the most taxing day by far. Glad the army kept you safe. MJ.

  3. Salamat Ali hope you are ok ,,,, wish you all the best of luck

  4. AnonymousJuly 02, 2009

    Salam to all. I learnt yesterday that you all are doing well which is music to your follower's ears(ماشاءالله). I guess you are close to Beijing, thereafter flying to Alaska. Take care and may God bless you & keep you safe.
    Bu Abdulrazaq

  5. AnonymousJuly 02, 2009

    You 3 guys are on a great adventure and for a good cause on top of it. It is absolutely awesome what you have already achieved/endured and we wish you well with the remainder of your yourney and a safe return to Kuwait.
    From your Western marine friends in Kuwait

  6. AnonymousJuly 03, 2009

    عساكم على القوه. ماشاءالله عليكم مغامرين ابطال. سوف يذكركم التاريخ. امتعتعتنى بصوتك يا مهند. سامع الصوت صل على النبي أول محمد وبن عمه علي. وسلامات يابو علي حسين اشكناني, أجر وعافيه.وكل من يسمعهم ويشوفهم يصلي على النبي ( اللهم صل على محمد وآل محمد)

    حسين البيرمي - واشنطن
    Hussain al-Bairami - USA

  7. AnonymousJuly 04, 2009

    good luck on your adventure & god bless u, take care and return safe to us......@

    فاطمه حسين البيرمي

  8. AnonymousJuly 05, 2009

    يعطيكم العافية و ونستونا على هاللقطات الحلوة , الله يوفقكم و يسهل عليكم دربكم و يردكم لنا سالمين غانمين , و سلامات يبا ما تشوف شر
    علي حسين أشكناني

  9. AnonymousJuly 05, 2009

    Salam to all. Can you please keep us posted of your where a bouts as soon as humanly possible. We are eager to hear from you. Take care and God bless you all.
    Bu abdulrazaq