Heather Lea, Expedition Portal »
For many reasons, soft bags are the way to go. They cinch down with less stuff, so, as you’re rolling along, consuming food, you can make your bags smaller.
The lightweight traveler should always factor in bulk as well as weight. You may look at the cost of an ultra-light sleeping bag and think, “I can put $400 of gas in my bike and ride through most of Central America for that price.” The difference—and you’ll feel it after the first sandy road in Baja—is you’re getting a good-quality bag that weighs 19 ounces and packs down to the size of a football, instead of something that, although much cheaper, can weigh more than 5 pounds, and doesn’t even fit in your panniers when rolled up.
Some true diehards out there can ride for a month with a tarp and a match, but that’s not for this Girl Scout.
- Use Stuff Sacks for Everything
- Spread the Weight
- Ditch Some Comfort
- Shrink Your Towel
- Buy as You Go
- Bring Dual-purpose Gear
In the previous post about Noraly from ItchyBoots.com we followed her quick ride through Tajikistan.
With this video series we follow her progress through Kyrgyzstan.
Ep. 79 – Crossing into Kyrgyzstan
Reaching 4700 metres across some awful roads makes for an interesting ride.
Ep. 80 – Riding to Osh
Noraly welcomes the warmer weather at 1000 metres.
Ep. 81 – Riding from Osh to Toktogul
Ep. 82 – Riding through mountainous and snowy Kyrgyzstan from Tokogul to Bishkek
Next we follow Noraly crossing into Kazakhstan
After a quick 3-day ride through Turkmenistan, Noraly heads into Uzbekistan.
Ep. 67 – Noraly heads to the Uzbekistan border
Ep. 68 – From Nukus to Khiva
Ep. 69 – Khiva to Bukhara
The fuel quality in Uzbekistan is not the greatest. And the Royal Enfield is feeling it.
Ep. 70 – Bukhara to Samarkand in search of motorcycle engine oil
Onto Tajikistan …
We last saw Noraly trying to leave Malaysia.
We catch up with her in Oman, but without her Royal Enfield. However, nothing seems to deter this adventurous woman.
Ep. 41 – Shipping of Basanti from Kuala Lumpur to Oman is delayed by two weeks because of logistical problems with the airlines. But Noraly still goes off-road riding in Oman
Ep. 42 – Noraly continues picking up new skills on her side trip through Wadi Al Arbeieen, Muscat
Ep. 43 – While Noraly awaits the delivery of her Royal Enfield, she rents another motorcycle and heads off to Jebel Shams
Ep. 44 – Scaling the Salmah Plateau by motorcycle
Ep. 45 – Riding down the Salmah Plateau
Ep. 46 – Noraly’s Royal Enfield finally arrives in Oman, but Customs officials are not quick to release her.
Ep. 47 – Noraly is finally able to leave Muscat aboard her Royal Enfield and rides to Jalan Bani
Ep. 48 – Rides to Masirah Island
Ep. 49 – Noraly heads north, crossing the desert, on her way to Sinaw
Ep. 50 – Heading for the hills and onto Sohar
Onto the UAE…