Pakistani man travels from California to Lahore on his motorbike

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    Great effort, very nice. Thanks for the pics.
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    what's the big deal here ? he just travelled across NA Europe and a lil more on a motorcyxle... and he is hero ?? I thought he did it on foot first ... but anyone with a bit of time and money can ride a motorcycle/car and travel
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    I don't think it would be as easy as it looks. Plus he was going around promoting image of the nation, so in a sense he is a hero.
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    But not "anyone" does it, rarely do people ever attempt such a feat and thats the point. Anyone can do this and that, but people don't!


    He rode his motorbike across many nations, three continents, day and night, traversed various terrain and roads, brave through the weather. Thousands of miles.


    That's the big deal.
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    Seems more like a fun road trip.

    If I had time and money, I would do it easily.
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    Yes, and you would take our Punjab too, as you said in the other thread. :lol::blah:
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    Still hurting you?
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    ma friend moin :)

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    in Pakistan people have more money thn moin khan .... but they never try such thing... its not easy bro :)
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    Nope, but you amuse me. :)
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    The route to empowerment


    LAHORE: Twenty-five-year-old biker Moin Khan burst onto the scene in June 10, 2011 when he embraced the challenge of riding his bike from the United States to Pakistan. Having been on the road for nearly six months and after travelling 20,000 miles to Pakistan, he recently came back to his hometown Lahore, where he was greeted by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at a ceremony held at the Expo Centre in his honour. After making headlines with his simple yet effective plan ‘A Different Agenda’, he is back in the limelight with a groundbreaking new initiative — to train Pakistani women to become bikers. The Express Tribune spoke to Khan about being on the road, empowering women and testing his new programme on his sister.

    While in conversation with Khan, the first thing that comes across is his warm and infectious manner. Not only does he carry a knapsack full of intriguing travel stories, his fun and humorous persona make him an engaging conversationalist. This was clearly evident from the number of people who kept crowding around him at the restaurant where the interview was taking place in order to hear some of his tales.

    Regarding his travels, he reveals, “I have over 300 gigabytes (GBs) of footage from my trip.” Since Khan hates writing, there isn’t much of a chance that he’ll pen any of those experiences on to paper anytime soon. On the topic of things he despises, Khan confesses that he detests touring. “I hate travelling. It’s not one of my passions. However, meeting new people is.”

    That may very well be the reason that Khan is not one to beam cheesily in front of the Eiffel Tower for a Facebook profile picture. During his travels, the biker deliberately avoided famous locales and preferred sticking to the road and gas stations. “I steered clear of all the popular tourist spots and searched for interesting people instead. For instance, some of the beggars in Rome had some remarkable stories to share,” Khan says.

    He plans to utilise some of the friendships he formed along his journeys in a meaningful, tangible way. For instance, he plans to invite his fellow bikers from around the world to ride with him from the northern tip to the southern end of Pakistan.

    Additionally, his next agenda includes training women to become bikers. “Despite women being respected more in Pakistan, they don’t have as much freedom as they should,” notes Khan. Although bikes are a popular mode of transport for women in India and some Muslim nations like Malaysia, one rarely comes across solo female motorcyclists on the roads in Pakistan.

    “If I manage to teach women how to ride a bike, 52 per cent of our population gets freedom and mobility. It also boosts the popularity of biking-related industries which produce biking gear including shoes, helmets etcetera,” says the motorcyclist.

    For now, the plan is to teach five willing and daring women from any strata or age to ride across the country. “It’s open to aunties, daadi maas, sasu maas,” smiles Khan. The only requirement is that they must know how to drive a manual car. One of the first girls chosen out of the five women is Khan’s sister; “I’d rather try this out on my own sister before I test it out on anyone else’s sister.”

    Although Khan’s plan is still at a nascent stage, it bears immense hope for a radical social transformation which may empower women. When asked if the biker is prepared for the turmoil that may ensue, he says, “I realise that people will oppose us at first. However, a certain political rally that took place recently stirred up a lot of positivity in the air. People are trying to change mindsets and this desire for change will pave the way for some seemingly outrageous initiatives like mine.”

    Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2012



    The route to empowerment – The Express Tribune
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    major kudos to the guy. I like these kinds of PR missions.
    congrats Moin, well done :tup:
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    Emily Chappell: Around the world on a bicycle


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    For Emily Chappell biking through Balochistan wasn’t as scary as people had portrayed it to be. PHOTO: PUBLICITY


    LAHORE: Taking a great leap from the calm pastures of Wales into the picturesque valleys of the Alps, a Welsh woman starts a mission. In search for adventure and to prove her strength to herself, Emily Chappell has set out on her bike to ride around the world. As she cut through Wales, England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and the rugged terrain of Iran, Chappell decided to enter Pakistan through Balochistan.

    “I always admired people who would walk across Iceland and used to wonder how amazing it would be to do something like this,” says Chappell in an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune. “When I thought about it, I realised that people going on these crazy adventures weren’t smarter or tougher than me and that’s when I decided to plan my journey.”
    Inspirations

    Although she has been cycling for years, Chappell got into serious biking five years ago and working in London as a bike messenger (also known as cycle couriers) helped build her stamina and sense of direction. “In the summer of 2010, I read a book by Alastair Humphreys who had ridden his bike across the world and it’s his story that inspired me to venture into this.”

    After a year of planning and working four or five different jobs, Chappell saved up enough money and built up enough stamina to embark upon her journey. “When I first told people about my decision, I got a mixed bag of reactions — from ‘you are crazy’ to ‘wow’ that’s fabulous’, I heard it all,” she adds.

    When she started out, Emily survived mostly on bread and cookies while journeying across the world. However, people have now started opening their homes and hearts to Chappell. “I was prepared to survive on minimal food but I’ve been very fortunate that the world is full of generous people who have taken care of me.”

    Chappell had been tracking our local hero Moin Khan’s journey, whom she met while he was in Ankara, Turkey. Their instant friendship led to Khan inviting Chappell to stay with him and his family in Lahore.

    A rough ride

    While talking about her hardest and scariest moments in the last six months, Chappell says, “Bikers from across the world find Balochistan to be the most dangerous patch to bike through due to the fear of being kidnapped. I, however, decided to bike through Balochistan because it didn’t seem scarier than the passageway into Turkey.” She further adds, “Biking through a highway with moving trucks and cars flashing by is much scarier than the idea of being kidnapped.”

    Once Chappell entered Lahore, she got a well-deserved breather, “I haven’t had a six-week off ever since I was 13. I am glad I have nothing to do for the next six weeks.”

    After her stay in Pakistan, Chappell plans on cutting through the Karakoram Highway to China and then cutting across Asia and into North America. “I haven’t really planned out a concrete map; I take things as they come but I am super proud of myself for making it to Pakistan because I never thought I’d make it here,” says Chappell. “I feared I’d get bored or lose stamina a long time ago but I have made it this far and I feel a great sense of pride.”

    Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2012


    Emily Chappell: Around the world on a bicycle – The Express Tribune
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    A commendable effort by the gentleman good job :tup:.. though did he cross the sea by motorbike:undecided:.
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    He is my friend .... :) his elder brother Mohuddyin Khan is also a rider. He will join us on 23rd March 2012 biggest BikerBoyz Rally in which more thn 200 - 300 Inshallah 2006 - 2012 (Ducati'z, Honda CBR Fireblades, Yamaha YZF R1 and R6, Kawasaki 636 ZX10R, Z1000, Huge line of Gixers 1000,600 and 750, Harley DAvidson 883, VROD, Glide and many other, Honda shadows, Boulevard, Interstate, Suzuki Hayabusa's, KAwasaki ZX14R and many more) Superbikes and riders G2G @ Bhera Interchange :) I am one of the organizer.


    Take a look here:http://www.defence.pk/forums/pakistan-army/157778-pak-day-rally-23rd-march-2012-bikerboyz-biggest-gathering-m2.html
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    I am ready to do the same if they can offer me 6 months of financial assistance for my family :P
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