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skandero 10-24-2012 12:57 AM

Short trip at Far North Russia
Hi there. That's my first ride report here (and in English), so, excuse me for grammar and so on...
The idea of the trip was to visit the SAM site, where I was on duty in Russian army (2003-2004). But just before the ride my grandfather told me, that his brother was fighting nazi troops at the Rybachiy semi-island. He was Soviet marine))
So, I could not miss the chance to visit the WW2 historic place, and see the conditions at the theatre of war.

The way was:
Saint-Petersburg -> Petrozavodsk -> Belomorsk -> Monchegorsk -> Murmansk -> Zapolyarniy -> Rybachiy (the farest northern point in the west russia).
The one-way ride is about 1700 km, and almost 800 of them is off-road / hard off-road. So, the complete trip is about 3800 km.

I was riding 5 days. Alone.
I've started from Saint-Petersburg and ride for Belomorsk. Spent some time to see the legendary Belomor channel.
The weather was quite windy, and the road was quite good - asphalt. I was riding at about 120-140 km/h.

A gateway for the ships on the channel.

Just a piece of nature

After Belomorsk I've crossed the Polar Circle. It's a tradition to put a stripe, ribbon or a short part of a rope on the Polar sign - a gift to the spirits of the North.

The road became shitty... And it is really the only way for the cars and trucks to reach Murmansk. Federal track M-18 "Kola". But I have Katoom - so, it's not necessary to slow down)) 90-100 km/h.

At the end of the day I placed a tent in the forest, and fell asleep.
The next day I've visited Murmansk and Kola. The weather was fine, but the temperature was about 5-6 C.
Kola is not a big city, it is the satellite of Murmansk.

Northern nature:

And now I approach the place of duty.
Pechenga city, and WW2 memorials.

The memorial of Far North Defenders:

The memorial of Polar Division (and also the mark of the battle front line, the nazi were stopped here):

The memorial of Northern Tank Troops (it is called "Komsomoletz"). This T-34 was built in Leningrad an the Kirovsky mechanical plant, and was fighting nazi during all battle for the North (3 years). It was hit 13 times, but the crew survived all these years!

I'm almost at "my" SAM site...
No roads, abandoned towns...

The memorial of Yuri Gagarin (the first cosmonaut) in Korzunovo. As You know, he was a pilot and he was on duty at the interceptor squad based at Korzunovo airfield.
No more airbase here.

And no more SAM sites. My military unit doesn't exist anymore... It was on duty up to 2005...

I stopped my bike at the place, where I swore to Serve and Protect my Fatherland.

Then I started for Rybachiy. The weather become very bad.
Fog, rain, hills, rivers, moors and muddy roads...

And, finally, the place of great 3-years fight. Not directly, of course, but the mark.
A memorial...
You can see the shells and other metal objects in front of it. There are some places on Rybachiy, where the ground is completely covered by shells, splinters, bent parts of firearms, pierced helmets (both Russian and nazi)...

The nature:

And the marks of bombs and shells on the rocks... It's about 3-4 meters between the marks. It was Hell during the war, I think.

It took me two days to ride over Rybachiy. There are many interresting places there.
The next two days I spent riding home...

Hope, the report is not looking boring. Feel free to aks any questions.

Katoom119 10-27-2012 05:58 PM

Wow! Love the pictures and the personal story.

canadianshark74 10-27-2012 06:06 PM

Very interesting, cool pictures.

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KMC1 10-27-2012 06:17 PM

Dude! This is AWESOME!

There's something about Russia that just calls to me...I've never been there but I want to go SOOOO bad!

I love seeing the pictures and hearing about the history of the area....just incredible. Someday I hope to get to Russia and spend hopefully many months just exploring it and meeting the people / learning the history.


curveball21 10-27-2012 06:21 PM

This was great! I love seeing the far and frozen bits of Russia!

CRASHDADDY 10-27-2012 06:26 PM

NICE! Beautiful wilderness, thanks for sharing

Suqsuda 10-27-2012 07:58 PM

Very cool, well done.

Pickup man 10-27-2012 08:32 PM

Not boring at all, in fact your report was very interesting.
Never been to Russia, but I want to go and visit very bad.
The history, nature and photogenic churches are second to none.
Thanks you for sharing.

yamalama 10-27-2012 08:37 PM

thanks for sharing.

max384 10-27-2012 08:45 PM

Great pictures. Your English is better than many native speakers that post on the internet! Russia is pretty high on my list of places I want to eventually ride.

MikJogg 10-28-2012 01:06 PM

Hi skandero

Great first report and pics with interesting informations :thumb


SenorFeliz 10-28-2012 01:40 PM

short but sweet report. thank you for sharing. awesome pictures.

Rodsbike 10-28-2012 01:52 PM

Thanks for the report. Lovely photos. Murmansk brings back memories of that great WW 2 novel "the Cruel Sea".

bigboyxl 10-28-2012 02:01 PM

hi skandero
great report, pictures and story are top quality! :clap
Since my grandpa was on duty in the northern marine fleet for 3 years back in the Soviet Union times I wanted to get there someday also :evil

kneeslider 10-28-2012 02:05 PM

Far North

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