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milkman67204 06-15-2014 01:32 AM

Western Russia
 
I have met a few inmates some of them asking that I do a ride report here. Well after about 3 years of badgering I figured I would give this a shot. I doubt it will be as enjoyable as those folks who head east but I wll do what I can. I have a bike that doesn't really enjoy off road stuff, so I tend to stay on tarmac but sometimes I get lost or feel a little brave.

Little info about me. I am 28, originally from Kansas, an electrician and enjoy traveling. In 2008/2009 I worked for a little over a year in Antarctica. In September 2010 I got my current job working in Moscow, Russia.


Below here are some videos I have put together for family and friends to stay up to date with me. You can see the evolution of my bike slowly from big red machine to green monster.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR2qF18f_yQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0qciuydsIs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STZ4wR2o5RE


I was supposed to leave the current gig I am on in May of this year. It was a contract with a maximum of 4 years so I had decided to leave in May that way I could tour around Europe or where ever I pleased for the summer. Then at the last minute I was asked if I would stay for a 5th year to help coordinate some things here.

This is the summer for me that wasn't supposed to happen. So I thought I would do my best this summer to get around and see some of the sites from WWII along with some of the graves of the guys who didn't get another summer.

milkman67204 06-15-2014 02:36 AM

April 13
 
I go back and forth to between Moscow and Tver quiet often. Its around 100 miles the short way. This day I decided not to take the big road back, M10. I headed towards Volokolomnsk.

The First Monument I came across was this one just outside of Tver.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psf60905e1.jpg
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psb2c76b37.jpg


It says: Here lie the remains of more than 300 unknown heroes who sacrificed their lives for so we lived among them well-known names
To the right it says : Glory to the Hero's the the Great Patriotic War.

Leading up the the main display there in center is names of people buried there.

Further down the road I came across this T-34 tank.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psbf07aee9.jpg

A little further down near the town of Yaroplets I came across some old Soviet Bunkers that saw some heavy fighting during the war.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psccb85ff4.jpg
They were burning fields the day I was there it made it kind of eerie
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1b1abbae.jpg

milkman67204 06-15-2014 03:21 AM

April 13
 
Next, just past Yaropolets, I planned to stop at a bunker and memorial. The bunker was the site of some serious fighting, there are around 800 soldiers buried here.

I arrived during a memorial service.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4b3e4c3e.jpg

The little short lady in the front there was the guest of honor. She served here during some of the heaviest fighting. I couldnt hear her well and my Russian isnt the greatest so I couldnt tell everything she was saying.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psea0741f1.jpg

This is right beside the memorial.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1a2b43b2.jpg

milkman67204 06-15-2014 03:30 AM

April 13
 
This Monument is just outside of Volokolomnsk.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps309708c0.jpg

This monument was for a group of 11 Soviet sappers who were able to hold up the enemy and destroyed 20 enemy tanks in the process
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psfa4134de.jpg

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps17088f72.jpg

Next I came across a big outdoor museum/monument. It was at this spot the Nazis managed to get in the fall of 1941 then there was a huge battle where the Soviets were able to stop the advance. December 6 1941 the Soviets launched a counter attack and were able to push the invaders back.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psa8693fca.jpg

I think there was something like 10 tanks here. Mostly Soviet but there were a couple American tanks and German.

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9b7b0722.jpg

Rocket Launchers
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5b7da938.jpg

One of the German tanks that looked like it had been used for target practice.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps83965b3f.jpg

This cute little baby tank
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3e9173b5.jpg

Finally a monument to the Siberian Soldiers who fought here.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0e23305c.jpg

Stonedude 06-15-2014 04:54 AM

I'm glad that enough people told you to do this.... :clap


This is going to be interesting and educational.... great start!!!

milkman67204 06-15-2014 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stonedude (Post 24397920)
I'm glad that enough people told you to do this.... :clap


This is going to be interesting and educational.... great start!!!

I will do my best if it works out and people enjoy my traveling this summer I can go back and post pictures and what not for previous trips. Here is a map I made showing most of the riding I have done in Russia since I have been here.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps09c51216.png

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...7bacaf52&msa=0

milkman67204 06-15-2014 10:07 AM

April 18
 
Again heading up to Tver, to see the lady, This time I took M10 from Moscow up to Tver. Its a big 4 lane highway the whole way nice pavement and rather boring. There are a few things along the way though.

This is a burial sight near the town of Klin. It is located in front of a big church

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psc01b71c5.jpg

The church opened in 1837

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7a5c0d38.jpg

A little further down the road is another Church with a burial site in front of it also

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9ddba842.jpg

Otis the Sasquatch 06-15-2014 06:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by milkman67204 (Post 24397767)
This monument was for a group of 11 Soviet sappers who were able to hold up the enemy and destroyed 20 enemy tanks in the process
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psfa4134de.jpg

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps17088f72.jpg

"I don't know Art, but I know what I like."
Much better than the stereotype Soviet stuff. And no need to wonder what happened there.

In for the Duration. :deal
Thanks!

sasho 06-15-2014 09:42 PM

You don't by any chance work on Devyatinksy Pereulok, do you?

TouringDave 06-15-2014 11:13 PM

:lurk

BubbasDucati 06-16-2014 12:02 AM

Awesome stuff!


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milkman67204 06-16-2014 03:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sasho (Post 24403041)
You don't by any chance work on Devyatinksy Pereulok, do you?

I have been known to hang out around there 40 hours a week, or more......

achesley 06-16-2014 06:05 AM

:clap:clap:clap Love it. Don't see a lot of stuff from Western Russia. Keep it coming. :clap:clap:clap

sasho 06-16-2014 08:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by milkman67204 (Post 24403904)
I have been known to hang out around there 40 hours a week, or more......

I was there from Aug-Oct 2011. Would have been cool to meet :freaky

milkman67204 06-16-2014 08:39 AM

April 18
 
After arriving in Tver my Okcana, her daughter Ksusha and I decided to head to the center of Tver and check out some of the stuff there.
In the 1700's Tver burned to the ground and was ordered rebuilt by Catherine the Great. She loved St. Petersburg so had it rebuilt to look similar to Petersburg, at least along the river that flows through it.

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psda2162f9.jpg

The photo below was of an old brick building it was the location in 1919 of the first official meeting of workers and laborers, in Tver, when they were forming the Soviet Union. In Soviet times the city was known as Kallinin.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...pse68e30fa.jpg

This is the main monument in Tver to WWII. The little girl there is Ksusha shes 10 and was extremely bored during our excursion. The Nazis occupied Tver for a few months in 1941 it was one of the first major cities to be liberated during the war. As the Germans fled they left most of the city in ashes.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6e207ba8.jpg

Here is an overall view of the monument during anniversaries there is a flame on top
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps31e87ee9.jpg

This is one of the only monuments dedicated to recent wars I have seen period in Russia. it has a list of names of people that have died in wars since Russia's war in Afghanistan
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...psa5570f43.jpg


This is the old NKVD building in Tver. NKVD was the predecessor to the KGB. They killed many many people in the basement of the building. Especially during the war years. Now it is a medical academy.
http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0a78bd63.jpg


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