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Forum: Ride reports Today, 04:33 AM
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Posted By poppawheelie
M56

We are now on the M56 all the way to Magadan, now on the section known as the Lena Highway. It doesn't show in the video, but when the trucks pass, it causes total loss of vision for 4 or 5 seconds,...
Forum: Ride reports Today, 03:53 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Last of the M55, Trans Siberian Highway

The M55 goes all the way to Vladivostok, but we don't. So here's a last look at cruising the Trans Siberian Highway pavement before turning north toward Yakutsk. There are few potholes, but the...
Forum: Ride reports Today, 01:38 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Tragety

About two hours out of Chita we came across an accident that had just happened. Two cars involved, one torn in half. The car torn apart had a family of five people, three generations inside. The...
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
A little help from my friends

An advantage to being the oldest member of the group, is that others tend to jump in and help when something goes wrong. The youngest of the group, Bayne, and our leader Mick virtually changed my...
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Back in Russia for the final time

After the usual miserable 1/2 day border crossing the day before, we stopped in the city of Ulan Ude to see the biggest head statue in the world, the Lenin Head.

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Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Last post from Ulaanbaatar

Today 3 of us rode 34 miles out of the city to a 131 foot tall statue, completed 2008, of Genghis Kahn and located where he supposedly found a golden whip. Impressive at a distance.

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Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2014, 02:05 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Clinics

After those who needed to visited the medical clinic, a moto clinic was held. Most of the menu was made up of new tires, brake pads, chains and sprockets. I didn't do mine today, but will need to...
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
That's good to know, explains a lot. Thanks. ...

That's good to know, explains a lot. Thanks.

Mongolia is a progressive country. After the oppression of Manchu and Soviet rule, this country is concerned with human rights and international unity....
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Late, not long before dark, the group came in...

Late, not long before dark, the group came in from the loop I skipped. They had a rough go of it for 4 days, rain, mud, nasty ruts, river crossings, huge potholes on the paved part. Most fell at...
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
For you HOAD's (Horny Old Adventure Riders)...

For you HOAD's (Horny Old Adventure Riders) seeking Mongolian beauty, you need go no further than the hotel. Now they're shooting a movie here. First picture is blurry because it's a spy shot, taken...
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2014, 03:29 AM
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Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
I wouldn't normally have time to answer a list of...

I wouldn't normally have time to answer a list of Q's like this, but I do now, so let's see what I can do with it.

bikes - Compass Expeditions is BMW affiliated, so most of the bikes are that...
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2014, 02:14 AM
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Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
City of Ulaanbaatar

I am soooo enjoying my R & R at the Continental Hotel in Ulaanbaatar. :D

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Forum: Ride reports 08-09-2014, 07:29 PM
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Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Mongolian Country Homes

Like Russia the homes are built of wood with tin roofs, but the Mongolian roofs are brightly colored.

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Forum: Ride reports 08-09-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 245
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Posted By poppawheelie
Video of what we rode in Mongolia

Here's a 9 1/2 minute video, part of a long video I shot for my own use some winter evening at home. It is NOT INDICATIVE of what we rode. It got much rougher and muddier. It became similar to a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-09-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Truck Drivers change plans

When I arrived at the truck-leaving point in Moron, they had reloaded the bikes on another truck. No sheepskins, but scrap metal. Three young men in their 20's jumped in to drive, after I paid the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2014, 01:31 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Happiness is slapping hands with two Mongolian...

Happiness is slapping hands with two Mongolian guys on a smaller bike as I pass at 60 mph.

Aug. 7: We stayed 2 nights in a Mongolian Ger (Yurt) in a remote part of north west Mongolia.

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Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2014, 01:06 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Russia into Mongolia

Aug. 2: We went around the south end of Lake Biakal to continue east on the M55. Notice the gardens in the still photo and video. The town is Kultuk.

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Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2014, 12:16 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Hey, I believe I read your blog! Today I have...

Hey, I believe I read your blog! Today I have (weak) wifi for first time in a week. Will attempt update. I definitely agree on splitting into two trips, have started to write a piece on "trip too...
Forum: Ride reports 08-01-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Thanks Eric500, Dutchgit, TheBlur, & mtntrails. ...

Thanks Eric500, Dutchgit, TheBlur, & mtntrails.

"It's all good." :ricky

Off into the wilderness now.
Forum: Ride reports 08-01-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Thanks. Nice to know somebody's watching. :D

Thanks. Nice to know somebody's watching. :D
Forum: Ride reports 08-01-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Lake Bailkal

LAKE BAIKAL CAMP

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Lake Baikal is about 400 miles long, 50 miles wide and over...
Forum: Ride reports 08-01-2014, 12:36 AM
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Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Irkutsk

IRKUTSK
This metropolitan city reminds me of Washington, D. C., with it's riverfront pedestrian and bicycle paths, monuments, arched bridges, statues, well dressed people, theaters, and coffee...
Forum: Ride reports 07-28-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Irkutsk

We did 370 miles from the truck stop to Irkutsk today. That's an easy day back in the U S, and I've done a few 1000 mile days, but the road conditions here make 370 miles a long day, better than 10...
Forum: Ride reports 07-27-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Trans Siberian Highway

Change in plans. We were supposed to camp tonight, but by late afternoon there was/is a heavy, steady, cold rain, and we sought refuge in a truckers motel, several to a room. Time will come when we...
Forum: Ride reports 07-27-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
The path is set by Compass Expeditions, and they...

The path is set by Compass Expeditions, and they try to include as much of Europe, the Silk Road, and the Road of Bones as possible. Yes, you could do this trip by much shorter version. I would have...
Forum: Ride reports 07-26-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Desert Camps & into Russia again

No time for Spell Check.

Three words describe our last 3 day ride through Kazakhstan, hot barren desert. We're now in heavily forested Russia and out of the desert. All in a days work were bumps...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 07:20 AM
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Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Camp

Four days of camping coming up, probably HOT. :kboom

Then one night in hotel, then back to camping. Postings may become sparse.

We're getting into more remote territory and more camping. 17...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Yeah, I think the Go Pro and Drift are for some...

Yeah, I think the Go Pro and Drift are for some kid to turn on at the top of a snow board slope and leave on all the way down. With weak Internet connections I can't afford long videos. I can't...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Were the stan's worth it?

First I must say Kyrgyzstan is exempt, because it has mountains, good off road riding, and the easiest border crossings ever, easier than Canada/ USA. It is a liberal country and YouTube has...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Bluhduh Fed Ex Envelope Debacle

A credit card was stolen in London. My wife canceled it before any bogus charges and sent a replacement to Almaty, Kazakhstan, since I wouldn't need it till late in the trip. As long as she was...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Thanks. I need the boost. See below. :huh

Thanks. I need the boost. See below. :huh
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
I Crash

The remote switch for my Drift helmet cam does not work properly, and the small buttons on the camera are very difficult to use. Worst problem is I can't tell when it's on or off. Those with the Hero...
Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Rugged Territory

We crossed the border from Kyrgyzstan back into Kazakhstan on our way to Russia.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Not on your life. It looks like a clown hat to me...

Not on your life. It looks like a clown hat to me (on me?). :puke1
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 01:41 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Russian Truck Ride

Ride into alpine valley for overnight in Tien Shan Mountains.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Bishkek to Karacol, Kyrgyzstan

Between these two cities lies the worlds second largest saline lake and second largest mountain lake, Issyk-Kol, second only to the Caspian Sea and Lake Titicaca, and 113 miles wide. It is on the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
I was able to recover all my photos rom my...

I was able to recover all my photos rom my camera, and the best are already on ADV. Very poor internet here, but I will attempt update.
Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
crash

Complete computer crash. Lost everything. May be awhile before new posts.
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Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Ala Archa National Park

A day off the bikes, we took a van to an alpine area 35 miles out of Bishkek, Ala Archa, named after an ever-green tree, the archa, member of the juniper family.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 43,075
Posted By poppawheelie
Kalpak

Nobody seems to know exactly where it got started or how far back in history it goes, but the Kalpak made from 4 panels of white felt is worn by males of Kyrgyzstan. It's more predominant in the...
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