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Old 11-29-2009, 06:18 AM   #1
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Road of Bones and the Kolyma Track - Pure Photos

This is one part of a multi thread ride report ... posted in a random order ... like Pulp Fiction meets Adventure motorcycling. Only when all the parts are together will it all make sense and tie in!

This thread is preceded by a report on riding from Irkutsk due North to Udachny and then across the never before ridden Vilyuisky Trakt between Mirny and Yakutsk.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569243

This thread is followed by a report on riding what I consider to be the toughest adventure road in the world, the 4300 km long BAM Road between Vanino and Bratsk. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=533442

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No ride report ... just pics

We begin in Yakutsk ... start of the Kolyma Road


Downtown Yakutsk:


The girls of Yakutsk - after a lot of time in the wilderness, they are a refreshing sight


Permafrost caves ... We took the chance to visit some permafrost tunnels in the side of a hill just on the edge of Yakutsk. Its 33 C (about 90F) outside, and its -20C (about 0F) inside the hill. Permafrost in Yakutsk is just a few metres beneath the Earth's surface, and the easiest way to get into it is not to go down, but just to tunnel into the side of a hill. This is the entrance on one such tunnel.


5 metres and 3 insulation doors later, and you have this:


This one is the ICE BAR:


And this one is the ICE OFFICE
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:20 AM   #2
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Across the Rivers

Lena River ... 7 miles wide




Aldan River ferry


Yakutka (Yakut girl) crossing the Aldan
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:24 AM   #3
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Wow

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Old 11-29-2009, 07:25 AM   #4
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More please
Uh..... What he said. +1
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:24 AM   #5
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Keep it coming man! Them girls are Hot!
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:29 AM   #6
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How about a little back gorund info on your trip?

More pics too please
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:11 PM   #7
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Keep it coming man! Them girls are Hot!
then one more for you my friend:



Even old guys get hit on by the Yakutian girls ... at least you do if you are on a motorcycle:
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:32 AM   #8
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If you made it home already, then congratulations! If you haven't, then good luck. Looking forward to more!
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:25 PM   #9
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How are you getting out of Magadan?

Are the flights back operational?
will be heading this way starting in April in Dublin Ireland...
any info greatly appreciated
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:16 PM   #10
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:21 PM   #11
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:05 PM   #12
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Are the flights back operational?
will be heading this way starting in April in Dublin Ireland...
any info greatly appreciated
stay tuned ...
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:32 PM   #13
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And on to the Road of Bones itself

Khandyga - until recently, the eastern end of the road. From Khandyga, the Gulag system was connected to the real world via the Aldan and Lena Rivers. Occasional barges sailed to Yakutsk, from where more regular boats went 2000 km upstream to Ust Kut - and the railway.



70 km out of Khandyga, you come across the last town for about 500 km, Tyoply Klyuch. Soon after Tyoply Klyuch is a turn off to the Extreme North ... the first 190km (to Topolino) is possible in summer, but has a lot of water crossings. The rest of the road is a zimnik - a winter road. I think North Americans call them 'Ice Roads'. If you ride winter / ice roads, its theoretically possible in March to take this road all the way to Tiksi, at the mouth of the Lena River - though of course, no-one has ever ridden this on a bike. The zimnik is graded ice and snow all the way to Ust Kuiga (1295 km on this sign) ... after Ust Kuiga, the zimnik is rarely graded. With enough warm gear and ice tyres, and carrying all your own fuel, you would be able to ride to Ust Kuiga at 70 km/h (45 mph) on the graded stuff. After Ust Kuiga its about 500 km to Tiksi. I have been told the last 150km stretch into Tiksi is a tough one, where even on the ice roads, the big 6wd trucks struggle to do 50km (30 miles) per DAY! That last 150km is a 3 day stretch.




But I digressed ... it was summer. Any thoughts of the zimnik were totally irrelevant in summer months. We were headed straight on, for Magadan.

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Old 11-30-2009, 12:17 AM   #14
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Awesome pics ...... good looking locals too.

Looking forward to more.

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Old 11-30-2009, 04:09 AM   #15
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