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Old 06-15-2014, 12:32 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:36 AM   #2
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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.




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.


A little further down near the town of Yaroplets I came across some old Soviet Bunkers that saw some heavy fighting during the war.

They were burning fields the day I was there it made it kind of eerie
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:21 AM   #3
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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.


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.


This is right beside the memorial.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:30 AM   #4
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This Monument is just outside of Volokolomnsk.


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




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.


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



Rocket Launchers


One of the German tanks that looked like it had been used for target practice.


This cute little baby tank


Finally a monument to the Siberian Soldiers who fought here.
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:54 AM   #5
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I'm glad that enough people told you to do this....


This is going to be interesting and educational.... great start!!!
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:01 AM   #6
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I'm glad that enough people told you to do this....


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.


https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...7bacaf52&msa=0
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:09 PM   #7
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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


"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.

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Old 06-15-2014, 08:42 PM   #8
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You don't by any chance work on Devyatinksy Pereulok, do you?
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:02 PM   #9
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Awesome stuff!


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Old 07-20-2014, 07:14 AM   #10
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me thinks I would like to go there some day. whats the beer like.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:34 AM   #11
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So I stayed at Okcanas house the last few days of my vacation. Finally being able to find an ATM that would give me some money on the next to last day of my vacation.

Saturday night we ordered some pizza and ate and relaxed. I woke up Sunday morning about 3:00 am the pizza I had eaten didnt agree with me! I had to get home on Sunday so about 7 am I felt well enough to give it a shot. It felt like a long ride home, 160 km, hoping and praying I didnt have to make and "emergency" stop. Luckily I made it and have had time to recover now.

I came up with this map. Thats the approximate route I took


Total of about 3,600 miles or about 5800 km! I think something about 400 miles, 650 km, were on dirt or gravel roads.
Bike now has just shy of 43,000 miles on it.

Cant wait for the next adventure!
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:37 AM   #12
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me thinks I would like to go there some day. whats the beer like.
The beer isnt bad. Just like anywhere you can find decent beer here, usually import, or you can find cheap beer.

For some reason there is not a better feeling than walking out of the store with a 5 liter bottle of beer for about 4 dollars total lol.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:04 AM   #13
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Very interesting report, with a unique take on WWII history.

It is touching to see how even the smallest Memorial is decorated with flowers. The Russians and other nationalities of the Soviet Union suffered staggering losses during the Great Patriotic War. Sacrifice on a scale we cannot even imagine ...

Thank you for taking us with you on your travels
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:30 AM   #14
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Great report! Looking forward to seeing your next one! Thanks for taking us along!
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:46 AM   #15
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