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Old 10-27-2012, 09:05 AM   #211
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:20 PM   #212
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:47 AM   #213
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Still the first morning

I have loads of video from this morning, so plenty of vidcaps (from the GoPro) of the type of terrain the trail was taking on day 1 of 100.







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Old 10-28-2012, 01:00 AM   #214
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The Muddy Hill

Approaching lunchtime on the 1st day, we reached a small hill on the outskirts of a tiny village. It was as muddy and slippery as you could possibly imagine. Walking on this clayish mud was near impossible





Rick, whose bike was both heavier outright, and very top heavy in its weight distribution, struggled:



And went down more than once. (note the thick slippery sticky clay clinging to the bottom of Terry's boots)



We eventually got Ricks bike up the hill:

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:03 AM   #215
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Even at the top of the hill, it was still slippery, and Rick went down again ... this time hurting his hip

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:11 AM   #216
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After a break, we continued on along improving tracks towards the first day lunch stop, the city of Lviv. The track took us across farmland, forests and rural villages:























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Old 10-28-2012, 01:14 AM   #217
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:30 AM   #218
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Egads, what roads! 30 years ago > bring it on . Today > Nada.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:43 AM   #219
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The final straw

As the morning wore on, Terry and I found ourselves waiting more and more often for Rick to catch up. The falls and the pain in his hip were clearly affecting his riding speed:





This section was probably this final straw. A deeply rutted stretch in which Rick went down again, hurting his already sore hip dramatically more:'



It was no more than half an hour on easier trails from there into the city of Lviv and our lunch break, But Rick was deep in thought. By Lviv he told us that he had come to a decision. He needed to rest and protect his hip. On top of that his bike wasn't running well and the steering and suspension were not right. He was going to say goodbye to us in Lviv and return to Western Europe, sort his bike out, and sort out his hip.

We said our farewells to Rick:



It was only lunchtime on Day 1 (of about 100 days) of offroad: - we had done just 50 miles of a scheduled 12,000. We had lost Rick already - a seasoned veteran of the TAT and Continental Divide Trails. This trip was already taking casualties.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:55 AM   #220
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Eek

I can imagine what lies ahead of you!
Walter, how have you chosen such roads? Is your GPS had these country roads or you got them with the help of locals?
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:19 AM   #221
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We said our farewells to Rick:



It was only lunchtime on Day 1 (of about 100 days) of offroad: - we had done just 50 miles of a scheduled 12,000. We had lost Rick already - a seasoned veteran of the TAT and Continental Divide Trails. This trip was already taking casualties.


And that's where you leave it??? You torturing bastard! Keep it going!
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:10 AM   #222
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I can imagine what lies ahead of you!
Walter, how have you chosen such roads? Is your GPS had these country roads or you got them with the help of locals?
GPS did not have most of these tracks. I had programmed a track/route into the GPS (using google earth make a track tool) ... I was following a route I have programmed in to run from the start (near the Poland - Ukraine border) to Magadan. The complete track (which I called the Sibirsky Extreme Track) was broken down into smaller daily sized tracks. We loaded the next daily track onto the GPS each night (or whenever the previous one ran out) and continued.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:45 AM   #223
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GPS did not have most of these tracks. I had programmed a track/route into the GPS (using google earth make a track tool) ...
That is a lot of work, more than 11,000 km! It had to take you months of mapping.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:17 AM   #224
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That is a lot of work, more than 11,000 km! It had to take you months of mapping.
The actual route was not direct - it was 12,000 miles - 18,000 km - and yes it took me 4 months of work to lay down the track - same length if time it took to ride it basically
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:47 PM   #225
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