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Old 02-07-2013, 09:08 PM   #3556
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@Bli55, how do you get there? From old town Chara? In any case you have to ford?
Yes you have to ford.

see the map at the top of this post ...

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there are two fords marked on the left of the map, a km or two southwest of Staraya Chara (Old Chara). Either of those will get you across the river from where tracks lead to the Chara Sands. The western ford is much more direct.

I have marked them in a satellite image ... Staraya Chara is in the top right of the pic, the dunes begin in the bottom left of the pic.



Yellow line is probably the most common route to the dunes:

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Old 02-07-2013, 09:10 PM   #3557
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A-frickin-mazing!

I have been enjoying this ride report since the very beginning. I'm nowhere near the kind of riders you all are, but want to add my thanks to the chorus of thank you's for taking time to post this amazing report.

Nothing else to add. Back to the ride!
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:43 PM   #3558
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but you can take gasoline in Olyokma from this man:
N57 01.421 E120 43.825

and in Yuktali at the geologist:
N56 35.514 E121 39.445
Thanks Pate ... I have added them to my waypoints file

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...aypoints-50860

It will be reflected on there the next time I post the update
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:16 AM   #3559
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Late to the party

First off. Epic RR.

I'm up to page 132 now (in the past 3 days or so). I should be snowboarding today in the Caucasus Mountains but I'm drooling over the pictures in this RR from the Altai Region and Mongolia. I am certainly looking forward to next summer.

On a side note, I'm the one who is now piloting Fishfund's 08 690E. When I took ownership of it, I had to rewire a fair amount of stuff. Wires twisted together with ducttape might get you out of the woods, but its not a permanent fix

This RR is getting me so stoked for next summer. I will take my sweet ass time.. Azerbaijan starting in May and Magadon by the sometime in September.

Thanks again for posting!
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:13 AM   #3560
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Wicked We got wood amongst our equipment

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Got wood?

What's up with the boards I see behind your luggage? Oh, and tell us about your bags. This is really getting good!!!

This is what our bikes looked like on the start of the trip.




What we have here is the following:

One Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag. This was our primary luggage.

On top of the air intake we all had tank bags. I had the Touratech one, Erik the BMW one and Steve the Giant Loop one. Here we all stored our photo and video equipment.

But we quickly realized we needed more room for the trip.

We then bought three Biltema Pakksekk. They only cost around $ 22 each and are fully waterproof.

In the Biltema bags on the right hand side I had tools, spare inner tube, sprockets, new chain and oil. On the left hand side I had my camping equipment and sleeping bag. On the top one I had my daily clothes and my MacBook. On top of this you see our new tires We drove like this to Krasnoyarsk. No heavy off roading so weight was not an issue. In Krasnoyarsk we changed tires, oil, sprockets etc...

The piece of wood on the left hand side we had to put on due to the heat from the exhaust pipe. We melted two Biltema bags and one sleeping mat pre wood installation

Due to occupational hazard and me being an old military man I brought a pretty extensive medical kit. This included a Kendrick Traction Splint, a Sam Splint, a full suture kit and a dental kit. I had medication that made me able to put you to sleep, wake you up etc. etc... I also had a dry kit of wool underwear stuffed in the GL.

Was all this necessary you might ask Well in retrospect I would change a few things:

Firstly I would take less equipment. I think this whole trip could have been made without changing tires. Our Mefo Super Explorer saw no significant wear when we arrived in Krasnoyarsk. That was after 9.000 km's. Same with the chain and sprockets. We could have used the same for the whole trip. Next time the medical equipment stays at home, Oh you gotta have a little faith

As a tank bag I would use the Giant Loop Fandango It is small and don't get in the way when you stand up. It is also easy to take off using a zipper. One thing to remember with the Giant Loop stuff is that it is not waterproof from the factory. You get the sealing with the bag. Use great caution when you seal the bags. That makes life a lot more easy. I didn't But fortunately I had packed all my gear in small waterproof bags.

The Giant Loop Great Basin is a great saddlebag if you have a bike with no rear baggage frame. On our bikes we had a very light and solid frame built by Hotrod Erik. This protected the Xtank and supported the rear fender. The frame was a bit to wide for the GL Great Basin. We didn't get it to fit properly over the saddle. On a bike with a wide frame in the back you are better off with the new Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers or Adventure Specs Magadan Panniers

And one more thing, bring lots of rear brake pads. When it rains you can go through a set in a day or two
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:59 AM   #3561
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Reading between the lines...

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Old 02-08-2013, 02:22 AM   #3562
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That looks like the same bridge TonyP almost got hit on 3 years earlier. Heading in the opposite direction ... same deal ... Terry and I heard it, but Tony didnt.
That's the one. I'll never forget it !

What an amazing coincidence.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:37 AM   #3563
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Waiting for our night train

The day began cheerfully ... with a surprise after breakfast.

Back in 2009, I had ridden into Khani also with a broken (touratech) front alloy subframe. A local guy and his son had helped me out, and patched it back together with steel plate. The local Khani guy who took us in and repaird my bike, fed us and housed us was called Rim.

(see post at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=479)

Well as I stepped outside the Hotel in Chara, who should appear, but Rim. He had met the Norwegians in Khani yesterday afternoon. And now here he was in Chara for the day on a business trip.

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Old 02-08-2013, 03:06 AM   #3564
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An unexcpected train.





What happens when the train comes unexpectantly. My Kruger Park Rence Ride
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:58 AM   #3565
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A good start of the day

We got up in the morning after an interesting nights sleep. Just by the station where we slept there was a side track that the trains used to wait at in order to pass each other. Especially one of the trains made a very special noise. The engine must have been a big turbine engine. I know the sound of one, and this one did not have a diesel engine. I thought about checking, but I was to tired.




We got our kit together and fortunately everything had dried during the night This was a good start of the day. We saddled up and headed for the Olyokma bridge a few hundred meters away. The bridge was long and it was guarded on the far side. We had a quick Council of War about how we should do the crossing. Should we walk over and ask permission first, or should we just go and ask forgiveness after? We decided on the last option. I got ready, and to make sure we had no problems, I had 3.000 Rubles ready in my hand. I would give this to the guard when on the other side.

We had a quick lookout for trains and off I went. Due to a turn of the rail road immediately after the bridge the trains go very slow here. That's a good thing Due to the turn immediately after the bridge you can't see the trains before they are on the bridge. That's a bad thing



It took me a very long two minutes and fifteen seconds to cross the bridge When I got over a man came smiling towards me. I got of my bike, took of my helmet and greeted him with a 3.000 Rubles handshake. If it weren't for his ears his smile would have gone all around his head I told him two others were coming and asked if that was OK. "Nje prablema". I waved at the guys and they set course across the bridge.




Now I can't remember the name of this fine man , but he was really friendly and invited us in for something to eat and drink. Note, this was around 0800 in the morning




He was very talkative and wanted us to stay. He spend four weeks here in his little cabin and then a few days at home. We had some tea and biscuits with him and he also offered us Cognac to celebrate. This was the first one along the BAM that we saw drinking something else than Vodka. He had style We politely said No and took the tea.

We spent maybe 30 minutes with him. It was a good 30 minutes. It is very nice when you meet a man like him. Friendly to his heart. I start to believe in the human race again We took our farewell pictures and drove the short distance into Yuktali.

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:57 AM   #3566
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Yuktali

First off in Yuktali was to get gas. The "station" is not in the centre of the place as you would expect, but rather in a rural area outside the centre. Well, rural might not be the correct word here We followed the instructions from Mr. Zumo. He led us to some typical old Russian houses with fences around and a small garden where they grew vegetables. Didn't look like no gas station to me. Then a guy came over to us. We asked and he confirmed that this was indeed the gas station We just had to drive around the estate. So we did and there we met Yura. Waiting for us with a big smile




We got our gas and Steve got his side stand fixed. Yura's friend scooted off and came back with a spring. Put it on the bike and Voilà side stand OK again




After getting gas, not a hair over 72 octane, Yura jumped on his scooter and led the way to the local Supermarcado.




We bought some food and new dry thick socks. What a luxury We were now ready for the last stretch in towards Tynda and the finnish of the BAM

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Old 02-08-2013, 05:18 AM   #3567
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More coincidences from 2009.

After another train on 'my' nightmare rail bridge and the Norwegians, Colebatch and Terry meeting Rim again - this is the same guy.

He also gave us tea and biscuits while busy drying mushrooms, waiting for District Office clearance to let us cross
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:02 AM   #3568
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This is what our bikes looked like on the start of the trip.
Thanks Geir! This is such a great story, thanks for your time.!
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:03 AM   #3569
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This picture is worth a million words. He just looks so delighted to have had your company that morning. Well done Geir.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:45 AM   #3570
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He was very talkative and wanted us to stay. He spend four weeks here in his little cabin and then a few days at home. We had some tea and biscuits with him and he also offered us Cognac to celebrate. This was the first one along the BAM that we saw drinking something else than Vodka. He had style We politely said No and took the tea.

We spent maybe 30 minutes with him. It was a good 30 minutes. It is very nice when you meet a man like him. Friendly to his heart. I start to believe in the human race again We took our farewell pictures and drove the short distance into Yuktali.

Hey Geir, why did you give him the money before he was asking for some? He looks so kind that makes you think that he dosnt want money to let you pass, only some company for an hour.
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