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Old 02-18-2013, 11:31 AM   #3856
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Sorry for arriving late, but I had the feeling to have already seen these places (even if still never been there) ,so I fetched an old family album : some 1942 photos taken by my father when was soldier in WWII are strangely similar.



No, on your pictures of the house which build in the south, they are covered with clay,
it most likely Ukraine.
I suspect it the right coast of Don the South the East of Ukraine
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:56 AM   #3857
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I have noticed that along this trip a lot of buildings have the trim painted blue. This is not common in the U.S and was wondering if there is any significance to the color. Maybe a welcome?

Orthodoxy came to Russia from Greece, probably paints came from there too.

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:59 AM   #3858
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Khandyga next

We rode out of Yakutsk after saying goodbye to the guys. Along the way there were some nice monuments honoring "The Great Patriotic War". Always great photo opportunities




The stretch today was about 420 km's with two major river crossings. First was the Lena River in Yakutsk. As always a lot of locals came to talk.




We made sure to get our sticker up on the barge. If you ever come across one of these, please take a picture with you in it and send it along




The roads were good, but a bit dusty. We could keep a good pace. I'll take dust any day of the week compared to mud and rain I figure it is Genghis Khan standing here.




Not much exciting happened that day with regards to the riding. This was basically a transport stretch for us to do in order to start on the Old Summer Road. We got to the Aldan River where we jumped on a new barge. This trip is upstream and it takes almost two hours, but it is a beautiful voyage

Preparing for departure.




Steve is enjoying the scenery




It was a nice day.




We all caught some Zzzz's




Just as we got of the barge I saw a guy on a bicycle. That was Christian, the Swiss guy we had met in Yakutsk, on his way to Magadan. We waved and set course for Khandyga, about 35 click's away. Just as we left the settlement of Keskil there were road works going on. They had filled up the road with loose gravel and it was pretty horrendous to drive there. The bikes were all over the place This went on for about 25 km's.

Finally we got into Khandyga at around 2230. Among Walter's GPS points there is a B&B marked in Khandyga. After a little while we found the place. It was in the middle of a housing estate. We looked around if there was a secure place to park the bikes when this lovely young lady came along in a pimped Land Cruiser. She and her boyfriend had a container outside which they used as a garage for stuff. She opened up and told us to put the bikes inside




We got installed in our rooms and then went out for some chow. Stocking up for the next days. Tomorrow the plan for us was to reach Kyubyume. There we would leave the M56 and got to Tomtor. The start of the Old Summer Road
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:18 PM   #3859
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While you guys wait for the Norwegians , there was a drive of the Road of Bones in winter in a group of cars (filming for the BBC) in the 2012 winter.

So if you want to know what its like at a different time of year ... here you go: Escorted by a couple of British stand up comics.
nice!
especially the wisdom in minute 50 or was it 54
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:33 PM   #3860
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Again, thank you both, from the bottom of my heart, for being the wonderful human beings you are
I could not think of finer words of tribute to these two riders that I also had the privilege of riding with (mainly following) and indeed ever meeting.

Over the weeks and months they both became more than just riding buddies and friends. They are for life!

We pick up whenever any of us are around. It is always as if there was no time inbetween.

I enjoy every opportunity - at present, more often with one than the other (Boris's parts requirement permitting).

Steve, Geir, Erik and Linda - may we too meet soon. Rod and Bas - here's to the next time. And not forgetting W and Bongo.

Kindred Spirits. A unique fellowship shared.

(Now get on with the RR : )
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:37 PM   #3861
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I could not think of finer words of tribute to these two riders that I also had the privilege of riding with.... here's to the next time. And not forgetting W and 'Bongo".

Kindred Spirits. A unique fellowship shared.
Terry, mate your not going to live that name down in a hurry but lets not forget "tow rope Rod"
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:52 AM   #3862
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do you really have to quote all the photos???
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:55 AM   #3863
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do you really have to quote all the photos???
...and say nothing.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:14 AM   #3864
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Ok, Geir what happened to the facial hair? I notice no one has said anything. I didn't recognize you without it??

Again, awesome story telling skills all of you have. Thanks again for sharing!
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:41 AM   #3865
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Ok, Geir what happened to the facial hair? I notice no one has said anything. I didn't recognize you without it??

Again, awesome story telling skills all of you have. Thanks again for sharing!
I was wondering the same thing. I got confused for a little bit.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:09 AM   #3866
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Two question to either one of the whole group.
You have told us you kept uploading waypoints at your night camp. Assuming you use some form of laptop, where'd you get the power? Can't imagine there are any sockets in the middle of the Mongolian steppe.
And is there a particular reason you all go from West of East? Is it inadvisable to go the other way around, or did it just turn out this way?
Keep the updates coming!
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:12 AM   #3867
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A missed opportunity

Sorry ... a bit out of order here ....

As soon as the texts started coming in from the guys out partying, I realised I had missed a golden opportunity to let my hair down with Adrian, Terry, Geir, Steve and Neil from Kudu, our gang of guys in Yakutsk, before everyone went their separate ways. (I think Erik and I were just needing to spend time with wifi chatting to loved ones from back at the hotel)

I wished I was with them in Europa ... and wished Rod Currie could be there to shake his money maker too.



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Old 02-19-2013, 09:19 AM   #3868
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Two question to either one of the whole group.
You have told us you kept uploading waypoints at your night camp. Assuming you use some form of laptop, where'd you get the power? Can't imagine there are any sockets in the middle of the Mongolian steppe.
And is there a particular reason you all go from West of East? Is it inadvisable to go the other way around, or did it just turn out this way?
Keep the updates coming!
Its best to go west to east for a number of reasons ... (1) since you do most of your riding in the afternoon, you dont have the sun in your eyes ... which as I found in 2010 in Mongolia, at dusk, makes riding off road at speed VERY challenging. A bit like ... well I think the road goes round to the left here ... I will lean that way and see. (2) you build into the ride. As you leave the developed world, the challenges get progressively larger and your location gets progressively more remote. Starting an off road ride in Magadan, as I did in 2010, has you feeling like its over by the time to leave Mongolia. You cant be bothered with the bit back to Europe - its an anticlimax. Psychologically, like a movie, you need to build up and up and up in your challenges, difficulties and problems .... and ending it with the Old Summer Road and them limping into Magadan has that adventure feel to it. Its a logical climax. Seeing the sign on the outskirts of Magadan is a symbol of vistory over the roads and the elements. Coming the other way, you wouldnt feel that coming back to the outskirts of London. Limping along the motorways of Europe on a half broken bike, heading towards London at the end of your journey just seems pitiful.

As for laptops et al, I dont think we camped more than 2 nights in a row. often it was alternating nights. Once you reach the BAM and Road of Bones, the idea of camping really sux anyway. Its really not a romantic concept. Its a last resort. Its fine in western Russia, or the Kazakh steppes, or even Mongolia if the weather was good. But its not fun on the BAM. Charging much more than mobile phones off the bikes power is not really practical. Trust me, I have tried loads of things to charge off the bikes outlets. The charge rate is terrible, the connections not always reliable and the chargers double the bulk you are carrying in electrical chargers (the volume in electrical cables and chargers is high enough as it is. Having to double up so you have power from mains sockets as well as bike is something I have tried and disregarded for this kind of trip. It works if you have a big 1200cc adventure bike and are travelling around europe camping ... but its not practical in the boonies. My advice is try to get all your plugs on your accessories switched over to euro plugs (loads smaller than big UK plugs or still quite bulky Aussie plugs) and used all thru Russia, Stans, Mongolia etc ... so no adapters needed. Secondly, take a compact 3 way splitter (for euro plugs obviously) ... cause often old hotel rooms will only have a solitary socket, and after a few days in the boonies, you need to charge 4-5 things up, cameras, phones, laptops, ipods etc - per person.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:36 AM   #3869
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:04 AM   #3870
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Ok, Geir what happened to the facial hair? I notice no one has said anything. I didn't recognize you without it??

Again, awesome story telling skills all of you have. Thanks again for sharing!
The hair disappeared in Tynda. Max said I looked to old with it and that I had to take it off

It's back on again
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