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Old 08-18-2009, 10:55 AM   #16
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:56 AM   #17
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Excellent! Looking forward to reading this....!

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Old 08-18-2009, 11:17 AM   #18
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Wow, can't wait to read more! Awesome trip.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:08 PM   #19
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The road grime was quickly building up on the bikes, wearing brake pads and more so we found a place to get them washed at an overnight truck stop.


Motorcycles, Russian style


But if your paperworks not in order it'll end up here in the police compound


We ask the way from this guy, note his axe on the bike



It seems the way ahead is blocked, we'll have to turn back but he's heading into the woods.


Off he goes to who knows where, a great encounter.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:14 PM   #20
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Pic of that dirty bike makes the Dempster highway look tame!
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:27 PM   #21
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Heading deeper into Siberia the road begin to become more variable.


Often turning to dirt



Sometimes concrete sections


This is the main road east


At last the riding becomes more interesting at times.


We meet a local bike enthusiast, he shows us photos of his bikes...the common language worldwide.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:47 PM   #22
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Back on tarmac we meet the Irkutsk bike club heading for a rally in Europe, they've a long way to go!


More encounters in Siberia, these two lads have cycled across Mongolia from south Korea and are heading for.......Portugal!!!
Much later in our trip we stop at two cafes in Kazahkstan and find they too had called there, small world sometimes.



Pete and I enjoy a coffee break


The Trans-Siberia railway became our constant companion.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:55 PM   #23
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Ok count me in. Got a total for all the fines paid this trip? You guys don't write for fastbikes by any chance?
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:56 PM   #24
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:09 PM   #25
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:11 PM   #26
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We stayed in a truckstop in Kansk.

A town full of good looking women.

But oh no, Rick and I get invited to drink vodka with a group of truckers.

It's all going well, once raised, your glass mustn't touch the table until empty, we eat smoked Baikal fish and other foods between drinks.
Five bottles of vodka later, we've run out so a bottle of brandy is found.

One of the truckers wants to see my bike round the back in the truck park.
Reluctantly I go with him.


"I love you he confesses" pretenting and hoping for a misunderstanding I tell him yes " I love my bike"......"No" he insists, "I love YOU" and invites me to his truck.
I tell him to feck off and beat a hasty retreat back to the bar where Rick is unknowingly being chatted up


My 'companion' returns and brushes his leg against mine.
I make a second retreat, this time to the safety of our room and tell the others of my ordeal, which was fairly frightening.

Rick storms into the room ten minutes later, "they're all fecking gay" he shouts and has had a similar lucky escape, but didn't thank me for leaving him alone with them.

The cafe's often sell a type of sausage roll, which is a sausage with strips of pastry wrapped around them.

They became known as 'Trucker's Knuckles'.
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:41 PM   #27
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At last some flat tarmac, the undulating potholed surface often found in Russia gives the bikes an early pounding.
Baz's top box comes off and is dragged behind him for a while before I could attract his attention.



Camping in Siberia is simply a matter of pulling off into the woods and finding a quiet clearing (and hope that no truckers turn up)!

Huge mosquitoes found ways to bite you no matter what defences you tried, and lying in your tent listenening to the nearby Trans-Siberian was a sound I'll always remember.


Not all of us enjoyed five star luxury
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:52 PM   #28
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Lake baikal

So to the southern tip of Lake Baikal, a real milestone in our journey.
Pretty girls try to sell us dried fish and the people become more friendly
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We find somewhere to stay and locals lets us put the bikes in their garage before driving us out to eat and drink.
On the way back the burly driver asks us if we'd like to drive his tank!!
Oh yes!

In the darkness of his his big yard the twin petrol V8s are fired up and we pile inside taking it in turns to drive. Awesome.


Then we're shown some of his relics from the 1st world war.
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:08 PM   #29
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OH YEAH! This is going to be a great thread!
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:10 PM   #30
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Heading up the east coast of Baikal the railway accompanies us.


Following a back road round the coast we find this.


And a perfect campsite. Baz gets some washing done.


Camped on a spit of sand and grass, we're between Baikal and this lagoon behind.




Lying in my tent that night watching the sunset over Lake Baikal, I reflect on where we are. It seemed such a long way on the map.


And watch the fishermen try to get there vehicle out of the sand and stones


Tomorrow we're going to Mongolia!!!!!
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