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Old 11-29-2009, 10:32 PM   #16
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And on to the Road of Bones itself

Khandyga - until recently, the eastern end of the road. From Khandyga, the Gulag system was connected to the real world via the Aldan and Lena Rivers. Occasional barges sailed to Yakutsk, from where more regular boats went 2000 km upstream to Ust Kut - and the railway.



70 km out of Khandyga, you come across the last town for about 500 km, Tyoply Klyuch. Soon after Tyoply Klyuch is a turn off to the Extreme North ... the first 190km (to Topolino) is possible in summer, but has a lot of water crossings. The rest of the road is a zimnik - a winter road. I think North Americans call them 'Ice Roads'. If you ride winter / ice roads, its theoretically possible in March to take this road all the way to Tiksi, at the mouth of the Lena River - though of course, no-one has ever ridden this on a bike. The zimnik is graded ice and snow all the way to Ust Kuiga (1295 km on this sign) ... after Ust Kuiga, the zimnik is rarely graded. With enough warm gear and ice tyres, and carrying all your own fuel, you would be able to ride to Ust Kuiga at 70 km/h (45 mph) on the graded stuff. After Ust Kuiga its about 500 km to Tiksi. I have been told the last 150km stretch into Tiksi is a tough one, where even on the ice roads, the big 6wd trucks struggle to do 50km (30 miles) per DAY! That last 150km is a 3 day stretch.




But I digressed ... it was summer. Any thoughts of the zimnik were totally irrelevant in summer months. We were headed straight on, for Magadan.

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Old 11-30-2009, 12:17 AM   #17
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Awesome pics ...... good looking locals too.

Looking forward to more.

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Old 11-30-2009, 04:09 AM   #18
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:14 AM   #19
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:19 AM   #20
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the man does it again.

thanks, love the photos, scenery, girls, and the bike....
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:07 PM   #21
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awesome! looking forward to more :)
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:30 PM   #22
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:44 PM   #23
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:56 PM   #24
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Keep it coming man. This is great! Um, while we're at it uh..... run into anymore pretty ladies?
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:38 PM   #26
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:33 AM   #27
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Keep it coming man. This is great! Um, while we're at it uh..... run into anymore pretty ladies?
"A man is not a camel" ...

... he can not go 40 days in the desert without water.

Fortunately it is much less than 40 days to Magadan ... you only get the cute ones in the cities ... in between Yakutsk and Magadan is barren ground for bumping into pretty ladies.

So until I get to Magadan, I might as well enjoy scenery of a different kind ... like the landscapes of the Kolyma!
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:43 AM   #28
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Road Conditions

Roadworks

Here we are stopped at roadworks. They close the road for 4 hours twice a day while they work on it. We got there an hour after one shift started, and had to wait three hours for it to re-open. A couple of UAZiks rolled up in the following 3 hours. One was a regular 4WD minibus servicing the road and the other was two guys from Moscow who wanted to drive across Russia. They were the only vehicles we saw between Tyoply Kyuch and Ust Nera, and we all bumped into each other on several occasions.

Come to think of it, they were the only two vehicles we saw moving between Khandyga and Kadykchan.





- - -

Thanks to a combination of the ongoing roadworks programme and good weather, the road conditions were amazingly good.

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Old 12-02-2009, 07:48 AM   #29
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Natuural Beauty

Now we are approaching the most beautiful section of the road ... in the vague vicinity of Razvilka ... which is nothing more than a semi-permanent road maintenance workers camp of about half a dozen log cabins.



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Old 12-02-2009, 07:51 AM   #30
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Earthen cliff on one side, river on the other, and bones under your wheels:

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