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Old 12-21-2009, 06:03 AM   #211
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So the railway guards wouldn't let you cross on the rail bridges?
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No way.
These were Military Units of heavily armed guards. As Colebatch said, all bridges within a certain distance of 'dangerous' borders have a strong military presence. Such was the importance of their task they were not even allowed to take us into the heavily fenced compound that had fierce dogs.

Unlike the guards at the Amgun River Bridge, the Commander here (on left in Roberts 4th photo) wanted to help in that respect, but could not. A good guy and did all he could to assist - and make us as comfortable as possible!

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He remembered you from the year before. Nice to see your photo of him.
Looking at your photo (taken after you had crossed) and comparing the rocks on the opposite side, the river was higher and wider for us.
[IMG]DCIM/100CANON/IMG_2180[/IMG] Sorry - don't know how to post photo!

Everyone. How do we cross? What would you do?
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:26 AM   #212
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Can't believe I just found this RR last night ............. excellent.
Thanks for sharing. I am anxiously waiting for the next installment


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Old 12-21-2009, 06:45 AM   #213
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Bridge Troops

As Tony said, the commander of the guards was a really nice and helpful chap, and offered to come over to the abandoned barracks after his watch was finished for a drink.

As far as crossing on his brige was concerned, he mentioned he risked losing his career and being court martialled if we crossed the bridge and anyone found out. We certainly didnt want that - he was a very nice guy and he had a young family - his young son was with him. So we made a conscious decision not to press him on it, and to play by the rules.



In the foto of the bridge, you will see the guards watch-towers on each side. Its a lot less 'populated' than in Soviet days when the railways troops were supplemented with a regular army unit, in whose barracks we now 'lived'.
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:37 AM   #214
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Very big! It is very hard!
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:01 AM   #215
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Night at the Ulma Bridge

With rain threatening, we returned to the top of hill and the bridge guards. They led us to the small room in the abandoned barracks and we unpacked the bikes. The room was about 2.5 x 2.5 metres (8 feet by 8 feet), had 2 bunks and a table.





The senior Bridge Guard officer came up to join us once his shift was finished, as did 2 contractors installing video surveillance equipment on the bridge. They brought vodka, food and good cheer. They mentioned we were the first foreigners this year. In a similar story to other places along the line, these guys reported only being aware of 3 foreigners having been down this road before, the two Poles on motorcycles, who also stayed here, again in the very same room, and the Australian cyclist.



Amazingly, according to the bridge guard officer, we were staying in exactly the same room as the Poles a year earlier, for the second night in a row. I decided I have to meet these guys - it seems our BAM road journeys are so intertwined its uncanny, truly bizarre.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:09 AM   #216
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Nice ratings

112 votes ... all 5? Wow guys, you have incredibly good taste!!


I have to find a way to repay your generosity ... I have an idea ....


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Old 12-21-2009, 10:28 AM   #217
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112 votes ... all 5? Wow guys, you have incredibly good taste!!


I have to find a way to repay your generosity ... I have an idea ....
That sounds like a great way to "pay" everyone back. In fact, that could also be an excellent way to reward the generosity of the people that help you on future adventures when cash is not welcome, "Thank you sir, for helping us cross that raging river. Here are some photos of beautiful women (or rugged men for the helpful ladies out there, all in fairness...) to show you our thanks."

Just a thought.....
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:58 AM   #218
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112 votes ... all 5? Wow guys, you have incredibly good taste!!


I have to find a way to repay your generosity ... I have an idea ....

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Old 12-21-2009, 11:16 AM   #219
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:43 AM   #220
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Amazingly, according to the bridge guard officer, we were staying in exactly the same room as the Poles a year earlier, for the second night in a row. I decided I have to meet these guys - it seems our BAM road journeys are so intertwined its uncanny, truly bizarre.
Strange ... I'm sure that no vodka left! If so, we must meet and drink it together! Such drops are on the table were the basis of food:)
Who sleep on the upper bed? Izi afraid, so I was there.
Oh, there Izi left 1 million dollars (lost his train), were there?
I saw the picture that drinking vodka "Green Mark"
I never thought that someone would go this way ...
Guys this is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:58 AM   #221
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Who sleep on the upper bed?
I was on top bed.


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Oh, there Izi left 1 million dollars (lost his train), were there?
Yes I found it. We spent it most of it on vodka, motorcycles and women (the rest we wasted). I am visiting Maciek and Safran tonight, so we will spend the rest!
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:10 PM   #222
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Yes I found it. We spent it most of it on vodka, motorcycles and women. I am visiting Maciek and Safran tonight, so we will spend the rest!
Very good choice!
Where do you visit? In Warsaw?
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:23 PM   #223
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Very good choice!
Where do you visit? In Warsaw?
Danzig !
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:28 PM   #224
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Danzig !
Safran just told me. Sex, drugs & rock'n roll. Danzig by night. I hope that it was still something of a million dollars on women
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:30 PM   #225
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Excellent report and pictures!

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