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Old 01-05-2010, 07:04 PM   #601
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:13 PM   #602
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captivated by your rr, superb writing and photos...
really admire your courage and resourcefulness..
the bridge crossing over the vatim river... omg, that bridge went on forever and that river looked like it would swallow you and extinguish your light in a heartbeat...
what an accomplishment...
congrats and many thanks
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:55 PM   #603
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:00 PM   #604
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This picture of a different water crossing on this trip..... it my guess shows the typical average tall trees in that area being around 60-feet and up in height for the tall ones on the bank edge.




ok.... Now see how the bank is built up at the far end of bridge in below pic. Raises the bridge height up to hmm... 3/4+ the height of the trees below the bridge bank. Then the river bank descends another 10+ feet lower below that. soooooo

With all that in you can say the bridge is... wellll... way the hell up there above the water (50-60 feet lets say?) unless those trees are even taller than I estimating.


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Old 01-05-2010, 08:48 PM   #605
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Amazing report!! I'm speechless. Keep it coming!
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:03 PM   #606
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Spectacular adventure!

I'm misreading the Vitim Ricer as the Victim River.



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Old 01-05-2010, 10:10 PM   #607
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odds are all the timber is covered in Creosote which can make it looked burnt.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:08 PM   #608
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Fantastic.


Sitting from the comfort of my desk and pajama pants; I'd have rode across. On-site assessment would probably differ.

If you went back across for any particular reason, knowing the condition of the wood was solid enough for a truck to drive, would you have ridden it?
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:37 PM   #609
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Holy sh!t man, that's unbelievable!

As a side note, it's amazing how much perspective and depth perception you can lose with a lens.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:37 PM   #610
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I dont think it was a question of Solidity as much as ZERO room for error
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:09 AM   #611
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If you went back across for any particular reason, knowing the condition of the wood was solid enough for a truck to drive, would you have ridden it?
It was not so much the uncertaintity of the surface that made me walk my bike across (I did not know of the steel beam supporting it until seeing photos later) but the sheer narrowness and realising the slightest deviation or wobble for nearly half a mile would have been disasterous. And that was before the storm and cross winds.

As MoBill said #554 -
"...it's easy to ride your motorcycle down a sidewalk without driving on the grass, but take away that green border and elevate the sidewalk meters above icy water and thats a whole different situation!"

ZERO room for error as Quik said.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:18 AM   #612
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It was not so much the uncertaintity of the surface that made me walk my bike across (I did not know of the steel beam supporting it until seeing photos later) but the sheer narrowness and realising the slightest deviation or wobble for nearly half a mile would have been disasterous. And that was before the storm and cross winds.

As MoBill said #554 -
"...it's easy to ride your motorcycle down a sidewalk without driving on the grass, but take away that green border and elevate the sidewalk meters above icy water and thats a whole different situation!"

ZERO room for error as Quik said.
Noted. And I have incredible respect for you actions during the situation. One of these days I'll buy you a beer. Preferably one in a foreign country.


Coming from an enduro/trials/hare-scrambles background: (I think) I'd have ridden it in 1st gear and/or duck walked it. But not along the tracks, across the perpendicular ties.

However, I also wouldn't have crossed until everybody caught up and we had a chance to talk about it and shoot pictures. (I'm sure you got bored of stopping and talking about things along the way, and just got in the habit of getting on with it).

/hijack I'll quit pissing in your cheerios now.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:40 AM   #613
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(I think) I'd have ridden it in 1st gear and/or duck walked it. But not along the tracks, across the perpendicular ties.
From our starting bank the centre had a wavering plank of wood so immediatly you would be nearer one edge. As it happened those planks/tracks soon ended. Later the sleepers were held together by metal ties of plates. As shown in our photos and Michal's videos coming the other way.

For me, and my abilities (or rather, lack of), I walked it.
I would do the same again if I ever found myself at THAT bidge again.

The BAM road journey was the greatest month of my life. Every few yards a new situation/challenge, and I would love another crack at it, but all along I would be thinking of the half mile I NEVER NEVER NEVER want to do again!
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:00 AM   #614
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For me, and my abilities (or rather, lack of), I walked it.
I would do the same again if I ever found myself at THAT bidge again.

The BAM road journey was the greatest month of my life. Every few yards a new situation/challenge, and I would love another crack at it, but all along I would be thinking of the half mile I NEVER NEVER NEVER want to do again!
I would assume that based on your experience you now look at most of your other riding as mundane?
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:06 AM   #615
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if I was on an unladen scooter or trials bike, I would possibly ride it.

On a 185kg set up, the zero room for error part looms incredibly large in your mind. Lay the logs that make up the surface of the bridge down on a flat concrete slab out on a plain somewhere and you can ride it 100 times, staying in the middle. But out there, in the middle of nowhere, and 50 feet above one of the most intimidating rivers in Russia and there is a very different perspective to it.

If you wanted to ride that, you would need extremely good concentration. Its absolutely feasible to ride it, but if I am ever back there, I am pretty sure I will walk / push again.
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