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Old 01-10-2010, 01:51 PM   #766
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:23 PM   #767
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You guys just keep driving this report into the classics archive. None better, few equal! Thanks so much for the great pictures, fantastic narration and super history lessons. I've learned much.
Being in Indo China in the early '60's, I quickly learned the difference between the people and the government.
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:21 PM   #768
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I have already written a report of Terry and my attempt to ride the rest of the BAM to Taishet.

The journey was not straightforeward or problem free, but was still full of same unexpected assistance from the unparralled Russian people.

I wrote this while in Moscow recently and unfortunately did not back it to my external hard drive or Email it to myself. We are looking for it on all the machines I used which were the LapTop we took (that is now in Lisbon, Portugal with Marina), the house PC and her Daughter's LapTop, both in Moscow.

Apologies for the delay, but I hope to have this, my final report (and some of Terry's photos), within the next few hours.
I hope you can find that report!
It's great you guys are sharing these experience's. This RR is my kind of adventure motorcycling! Few adventurers will take on this much of a challenge.
Thank you very much and again, my hats off to you guys!
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:24 PM   #769
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PerpetualMotion et al:

Let the OP give HIS perceptions on the geo-political situation... if you disagree, you may PM him, but do NOT pollute this excellent thread with your arguments, which have been punted to the thread graveyard forum, Head Explody.

Read the posted rules in Ride Reports and abide by them.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:36 PM   #770
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Absolutely amazing!!!! Probably the best internet forum thread I have ever seen. Thank you very much for allowing us to "stroll along" with you guys.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:37 PM   #771
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Thanks for that huge effort of putting such a nice RR together. I know how much work and time it takes! Your patience with the many questions asked is admirable!

Can you please post a link to your Artic circle report too if you dont mind!?

Hope to see you one day down here in Peru. Please drop me a line if you are coming this way.
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:19 PM   #772
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Can you please post a link to your Artic circle report too if you dont mind!?
I haven't posted it yet.

But there will be two, as I went up there twice this summer. Once with Tony in June / July (which will get its own thread later and be written up in more detail) and once as a diversion before I finished the BAM Road, which will be included in this current thread.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:11 PM   #773
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Thank you for sharing

This ride report has been an incredible read! It has helped pass the time each evening in the frozen tundra of Northern Minnesota.

I think it would be a great idea for you to make the rounds to different BMW Dealerships in the USA promoting there motorcycles. This would also give you a chance to promote your books and DVDS at BMW'S expense and give us a chance to meet you in person.

I believe Striking Viking did this after his incredible solo ride thru South America.

Thank You
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:53 PM   #774
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Just stumbled on this RR and have hit page 15 so far. Going to be a very long night reading I can tell, and it's 1:00 a.m. now.

Great stuff.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:04 AM   #775
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Without Colebatch

We had no leader as such other than this was part of Colebatch’s original inspirational project. However as we walked back towards the hotel from the boat we both felt a little lost. The air was colder and, as a reminder that summer was almost over, yellowing dead leaves were falling and blowing across the dry ground. In the square there were tables and chairs outside summer cafes. We bought some shashlik and beer and for the first time chose to eat and drink inside the café ‘tent’.

Next morning we loaded our bikes, fuelled up and headed west but not before my last look at the mighty River Lena. This was a river I had never heard of four years ago yet had featured so large in recent months. It is truly huge. The last bridge was here in Ust Kut some 3,700 kilometres (2,300 miles) before it enters the Arctic Ocean. When sailing down it two months earlier on a ferry barge we saw the junction where the Vitim River fed into it, unaware at the time of the significance the Vitim would have in my memory for the rest of my life.

Even though setting off about 9.30am the air still had the melancholy feel of cold damp in it. It did not feel right. After the highs and lows of the past months my feeling were a little flat. Something was missing in my life.

The road wound along smaller rivers, through villages and forests, but as always, never far from the railway line that had been our constant companion for all these weeks. Longer sections were tarmac and the loose sections were generally through villages – presumably as a speed reduction measure. We stopped at a café for lunch in Vidim (so close sounding to a name I will never forget!). Terry started talking with the truckers parked up while I ordered food. By now the sun was high and strong through the clear air and things were feeling more normal – except there were only two of us.

We rode through Bratsk, our largest city since the eastern coastal areas. Bratsk is a huge sprawling industrial city with two claims to fame. The massive 4 kilometre dam we rode along and being among the most polluted cities in Russia.

We rode through, following the main road that turned south towards the Trans Siberia Highway.

But we had plans for the two of us to complete more of the route of the BAM…..
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:06 AM   #776
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I'm in

Berely on page 4. Work keeps getting on my way, so I'M moving slow...

let the adventures into Motherland begin (or continue for that matter)

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Old 01-11-2010, 03:45 AM   #777
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We rode through, following the main road that turned south towards the Trans Siberia Highway.

But we had plans for the two of us to complete more of the route of the BAM…..
Tony,
Are you going to tell us? Please...
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:49 AM   #778
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siberian adventure

Well big balls guys, i think we all should aspire to ride an adventure like this before we fall off the perch....awsome !
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:04 AM   #779
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just a quick reply about the boot thing. i was on a trip where a boot was sewed back together using safety wire.
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:57 AM   #780
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just a quick reply about the boot thing. i was on a trip where a boot was sewed back together using safety wire.
Thanks. This was offered at the repairers, but it would destroy the waterproof GoreTex layer and if possible that would have been nice to have fairly dry feet now and again!

I learned so much ... for next time!!!!
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