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Old 04-25-2010, 07:53 AM   #91
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:54 AM   #92
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:31 AM   #93
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:46 PM   #94
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great pics!

Comrade Colebatch.... you missed your calling.... you should have been a professional photographer..some really excellent pictures here....

As always!... i tip my had to thee sir!
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:38 AM   #95
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:54 AM   #96
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Sibersky Extreme memorabilia so everybody will know you guys were there first ..... good idea

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Old 05-07-2010, 09:45 PM   #97
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Back to the story

Sorry for pause in programming, but have been doing a 2 week, 2300 mile Russian off road challenge ... organised by these fine chaps http://www.offroadpeople.ru/

But have just reached the end of the course and am about to headback to Moscow ... here at least tho I have internet ...

So where were we ... Tony and I had just arrived back in Mirny.

We hooked up with Ilya, our Africa Twin riding mate there and had a typical Russian summer evening with the bikers of Mirny .... beer, shashlik and sauna.





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Old 05-07-2010, 09:48 PM   #98
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Ilya introduced us to his girlfriend:



Who loved bikes, and we all went again to the big hole in the ground that Mirny is famous for:



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Old 05-07-2010, 09:55 PM   #99
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The Vilyuisky Trakt

Then it was time for the Vilyuisky Trakt, that runs from Mirny to Yakutsk.

Ilya and his girlfriend rode with us 30km to Almazny and the first water crossing of the road. His girl is a real biker chick ... doing her makeup in a bike rear view mirror!

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Old 05-07-2010, 09:59 PM   #100
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Battery

But I couldnt cross just yet:

A lot of recent BMWs have been plagued by battery recalls. I had been foolish enough to head off to Siberia with my stock battery. Now it was time to pay.

At the tiny village that marked the river crossing, where my dead battery was playing up, i happened to meet a young mining engineer called Andrei, who happened to be an electrical guru, as a hobby on the side. He diagnosed the problem and we rigged up an temporary alternate larger battery on the back of the bike.



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Old 05-07-2010, 10:02 PM   #101
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Down to the River

Tony and I realised we would have an ongoing issue, until I replaced the original battery... in the meantime, we rigged up a set of jumper cables and kept them close by.

Then we went down to the river ... the point of no return. Cross this river and there is no help, no soul, for 130 km. But there was a nice old 50's GAZ downthere ... what a cool restoration project that would be. Wonder if a small block chev would fit in there?

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Old 05-07-2010, 10:04 PM   #102
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The bridge / ferry



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Old 05-07-2010, 10:29 PM   #103
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No apologies

Walter, let me say I don't think you could ever owe us an apology. With all you have shared with us we owe you an apology for not sharing something as great with you. As for that cool car you can make a small block chev fit, and they have been used in thousands of things all over the world. Just need a will and a welder. Again thanks for taking us along on your great adventures
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:41 PM   #104
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Another Awesome RR!

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Old 05-11-2010, 12:28 AM   #105
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... what a cool restoration project that would be. Wonder if a small block chev would fit in there?..
Look what I found lying around in a corner of the workshop:



Just bring the car next time you come overhere
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