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Old 09-05-2011, 04:30 PM   #1816
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Ok that car is cool and all, but that tipi is fuckn amazing. At first glance, the second pictogram from the left looks like someone riding a motorcycle. Talk about having "dirty" thoughts and seeing bikes everywhere.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:17 PM   #1817
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Oh the cold hardships of being on the road...
and cool knife, would also welcome more shots of it
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:25 PM   #1818
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Then the band played. They were really good, and freaked me out when they did the theme song to Peter Gunn, along with fire dancers

Ever the ambassador, Doug. You make us all proud.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:56 PM   #1819
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Are you all strapped to one another?
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:35 PM   #1820
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Its hard work Doug, We know. But someone has to do it.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:52 PM   #1821
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Great pics Doug.
This event just reminded me so much of the bike scene in the West in the 70s - more of a free-for-all and run-what-ya-brung ethos with plenty of people wearing stupid hats and whatever else they thought might freak out the citizens for a laugh while getting totally out of it. Not so much of the carefully cultivated cookie-cutter bikes and outfits that seem to have taken over today.
Looks like fun to me.




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Saturday they had some bike games, including this one, where the girl rides on the back & tries her best to restyle the guys hair with a comb & a can of hairspray.
Of course they wanted me to enter, but my hair is in bad enough shape as it is, plus, I don’t have a passenger seat

Then the guys get to retaliate

Then there was the ‘how many people can a ural hold’ contest


The view from the top

Tire was sagging a bit


Hey, lets see how many people can get UNDER an ural!



They also had a custom bike show, & told me to enter.
They gave me 1st prize, some oil & other bike chemicals. I left the oil with Dominic, & will change it on my return trip, as I had fresh oil in the bike.
Personally, I liked this Ural best
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:18 AM   #1822
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Ever the ambassador, Doug. You make us all proud.
I must agree. But it's getting so routine with you brother, it must be boring.

Shipping the bike, women, border crossings, women, remote locations, women, food, women, drink, women, bike rallyes, women, cultural liaisons, women, parties, women, dancing, women, breakdowns, women, repairs, women, long lost reunions in the middle of nowhere, women, prizes, women, fame, women, historic sites, women.

It's always the same. What else you got?


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Old 09-06-2011, 01:17 AM   #1823
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so your saying I need more women?

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I must agree. But it's getting so routine with you brother, it must be boring.

Shipping the bike, women, border crossings, women, remote locations, women, food, women, drink, women, bike rallyes, women, cultural liaisons, women, parties, women, dancing, women, breakdowns, women, repairs, women, long lost reunions in the middle of nowhere, women, prizes, women, fame, women, historic sites, women.

It's always the same. What else you got?

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Old 09-06-2011, 02:27 AM   #1824
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so your saying I need more women?
Maybe just to break up the monotony.

Heh heh, seriously though, you do the job that typical foreign correspondents could never do. You assume the role of welcome visitor, pleasant observer, small-footprint traveler, and offer go with the flow reporting.

You have the persona. I don't know how, but you do.


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Old 09-06-2011, 02:54 AM   #1825
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Yea Doug,.
That party reminded me of the stuff of the 60's and 70's. I've never seen a report yet, that more women pictures hurt the readership.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:12 AM   #1826
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so your saying I need more women?
No, I think you need a Intern, Apprentice, Side Kick etc. I would be willing to apply for the job.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:24 AM   #1827
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so I could be like donald trump, and find 12 people to ride along, and they
kick each other off the trip one a week?

there can be only one........


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No, I think you need a Intern, Apprentice, Side Kick etc. I would be willing to apply for the job.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:35 AM   #1828
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That nite, we all head east, & made it to Kansk, where we camped at a guys house. I was invited to do the BAM road with them, but as much as I would like to try it, I know that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them, and don’t want to hold them back. My bike is too heavy, and Im just not good enough offroad. But, I’m thinking maybe a future BAM ride, on Urals…. Hehehehe
(if I can find a few more idiots that would like to come along)

The hill above Kansk is full of military radars. I’d always wanted a picture of them, but the police get a bit touchy about that. So I took a pic of the group. Its not my fault the radars are in the background, is it?




We rode together to Tashkent, then they headed east to Bratsk, and I headed southeast to Irkutsk. We hoped to meet again in Tynda, 3000km east.
Plus, another reason I couldn’t go with them, I had found out that without the temporary import document that the Kazak idiot had not given me, I was riding my bike illegally in Russia, and if caught, it could be impounded until the problem was fixed. Needless to say, I’d been a bit nervous since finding this out. I tried to fix it in kemerovo, but when I went to customs there, they said I had to fix it at the border. I talked to a lot of people, & got answers ranging from ‘go back to the border you came in at’ to one guy wanting 1500 dollars to fix it!
Luckily, when I told the Moscow guys, they knew a guy in Nishny Novogorad that may be able to help. They would contact him & let me know.
I spent the nite in Tulun, after only 50km of shit road. They have fixed a good bit of it tho, 2 years ago it was over 300km of shit, & took me 2 days on the chopper. Now, it took only a few hours. I guess those 2 guys with shovels I saw in 09 had been busy! In 06, it was just a dirt track. So its improving!
When I tried to leave Tulun in the morning (where they only had 1 hotel, and it was WAY overpriced!) the bike wont start. Spits, sputters, backfires, but wont start. It acts like the timing is way off. Of course the ignition is electronic, so you cant really SEE whats happening, which is why I prefer contact points, at least you can dick around with them. After a couple hours of nothing I tried made it run, I swapped ignition modules (luckily I brought a spare) and it fired right up, & has been running fine ever since!




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Old 09-06-2011, 04:39 AM   #1829
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Im glad I installed the rock guards, that’s a big dent!


I got to Irkutsk, & found a nice cheap hotel for the nite. I always like coming here, its an interesting town. Many old log buildings, but this one recently burned, it was BIG! You could still smell the fire.








The lady at the hotel even covered the bike for me
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:40 AM   #1830
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The next morning, on my way to Lake Baikal, I met this guy from Japan riding a Suzuki 250


Baikal, the biggest lake in the world




I met these guys from Hungary. They complained about having to pay the cops, which I thought was odd, as I hadn’t been stopped once. Then they said it was because of speeding. Hmmmm, do they not stop you for speeding back home?

Fish for sale everywhere

I met this guy along the road, he was also at the bike party
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