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Old 12-27-2012, 08:19 PM   #1936
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That looks pretty scary. I would have taken all the gear off the bike and also tied a rope to it, just so I could pull it out of the water again. On second thought, I would have carried the bike over in pieces :-).
On third thought, I would have turned around. Well, maybe not if I had gotten that far, but honestly I would feel uncomfortable WALKING across those logs, let alone pushing a boxer!

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:41 PM   #1937
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when you are in that deep,you will be surprised /amazed with how much gumption you can and will come up with! turning around and going back with the fuel you have is usually not an option,so going forward gets a lot easier.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:26 PM   #1938
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:33 PM   #1939
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On third thought, I would have turned around. Well, maybe not if I had gotten that far, but honestly I would feel uncomfortable WALKING across those logs, let alone pushing a boxer!

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I've crossed logs like that,with a washed out pumice canyon underneath, at night, while tramping in for a hunt. I could hear the water crash down, but could not see much beyond the log, which was a bit bigger than this one and maybe a bit shorter.
Coming the other way in daylight was a different story. I was shitting myself, going the other way. I may have crawled over it on the way back, it's been a while.

Being in such a remote location adds a whole new dimension. There is no quickly calling in a helicopter etc. you're on your own. It's not the sort of "adventure" I tend to have on some weekends, that's for sure.

Reading this is a bit like playing lotto for me. I get to dream a little bit, but know darn well, it's never going to happen.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:05 PM   #1940
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One of the reasons why there is so much freedom to go where you want in Russia is because there are so few people. The population is less than half that of the US, even though there are 1.7 times as many square miles. Plus, about 74% of Russians live in cities, and most of those are in the west. The population density of Russia is 21.8 people per square mile, versus 76 for the US, and 134 for Europe. Had you been able to ride a motorcycle across the US in mid 19th century, you would have been free to go where ever you wanted also. Russia is also one of the few countries in the world where the population (until recently) has been decreasing.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:24 PM   #1941
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The population density of Russia is 21.8 people per square mile, versus 76 for the US, and 134 for Europe.
Population density of Australia is 7 per square mile.
Come on down, plenty of places to ride & camp. (plus no wolves, just dingos..... snakes, spiders, sharks, jellyfish & dropbears )

P.S. love this RR.

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Old 12-27-2012, 10:49 PM   #1942
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"Thus, the whole region of Asian Russia (or Siberia in the broadest usage of the term) is home to approximately 30 million people.[40] It has a population density of about three people per square kilometer."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberia#Demographics


it takes about 3 sq km to equal 1 square mile...so lets call it about 9 people per square mile for Siberia by itself
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:04 AM   #1943
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Anyone know where I can find out all the details on prutsers bike? I have a /5 I'd like to rebuild into an "adventureish" bike and am looking for inspiration.
Some mods are mentioned in the introduction starting from page 50.
If you would like to know more about it just send me a PM, I'm happy to give you more details.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:19 AM   #1944
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Some mods are mentioned in the introduction starting from page 50.
If you would like to know more about it just send me a PM, I'm happy to give you more details.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=792
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:56 AM   #1945
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looks like the color of the water up in the Columbia ice fields past Banff.
Yes it does, south of Jasper too. The colour change is due to the confluence of two rivers


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Old 12-28-2012, 02:49 AM   #1946
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Yep as strange as it may seem, Rod's tale is true. In the middle of the baking hot flat Kazakh steppe, there is a small patch of mountains, covered in pine trees, and dotted with beautiful alpine lakes. And the Sibirsky Extreme Trail took us right there.



There was one or two very nice looking beachfront hotels by our lake, but we took this one (indeed I have pics Rod! - not my pics but I have some )


We all went for a drink (mostly beer) by the lake, and watched Terry and Rod's heads slowly moving very far out into the lake. It was the kind of beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere that Kazakh tourists get bussed into on coaches
Hi Walther

Is that place Borovoe/ Burabai (in kazak language?) Looks much like same place where i was last summer on the way to Pamir. I also enjoyed famous hospitalty as local biker&AT rider Jevgeni invited me to his house for some eating, drinking and sleep and then joined them on ride to Lake Balkash bike festifal.



Nice report and southern Russia steppe area is interesting as i have some plans i might revisit next summer that area.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:12 AM   #1947
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awesome

Holy s$%t!! I found this report around page 74 and read through to the end ... then restarted at page 1 to get the back story! I didn't realize the plan was to publish a TAT-like trail. Outstanding effort, quite the endeavor! Thanks for taking us along!
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:05 AM   #1948
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WOW!

Your stunt doubles must have cost you a fortune!
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:01 AM   #1949
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WOW!

Your stunt doubles must have cost you a fortune!

I bet there was a few times they wish they had them!!!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:18 AM   #1950
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Luckily enough, we had Bas with us, as stunt rider.....
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