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Old 01-10-2013, 08:06 PM   #2431
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Walter, is there a mapping software which indicates unpaved roads vs paved ones? I know it was said here before about google earth, but I don't see this on google. Mapsource has brocken lines if it's unpaved but not always 100% accurate, and mapsource is not a convenient software to use.
no. not that I am aware of.

Maps traditionally dont indicate it. Maps are meant to indicate the importance of a particular road or track, not necessarily it surface.

Any map of Mongolia for example is covered with roads that appear like highways on the map - because they are the main trunk transport arteries across the country. In the real world they are often little more than wheel ruts that see a handful of vehicles a day. Like where I had to replace my wheel bearings. On one hand its potentially part of the Northern Route - one of two main tracks across the country. On the other hand I saw no vehicles apart from local motorbikes in the 7 daylight hours I was there.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:32 PM   #2432
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What is Terry saying to Rod in this infamous foto - as they get driven across 2 inches of water?



I will suggest another one:

"You know what Rod, this is really the way to do it. I reckon there's a market for this. Terry's Adventure Tours. Take all the hassle out of Adventure Biking. Ride to Magadan in the comfort and safety of the back of our truck. I could even thrown in picnic hampers."
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:40 PM   #2433
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Oh no,i,m never ever gonna live this down....and its all rods fault,i fell for it hook line and sinker ,it was all a conspiracy to make me the laughing stock.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:47 PM   #2434
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What is Terry saying to Rod in this infamous foto - as they get driven across 2 inches of water?



I will suggest another one:

"You know what Rod, this is really the way to do it. I reckon there's a market for this. Terry's Adventure Tours. Take all the hassle out of Adventure Biking. Ride to Magadan in the comfort and safety of the back of our truck. I could even thrown in picnic hampers."
How about "Edelweiss can kiss my ass."
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:48 PM   #2435
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Wow! Finally got through the whole thread........ Awesome!
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:08 PM   #2436
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"Rod, you're a fool. This is possibly the most dangerous part of the trip and you've taken your helmet off. This gungho approach will be the undoing of you young man!"
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:23 PM   #2437
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What is Terry saying to Rod in this infamous foto - as they get driven across 2 inches of water?



I will suggest another one:

"You know what Rod, this is really the way to do it. I reckon there's a market for this. Terry's Adventure Tours. Take all the hassle out of Adventure Biking. Ride to Magadan in the comfort and safety of the back of our truck. I could even thrown in picnic hampers."
"Dont laugh man, I am telling you i really saw a shark in here, it was like a monster!!! It was to risky."

or

"Ok ok, i know my Russian is not so good, i just thought they were asking if we are fine"

or

Hey Rod, this trip is over, i am tired of your bike failures..... I am not towing you any more!!!!
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:30 PM   #2438
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"Rod, you're a fool. This is possibly the most dangerous part of the trip and you've taken your helmet off. This gungho approach will be the undoing of you young man!"
He was perhaps concerned that if he fell off the truck the weight of his helmet may flip him upside down in the raging torrent and drown him.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:41 PM   #2439
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"Dont laugh man, I am telling you i really saw a shark in here, it was like a monster!!! It was to risky."
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:24 AM   #2440
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"Dont laugh man, I am telling you i really saw a shark in here, it was like a monster!!! It was too risky."
You shouldn't laugh, "A ferocious and even cannibalistic predator (cannibalism photo), taimen can grow more than six feet (up to two meters) in length and can weigh up to 200 pounds (91 kilograms).

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...es/photo3.html

Shark? It might only be an old trout.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:51 AM   #2441
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"See Terry, NOW it's a real adventure. It's just like we saw it on the Charlie & Ewan DVD"
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:08 AM   #2442
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Hey...I'm feeling victimised

"What is Terry saying to Rod in this infamous foto - as they get driven across 2 inches of water?...."


2 inches? It was a terrifying 4 inches!!

Terry had to have a lie down after the fear had passed, whilst I fanned him and fed him from his supply of lark's tongues and figs, His Magadan bags are like feckin' Fortnum and Masons.

Me? after all this abuse I'm suffering Post Traumatic Stress and will need to sue everyone who's heaped this foul slur on me and the Plucky Mr Brown . for their own good of course.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:43 AM   #2443
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Day 62

It rained much of the night and when we awoke it was staill raining and very overcast with a threatening sky. This through a break in the cloud



We all lay in a little longer than usual to see if it would clear but it was pretty obvious that it was in for hours at least, and maybe the day.
We all packed up in the rain and went down into Tsakhir to see if we could gas up and get some breakfast.
We went into a little cafe and one of the guys went to the counter and asked if they were serving anything to eat. The woman replied that they were, so we went and sat down at a table and awaited the waitress.. and waited...and waited. Eventually one of us got up and went for a look to see if they were doing anything for us-sometimes you don't get a choice-just whatever they happen to be cooking.
They were sitting talking and clearly doing nothing for us to eat. WTF?. The question was asked again if they could cook something and then they realised-YEEEESS! we're asking if you're serving because...we'd like something to eat..it wasn't a rhetorical question or a feckin' social lubricant! Now all hell broke loose and they scampered about stoking the fire and making coffee, it was the awful (IMHO) instant Mac stuff..3 types of powder..milk, sugar, coffee-ugh!-but beggars etc etc. Eventually we'd got something but it was so excellent (NOT) I can't remember a damn' thing about it. I think I've mentioned Mong cuisine's shortcomings before.

No wonder they can fight-If I had to eat the awful food they do I'd want to beat the bejasus out of someone.
Oh for even some
Still...on the bright side their beer is excellent. Gimme the Chingis!!

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:05 AM   #2444
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Day 62 continued

We left the cafe and assembled on a gas station to water the horses.

Today's destination was Tsetserleg, a couple of hundred miles away so a single fill would get us there. We gassed the bikes up and all pulled off the forecourt with Terry in the lead and left heading east...after a couple of hundred yeard he did that "turn around " signal and about turned...so we all did likewise. I thought he needed to talk but he set off a quite a lick-in exactly the wrong direction.

P, B and myself all stopped after a hunderd yards realising he'd misunderstood the map and waited for him to stop, as he'd check his mirror soon enough and realise he was alone.
The road was arrow straight for about 2 kilometres and we 3 stood and watched the brave T ride off solo into the distance...and disappear. "Oh well...he'll be back in a minute" was the general consensus.
After half an hour he still hadn't come back. WTF?
Eventually he reappeared looking somewhet sheepish, to much hilarity and mocking. and we set off yet again...but this time in the right direction.

The rain was pissing down and the road was absolutely appalling. Very wide...maybe 20 yards but with savage corrugations and ENDLESS enormous waterfilled holes maybe 5 metres wide and 3 metres deep, sometimes fully across the road. You truly could lose a car in them. This was a war of attrition and it went on for hours. I haven't a pic but hope P has.

There wasn't much oncoming trafiic but any lane discipline was forgotten as cars, trucks buses were careeering all over the road just trying to pick a line that was navigable. The edges were often better but had deep washouts so could be very dangerous. The bikes were taking a real hammering and we were not much better.

Occasionally there might be a 20 metres wide grassy verge that we'd ride on and just get entirely off the road, but eventually that would peter out and we'd need to scramble back onto the road via slippery or rutted mud. Sometimes the road surface was lethally treacherous and I can't believe none of us took a dive on it.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:40 AM   #2445
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"Eventually he reappeared looking somewhet sheepish, to much hilarity and mocking. and we set off yet again...but this time in the right direction. "

And what words did he utter on his return? "Oh sorry Rod, you meant THAT Tsetserleg." or some such nonsense

What with hitching lifts over raging torrents and getting temporarily geographically embarrassed the lad has gone up in my esteem. Well done son

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