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Old 10-31-2012, 03:02 AM   #271
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... there were no comments from you on my RR
Very well - then I will visit your report and add my comments ex post facto
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:06 AM   #272
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Very well - then I will visit your report and add my comments ex post facto
It's alright Cole, you may be surprised to hear that I've survived a few months without the benefit of your wise words and sarcastic comments. I'm sure I'll still get along OK
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:09 AM   #273
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Can I use one more Smiley? This is just Amazing, at loss of words!



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Old 10-31-2012, 03:29 AM   #274
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It's alright Cole, you may be surprised to hear that I've survived a few months without the benefit of your wise words and sarcastic comments. I'm sure I'll still get along OK
Hmmmm not into wisdom and sarcasm, you reckon?

That's not you Tiff. I know better.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:04 AM   #275
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:12 AM   #276
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Riding in the Ukrainian countryside is reminiscent of riding in the Midwest ...
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:51 AM   #277
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MMMM! Latkes, also great with apple sauce.
Yep, a few different names for em ... they were called Draniki here, which is the Russian word for them
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:49 AM   #278
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Day 3 - the morning continues

With the checks done, and some pressure taken out of the tyres, we were underway again:



The sand was getting thicker ... and sand is not Terry's favourite surface at the best of times. When its on narrow trails with trees either side, and increasingly deep sand ruts, it definitely wasnt amusing Terry.



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Old 10-31-2012, 07:53 AM   #279
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Day 3 - the morning continues

After a really rough section of about 20 km of sand churned up with tree stumps and logs (as if it was a recently made basis for a road bed), over swampy ground either side of the track, we reached a tiny village and took a rest.We have no pictures of that section, but it was the toughest of the trip so far. Very soft sand, mixed with churned up logs and tree stumps in a narrow road bed across a swamp. We earned a break. Even though it was just 8 degrees (47F) and raining three days earlier while we waited to start the Sibirsky Extreme Track, it was now mid 20s (77F) and sunny, and any technical riding was creating quite a sweat.



We continued on into scattered forest.



Sometimes rutted:



Sometimes with other hazards:



Note how wide apart those wheel ruts are ... whatever made them was pretty damn big
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:16 AM   #281
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Spot on. I have been across Eurasia (3months plus) on one set of pads, and I have gone thru pads in 2 days. Its happens to rear pads in wet sandy tracks and is more dramatic when riding quickly. Wet sand flung up from the front wheel sticks to the rear rotor and wears away the pads without you even using the brake. The faster u ride the quicker the wear as the disc is spinning faster.
Have you thought about switching to solid disc? It prevents allot of sand / mud from entering the caliper and the pad will last allot longer.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:26 AM   #282
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Nice update Walter; all this is good info for my future trip planning. Never would have imagined that the Ukraine can be that sandy!
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:54 PM   #283
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Hey Geir ... great to hear from you mate ... was great riding with you guys ... I am expecting you to write the Road of Bones segment, when we get to it!

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Old 10-31-2012, 04:06 PM   #284
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So we are on day 3, and this thread has been going for 13 days. Did I read right that this was a 100 day trip. At this rate is will take over 400 days to report.

Walter you are KILLING me!!!!
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:44 PM   #285
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Yes, I will probably make the track available ... but will package it with a DVD ... so you buy the DVD and get the tracks on a bonus CD. Next year !
I will wait for it.

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