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Old 11-01-2012, 06:22 AM   #301
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i dunno.... after seeing all the abandoned stuff, all i can think of is...... ZOMBIES !!!! .... i'd wanna have at least a Krinkov strapped on somewhere, w/a a few mags.....
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:52 AM   #302
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I hope you guys were done having kids... because you are now!
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:29 AM   #303
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:19 AM   #304
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Great pics
You guys stop all this Ukraine / Russia stereo typing radiation
Etc etc, lived there 2 yrs, it's a great country even with it's flaws
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:19 AM   #305
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Supposedly reasonably safe these days as long as you don't get too close to the event location. There are ride reports from that area out there on th einternet.
It's actually quite dangerous, it's in the air and dust. I haven't met an Ucranian that hasn't told me "wait till you have children to go visit".
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:27 AM   #306
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There's a lot of vid caps to sort through - particularly in these opening days ... the trip is not as well documented (quicker to report) the further we get into it

I am waking up every morning and watching loads of go pro footage trying to pick out cool stills
And once again you leave us with a cliff hanger...

Don't mean to give you too much grief, as you know many of us who are desk bound, look to your RR for a chance to journey to the far corners of the world. I have in the past stumbled upon your RR's long after you have written them and am able to read them at my pace; usually all night while consumeing many beers. It is this real time (as your write: real time) RR reading that is killing me. Keep doing what you are doing, it is working out great.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:33 AM   #307
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Walter & Terry, this...is...is....INSANELY good!

Couple of more questions-

How was it in fast riding on Terry's bike with relatively little wind protection?

Regarding navigation, I am guessing these little unmapped trails required loads and loads of waypoints...
How often did you have to break out the computer to upload the GPS?
I suffer from tinitis, the wind and any wind noise hits me just below my shoulders, cruising at 75/80 mph, as long as theres no head wind is just fine.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:36 PM   #308
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I see I've arrived to this thread at a sensitive point in your trip, I hope you come out of the other side
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:56 PM   #309
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It's hard to believe you didn't know what's there when you were building your route. And got some intell on the safety of a ride-through. Bring it on, great report as usual.
I certainly knew what was coming up ... but didnt expect it so soon. We were still 60 km away in a straight line, and I know from the Southerly direction (i.e. from Kiev) you can get very close (5-10 km) before you reach the sealed off zone.

What I forgot to factor into account was the prevailing wind direction and how it affected the shape of the trace. (see following posts)
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #310
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Regarding navigation, I am guessing these little unmapped trails required loads and loads of waypoints...
How often did you have to break out the computer to upload the GPS?
It was full on tracks, not waypoints. GPS units cant handle many waypoints. And they always make their own interpretaition in between the waypoints. The only way to get an accurate track is to record it as a track (in the Montana) or a route (in Zumo).
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #311
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So wait....is this Prypiat?

.....this is just awesome. Thanks Walter and Terry!
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:16 PM   #312
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Chernobyl

As many of you have guessed ... we had crossed into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Initially, following the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl plant, a 30 km radius was cleared out and evacuated. As the shape of the radioactive trace became better known, the evacuation zone took on a shape to reflect the radiation risk.

The following diagram shows the shape of the radioactive trace. Chernobyl on the map is a yellow dot. Our location is 60 km away ... the green dot.



We decided to keep heading towards Chernobyl, which was our planned track. We were not going to be sleeping in the zone and planned to make haste and pass thru it as quickly as possible.

We rode 20 km along our track, still on the abandoned overgrown asphalt road when we reached a barbed wire gate, with a watchtower complete with a kalashnikov toting guard, looking totally shocked to see anyone.

Before he could react, I turned to Terry and said lets get the fu@k out of here .... we did a 180 and turned back to a turn off I had noticed 2 km back down the road.

We turned south to try and escape the exclusion zone. If we were going to get caught, its better to be caught outside the zone, rather than in it. I knew the zone was narrow to the south and we should be out of it within 10 km (6 miles). Our hopes of a speedy escape were halted by another bridge over a swampy stream. This bridge was blocked with a makeshift fence made of scrap metal, with barbed wire curls over each edge of the fence.



A quick survey indicated one of us could pull the barbed wire out of the way, while the other rode past the edge of the fence. The threat of someone potentially following us made sure we did this very quickly. But in no time we were through, and over the bridge. Five minutes later we noticed the abandoned track seemed now to be used, and a few forestry tracks were leading in and out of the adjacent forest. Another 5 minutes later we reached what was clearly a legitimate road. We were out of the zone, and no one was following us.

Our planned track between the armed watchtower and Kiev was now totally useless. We decided to count our blessings and cruise into Kiev on whatever quiet backroads we could. We would rejoin the offroad track on leaving Kiev.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:24 PM   #313
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Day 3 - the afternoon

Day 3 had really been an eventful day ... lots of action of all sorts, all round.

But it wasnt finished yet.

A mere 10 -15 km after rejoining the non-closed world, our path through a village was slowed by cars and people all over the road. A closer inspection revealed it was a wedding. We quickly became part of the celebrations







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Old 11-01-2012, 02:26 PM   #314
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The Wedding





Then we were dragged into to the feasting tent, and fed, while posing for countless fotos - fortunately Terry was a great model and proved very popular in the village foto session.



It pleased us to see that just a mile or two from the edge of the exclusion zone, village folk lived as they always have, and all looked as normal as you would expect, even tho most of the wedding guests were born at, around or just after the 1986 dramas.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:28 PM   #315
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