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Old 02-03-2013, 01:49 PM   #3346
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I decided to jump in and check it out. I tried to walk across and find a way ... but everywhere I turned was too deep. At one point the depth and current swept me off my feet and I began drifting downstream, unable to get traction with my feet due to my buoyancy. When I finally regained my feet, now 20 - 30 yards downstream from where I lost my feet, I decided thats enough. I cant even walk across the river, there is no way we are going to get the bikes to ride through it. Now soaking wet up to my chest, I returned to the guys waiting by the shore and told them we would have to backtrack 8 km to Kuanda township and see if we can find a truck to take us over.
Coming ashore again from the Kuanda River Wet from the top of our heads to our soles For those who wonders, the water was cold and the current strong

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Old 02-03-2013, 01:52 PM   #3347
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In other words.. Please don't call a Basque a Spaniard.. It is like calling a Canadian an American.
No,it's like calling a Québécois a Canadian.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:57 PM   #3348
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The perks of crossing rivers for weeks

When you do the BAM and ROB you inevitably have to cross a river or two.

Some you drive through with ease.

Some you drive through with difficulty.

Some you try to drive through.

Some will challenge your persistence.

Some you will conquer.

Some will conquer you.

But all will make your feet look like this

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Old 02-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #3349
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Eastern BAM

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Walter has anybody ever ridden the entire Bam as it sits now? If so when was the last time it was ridden?
In Tynda we met Max. He rode the whole eastern BAM two years ago with some girl I can't remember the name of. Western BAM quite a few has done.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:04 PM   #3350
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:53 PM   #3351
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Coming ashore again from the Kuanda River Wet from the top of our heads to our soles For those who wonders, the water was cold and the current strong

Why not strip before going in the water, then you would at least have dry clothes to put on, while waiting for the truck...?

I would at least remove most clothes and shoes when going in the water to investigate, or to ride across.

Is there a reason you guys like to get your gear wet all the time ? Or are you guys just stupid ? It must have been getting cool there allready...









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Old 02-03-2013, 03:03 PM   #3352
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Perhaps, but a much better example than the other.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:08 PM   #3353
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Why not strip before going in the water, then you would at least have dry clothes to put on, while waiting for the truck...?

I would at least remove most clothes and shoes when going in the water to investigate, or to ride across.

Is there a reason you guys like to get your gear wet all the time ? Or are you guys just stupid ? It must have been getting cool there allready...









With the amount of rivers we had to cross we would have to strip the whole day This takes forever...

If you go barefoot you might step on something you don't like. Then the trip might be over.

Eventually all your stuff dries.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:25 PM   #3354
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With the amount of rivers we had to cross we would have to strip the whole day This takes forever...

If you go barefoot you might step on something you don't like. Then the trip might be over.

Eventually all your stuff dries.
Ok, makes sence.

I know i would get sick, if i had to ride wet like that for days.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:47 PM   #3355
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Yes ... the greedy fu@ker on the bridge could have made an easy 5000 rubles in 2 minutes ... but he wanted to screw us for 25,000. It was enjoyable seeing him staring at us as we rode the truck over.
I myself would have been mighty tempted to give the guy the finger.

But then again, like you said, the next town is just a phone call away...............................
Might be a bad idea to upset the powers that be in those regions.

Good job, carry on.

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Old 02-03-2013, 04:58 PM   #3356
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Walter et al, if I can back track for a second to Mongolia; where do the little towns you came across get their power? We saw that the gers have solar panels, but do the little isolated towns have diesel generators?
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:28 PM   #3357
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When you do the BAM and ROB you inevitably have to cross a river or two.

Some you drive through with ease.

Some you drive through with difficulty.

Some you try to drive through.

Some will challenge your persistence.

Some you will conquer.

Some will conquer you.

But all will make your feet look like this
I've seen better looking feet on a cadaver.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:49 PM   #3358
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When you do the BAM and ROB you inevitably have to cross a river or two.

Some you drive through with ease.

Some you drive through with difficulty.

Some you try to drive through.

Some will challenge your persistence.

Some you will conquer.

Some will conquer you.

But all will make your feet look like this

So who removed the toe tag?

Thanks Colebatch and all who contributed to this ride report! Fantastic!
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:50 PM   #3359
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Here is an example of a bridge where you can choose to be "up" or "down at the base". Here you also clearly see the "safe exit" where you can hide yourself and the bike in case a train shows up.
If you have metal boxes on a bike, like Tony did in 2009, or Steve this year, its difficult riding in the safer bit down low ... cause the bike is wider and if it does hit something then nothing is going to give.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:51 PM   #3360
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Walter et al, if I can back track for a second to Mongolia; where do the little towns you came across get their power? We saw that the gers have solar panels, but do the little isolated towns have diesel generators?
Yes the little towns have power ... I guess from diesel generators.
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