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Old 02-06-2013, 04:02 PM   #3496
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THE Bridge

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....Its funny how we will think nothing of walking along a sidewalk with cars going by at 60 mph a few feet away, yet add in the exposure and the fear of falling we freak out.

The thing that gets me is not the exposure, but the idea of having a wheel hit one of those parallel ties or metal plates just the wrong way - yikes! No question the look straight ahead at your line, not at whats right in front of you is good advise anywhere, especially here.

You guys (and gal ) have been awesome....bring on more of the BAM!

We can't get enough of this trip!
Somewhere back in this thread Walter posted videos of several groups which crossed this bridge----I think the one that scared me the most was of two Brits----their helmet cam showed that rider looking about everywhere except where he was going----- Terrifying! Then, of course, there was the video of the Basque rider Iker (I think was his name). He is a rider's rider---afraid? Ha Ha he laughs at danger (Hope he is still alive?)

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Old 02-06-2013, 04:43 PM   #3497
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TV Film about the BAM

Today, Arte TV sent a film (in German) from 2005 about two railway inspectors controlling the BAM.
http://videos.arte.tv/de/videos/360-...--7294730.html
It shows the snowy landscape in Spring and gives background informations, part of it Walter and others has already given here. In a scene, a now jobless truck driver told, that they had to repair the trucks under open sky even at -60 degree Celsius. Some tough guys had been constructing the BAM.
Thanks for this outstanding report!
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:57 PM   #3498
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Geir, love your taste in music that you use with your videos.
A bit of Jimmy never goes astray.
Jimi

"Jimmy" usually refers to Page

either way though, you cant go wrong
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:43 PM   #3499
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Jimi

"Jimmy" usually refers to Page

either way though, you cant go wrong
Was it Jimi or was it Stevie Ray Vaughn doing Jimi's music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEJh2FFUUoU
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:50 PM   #3500
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Then, of course, there was the video of the Basque rider Iker (I think was his name). He is a rider's rider---afraid? Ha Ha he laughs at danger (Hope he is still alive?)
You must have missed him. He is quite alive. Look back a couple pages, he is posting in this thread!
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:03 PM   #3501
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Was it Jimi or was it Stevie Ray Vaughn doing Jimi's music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEJh2FFUUoU

I just listened to both versions on grooveshark.com and then listened to the video again...and I think you are right, thats SRV in the video

SRV: http://grooveshark.com/s/Voodoo+Chil...n/2bSTY1?src=5

Jimi: http://grooveshark.com/s/Voodoo+Chil...n/2NXVET?src=5
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:30 PM   #3502
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No. The service road is not a priority which is why most of it (particularly bridges) is not maintained.

It was built to support the building of the railway in the 1970s and 1980s.
Geez I still remember the time this road was built in 70's. There where lot's of young volunteers from various universities and just different young people who went looking for fun and "different" life, from all over the Soviet Union. Many stayed there afterwards and built their life in that region. After the road was finished, many had no jobs and their life got not that happy. Some returned to where they came from, but others settled down with families and what not. Today many residents are the outbursts of these brave young komsomol's/volunteers...
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:36 PM   #3503
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Jimi

"Jimmy" usually refers to Page

either way though, you cant go wrong
If you are from Hocking Hills !
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:48 AM   #3504
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I'm sanguine about it
Bloody good comment!
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:25 AM   #3505
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Day 79

The next morning, we all saddled up bright and early to leave Chara. Actually it wasnt that bright. It was grey and raining, and it seemed like there was a day of rain riding in store. Since arriving in the Altai, we were never far from rain. Most days had given us some rain since way back then. Before then, we had almost always sunny days without rain. After the Altai we had mostly rain.

As we were about to go, I noticed a crack in the front subframe again. Each time it was re welded it seemed to get weaker and weaker. I yearned for the improved model Erik at Hot Rod had conjured up ... but there was no way to get it to Siberia. It only had two more weeks to survive ... I just had to get it fixed one last time and nurse the bike a bit to Magadan.

I looked at the guys all ready to go, and said "guys, go ahead without me. I will stay behind in Chara and try and get it welded up or I would put the bike on a train to Tynda." Tynda is a small city, where I definitely knew I could get it welded. It was alloy so I specifically needed an alloy welder.

To my surprise, Terry offered to stay back with me. Its never great to leave one person alone. I didnt challenge him.

We waved the Norwegian guys off, in the light rain, and watched them ride off towards the east.

As they departed, Terry looked at me and said ... to be honest mate I am feeling pretty exhausted.

I was glad he said that. Cause I was feeling exhausted too. We had been on the road a long time Terry and I. Many of the days were long days, and off road riding is always physical.

We crossed the road to the train station and found we had a day and a half to wait for a train with a baggage wagon, and it would take 18 hours to get to Tynda from Chara. We should arrive about the same time as the Norwegians.

We went to the towns railway depot and engineering workshops to see if anyone there was an alloy welder. We spoke to the cheif engineer, but he confirmed that there was nothing there.

All there was to do now was to wait for the train tomorrow night. So we stocked up on beer, as it continued to rain outside the hotel.

We chatted about motivation. We had both ridden this road before. Every inch was ground we had previously covered. In fact every inch of road I had ridden since the Altai were miles I had ridden before. Before the Altai it was largely new to me with just small bits i had done before. After the Altai it was all familiar ground for me. All thru Mongolia, and now all the way to Magadan would be familiar ground.

I realised I had already done what I set out to do. I wanted to map a dirt trail from Europe to the Pacific ... and I had done that ... the bits from here on were bits I had already ridden and already mapped / tracked out before. I had actually without realising it, already done what I set out to do.

I could have jumped on a train then and there to go back to Moscow (Spare parts dealer). But I felt an obligation to the 4 others. The three Norwegians had taken on these roads when they otherwise werent planning to, because I was going. Some time around Severobaikalsk, after we had had a few days on the road with the Norwegian guys ... Terry looked at me and said, "you know mate, they're are alright... these Norwegian boys". He was right. We didnt know them before Irkutsk. I had exchanged emails / facebook messages with one of them about bike preparation and the BAM Road but that was all we knew. We were fortunate that our riding companions were good guys and we all got along well and helped each other when needed.

Terry had done this BAM Road, but hadn't done the Road of Bones. I felt I owed it to him, who has been the perfect riding partner, by my side for almost 3 months, to follow thru with the plan. A couple of days rest had always proved good medicine for Terry in the past and while he felt exhausted now, I was sure he would be raring to go once we unloaded in Tynda in 2.5 days time.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:34 AM   #3506
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Walter (and all the other riders too), you really know how to tell a story. Just when it looked like things were going well, some cracks appear. Some are physical, in the bike's aluminum structure, and some are more individual and personal. Halfway through the paragraph I thought you and Terry would end your journey, but now it looks as though you will go on, although I will remain uncertain until I see a report that you rode out of Tynda heading east. For you the trip is no longer an adventure on a strictly individual level, as you have ridden the rest of it before, but it is an adventure in a group sense, as Terry has not ridden the ROB and the Vikings are new to the whole thing, and that they are all very good guys and great riding partners, especially T. Eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:42 AM   #3507
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Besides a weld you might considr adding a doubler, extended out and butt welded in.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:52 AM   #3508
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has anyone mentioned what an awesome story this is?

thanks for sharing. I am enjoying it very much.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:29 AM   #3509
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The next morning, we all saddled up bright and early to leave Chara. Actually it wasnt that bright. It was grey and raining, and it seemed like there was a day of rain riding in store. Since arriving in the Altai, we were never far from rain. Most days had given us some rain since way back then. Before then, we had almost always sunny days without rain. After the Altai we had mostly rain.

As we were about to go, I noticed a crack in the front subframe again. Each time it was re welded it seemed to get weaker and weaker. I yearned for the improved model Erik at Hot Rod had conjured up ... but there was no way to get it to Siberia. It only had two more weeks to survive ... I just had to get it fixed one last time and nurse the bike a bit to Magadan.

I looked at the guys all ready to go, and said "guys, go ahead without me. I will stay behind in Chara and try and get it welded up or I would put the bike on a train to Tynda." Tynda is a small city, where I definitely knew I could get it welded. It was alloy so I specifically needed an alloy welder.

To my surprise, Terry offered to stay back with me. Its never great to leave one person alone. I didnt challenge him.

We waved the Norwegian guys off, in the light rain, and watched them ride off towards the east.

As they departed, Terry looked at me and said ... to be honest mate I am feeling pretty exhausted.

I was glad he said that. Cause I was feeling exhausted too. We had been on the road a long time Terry and I. Many of the days were long days, and off road riding is always physical.

We crossed the road to the train station and found we had a day and a half to wait for a train with a baggage wagon, and it would take 18 hours to get to Tynda from Chara. We should arrive about the same time as the Norwegians.

We went to the towns railway depot and engineering workshops to see if anyone there was an alloy welder. We spoke to the cheif engineer, but he confirmed that there was nothing there.

All there was to do now was to wait for the train tomorrow night. So we stocked up on beer, as it continued to rain outside the hotel.

We chatted about motivation. We had both ridden this road before. Every inch was ground we had previously covered. In fact every inch of road I had ridden since the Altai were miles I had ridden before. Before the Altai it was largely new to me with just small bits i had done before. After the Altai it was all familiar ground for me. All thru Mongolia, and now all the way to Magadan would be familiar ground.

I realised I had already done what I set out to do. I wanted to map a dirt trail from Europe to the Pacific ... and I had done that ... the bits from here on were bits I had already ridden and already mapped / tracked out before. I had actually without realising it, already done what I set out to do.

I could have jumped on a train then and there to go back to Moscow (Spare parts dealer). But I felt an obligation to the 4 others. The three Norwegians had taken on these roads when they otherwise werent planning to, because I was going. Some time around Severobaikalsk, after we had had a few days on the road with the Norwegian guys ... Terry looked at me and said, "you know mate, there are alright... these Norwegian boys". He was right. We didnt know them before Irkutsk. I had exchanged emails / facebook messages with one of them about bike preparation and the BAM Road but that was all we knew. We were fortunate that our riding companions were good guys and we all got along well and helped each other when needed.

Terry had done this BAM Road, but hadn't done the Road of Bones. I felt I owed it to him, who has been the perfect riding partner, by my side for almost 3 months, to follow thru with the plan. A couple of days rest had always proved good medicine for Terry in the past and while he felt exhausted now, I was sure he would be raring to go once we unloaded in Tynda in 2.5 days time.
Walter, would you mind giving us a Google Map update so we can get a sense of where your location is...
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:47 AM   #3510
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I realised I had already done what I set out to do. I wanted to map a dirt trail from Europe to the Pacific ... and I had done that ... the bits from here on were bits I had already ridden and already mapped / tracked out before. I had actually without realising it, already done what I set out to do.
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Wow...just wow. Good job Walter.
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