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Old 02-09-2013, 11:12 PM   #3616
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Sort of like we spent a fortune inventing a ball point pen that would work in zero gravity. The Russians used a pencil. Now who is smarter?
Ha ha! I'd say both have their merits, weaknesses, and strengths. That's what makes both countries great. RR like these make bonds and create thought processes that go beyond borders. I like that.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:24 PM   #3617
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Sort of like we spent a fortune inventing a ball point pen that would work in zero gravity. The Russians used a pencil. Now who is smarter?
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:22 AM   #3618
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Correct.
Their only claim is that Yuri Gagarin was the 'first man in space'.
What is certain is he was the 'first man to return from space - alive'

Big difference.

But even that is questionable for record purposes because he did not return to the surface in his craft but ejected during re-entry/descent.

Flights were not pre-announced and Gagarin's only became public after his successful return

At the time there were rumours of others into space. The rumours persist.
http://www.musketeer-porthos.supanet.com/page9.html
They were all brave or misguided people. Gagarin got his place in history through the authorities persistance and his own luck, which ran out following years of being a 'Hero of the CCCP'
The Russians also had the first satellite successfully orbiting the earth. Sputnik 1.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:12 AM   #3619
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looking at those "bridges",
I wonder:
how come the Russians can put people on the moon
and at the same time have those bridges
This road isn't necessary, there almost nobody lives.
But there are 2 railroads and the federal highway to the east Russia.

I was very surprised when learned
that still there is no road between the Southern and Northern America.

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Old 02-10-2013, 02:38 AM   #3620
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Ballpoints, pencils and Cosmonauts aside...

After a good nights sleep we woke up to a nice day. The night had been dry and all was jolly




We got some breakfast down our throats and collected our kit. The Heater Meals are great. Everything is included in the package. You open, take the pack of saline solution and put on a designated piece of paper and the whole lot heats up. It gets very hot, so be a bit careful. I had a few of these with me on the trip. They weigh a bit, but when you are cold and hungry and need something hot without to much hassle, they are perfect




The 120 or so kilometers into Tynda were uneventful. The roads were good and there was almost no traffic. Maybe because it was an idle tuesday in Siberia. The plan of today was to get a hotel room, hook up with the Sibersky team coming in on a train and do some maintenance on the bikes.

As we got into Tynda I called a number I'd gotten from Walter. In the other end Max answered.




Max was a really friendly and helpful guy. He was the Commander in Chief of the local Kamaz shop. He came to meet us and guided us to a hotel in the city. He was also the one that had ridden Eastern BAM with the girl from St.Petersburg

On the ride from Chara, Eriks subframe had also cracked again. We both needed some welding to be done. This time properly and with reinforcements. Steve's front rim didn't look to good either. If it had been drawn in a cartoon, like say Donald Duck, the rim would have been drawn like a figure eight We asked Max if he knew any place we could have this done. "No problem", he said. There was a guy specializing in aluminum welding next to Max's shop. He called him and the guy was available in the afternoon




In the meanwhile we got our stuff into the hotel room... As you all see, travel light is a mantra for us




After getting properly installed at the hotel, we headed over to Max's place and started demounting the bikes. When we'd gotten the subframes off and elderly guy came over. He took a quick look at the subframes and at Steve's front rim. "Nje prablema", he said and took my subframe into his shop. I looked around in his shop and saw several severely cracked and damaged aluminum car rims. This was his niche. He welded them back together. That was a first for me. I didn't think that could be done




After my subframe was done, he started on Erik's, and I put my bike back together again. Properly welded and with proper reinforcements this time. Just as I was finishing up my bike I got a SMS from Walter. They were to arrive at the train station around 1600 and needed help to get the bike off. Max and I went over to meet them.




Walter had to weld his subframe also. That meant we needed on more day in Tynda. We would have tomorrow off. Max told us to put the bikes in the garages at his work place. It was secure parking guarded by a vicious dog and a night guard.

The average age of the team I won't calculate. I just get depressed But when you look at this picture you might wonder... The smart phone generation I think Walter is ordering a lot of parts from Boris

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Old 02-10-2013, 02:58 AM   #3621
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The Russians also had the first satellite successfully orbiting the earth. Sputnik 1.
Heheehhe whats the big deal !!! if I recall most of the scientists and engineers where German... I reckon most you you guys have never drove a russian car* or motorbike (though it had three wheels),,if you had you would wonder just how they managed to get a man in to space *the niva was not a bad car,,if a little rust prone!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:21 AM   #3622
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Is there another pissing contest here??

enjoyed a fantastic ride with a bunch of cool guys sharing and never thought Russia's this good looking
anything on the future cards Walter and co

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Old 02-10-2013, 04:12 AM   #3623
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Is there another pissing contest here??


anything on the future cards Walter and co?

Thanks & Cheers
Correct, no pissing contest here please.

Hopefully what we do builds bridges and helps break down preconceived ideas and shit we're fed about national stereotypes and jingoistic chest beating "achievements" so lets just enjoy the ride. This one's still a long way to go and the Norse perspective is great.

Future cards: Maybe there is...
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:27 AM   #3624
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Etronx: You make this story even better vvith your vvriting. Not that it vvas bad in any vvays but i like some scandinavian eyes and feel in this.

To all of the travellers. You are some tough motherf.... and i envy you for the time to travel.


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Old 02-10-2013, 04:31 AM   #3625
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This is that Max,
which passed east BAM with Teplyakova.
It often helps advriders.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:33 AM   #3626
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hopefully what we do builds bridges and helps break down preconceived ideas and shit we're fed about national stereotypes and jingoistic chest beating "achievements" so lets just enjoy the ride.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:41 AM   #3627
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This is that Max,
which passed east BAM from Teplyakova.
It often helps advriders.
Hello Pate

That's the one. A really nice guy.


If you don't mind I'll contact you for some info about Pechenga


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Old 02-10-2013, 05:34 AM   #3628
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Rod's Thoughts

Been lurking here for awhile - thanks to all you fearless guys and girl for a fantastic read - and Rod's last comment about building bridges and breaking stereotypes really sums up for me what this travelling is all about - very hard to go to war with someone you know.
Thanks again.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:24 AM   #3629
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If you don't mind I'll contact you for some info about Pechenga


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Old 02-10-2013, 10:12 AM   #3630
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I finally made it to the end.

Great report. Lots of useful info here.

Did anyone ever have problems with the fuel on the bam road? Water in it, low octane or old?
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