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Old 02-23-2013, 11:28 AM   #4036
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Insh'allah I hope to return next year.
Rod, at that time you will not have problems with some microwaved local food... McDonald's opens their 'restaurants' in Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Barnaul and Novokuznetsk. Sounds fun, huh ?
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:29 AM   #4037
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Hey Steve!
Best pics of the report so far!
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:30 AM   #4038
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Crazy Russians

Walter, saw this vid and reminded me of your description of Russians....crazy AND kind!
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:10 PM   #4039
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Russians....crazy AND kind!
Fabulous, and highly typical - apart for the rough justice meted out to the Lada trying to get ahead on the soft shoulder. Usually people placidly accept this as part of the bullying chain.

This series of clips, plus many others showing horrific crashes, are a direct result of the widespread use of DashCams here as a defence/protection for insurance claims and the less worthy ДПС 'cuntstabules'.
Oh - and also for all the meteorite shots that amazed the World last week.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:18 PM   #4040
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When you got permafrost just beneath the surface like here you can expect the water to flood the area much quicker than you are used to at places where the ground absorbs more of the water. Here it will stay more at the surface and the rivers will get big very quickly!
So when we went to bed around 1 o'clock at night we all very on alert in case of rain.

More coming :)
Glad you didn't get flooded out.

Something to think about when large drainage rivers(any stream really) are already running high...it can be clear out where you are but it can be raining heavily in the headwaters upstream. If a scenario like that happens you may only have seconds before you and your gear are washed away from the resulting surge of water headed downriver. The higher the water already is, the quicker it can rise even higher!
Given the circumstances you guys were dealing with I would have camped well away from the water.

I'll bet those polish rafters had a good time!
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:34 PM   #4041
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In regards to not seeing many chinese in the US...
It is extremely difficult for Chinese people to get a visa to leave the country (headed fo rthe US). The Government doesnt like to lose tax payers; so they make it difficult to leave.
Many times in order to get a visa to come to the US you must show a business or income in China (a reason to return).
My good friend married a Chinese gal and even after 4 years of being married and them both living in China.; his wife was denied a visa to come to the US.
Yeah I remember that very well. People would invent business reasons for why they needed to travel so that they could just do what they wanted to do anyway. More Chinese are travelling however despite the challenges especially in tour groups.

The idea of an organized group seems to be less of an issue for the PRC these days. There have been organized adventure tours in China by foreigners but it would be pretty much impossible for me as an individual.

I was referring more to first generation Chinese who live here in Canada. They are pretty much glued to the cities. Travel means going back to China.

For the younger second generation things are totally different.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #4042
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This series of clips, plus many others showing horrific crashes, are a direct result of the widespread use of DashCams here as a defence/protection for insurance claims and the less worthy ДПС 'cuntstabules'.
Oh - and also for all the meteorite shots that amazed the World last week.
I was wondering why there was so much dashcam video coming out of Russia. Watching that video makes you realize that there are still good people out there. Plus reading any of these ride reports!
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:52 PM   #4043
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:01 PM   #4044
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Cervinia? Or over the hill to Zermatt.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:06 PM   #4045
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Il Cervino I presume
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:02 PM   #4046
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You don´t need skies in Cervinia



many thanks to all of you for this fabulous ride report.
Sittin´at home, warm and dry, it´s hard to imagine crossing rivers in Sibiria
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:01 PM   #4047
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Walter, saw this vid and reminded me of your description of Russians....crazy AND kind!
Just fantastic - I almost had a sook watching this. This why I dream of Russia in my sleep I just loved the place and it is the people that made it.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:58 PM   #4048
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nice Mountain, I grew up in Zermatt, immigrated to Canada and live in BC now.
Like many other inmates, I'm glued to the monitor these days looking and waiting for the updates to this exciting RR. Thank you all for the work you did to put this RR together.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:15 PM   #4049
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nice Mountain, I grew up in Zermatt, immigrated to Canada and live in BC now.
Like many other inmates, I'm glued to the monitor these days looking and waiting for the updates to this exciting RR. Thank you all for the work you did to put this RR together.
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What a beautiful place to grow up!

I was there on my bike in '83...and got escorted out by the police, I rode up into town, not realizing that gas powered vehicles were not allowed!
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:07 AM   #4050
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Today :-)
Sorry for the Hijack on the thread(if its too much please delete it),but i couldnt help my self.....
EtronX...i understand how terrible time u have there...happened exactly the same to me last year...[IMG][/IMG]

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