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Old 02-26-2013, 03:23 AM   #4096
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Later.

I rode on into the morning and was pretty hungry as I'd just had the piece of cake at 0700-ish, so stopped in a little village to get something for lunch.

I don't have any association with Garmin, but the detail the Montana holds is staggering-I would be riding through a small village with a few streets and a couple of shops-truly in the middle of nowhere..and as I'd ride through I'd pass a dirt lane....and the Garmin would "know" the name of that dirt lane. As one who's always used rollchart, map and compass until this trip it never ceased to amaze me.

I bought my lunch and pulled over at a pretty overlook with a bench. Ideal



Fat bloke after lunch



One of lifes paradox's is that locals in beautiful places seldom value them and perhaps see that they've got lots of space so it doesn't matter if they throw their trash at their feet. It's the same in Mongolia, Morocco, Mali, Mauretania...wait a minute!! its anywhere with an M!!!
Alas it's the same in the UK too and when I worked in the Shetland Islands the roadsides were littered with McEwans red beer tins known locally as "Shetland roses", thrown out of car windows as the driver finished his beer.

On this pic you can see the plastic bottles peeking out of a little hollow the locals drop them in. Presumably they blow away into the countryside when the wind gets up. Yes it upsets me but you can't save the world.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:00 AM   #4097
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Ride Report - ROB The old summer road

So after a really long day had ended, some food and me and Erik had a chat around the bonfire it was time to get some rest. After a quick bath/wash in the river it was just so good getting out of the wet clothes and into dry comfy camp clothing. Tomorrow will be another hard day at the old summer road. As said in the last ride report - we had an agreement that if we heard rain on our tents we would get up, pack camp and start riding as soon as we could. There are still som big river crossings left before we are back on the federal highway.

I guess we went to bed around midnight and we all were knocked out and felt asleep instantly. Around 5 o'clock the alarm went off when the first drop of water hit the tent. We all woke up and knew that we had to get out of here. 5 hours of sleep after the exhausting yesterday was not enough, but this was not a place to stay. It was quite cold and I guess it was around 4-5'C. All our riding equipment, boots and everything were still soaky wet and now really cold. It was just not nice at all to slip into the riding gear again. But a man got to do what a man got to do!

We packed the camp very quick and set of. It was still rainy and cold and it was quite muddy and slippery this morning. I turned on my heated grips at maximum and just tried to stay warm. When we met the first river crossing it looked like a hard one. Already cold from it was not much tempting to jump into the water. But with this river we really needed to do some reccing before we plunged the bikes into the river. The water was freezing - almost like melting water back home. It took only some few seconds before the cold water made my legs tingle. Man this is cold morning. We managed to find a place to cross the river, but the river banks were almost like a 80cm wall. So we had to dig out a bit of the bank on the river bank on the other side to being able to get the bikes out of the river. This was for sure the strongest and fastest river so far and all three of us had to support each of the bikes to get them across. So we had to cross the river 7 times to do the reccing and get each of our 3 bikes over. We were all miserable and cold after this crossing. It was a good feeling when we finally got the last and heavy F800GS across and up at safe ground.

To gain some heat again we just kept on riding. Hard work usually keeps you warm. But at this time our feets were so cold and with constantly new river crossings, rain and cold air we were unable to get any proper heat. Especially our feets were cold. We had some more struggles through river, mudholes, bad bridges and all kind of road conditions - or maybe offroad conditions is more right to say. Another hard part to ride is those places where you cross ditches where part of the road is missing. These can be pure mud holes, a deep and steep ditch or there may be a temporary "bridge" of loose logs crossing. These loggs can be quite slippery and tricky to cross without loosing your balance. But we all kind of managed the obstackles we met. It makes a huge difference when you have dry a sunny day with 20+ degrees like yesterday and the miserable, wet, muddy and cold we had experienced today. It is a completely different ballgame.

After some hours out there we finally came to a place marked as Hunters Camp on our GPS (Thanks for sharing the route and waypoints Walter). Here one of the local guys invited us in for a warm tea and to warm in front of the fireplace. All three of us embraced the fireplace, took our boots of and finally we could get some heat to our white feets. The Russian guy told us that the next big river were quite big and he was also waiting for lower waters to get out of there. We decided to go over there and have a look at it and if it was crossable. If not we we might be that a truck or something went by and could help us to cross. We are now back in a bit more civilized zone than we had been the last few days. Still remote and with no traffic to see.

We came to the banks of the last big river and it was terrifying. We were all pretty much sceptic about even try to cross it. We were just about to take the safe route and have a lunch at the bank and wait for a truck to come by. But we had now ridden the old summer road and we should definately give it try. I went out into the river reccing for about 30 minutes and found a way through. At some places the river were waist deep and very powerfull and it was no way we could get the bikes through there. Luckily we found some more shallow places where we could cross. First we took the big F800GS across and it all went fine. It was quite a powerful river, but with good support in the front and in the rear of the bike it went quite well. We could feel that the wheels were sliding on the riverbed so it was on the edge of what were doable for us.

On the other side with all three bikes on safe grounds we were really happy. We felt that we had defeated the old summer road - and completely without any kind of support! This had been a achievment for us and we knew that the hard parts were over. From here it would b more easy.

We visited the abandoned town Kadykchan. It was a wierd feeling getting into this place. Driving in the empty streets and with all empty buildings. It was just very strange and the other guys did absolutely not want to spend the night there :) We drove in to the next town where we visited the fire fighter guys who had rescued Adrian a couple of weeks ago. It was not a warm welcome commitee and it was quite clear that they were not too happy to see us. They asked to take copies of our passports and visas. I am not sure of the reason for that. So after talking about the weather and the regular stuff; Geir asked the guy if the fire figthers thought it was a cool thing or just a bunch of idiots driving the old summer road. "just Idiots" he responded. They did lighten up a bit after a while and we bought some spare fuel from them. It all went good and it ended up with a photo session with the fire fighters in front of the bikes.

From here we headed to Susuman where we were about to spend the night. On the way here we had to get fuel for the bikes. The nozzle of the fuel pump were locked in the "on" position and when we the pump started the fuel were flying all over the place. I got a big spray of fuel over my head - luckily not in my eyes - and I had to use the rest of my drinkingwater to stop the etching of my scalp. We stayed the night in Susuman - about 650km from our final stop, Magadan.

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Old 02-26-2013, 04:03 AM   #4098
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No idea what the temperature related sign below the distance markers is warning of..melting tarmac over 32deg? -maybe someone can inform-
You've got a near correct guess - it says "Transportation of heavy loads prohibited from 08:00 to 22:00 when temps above 32 C"
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:03 AM   #4099
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That sounds like the Anabar Road. Which is here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569243
hi Walter, I guess some pics got lost in this thread
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:10 AM   #4100
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Wow, great crossing of the Old Summer Road, very impressive and epic, and well told! Congrats!
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:21 AM   #4101
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Later still

Today I wanted to get past Ijevsk, something like 800 Kms and given the miles I'd been racking up each day it was well within capabilities to do it.
I wanted to have just one day's ride into Moscow after today, then I'd have a couple of days in the great city I'd never seen.

Walter had been in touch with Tony P to ask that he might meet me for a beer or two and save me from the wicked Mafia who'd presumably and surrounded by some of the most beautiful girls in the world want to kidnap and bumfuck me.
They have of course nothing better to do with their time than entertain lustful thought of aged, unattractive and overweight bald Jocks that might pass their way and be easy prey. OK...maybe not.

More than anything he was going to advise about somewhere to stay as Moscow is eye-wateringly expensive to stay in hotels.

In the late aternoon I came across this motel...somewhat gaudy for my tastes but the lady owner was friendly and showed me to a bright modern room.



I was still not doing great with the language and when I went to the resto later, I ordered chicken, fries and vegetables from the menu thinking I was doing just fine...and when my meal arrived it was chicken noodle soup...mashed potato and bread. I looked at it..she saw me looking at it ..she looked at me and said in Russian " that wasn't what you expected was it". ......"Errrr .....Nyet!" quoth I.
"Minute" she said and disappeared into the kitchen...then came back with a couple of cutlets to go with the spuds...result!

Look what the Lord gives good boys.

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Old 02-26-2013, 04:26 AM   #4102
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:31 AM   #4103
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Come on Steve...lets have the pix. I'd had a gutful of dead men's feet in Mongolia, so I absolutley sympathise. It's miserable.
My ride is indeed very tame compared to these guys. I warned yah!
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:32 AM   #4104
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Socks.
The Vikings would have sold their mothers for dry socks at that point Tom...
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:13 AM   #4105
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Hi Beat.

You're right, I didn't see it, surprising as I walked round the town all day. Is it near the centre at all?

Damn'!...I'll just need to go back.
yes it is in the centre
i guess you missed the bikerbar in UB as well?
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:35 AM   #4106
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Guys, what do you say about these kind of boots: http://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.sf/...rs-Tech-8-0002

I think these boots with 1 spare inner boot would be fine. After you get the inner boot wet, you change it to the spare dry one... of course if you don't have too many crossings or if you have the opportunity to dry the wet ones.

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:48 AM   #4107
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I saw the poster of 70s rock chick Suzi Quattro..still wagging her arse in leather jeans and actually looking OK for a lady of a certain age.
Even back then I found her act more like cod-rock.
Cod-rock? Not very gentlemanly to throw out fishy references to aging females ya know.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:49 AM   #4108
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Guys, what do you say about these kind of boots: http://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.sf/...rs-Tech-8-0002

I think these boots with 1 spare inner boot would be fine. After you get the inner boot wet, you change it to the spare dry one... of course if you don't have too many crossings or if you have the opportunity to dry the wet ones.

Bob
I dont think its going to help. AND its one more thing to carry ... an extra set of wet inner boots with you. When you have river crossings, you have a LOT of river crossings. You dont get one river crossing every 2 or 3 days. You have 2-3 days of non stop river crossings.

Getting your feet wet is unavoidable. Its also not exactly terrible. It not like getting poked in the eye with a stick. Its not like having to fix a flat tyre. Its not a reliability issue. Its nothing you particularly need to avoid. Its not that much of a big deal. Its just wet feet.

Its just something you need to accept as part of this kind of travel on these kinda roads.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:31 AM   #4109
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This is one of my favourites-don't know why. Between Perm and Ijevsk. No idea what the temperature related sign below the distance markers is warning of..melting tarmac over 32deg? -maybe someone can inform-


Huge Prizes for getting the town names. Not.
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It just says (off the cuff) that heavy transports forbidden from the road if air temperature exceeds 32C. -I drove through there last July but must've missed it. Fortunately it was not that hot so I wasn't in infraction - the GSA is bloody heavy.

You skipped Kazan, then?
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:57 AM   #4110
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I do believe that the Hon. Mr. Currie faced much more danger than his erstwhile companions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itMdLTd1l4E
At about the 3 minute mark an SUV hits a sidecar rig and sends him flying across the road. Sobering. Be careful out there.
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