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Old 02-27-2013, 07:19 PM   #4171
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The girl on reception was a knockout gorgeous doll who never seemed to wear anything other than a loose, very short skirt and a vest top without a bra.

No...I haven't a photo and Gadget Boy would bin it if I had, to save the collective sanity of this audience and prevent an international epidemic of terminal masturbation.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:26 PM   #4172
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Great reporting

This has been a marvelous journey. I am so glad the guys got to complete the summer road. Just goes to show you that if you really want something, you find a way to make it happen.

And with that Rod where is the pictures of the hostel chick!!
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:20 AM   #4173
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On the Moscow thing: we stayed at hotel "Baikal", cheap, but then you also get what you pay for. We stayed there 4 or 5 nights, can't remember and there's a guarded parking in front of the place. It's in the North of Moscow, but just walk 300m or so to the Subway and then you're in for a nice ride to the city centre.
The Subway is only about 1 or so, so we figured that if you're in Moscow you have to do the subway anyway, so why not win on both sides...

Just a tip. We would stay there again next trip to Moscow.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:23 AM   #4174
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I had been in touch with EtronX at Tomtor. We had a chat on the phone after I received the message:

"Tomtor. Old road full of water. Flooding in Tomtor. FS. Returning to federal road."

A rational discussion followed on the phone in which we discussed the risks to going ahead to do the main part of the Old Summer Road. We discussed the weather forecast. I discussed with him the Russian guys (Pate, Mishutka, Cherepakha etc) who did the OSR in the pouring rain and flooding in 2011. It took them 6 days, and required truck loads of team work ... but they did it. In the end, EtronX's mind had turned around.

The next and last message I received from the guys in Tomtor was:

"We'll give it a shot "

A day and a half later and the following came in:

"Done".

The guys had made it to Myaundzha
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:00 AM   #4175
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I want to say a big "Thank You" to all the contributors to this Ride Report. You have kept me engrossed now for months and I can't wait to read how it all turns out. Its like a frickin' Soap Opera - but with more motorcycles.

I have to say, that his is one of the most amazing collaborations I have ever read. From Walter, Rod, Terry, Rod, The Vikings and Prutser and Beam(st)er () this whole story never seems to end!

So, keep it rolling, and while I'm not looking forward to the end, I can't wait to see what's next.

Thank you all.

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Old 02-28-2013, 04:11 AM   #4176
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Is there a link to the bike build on the 650 X country.
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a link to Maggie and her X Country modifications, well done by the Dutch adventure motorcycle builders

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=762021

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Old 02-28-2013, 04:55 AM   #4177
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Logging in to the advrider website I noticed Walter featured on one of the first pictures on the slideshow. As I watched the rest of the pictures come up I was amazed to see that 6 out of 26 photos were all from this ride report! That has got to be some sort of record—is it GB? Thank all of you very much for the many many hours of planning, riding, slogging, writing, photo and video taking that went into this absolutely epic ride report. Unlike others who have urged y’all to hurry up in the posting, I sort of wished you’d slow down—after all I guess it will be next fall at the earliest before we are treated to another Co-operative Compendium of a Colebatch Continent Crossing Consortium. Can you stretch out the arrival in Magadan until the start of this springs riding season? I'd only have to suffer through 4 months of being Colebatch ride report deficient that way.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:04 AM   #4178
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Logging in to the advrider website I noticed Walter featured on one of the first pictures on the slideshow. As I watched the rest of the pictures come up I was amazed to see that 6 out of 26 photos were all from this ride report!
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:41 AM   #4179
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More info on the prep for Beamsters X-Country

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=6314

And this is an outline of Tee Bee's X-COuntry prep

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....2&postcount=66
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:28 AM   #4180
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Hi Bli55, My X Country has ABS but I ALWAYS switch it off. Even on tarmac.



I wouldn't worry about the unsprung weight. It's only a few grams and it's mounted close to the centre of the hub.
And my ABS sensors were not smashed after this trip... But my bike was never thrown into a bongo truck.
Beemster I must say I truly love your wit. Are you sure you are not Irish?
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:10 AM   #4181
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:49 AM   #4182
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Day 77

Tony had kindly offered to show me round Moscow from a residents/Expat point of view the next day.

He had me on the ropes now and clearly thought that he could deliver the Moscow knockout blow. .


There's a healthy moto-scene in Moscow and many of the guys tend to congregate at times up above the city at the University, where there's a great view of the Olympic venues, Stalin's Gotham City creations and much more. Here's the wicked boy gurning for the camera at the overlook...I think he was trying to shuffle closer to the dame in the shorts..can't say I blame him. Sorry Tony...she's better pins than you lad.



There's also a culture in Russia of newlyweds gathering for photos at public places and today was no different with numerous wedding limos pitching up and decanting the be-hatted and suited occupants for the family snaps.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:22 PM   #4183
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The day

I'll show you a couple of the places he took me.

This one demonstrates a little initiative and pragmatism

This was a statue of Christopher Columbus and was situate somewhere in the city but was somewhat unloved.
Some bright spark had the idea to change the head on the statue from CC to Peter the Great -a reknowned Russian navigator, and bring it into the City. Result? Everyone seems to love it. Win-win!



The Orthodox church behind the girl's bottom (never miss a legit opportunity to snap an arse guys- and not the one in the print dress)..was destroyed by the Bolsheviks back in the day, but such is the strength and wealth of the church that they've rebuilt it in exactly the image and location it previously enjoyed.

As a non- believer I find it hard to fathom that anyone would cough their hard-earned to a bunch of beardie mystics of any denomination or deism but I'm truly delighted they now have the freedom so to do and have built this beautiful edifice.

Religious extremists need not respond with venom and ire. It's just my opinion. If it comforts you I'm a Jock...we get 9 months of winter and 3 months of bad weather-what more can they do to us....


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Old 02-28-2013, 12:46 PM   #4184
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I think I mentioned The Russian Are Coming..well-these are the weapons they'll use. This is the edge of the financial district with its Norman Foster hi-rises and graven idols to Mammon (blimey...I'm back in the Old Testament) ...sorry I couldn't get a better pic but were were traveling at the time.



I maybe shouldn't tell you as you'll all pitch up at his door and pester the tits off him , but Tony's a great host and companion and has endless historical , philosphical, political and social information to impart. Genial and generous company indeed-I had a delightful day. This is not bullshit and anyone who's spent time with him would I'm sure agree.
He knows not a little scurrilous scandal too

Unfortunately he also seems to have hollow legs-the man's a human drain- and he was not going to see me leave the city without having tried to give me The Mother of Hangovers.

We dumped the car and walked to a resto where we had a meal and a beer or two then he hauled me off into Moscows subterranean depths to the Metro and we sprang out near a bar where we met yet more of the Moscow Massive and attacked the liquid delight with renewed determination.

Once again my memory fails me where we went during the evening because I was babbling drunk at the end. .Maybe T will chime in and inform. I remember him flagging down a passing motorist (no-not a taxi) and negotiating a price for a ride home that would be a fraction of a taxi fare. This man's an operator.


Tony. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for your time and generosity. I had a great couple of days immeasurably enhanced by your company.

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Old 02-28-2013, 01:16 PM   #4185
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Jocks

To clarify:

I've been PM-ed and asked if as a "Jock" it means I'm identifying myself as a sportsman rather than an academic as that's what it means in some parts of the world.
Alas I'm no longer the former and was never likely to be the latter.

No, it means I was born in Scotland....although I've lived in England for the last 40-odd years.
Sorted?

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