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Old 03-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #4321
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:49 AM   #4322
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The Arkagala River

We left our host after a short hour. Warm and feeling good. It was about 60 k's to the river and we were following another river it most of the way. The roads were good and the rain had stopped.

We came to the river and there was a pretty long bridge there. From our side it looked OK. Maybe not good enough for big Kamaz and Ural's, but certainly good enough for some light bikes. I had also lost some weight on the trip so I should be OK to




We got of our bikes and started to recce the bridge. As normal on the OSR and BAM the bridge ended in thin air. There was a gap of maybe 80 meters in it. No joy. We had to ford the damn thing. As we were standing on the bridge we heard some noises. There was definitively a vehicle coming. By the sound of it it from the other side of the river. Maybe a big Kamaz and maybe we could hitch a ride over The Kamaz truned out to be an old Lada Niva. It was spitting and coughing when it came across, and the driver had to stop in order to empty the air intake. This was good news for us. Could he pass, could we pass

We drove down to have a chat with the guy. He told us that the water came just over his bonnet, but he doubted we would get across on the bikes. The current was to strong. He had been a passenger at the front wheel in his car when crossing. Drifting quite a bit down stream. This sounded like modus operandi for us. We get told it is impossible, then we go In my former life someone told me:

"Never give up!
Go over, go under, go around or go through.
But never give up!"




It was time to get wet again We drove down to the river, and into the river we dived




Steve did a very good job reccing the river. We were the support crew on the shore while he went back and forth. Sometimes I was sure we had to start running downstream in order to fish him up The current was strong. The local Niva guy had got that part right.




After about an hour Steve was done and said: "Guys, it is not so much worse than some of the others we have crossed. I think it is possible."


As said, as done. We first got Steve's bike over. Then the rest










You get wet crossing rivers. GoreTex or not, your feet will get wet. I used my old army boots when crossing. They are comfortable to wear and they dry out fast.




When we had gotten all our stuff over the river we changed clothes and sat down for a bit. Then it dawned on us. We had done it The two major challenges on the trip was conquered. We had done the BAM and we had done the Old Summer Road Not to get to spiritual here, but I felt welcome on the OSR. I had a very good feeling riding it

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Old 03-09-2013, 01:41 AM   #4323
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Congrats

Somehow I think when you now look back at your adventure, Metaljockey's quote might come to mind: "God willing, someday I'll grow old & weak. But when I do, I’ll have pictures and ride reports and I will relive life all over again. It's my pension. Every trip is another deposit in my memory pension. I'm gonna have a wonderful old age."
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:48 AM   #4324
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Fantastic!!, just caught up with the last few days of this amazing thread and the quality has never dropped.
Big thanks to the Vikings, Walter, Terry, Rod, Prutser and Beamster for keeping me entertained plus inspired this winter.
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:22 AM   #4325
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Fantastic!!, just caught up with the last few days of this amazing thread and the quality has never dropped.
Big thanks to the Vikings, Walter, Terry, Rod, Prutser and Beamster for keeping me entertained plus inspired this winter.
Guys. Back from Marrakech and in Edinburgh for Scotland - Wales match. I'll be home tomorrow and sort out the photobucket thing with the pics.

Geir/Steve. Knockout pics and text. Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:26 AM   #4326
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:36 AM   #4327
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This super great report just keeps on keeping on. Thanks Guys.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:28 AM   #4328
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:03 AM   #4329
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Looking forward to Rod's Photobucket issue being fixed! Great ride report!
I've been a fan of Walter's Sibirsky Extreme adventures for a few years now. Anything to do with the BAM or ROB is great 'edge of the seat' reading! Keep 'em coming!
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:26 AM   #4330
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:12 AM   #4331
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Wow

I've been reading this thing for 5 months, from the beginning.......unfnbelievable............thanks to the "TEAM" for taking us along-------------just amazing!!
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:33 AM   #4332
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SE 2012 No Longer a Sticky??

.....but they havent made it to Magadan yet!!
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #4333
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The traveling Scotchman

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Guys. Back from Marrakech and in Edinburgh for Scotland - Wales match. I'll be home tomorrow and sort out the photobucket thing with the pics.
Marrakech??? You never work mate
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:52 AM   #4334
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You guys are as tough as nails to get across those rivers when everyone says you can't do it!
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:01 PM   #4335
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