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Old 03-09-2013, 02:13 PM   #4336
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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."
+1...great philosophy.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:46 PM   #4337
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Wow, that dude is a surviver if he stays in that little uninsulated wooden structure over the long frigid siberian winter. Ive been on board this RR since the start and enjoyed every minute. Thanks to all involved on getting us through the winter with this epic ride. Big congrats to the Vikings for being so resilient and determined to finish in Magadan. You guys are tougher then leather.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:07 PM   #4338
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That Hunter is extreme, here's a youtube video of a guy that does that in Alaska.



Its a great report. I was sorry to see that none of Rod's photos were there, only the text and some photobucket logo. I'd like to re-read his stuff when he gets the photos restored. I'm particularly interested in seeing photos of his hot Czech girlfriend.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:40 AM   #4339
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Kadykchan - The Ghost Town

After the Arkagala River we were now cruising First stop was the vacated town of Kadykchan. An old coal mining town. Kadykchan, in translation from the Even language, means “The Valley of Death”. The reason for this name are the underground lakes in the valley. Sometimes they erupt to the surface pretty unexpected and at random places. The natives thought the place to be bewitched.




About 7.000 people used to live in Kadykchan. Most of the inhabitants used to work in two coal mines close to the town. That was the only work available in the region. One day there was an accident in one of the coal mines and 6 workers died. After that the mine was closed. Not long after the second mine was closed as well. The people of the town were offered from 80.000 to 120.000 rubles to move out of town and relocated to other areas. Some did and some didn't. Then in the midst of the winter the officials cut off the electricity supply and disconnected all the buildings from the central heating system. No everyone moved The private houses were then burnt down in order to prevent people from returning. These days there is only one man living in Kadykchan. An old man with his two dogs. We never met him.




It was strange driving round in this town. All the abandoned houses gave the place an eery feel. At the same time I felt watched






We drove around for an hour looking at all the places and taking photos. Steve suggested that we should spend the night there, but both Erik and I felt that a nice clean bed and some cold beers would far outweigh camping that night




We left Kadykchan and set course for Susuman. On the way we stopped by Myaundzha to say hello to Adrian's rescuers. Long story short. They were nice and gave us some food and drink, but they were not overly impressed with all the foreigners driving the Old Summer Road. They thought it a bit stupid and dangerous doing that. Ohhh well, you win some and you loose some

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Old 03-10-2013, 03:02 AM   #4340
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Russian gas stations

The Russian gas stations in the boonies are not quite what we are used to in our neck of the woods In Russia you park your bike by the pumps and the you go to the cashier, who usually sits behind solid glass. Then you state the amount of cash you want fill for, or the liters you want, and put money in a small drawer. The cashier takes the money and/or gives you change back, starts the pumps and you can start filling up. We usually broke their routine doing this. We filled up all three bikes together and never knew how many liters or Rubles it would be. One of us just went to the cashier and put 2.000 Rubles in the drawer. Showed three fingers and turned around. Lots of talking and asking followed. We just went to the bikes and started filling up. When done we came back and got the change. that worked every time

One piece of advice though. When you take the pump make sure the pistol is closed. If it isn't and the cashier cranks up the pump you will have gasoline spraying all over the place. In the picture below Steve has just tried that. The only bad thing was that he hosed himself down with gasoline. In his face and in his eyes Luckily we had lots of drinking water with us and could immediately flush his eyes and face with clean water. That saved the day, but Steve had that wild funny look in his eyes for the next few days

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:04 AM   #4341
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About 7.000 people used to live in Kadykchan. Most of the inhabitants used to work in two coal mines close to the town. That was the only work available in the region. One day there was an accident in one of the coal mines and 6 workers died. After that the mine was closed. Not long after the second mine was closed as well. The people of the town were offered from 80.000 to 120.000 rubles to move out of town and relocated to other areas. Some did and some didn't. Then in the midst of the winter the officials cut off the electricity supply and disconnected all the buildings from the central heating system. No everyone moved The private houses were then burnt down in order to prevent people from returning. These days there is only one man living in Kadykchan. An old man with his two dogs. We never met him....
Explosion on mine took place in September, 1996.
in January heating of the city froze, but was restored.
Heating was disconnected only in only 2003. In the city almost remained nobody.

Here official statement:

/ the Susuman knot of electric communication since November 1, 2003 stops service of local telecommunication to subscribers of the item of Kadykchan in connection with shutdown of heat power and inclusion of the settlement of Kadykchan in the status unpromising, resettlement of his inhabitants on the basis of the law of the Magadan region No. 32403 of 4.04.2003./
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:08 PM   #4342
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Steve, Erik and I are all very individualistic persons. We like to do it our way and all like to be in charge. The Old Summer Road made us all a team. A very strong team where the sum of all were not three, but tenfold that. It was a very nice experience

Good stuff, i would imagine under the circumstances it would takes serious doing, keep it up!

What a place, if it wasnt for the mossies...
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:52 PM   #4343
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If that KTM was a horse ...
"They don't shoot horses, do they?....."
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:54 PM   #4344
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We have seen some of those Russian driving skills.
When we were walking back to our hotel from a restaurant in Zmeinogorsk .
There was a HIGH speed police chase trough the town. With some cops in a Lada chasing a Lada !!!
This was so funny to see, both with roaring engines and screaming tires going 45km/h MAX
Q. What do you call a Lada at the top of a hill?

A. You call it a fecking miracle!

There is always some truth in any joke....
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:13 PM   #4345
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Q. What do you call a Lada at the top of a hill?

A. You call it a fecking miracle!

There is always some truth in any joke....
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:57 PM   #4346
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Wow!

Simply amazing...

Just finished reading this epic RR from the start over the last week or so and wanted to echo the many others in saying thanks for the time and effort required to share this journey. This was an educational and enlightening look into a part of the world and people I'll never see or meet.

None of Rod's pics were showing by the time I started this, but I still read every post from the group and most of the others. (I skipped the helmet debates, questions from those who obviously hadn't read from the start, and posts from inmates attempting to insert themselves into the storyline.)

*Full disclosure: I'm not an adventure rider, I ride a Harley... Heck, my last off-road bike was a 50cc Rupp mini-bike in grade school and I'm 44 now! As I've been considering adding an "adventure" bike recently, I found the information regarding what's really needed off-road versus the marketing of the manufacturers eye opening. Thanks again!
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:12 AM   #4347
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Video

I have been putting together a rough cut video from the Road of Bones. I will publish it as soon as Geir is finished telling the story and we arrive in Magadan.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:47 AM   #4348
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Marrakech??? You never work mate
Geir. I finished my most recent contract a couple of weeks ago so I'm alas having to bite the bullet and find someone daft enough to take on a grumpy old git like me. After all, I have the 2014 adventure to plan and pay for.

Someone mentioned my Czech girlfriend ...trust me guys, I've been married 3 times and I'd like the present Mrs Currie to be the last.

Besides..I've never understood guys who have a string of women on the go...

a) one (Mrs C) is quite enough hard work for me
b)I'm the worlds worst liar...she'd find out in about 5 minutes
c) I'd never find another that allows me to do this ADV thing-I'm very very lucky indeed.
d) Consequently-I totally adore her.

Photobucket should be fixed now guys. You buggers have just cost me the princely sum of $2.99 a month ( d'you think I'm made of money?)so some appreciative comments are now in order regarding my wit, bravery , great wisdom and outstanding riding skill. Some might call it lying....
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:53 AM   #4349
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Photobucket should be fixed now guys. You buggers have just cost me the princely sum of $2.99 a month ( d'you think I'm made of money?)so some appreciative comments are now in order regarding my wit, bravery , great wisdom and outstanding riding skill. Some might call it lying....[/QUOTE]


Thank you Rod
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:58 AM   #4350
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Photobucket should be fixed now guys. You buggers have just cost me the princely sum of $2.99 a month ( d'you think I'm made of money?)
I'll sponsor you for a month or two. Where do I send the money?
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