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Old 03-14-2013, 01:42 PM   #4456
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If I add it to my other Trans-Eurasian ADV rides, it looks like this:

Would you consider sharing the Google Earth file of this? It looks fascinating.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:59 PM   #4457
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I would buy one. But, PAL could be handled on the computer, I guess.


Huh, I didn't even think of that. Silly of me, since i watched the first DVD on my 'puter.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:08 PM   #4458
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Thank you guys and girl for an excellent RR !
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:52 PM   #4459
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Great. So much for getting work done in the evening. Another RR to read.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:04 PM   #4460
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It was really nice to read you as you reported this ride soooo well!

Thanks for sharing, for the hours riding, for the pics and for all the effort put in writting all this in front of your computers!

Greetings and a lot of thanks to the Sibirsky extreme crew!
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:30 AM   #4461
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If I add it to my other Trans-Eurasian ADV rides, it looks like this:

Hey Walter, so you've done a little mileage then!

What's the approximate total distance and trip days all those lovely colours have consumed?

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:17 AM   #4462
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A big thank you and your companions for the best ride report I have read yet.
I have followed most of your previous reports for the last 4 years and finally ventured to Russia last summer but quickly realised to get full value I would need to learn some Russian or at least have a companion who was fluent.
Any advice on the easiest way to learn some Russian anyone

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Old 03-15-2013, 02:34 AM   #4463
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Any advice on the easiest way to learn some Russian anyone

Walter did recommend some learning CDs (or was it DVDs) in one of his Sibirsky RR threads.

There's also a growing number of native teachers doing pretty decent lessons over Skype. That way it is personal, and you can get the amount and content tuned to what you need, also usually not that expensive. I know at least one girl who did that, with relevant linguistic degree and all, her students seemed to be happy. Not sure if she's still in business, but if you are interested, PM me, I can find out and let you know. Others like that should probably be easily googlable.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:51 AM   #4464
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and I thought NY to San Fran on I 80 was a big deal...
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:50 AM   #4465
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Any advice on the easiest way to learn some Russian anyone
You could try the Michel Thomas audio course. Its MP3 based so can be loaded to your phone/Mp3 player. I think I got mine off ebay quite cheaply (pirate?)
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:23 AM   #4466
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You could try the Michel Thomas audio course. Its MP3 based so can be loaded to your phone/Mp3 player. I think I got mine off ebay quite cheaply (pirate?)
Agree with Mike above. I have the CD version of Michel Thomas.. I just wish I'd spend a little more time with it.
Full Title is " Michel Thomas Method, Russian Foundation Course . Comes in 8x CDs and a wee booklet and you'll dig it up on Ebay.

I managed without any language to speak of-but not without difficulty and some toe-curlingly embarrasing situations. Next time ( there WILL indeed be a next time) I'll have done my homework as it will immeasurably enhance the experience.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:10 AM   #4467
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Amazingly done!!! Congratlations!!
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:15 AM   #4468
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You could try this for new russia rides... taken from another forum

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This map is the most detailed available in public for railways: http://parovoz.com/maps/supermap/supermap.png
Includes all CIS countries. No English version though.
Pink are lines U/C or proposed. Brown are abandoned.
Light-colored are freight lines without passenger traffic; color tells electrification type: n/a, 25kV AC, 3kV DC.
Twin line is double track; stair-like is single track with continous double-track insertions. Thin line is narrow gauge.
Link is to download only , image is heavy (6k x 3k)
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:09 AM   #4469
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Congrats

Congratulations to all of you - well done.
And Thank You.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:37 AM   #4470
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Kyubeme Update

Bad news for future Old Summer Road riders. Just heard that in October of last year, 2 months after our Norwegian colleagues crossed here:



the remains of the collapsed Kyubeme River bridge was pulled down for firewood. A new bridge is being built over the Kyubeme River and should be in service by late 2014. The old bridge was build by prisoners in 1942 and was serviceable until the mid 1970s, I am told. For the last 35 years, its been a decaying wreck - but a poignant symbol.

This view is gone:





This will take away one of the major challenges of the old summer road. Crossing the Kyubeme River.



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