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Old 12-02-2013, 02:12 PM   #61
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I'll continue on monday, too busy now with live reports this weekend
and an interesting live report it was
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:07 PM   #62
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although maybe just a little bit too long...

Damn, the world is a small place!
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:24 PM   #63
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Hanging on every word. My experience is that with epic RR's like yours, only a small percent comment.

FFFFKKKK, what can you say?




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Old 12-03-2013, 03:53 AM   #64
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For the firefighters amongst you, they have BIG trucks in Kazakhstan:



Some more people pictures from the last days in KZ:







We continued our journey towards the Russian border in the Altay region. To avoid the big crossing from Semey to Rubtovsk we rode to Shemonaikha and then across the border to Zmeinogorsk. It was the easiest Russian bordercrossing we ever made and we were officially in the Altay:



We couldn't really find a nice or suitable spot for camping that night so we ended up stopping in the local park and just took the risk there. There was really a hard wind so we were happy to find some shelter between some trees although they were making "strange" noises. We fell asleep as good as we could only to wake up a little bit later with an extremely lood "craaaaack" followed by a "boink". We got out with my light and my thoughts were accurate; one of the trees just fell down from lightning/wind only 7 meters from our tent and the bikes. Nothing to do about it, just thanking our guardian angel once more. We didn't sleep anymore that night...

The chicken was also interested in the stranger invading her personal space:



Next day we continued to start "Yana's track". Dirt, mud, wet, grass, everything to spend a nice day of riding...no?

It took us the whole day to cover the 50km...













At a certain moment we find a tent put up on the track, clearly from some biker as they're boots in it, spare tyres and stuff. We can't find anybody near it so we start to wonder what might have happened. The tent was filled with giant flesh eating flies so we didn't stayed too long.

We continued just to find a huge hole and it took us some time to get around it as there was really not a lot of space next to it, just about 30 cm so we almost fell in it.



We started to think that maybe something bad happened to the biker(s) but we wouldn't find out until later what happened.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:11 AM   #65
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Suspense!

It's killing me.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:50 AM   #66
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It's killing me.
Me too !
Outstanding report and pics, thanks.
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:02 AM   #67
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It's killing me.
And then...
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:21 PM   #68
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Huh?

[QUOTE=00-SEB-00;22805192]Some more shots from Kiev:



[QUOTE]

My Russian isn't that good and I don't know Ukrainian at all, but... If I read this correctly, doesn't it say 2 for the price of one?
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:03 PM   #69
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Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:14 AM   #70
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And then...
ADV was down!

(ok I had no time this weekend... ;-))
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:51 AM   #71
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[QUOTE=Jimdamit;22934705][QUOTE=00-SEB-00;22805192]Some more shots from Kiev:



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My Russian isn't that good and I don't know Ukrainian at all, but... If I read this correctly, doesn't it say 2 for the price of one?
No idea whatsoever, but in the meantime we enjoyed looking at them once more, no?
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:58 AM   #72
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Ok, to continue the story:

Here's a pic from the tent and how we found it (picture courtesy of Phil and his Iphone) Just remember the big hole, the woodlands and the fact that we didn't see anybody the whole day and this gets spooky:



We continued the track and after a few hours we heard the distinguished sound of some other bikes. Aha, we would maybe finally meet someone and know what happened to the biker(s) and the tent.



And yes, after a few more minutes we met Phil and Felix, two British guys on BMW 650 X-Challenge without any luggage. They left the luggage at Yana's place, only half an hour from there. They were trying to get back to their tent, so we told them the good news that it was still there.
We waited like 5 seconds and then we just had to know what happened with them and the bikes and the big hole. So as Kim and I already figured out/thought, Phil just drove into it... Kim and I managed (with a lot of difficulties, truth being said) to get around it but Phil didn't.





This is Felix standing next to Phil's bike:



So Felix tried to pull Phil's bike out but after a few hours they started to see that this wouldn't work out, so they went to get help from some local farmer and his tractor.



Maybe Phil or Felix can jump in and elaborate a bit more about this... But I just phoned with Phil and he's out of EU for a few days so you'll have to wait to get his side of the story.

So we continued:



We finally arrived at Yana's place to have a two day rest, what we really needed!

Phil's bike, Felix (in the middle) and Phil (on the right):



The next day; Felix, Phil, me and Kim:



Later when I checked the bike, I found out that the metal parts to hold the handguards had broken, but without having anything to fix it, I just left it there as it was. I managed to ride till the end like this without any problems actually and you'll find out that later I did had some crashes...

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Old 12-10-2013, 12:35 PM   #73
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I managed to ride till the end like this without any problems actually and you'll find out that later I did had some crashes...
you really are the king of cliffhangers
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:13 PM   #74
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you really are the king of cliffhangers
LOL!
It's the only thing I can imagine to try and capture your attention...

I don't like to read massively long stories about other trips so I try to just give enough info to make it interesting without writing a book. And to end every part with some sort of cliffhanger, true!

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Old 12-10-2013, 03:44 PM   #75
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great report

great report, keep it coming!
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