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Old 01-19-2013, 10:03 AM   #2826
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Back to Irkutsk - 25th July, Day 68

I flew out of Moscow about midday, but because its a 5.5 hour flight, plus there is a 5 hour time difference, it was almost midnight when I arrived in Irkutsk. All flight I was thinking ... maybe I should see if these guys want to come along with Terry and me to Magadan. I dont know what their riding pace is like. But it might be useful to have more guys to help pull out bikes from bogs or doomed river crossings. I needed to have a chat to Terry and see what he thought.

Once in Irkutsk, I waited for my bags, jumped in cab at the airport and made my way to Nina's place, arriving at something like 00:40 in the morning. I snuck quietly into my usual room at Nina's and into my usual bed ... then I hear a voice from the other side of the room yell out.

"So you must be Walter."

Turns out I was bunking with Geir that night. I had finally met the huge Norwegian.

We spoke until about 2am ... mainly about the idea of the three Norwegians joining us on the BAM and ROB. Geir personally was totally up for it, but he needed to talk to his two riding buddies, Steve and Erik, and I needed to talk with Terry.

We would do that first thing in the morning, before I headed out to pick up my bike from the workshop.
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