I am terribly sorry guys ... but we have forgotten to tell you about a chance encounter a few days back ....
While Terry, Geir and myself had arrived on Olkhon Island, and Erik and Steve were a few hours behind us .... they refuelled where the road to Zhigalovo and the road to Olkhon Island split.
While Erik and Steve were there, a fast talking, high energy Basque guy rode up to them on a KTM 990. He said he was off to Magadan and intended to break the speed record over the Vitim River Bridge. Then he zoomed off towards Zhigalovo pulling a wheelie on his fully fuelled and loaded 990 till he was out of sight.
Erik and Steve were totally flabbergasted ... they didnt expect that ...
But the chap in question was Iker Iturregi ... a Basque Spaniard who has 8 motocross titles to his name and was due to ride the Dakar a few years ago (had the bike, registration everything) but the crisis hit Spain and a key financial sponsor had to pull out on him, forcing him to withdraw. The point is, the lad can seriously ride a bike.
His blog site (if you can read spanish) is here:
But most interesting are his helmet cam videos ... such as this: http://youtu.be/8GywvXk85GI
And his signature piece ... his third crossing of the Vitim Bridge (he had two practice runs first), in just 40 seconds ... at speeds above 90 km/h (55 mph)
It will give you an idea what short of adrenaline rush is coming up for us in a few days time.