When we woke up in Severobaikalsk, it was pissing down with rain.
We summoned a conference on the balconies of our huts, and decided adventure riding still had to be fun where possible, and if it was raining and miserable today then we would take a day off. This time there was no maintenance to do, nothing to work on, so we took a lazy day. Everyone did a lot of blogging. EtronX downloaded a new operating system onto Terry's iphone enabling him to use Russian sim cards. We went and had a look around town. Did some supplies shipping so we were all stacked up with noodles for the BAM Road, and I spent some time going over with the team, what we had ahead of us.
I told the boys that the rough stuff doesnt actually start here, in Severobaikalsk, but we had a good smooth fast road to Novy Uoyan, about 200 km away. From there there was another 200 km to Taksimo that wasnt great, but still not real rugged BAM Road stuff. I told the boys we go to Taksimo in one day. The real BAM adventure begins after Taksimo ...
So basically they had a day's grace before the challenging stuff.
Then in the evening we went for dinner in our local meat restaurant .... then walked home by the northern shores of Lake Baikal.
Naturally the boys looked at this and decided they wanted a swim.
Well I had swum in Baikal before ... I was happy to let the other lads check it out.
Strangely enough, we also stumbled across a rather appropriate viking-esque boat and carvings by the lake ...
Before heading up to our hotel (sorry pics arent sharp ... from a mobile phone)