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Old 05-18-2010, 07:54 PM   #76
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Did someone actually have steel wool in their tool kit
They picked it from the wool trees near by.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:58 PM   #77
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They picked it from the wool trees near by.
Hah,,, everyone knows that it comes from steel sheep!
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:47 PM   #78
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Did someone actually have steel wool in their tool kit
it is scourers, I bought them in the nearest village

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Old 05-18-2010, 10:18 PM   #79
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Does anyone know what type of bag that is? Looks comfortable and mayby can be worn front or back?

Great pics Colebatch (as usual)
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:41 PM   #80
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gosh, i left that part of the world too early to ride farther than my "Oblast'" but! to return again, i hope, soon....
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:03 AM   #81
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Does anyone know what type of bag that is? Looks comfortable and mayby can be worn front or back?
Hmmm good question ... thats Che ... not sure what bag it was.
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:14 AM   #82
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Welding - Russian Style

I need some welding done as my luggage rack got badly bent out of shape after a rescue attempt. The bike was in a stinky black bog and needed 5-6 guys heaving to get it out. It came out but the rack had a new shape to it and was missing some welds.

So Grom and I left the track and headed into a village to find a welder. The boss of the local factory took to it. We had trouble bending some bits back into shape, so they fired up the oxy torch ...only problem it was a few mm from my full fuel tank. No problem ... just jam a sheet of asbestos in there, heat up the steel, and then bend the heated steel with bare hands. Then the rack could be removed and spot welded in a bunch of places.

It was risky, but it worked, and as is typical of friendly local russians, the 2 hours of work was not charged for. It was just an interesting project for the vegetable canning factory workers.
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:46 AM   #83
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Gelos and his fish

After fixing my rack, Grom and I hit the road and caught up with the group just in time to make the evening camp.

Gelos headed down to the water and did his funky fishing thing:



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Old 05-19-2010, 03:52 AM   #84
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:34 AM   #85
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Thank U for sharing!

Thanks for great pics and RR!

God bless!

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Old 05-19-2010, 08:20 AM   #86
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:27 AM   #87
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Looks like they are causing some problems in the towns:

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Old 05-19-2010, 09:37 AM   #88
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Steppe

We crossed the Volga River ... this effectively signified the sandy stages were over. All the bikes had survived and made it through without problems.

Now we were on the steppe. Hardpack:

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First campsite on the steppe was near NovoUzensk... close to the Kazakhstan border. A lovely morning scene of motorcyclists waking up and breaking camp:

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It's easy to see why we take pictures of our bikes and not ourselves.
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