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Old 02-04-2013, 05:12 AM   #3376
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Nope. You need solid boots for protection. If I didn't have my cross boots when I toppled over and did the submariner in the river, there is a great risk I would have injured my foot

Again, wet feet is no problem. In the morning they look OK again. You can, as Walter and Terry does, use SealSkinz waterproof socks. Your boots are wet, but feet stay dry. Until the next deep river of course
And as we keep saying, everything has to be carried-so you have 2 sets of footwear...your moto-boots, and one other that has to fulfill every other use....usually-but not always-sandals. If one took everything...or even half the things one might conceivably need...hammer, saw, axe, spares-(a vice!) clothing variants, more detailed maps, you'd need a support vehicle following (and I'm not saying that's wrong-it's just not what this group want)or have a bike so heavy...

Said it all before.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:20 AM   #3377
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Each morning, I get up, fire up the computer and check this report out while coffee is brewing. I stand amazed. Now, I just have to read about the woman rider. There are just some amazing people in this world that I never heard of till ADV Rider.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:31 AM   #3378
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There are just some amazing people in this world that I never heard of till ADV Rider.
So true. This is absolutely amazing!!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:09 AM   #3379
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Day 77 - Evening

Right back to the story ...

By now we had just unloaded from the truck that had given us a ride across the Kuanda river. It was about 7:30 pm.

We were not going to get to a hotel tonight ... next one would be at Chara, about 160 km away.

I told the guys I knew where there was a rail station in the middle of nowhere where we might be able to put sleeping bags indoors away from the mosquitoes. Balbukhta, about 35 km away on the road. We should be there in an hour, have enough time to get sorted for the evening.

We reached Balbukhta and I stuck my head in the station (which was in a building the size of school sports hall literally in the middle of nowhere) and asked is we could stay the night. The lady was kind enough to offer us tea and biscuits but said that they had to lock the station up empty in about 15 minutes ... a local train was coming to collect them and take them back to Kuanda where the staff live. It seemed we would need to camp in the station forecourt.

I have no pics of the station or our camping are, but I am hoping the Norwegian guys have some pics or video stills or something.

EtronX had his tent up in 5 minutes and went to bed ... he sleeps and wakes early.

Terry went to investigate the sound of running water, taking his wash kit with him. When he hadnt returned in 10 minutes I went to check on him and found a great camping and cooking area by a beach besides a beautiful mountain river. With almost no bugs or mosquitoes (unlike 100 yards away up at the station). Terry had been washing himself in the chilly river.

I went back to get Erik and Steve and told them to bring cooking equipment food etc ... and we had a great night out by the river there.

Someone took a few pics of the scene ... I think it was Steve. Steve, you got anything?
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:46 AM   #3380
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Wet Feet

I think the prevailing wisdom from US military forces operating in Jungle/rain forest environments was to NOT wear socks in their boots. Socks just keep your feet from ever drying out in your boots and that leads to fungus problems.

Anyway, back to the epic story!
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:15 AM   #3381
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Someone took a few pics of the scene ... I think it was Steve. Steve, you got anything?
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:31 AM   #3382
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Its ironic ...not only is the hardest core ADVrider on the planet not one of us on this forum, nor is it a strapping tall guy, its a woman - a small lightweight russian woman who happens to have very tomboy-ish looks
Ha!..so while us guys are so busy trying to one up each other, the girls are just getting it done! I think I can feel that Beamster smile lurking in the background....

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:58 AM   #3383
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A small question for the Colemiester. What about the BMW Serano being sweetable for such manly exploits?
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:18 AM   #3384
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After ~3 weeks I finally got to an end with reading this RR. I'm interested in details about Altai and Tuva track (this summer I want to go there). I will PM you Walter to ask a few questions.

Great RR , waiting to see what's next.

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Absolutley that area really stuck in my mind also. Walter or anybody with all these rivers and areas you have traveled in Siberia what kind of fish are in the rivers? Do they contain some kind of trout? I know there are salmon and such on the pacific coast but what about inland? These rivers and areas you are crossing have probably never seen a hook.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:32 AM   #3385
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Absolutley that area really stuck in my mind also. Walter or anybody with all these rivers and areas you have traveled in Siberia what kind of fish are in the rivers? Do they contain some kind of trout? I know there are salmon and such on the pacific coast but what about inland? These rivers and areas you are crossing have probably never seen a hook.
Definetly not, Russians like hunting and fishing, so you even find them in remote areas. When we were on the plateau Ukok, which is said to be a quite remote area of the Altai, we were astonished to meet some guys fishing in the area. It seems to be renowned for that activity. Leprindo (between Kuanda and Chara) is also an area the locals like to go for the weekend. But I don't know what kind of fish they are after, I was given a Lenok, when I camped one night on the board of river Lena (between Kachug and Shigalowo). Truck drivers also have their spots, where they get their dinner.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:41 AM   #3386
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Great stuff as usual, I've been reading your reports for a couple of years now Walter, thats why I smile, and admire your patience, when replying to posts where people suggest you took the wrong bike/shoes/helmet/gloves/luggage/tent/oil/tyres/socks/underpants etc. I'd be fairly happy to go with your setup.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:44 AM   #3387
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Absolutley that area really stuck in my mind also. Walter or anybody with all these rivers and areas you have traveled in Siberia what kind of fish are in the rivers? Do they contain some kind of trout? I know there are salmon and such on the pacific coast but what about inland? These rivers and areas you are crossing have probably never seen a hook.
If ever find yourself on the road between Irkust and UU a must is the smoked fish from lake Baikal - fantastic and sold all along the roadside. Also the wild strawberries, better than anything you have ever tried.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:57 AM   #3388
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This RR surely raises yet more questions than answers...

Quick one for all who run the dual bixenon setup,
35 or 50 Watts?
If bike to bike is different, how much better are the 50's?

And a separate question to Walter,
just to reiterate, the 4 Sibirsky and one Moroccan expeditions of yours - has your bike been running still on the original clutch and fuel pump??
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:10 AM   #3389
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BTW when we were taken some kilometers on the 110 by a big Kamaz, the driver also mentioned the Vitim-bridge and that it is one of the more difficult stretches for a truck.
what is "the 110"? both you, and the Estonian video, mention it.

due to the generic nature of "110", google is not being helpful...
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:34 AM   #3390
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Long day

After crossing the Vitim, taken a swim in the Kuanda and finally crossing the Kuanda on the back of a truck, I was pretty shoot when we came to Balbukhta. We went inside the rail road station and the kind people there gave us some tea and biscuits before they closed down the station. No sleeping inside tonight.

Knackered I got my tent up and headed inside. Every night I had the same procedure. Of the Norwegians I was the only one with a Mac. Therefore I collected all the memory cards and download the pictures and videos. I then took a quick look at what we had captured that day and made backup to an extern HD. When this was done Erik came and said they had a fire going down by a stream, but I was to tired to join and took an early night.

I had crossed the Vitim River on my XC. A goal I've had for two years. I needed to be alone in my tent that night. I needed to contemplate all that had happened. Let it sink in. I soon fell asleep.

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