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Old 02-05-2013, 09:39 AM   #3421
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Nice action shots from Steve

Steve took some great shots of the scenery and of us riding along that day ....



Which included a lot of BAM tastic rotting bridges







I was really enjoying having Steve along and so eager to take pics. Like I said earlier, I was exhausted by this stage and gladly handed over the bulk of the pic taking duties. I normally feel a lot of responsibility to the photography. But by now I was enjoying someone else doing it

Dont normally end up with a lot of pics of me riding because of that, but now there are quite a few. Cheers Steve.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:50 AM   #3422
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Christ that is freaking high I get dizzy just loking at it. Anyone who rode across that bridge with no rails on the side is a freaking major stud and there is no shame in pushing across I would have done the same thing and would have had a hard time doing that.

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:21 AM   #3423
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so enjoying this thread

I am so enjoying this thread, first thing I do each day, catch up on the progress.

I am very much enjoying your pictures, ..of late, your recent pictures in Siberia remind me of the mountains and terrain right here in British Columbia, so similar, yet obviously vastly different due to the remoteness.

I must do this ride someday!!!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:29 AM   #3424
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I am checking in several times a day if I can!!! There seems to be a lot of spikes in those rotted bridges that could snag a tire. Was that a problem or did that happen at all?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:45 AM   #3425
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I am so enjoying this thread, first thing I do each day, catch up on the progress.

I am very much enjoying your pictures, ..of late, your recent pictures in Siberia remind me of the mountains and terrain right here in British Columbia, so similar, yet obviously vastly different due to the remoteness.

I must do this ride someday!!!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:24 AM   #3426
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And old rotting bridges full of gaps:

I can't really tell how long that gap is where the cylindrical transverse posts are missing. does a truck (6wd or the like) need to very carefully tread on the longitudinal planks, or can it just power through without getting a wheel stuck?
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:26 AM   #3427
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I do wonder how long the BAM is going to be ride-able for with so many of those road bridges continuing to deteriorate, especially over the next 5, 10, 15 years. Theoretically if you have to end up fording in so many places it will chew up fuel, food and time one might not have.

Great trip and pictures. I've followed from the beginning and it's been one of the most interesting trips I have read for a while.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:55 AM   #3428
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I do wonder how long the BAM is going to be ride-able for with so many of those road bridges continuing to deteriorate, especially over the next 5, 10, 15 years. Theoretically if you have to end up fording in so many places it will chew up fuel, food and time one might not have.

Great trip and pictures. I've followed from the beginning and it's been one of the most interesting trips I have read for a while.
The BAM will be as long ride-able as the railway continues to be serviced. There are usually two tracks, the old construction road and a track that leads directly along the rails. The latter is used by the railway workers, that circulate with their trucks. Those trucks often have to leave the dam when it goes over a bridge, then they have to ford as they seem not to be allowed to go over the rails at the bridge, but usually on a motorcycle you can stay on the dam. This dam track is still maintained and on some stretches also the old construction track (for provision of mines).
btw riding on the dam is more enjoyable, but for the ballast, you have greater views (tries are cut and you are higher).

The major obstacle on the western BAM seems to me not the Kuanda bridge, as this one has alternatives, but the Oljokma bridge. The river is bigger than Kuanda and I think even than Witim. Therefore you have no alternative by truck (only in winter). We'll see how they get over it this year
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:42 PM   #3429
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Walter, my curoisity is killing me...

When you come up on these "rustic" bridges, do you stop and cross by foot to plan a route between the cracks/joints/gaps, or do you just tell one of your companions to "GO FOR IT, YOU BIG SISSY!" and then follow if he survives?
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:26 PM   #3430
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Looks so much like British Columbia that it is scary.
Almost anyone from central BC would say thats where you are.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:41 PM   #3431
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:19 PM   #3432
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Looks so much like British Columbia that it is scary.
Almost anyone from central BC would say thats where you are.
Totally agree
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:28 PM   #3433
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Steve took some great shots of the scenery and of us riding along that day ....
Dont normally end up with a lot of pics of me riding because of that, but now there are quite a few. Cheers Steve.
Thanks Walter... Nice sharing with you guys. Here are some more from my archives :)


The captain


Unloading the bikes


The team posing




Russian truck drivers


Nice view


Geir and Walter


Walter


Nice bridge
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:53 PM   #3434
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Steve, it strikes me that every picture you are in, you always have the biggest smile on your face

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Are we going to get a ride report with nice pictures of the rest of your trip as well?
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #3435
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they do the moonwalk in Norway??!
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