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Old 12-02-2009, 07:53 AM   #31
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Does it get any better than this?

Remote, haunting, rugged beauty; complimented by an adventure motorcycle on the left of the picture.

This is the Road of Bones

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:09 AM   #32
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:23 AM   #33
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:51 AM   #34
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"The Road of Bones".........hauntingly beautiful.

Bring it on. I'm in.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:54 PM   #35
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"The Road of Bones".........hauntingly beautiful.

Bring it on. I'm in.
Yes, haunting in a number of ways. Its impossible to forget about how many people died in the Gulag system, and how many of them you are riding over.

The history of the Gulags is a bizarre tale ... the Soviets discovered gold and uranium in the Kolyma region, and wanted to mine it, but they couldnt get enough volunteers to uproot and go there, so someone hit on the bright idea of sending political prisoners to build the mines and the roads. They didn't have enough of those either, so they just accelerated the rate of political prisoner arrests to meet the demands of "Dalstroy" - the enterprise founded to build the mines and the roads to them.

Ironically, the first head of Dalstroy was arrested and executed because he was too brutal, burning through too many prisoners - and the productivity rate was accordingly too low. The next guy to run Dalstroy was less barbaric to the prisoners and the productivity rate increased ... but his tenure (and life) came to an end when Mr Beria decided he was too kind to the prisoners.

It was as dangerous being the boss as being a prisoner up there.

Magadan was only founded in 1939, when they realised they needed a sea port to service the whole Gulag industry. It was built specifically to serve as the logistics and administration centre of the whole Dalstroy Gulag project.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:46 PM   #36
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:47 PM   #37
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It was a fast road

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:49 PM   #38
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Full of Gulag era bridges

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Old 12-03-2009, 09:20 AM   #39
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Then there is the bridge

When you get to Kyubeme, you realise there is no Kyubeme. There is an 95% abandoned village across the river from this abandoned bridge.

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Old 12-03-2009, 09:40 AM   #40
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Amazing pictures!
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:45 AM   #41
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did you ride over that 'bridge' ?
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:44 PM   #42
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This is how more ride reports need to go...less talk, more pix!

Spectacular!

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Old 12-03-2009, 04:43 PM   #43
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:30 PM   #44
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Broken Bridges

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Originally Posted by missadventure
did you ride over that 'bridge' ?
Now I have ridden a few collapsed Siberian bridges in my time .... such as this:


and this:


But that's just not possible at Kyubeme, ... This more complete view will offer some clues as to why:
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:36 PM   #45
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weather ... part 1

Weather is the key to remote Siberian roads. I mentioned earlier, Tony and I were lucky (on this road) and had good warm dry weather, and the preceding week or two has similarly been warm and dry.

So we had high speed road conditions like this:


and this:
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