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Old 12-06-2009, 05:58 AM   #61
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Every now and again you come across Kilometre posts - I started collecting interesting years in history ... this one was 1206 ... a very good year for Genghis Khan.

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Old 12-06-2009, 06:03 AM   #62
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Artik to Kadykchan

Soon after Artik, you finally leave Yakutia, or as George W Bush would say "this great state of Yakutia" ... and cross into Magadan Oblast. By this stage we had ridden over 5000 km of dirt roads in Yakutia, from Lensk to Artik ... makes you appreciate just how big Yakutia is, when you can do 5000 km in it. ... to put it another way, it almost 5 times the size of Texas (with less than a million people living there.)





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Old 12-06-2009, 06:40 AM   #63
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All I can say is WOW!!

Thanks for taking us along..........


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Old 12-06-2009, 09:09 AM   #64
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Great pictures man.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:27 AM   #65
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Thanks for the ride reporting. Amazing.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:02 AM   #66
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Texas?

And... Texas has few hills.

Love it.

Don't stop now!

BTW how heavy is the bike that has the tire and wheel problems? I'm sure a few extra pounds of air would help, but then driveability would probably suffer.

You guys rock!

Literally.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:04 AM   #67
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Amazing

Love the pics, great report. keep it coming!!

Anymore info on your solo buddy in the mud? looks like he was pretty lightweight...
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:10 AM   #68
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Love the pics, great report. keep it coming!!

Anymore info on your solo buddy in the mud? looks like he was pretty lightweight...
Arnaud, French guy on the Yamaha 250. His bike was too underpowered, and he had only quickly rigged up a luggage system at the last minute, so it all sat very high.

His case is a bit unique ... he lives half the time in Siberia and he keeps his bikes in Siberia, so did not have to take too much stuff, or travel too far to get there. He travelled very light, but think he needed more power and the luggage sitting lower down.

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Old 12-06-2009, 11:21 AM   #69
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:41 AM   #70
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In Alaska we called the magenta colored flower fireweed

The Fireweed pic is outstanding. Well every pic that you have presented is captivation. After spending 10 years in Alaska the beauty of the north is just remarkable. I just want to get a bike to Siberia and travel.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:49 AM   #71
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Ruggedly beautiful! Thanks for the awesome pics and insights..

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Old 12-06-2009, 07:24 PM   #72
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Kadykchan

Once upon a time there was a big coal mining town at Kadykchan, with almost 20,000 people living and working there. That all changed in late 1996, as winter was approaching. For reasons I don't fully understand (apparently to do with an accident in a coal mine) the authorities decided to abandon the town, overnight. To help people who didn't really want to move (most people) to make up their minds, they turned of the electricity and hot water (like all Russian cities, the hot water was provided by the city and piped to everyone's apartment). It being -40 ish outside at the time, the city of 16,000 was abandoned by the next day. It still stands now as an eerie ghost town, about 3km off the Road of Bones, immediately adjacent to where the old summer road thru Tomtor meets the maintained section.

This marker on the main road signifies the road junction, with the road to Ust Nera one way and the road to Tomtor the other:

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Old 12-06-2009, 07:27 PM   #73
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Old Summer Road

This is the Old Summer Road, which at one time was the shortcut (via Tomtor) between Kyubeme and Kadykchan, neither place even exists now, but at least Kyubeme had a fuel station. In Kadykchan there is nothing but ghosts.

The Old Summer Road is no longer maintained, and deteriorates every year. At present it is only possible in August or early September, due to water levels on river crossings. (unless you hire a Ural truck or two to follow you the whole way - possible but expensive)



We took a look and rode 5km down the old road, but it was getting dark (it was 10:30pm), and we had to get to a town to eat n sleep (Susuman is 85km away). Here is Tony arriving back at the junction with the Susuman - Ust Nera road:

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Old 12-06-2009, 07:35 PM   #74
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The Abandoned Streets of Kadykchan

The remains of a shop:


And the main street:


Side streets:


Soviet uplifting murals on the sides of buildings:
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:00 PM   #75
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Ruggedly beautiful!

nicely put ... most of the more extreme parts of Siberia (away from the main trans-siberian highway) are nothing if not rugged, and nothing if not beautiful.

Its a very serene, lonely beauty up there.
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