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Old 12-25-2012, 08:46 AM   #1876
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Well I had a girl in Moscow, who I flew in to see every month or so. I had tickets booked to fly to Moscow in about a weeks time from now. It meant I was on a very strict schedule, stricter than the others.
What woman can do even to a hard-core adventurer... kidding
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:46 AM   #1877
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Laugh my friends

Thanks so much for sharing your adventures with us, it truly means a lot and adds a richness to my life that can only be had through stories like yours and the smaller scale adventure rides we do ourselves. I think it was said best in a previous post that this electronic medium allows us readers to share your camp site, camp fire, your riding and some personal feelings mixed in showing how much we are all alike with our dreams and our tragedies (loss of loved ones...canine and human)

I frequently talk about you guys and your trip with my local friends and refer to you by your first names as though you are close buddies of mine. I get the question...how did you meet them? and then rather sheepishly I say well, I haven't met them but I know them from this internet site... Just another indicator of how well you guys tell a story as well as how much all of us riders out here are mentally in the same place you are.

hoping you guys and all the readers on this site are having a great holiday with your family and friends !!
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:20 PM   #1878
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Hey Walter, guess what I found (in Asda supermarket in Dumbarton of all places)?

I'm not usually a fan of vodka but that stuff is indeed very good.
I was drinking that the other day in France. Have to agree it is very nice, could even drink it straight and slow
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:37 PM   #1879
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Day 55 part 2

When Beamster's bike was back together Terry and I took a look at our GPS to make a plan for the day.
We would be going back to Aktash that day. But we didn't feel like going back to the M52.
Zooming in on our GPS's showed some small tracks, but they didn't go all the way to Aktash.
My montana showed other things than Terry's zumo. Non of them could be linked together to make it into one track.

But as we claim to be ADV riders, lets just go and see how far we could venture.



The tracks were leading us towards the snow covered mountains. That meant water.....lots of it !



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Old 12-25-2012, 01:06 PM   #1880
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Day 55 part 3

( a few of the following pics are taken from our videos. Apologies for the poor quality)



The next stream Terry showed Beamster how to fishtail across.





With a big splash she tried to imitate Terry.



In total we had to do more than 20 crossings that day.
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:09 PM   #1881
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:17 PM   #1882
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gosh i love this RR
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:51 PM   #1883
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Sibirsky Extreme 2012 team. While I don't have personal hopes to participate at this level of adventure riding...I think it is very appropriate to say thank you for the inspiration to 'ratchet up' my plans for more aggressive adventure travel.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:06 PM   #1884
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Sibirsky Extreme 2012 team. While I don't have personal hopes to participate at this level of adventure riding...I think it is very appropriate to say thank you for the inspiration to 'ratchet up' my plans for more aggressive adventure travel.
roger that. with all due respect to Dr. Rock and Francine they certainly take it to a new level and are worthy of being on the top of any podium were there to be one for adventure riding in 2012.

this crew is the real deal.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:07 PM   #1885
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We waited til Terry was asleep then dragged him out well away from the tents, staked him down, painted some honey on his arse and put a Mars bar in his hand .
And that's why there are no more bears in the Altai
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:58 PM   #1886
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In total we had to do more than 20 crossings that day.
Freakin' awesome.

Any problems for the Airhead? Some of those pics looked deep! How did your bags fare in the water?

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Old 12-25-2012, 07:41 PM   #1887
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water & Beamster

...just wondering how was Beamster handling deep waters by now ??? I guess not bad at all...

and of course... Merry Christmas Everybody!!! To the great new adventures in 2013
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:46 AM   #1888
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Hope the whole gang had a Very Merry Christmas and Santa was good to you. Now, recover and get on with the

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Old 12-26-2012, 04:55 AM   #1889
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Freakin' awesome.

Any problems for the Airhead? Some of those pics looked deep! How did your bags fare in the water?


My bike did ok, as long as the deep rivers were not to wide.
If the carbs were submerged too long, water would be sucked in through the float bowl vents. Than it would still run but not as smooth as it should.(but i'm working on that problem for next trips )

The bags were not waterproof, but I was using Sea to Summit liners and they were great.
When this trip started my Steel Pony panniers were new. But by now the fabric was worn through in several places.

Next time I will take the Magadan panniers.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:24 AM   #1890
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...just wondering how was Beamster handling deep waters by now ??? I guess not bad at all...

and of course... Merry Christmas Everybody!!! To the great new adventures in 2013
Beamster did a great job.
River crossings will always be unpredictable. Some might look easy but are very slippery, others look shallow and will be surprisingly deep.
Big rocks might trow you from side to side, together with some nice strong current to give you an extra push.....

Here Terry and I discuss our tactics.



This was Beamster's facial expression after the tactics didn't work out as planned.

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