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Old 10-31-2012, 09:22 PM   #286
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Walter you are KILLING me!!!!
Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

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Old 10-31-2012, 10:54 PM   #287
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So we are on day 3, and this thread has been going for 13 days. Did I read right that this was a 100 day trip. At this rate is will take over 400 days to report.

Walter you are KILLING me!!!!
There's a lot of vid caps to sort through - particularly in these opening days ... the trip is not as well documented (quicker to report) the further we get into it

I am waking up every morning and watching loads of go pro footage trying to pick out cool stills
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:58 PM   #288
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Day 3 - getting to lunch

Day 3 moved towards lunchtime, and Terry and I began to crave food. But first we had some forest trails to ride:



The routes were not always crystal clear:





But we made it to a town that had one cafe ...



And we settled in with a cabbage soup:

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:58 AM   #289
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Day 3 - After lunch

After lunch we were again out on the trail ... when things really started to get interesting.





After an hour or so of pretty deserted trails, we emerged into what looked at first glance like a town. We even found some old crumbling asphalt streets. It looked pretty overgrown. Then we realised it was deserted. We had stumbled upon a ghost town.





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Old 11-01-2012, 02:00 AM   #290
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The Ghost Town

We decided to check this place out ... I was trying to work out why it had been deserted, and when .. one thing was for sure ... the forest had very rapidly reclaimed the streets:







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Old 11-01-2012, 02:11 AM   #291
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The Answer

It continued to puzzle me as we rode around the spooky streets .... WTF was this all about?







Still clueless as to the history of the town we rode off. Our track was an abandoned piece of asphalt road.





After a while we came to one more curious obstacle. In the middle of this abandoned road, we came across a bridge ... the bridge was blocked with concrete blocks. There is only one reason you would block a bridge with concrete blocks ... This wasn't just an abandoned road, this was a road to a place that no-one was supposed to go. At that point, it became crystal clear to me what the story was... why the road was blocked, and why that last town was a ghost town.

I explained to Terry ... and asked him if he wanted to turn back. With a twinkle in his blue eyes he said "no mate, lets go on and keep following out planned track - I am up for it".

So we rode the bikes up a sand berm and through a narrow gap between the concrete blocks. We were in up to our nuts now .... Our spines tingled with anticipation. One thing was for sure - we were going to ride through a region where no one had been in quite some time.

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Old 11-01-2012, 02:21 AM   #292
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Do I get a prize for guessing?

I won't ruin the surprise for anyone else but what I will say is, man you're brave, there's no way you'd get me going there even after this long
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:08 AM   #293
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Blackwood/wormwood/mugwort (depending on which translation you believe)?

After your photos from Kadykchan I'd frankly be soiling myself and not lingering, especially considering the sometimes less than 'open' past of the region - imagine finding yourself riding up to the front gates of some old Biopreparat facility...
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:17 AM   #294
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:59 AM   #295
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:05 AM   #296
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I won't ruin the surprise for anyone else but what I will say is, man you're brave, there's no way you'd get me going there even after this long
It's hard to believe you didn't know what's there when you were building your route. And got some intell on the safety of a ride-through. Bring it on, great report as usual.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:36 AM   #297
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Walter & Terry, this...is...is....INSANELY good!

Couple of more questions-

How was it in fast riding on Terry's bike with relatively little wind protection?

Regarding navigation, I am guessing these little unmapped trails required loads and loads of waypoints...
How often did you have to break out the computer to upload the GPS?
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:37 AM   #298
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Supposedly reasonably safe these days as long as you don't get too close to the event location. There are ride reports from that area out there on th einternet.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:39 AM   #299
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Did you bring a Geiger counter with you??

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:59 AM   #300
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that's what I was thinking!!!

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