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Old 02-01-2013, 01:53 AM   #3211
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Over Severomuisk



By the time we reached the other side, I noticed the time was getting on. While the sun was still up, it wouldnt be for long - the shadows were getting pretty long. I looked at my watch. It was 9pm. The late start, over an hour spent at the river crossing, Terry's broken bolts ... We still had 100 km to Taksimo and had to get a move on.


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Old 02-01-2013, 01:58 AM   #3212
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Day 74 evening Taksimo

It was dark by the time we arrived in Taksimo.


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I called upon a few hotels, but nothing. The place we stayed in a few years aback was no longer a hotel. A couple of other hotels were full. But the receptionist in the last hotel we went to, said she had a friend who would let us stay at her house, have a banya and feed us, for 500 rubles (12 EUR) each. We accepted ... but had to wait an hour for the woman to finish work and come and meet us in the centre of town.

It was well after midnight when we finally got to sleep!

Tomorrow we had a big day ahead ... the Vitim River.

From Taksimo onwards, the BAM Road gets more serious.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:05 AM   #3213
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Looking back i think the problem was that i used bar risers, which put more strain on the bolts, they both broke even though i changed them for stronger stainless steel before i left.

I,m trying to find a solution to the problem at the moment, i have one or two ideas...

They actually broke again , later on.....
Stainless steel bolts have nowhere near the tensile strength of proper high tensile bolts. Get bolts that are marked 12.9, if you are worried about rust make sure that the bolts are cadium plated.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:16 AM   #3214
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Just had the same quest for these bolts, SS is to soft for that specific use, got 8.8 flanged bolts from Fabory, not to soft not to brittle
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:30 AM   #3215
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. Get bolts that are marked 12.9,
I'd go for 10.9 grade, not as hard as 12,9. But either should do the job I guess

But let's get back on the road
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:09 AM   #3216
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Walter,

The semaphore at the other side of the bridge shows a green light. Do you know what signaling system the transsib uses ? Most railroads in continental Europe use "locked-if-idle", i.e. signals are red if no train is running. The one to three blocks immediately ahead of a train turn green. When the train enters a block, the signal protecting it turns red again.

Some railroads in the UK use "open-if-idle", i.e. all semaphors are green if no train is running. The semaphores for the block the train is in and the two or three blocks immediately after the train are red.

If the transsib uses "locked-if-idle" then crossing a bridge with a semaphore showing green is not a good idea - a train will approach soon. If they use "open-if-idle", then a green semaphore doesn't tell you anything. It will turn red when a train has entered the block it protects, but at this time you have already seen (or have been run over by) the train... ;-)

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We crossed a few bridges while on the BAM and one thing stuck out. Since it is a single track the trains come from one direction for a while. Then it is quiet for some minutes and then they come from the other direction. About every 50 - 60 km there is a small unmanned rail road station with a sidetrack where they pass each other.

If we didn't see a train for a while we waited a bit. When one came we crossed the bridge right after. This sort of worked most of the time. Two times though the second train came within a minute. That called for some excitement amongst the crew
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:21 AM   #3217
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This sort of worked most of the time. Two times though the second train came within a minute. That called for some excitement amongst the crew
I did warn you, they stack them ... sometimes 3 or more trains straight after the other ...

You never know when a train passes, if there is any more behind it .... you can be reasonably sure there is not one coming the other way, but you never know if there are 0, 1, 2, 3 more trains behind one that just passes you.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:27 AM   #3218
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With Terry's bars all strapped on, we continued to Novy Uoyan

We stumbled across these guys celebrating what turned out to be paratroopers day in Russia:

Judging by the state of the guys beer belly I figured he wasnt a paratrooper. or at least not an active one. They offered to take us to the mechanic, so long as we posed for a pic or two first.


mini-hijack alert!
I was by now in Moscow (more much later)and came across these guys in Red Square on the same day.
I think they'd need space shuttle quality parachutes to bring some of these guys in , so it's fair to say that everyone who is or has been a paratrooper is allowed to celebrate the day with a surfeit of Happy Juice and boyish (just occasionally loutish) behaviour to which the nation turns an indulgent blind eye.
I watched these guys for a while on Red Square and there was a huge "Band of Brothers " warmth between them, I'm sure the guys you met were the same.

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Old 02-01-2013, 03:38 AM   #3219
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but you never know if there are 0, 1, 2, 3 more trains behind one that just passes you.
Sounds to me like Russian Roulete.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:43 AM   #3220
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With Terry's bars all strapped on, we continued to Novy Uoyan


Familiar hills.

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Old 02-01-2013, 06:10 AM   #3221
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A few hundred kilometers after Irkuts and shortly before leaving the asphalt, I see parked outside a bar two BMW, a gx-challenge and a gs800. ANDA! It is Walter Coletbach's bike I think, indeed I knew he was around here, stop and enter to the bar to greet them. As I approach to the bikes, I realize it is not Walter's, this one has carbon parts by all sides and the other isn't either baddly prepared. They are two Norwegians and are eating something, They tell me that they have been with Walter and two more compatriots on a touristic island in Lake Baikal. They are going to record a program for the public Norwegian television about the BAM and the BONES, with plenty of "pasta" and media, aside from having the best possible guide, Walter Coletbach. In truth, I don't like much the way they talk to me when I tell them that I'm also going towards the BAM and the BONES. Just you with this big bike? One tells me while watching my Princess charged through the window. But do you know what is the BAM? And the VITIM? The Vitim must be crossed on foot, they advise. There are many dangerous bridges and many rivers without a bridge, they say among other things, always looking at me over their shoulder. Well, if something happens to me and can't go on, you'll come four or five days behind me, I'll wait you there, I say with a smile. They do not laugh too much and silence is made. Maybe I shouldn't have done it, but was furious, after dismissing me politely and leaving through the door I stop, I turn and say with a smile but seriously: I'm intending to cross the Vitim in less than one minute. I start my Princess and leave the parking lot of the Bar lifting the front wheel, so continue for few hundred meters, fuck! They made me furious! Before lowering the wheel, the bad mood had gone, in fact as I go in one wheel I'm already smiling"
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:26 AM   #3222
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Extreme isolation in Siberia

Some might enjoy this article, on a family who lived in total isolation in Siberia for over 40 years......as a result of religious persecution in the middle 20th c.

Not sure how to properly post this link. Here's my best shot: http://tinyurl.com/amq6tkq

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Old 02-01-2013, 06:33 AM   #3223
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Whoops! My apologies. I see MadStrom had already posted this link yesterday. Hadn't read the last posts when I posted this.

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:00 AM   #3224
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Some might enjoy this article, on a family who lived in total isolation in Siberia for over 40 years......as a result of religious persecution in the middle 20th c.

Not sure how to properly post this link. Here's my best shot: http://tinyurl.com/amq6tkq

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That is one hell of a story. Thanks for posting it.
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