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Old 02-05-2013, 01:41 AM   #3406
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As a non English natural speaker still keep some icons from the learning process.
One of them, as appreciate the popular wisdom, is "There's a will, there's a way".
After seeing those two guys on their way, the debates about bikes, shocks and so on, shall be seen otherway.
Men, or ladies, do make the difference.
But, considering I'm a tech dependent, all the info provided here is most welcome.
Write on...
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:16 AM   #3407
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When we got to the river, the trucked turned to where we had found the fording area, and just engaged low gear and ploughed in. As we looked upstream we could see the rail bridge guards staring at us from the rail bridge ... they had thought they would get 25k out of us ... and we were getting across for about a tenth of that.

On the other side, our driver backed into another makeshift loading ramp and we unloaded .... giving our driver, Grisha, his 3000 rubles.
I suspect that Olyokma bridge the most difficult BAM place .
It is the longest bridge on western BAM. Attention to its guard is special.
Security guards have the instruction not to pass anybody.

Officially you have to rent railway a cart and cross the bridge on it. It is very expensive.
On the other hand it isn't possible to forbid locals to use this bridge.
Therefore you have a chance to convince guard.
You have to prove that your travel has private character.
To tell about equality you and locals before god. ;)
We carried on negotiations about an hour
also could pass on the bridge for $17 from the moto.

Use in Russia the motto:
We aren't afraid of pain,
we have no money,
and we have a lot of time


Don't cross it without the permission,
it is dangerous.
The security guard knows in what time it is possible to pass.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:46 AM   #3408
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Use in Russia the motto:
We aren't afraid of pain,
we have no money,
and we have a lot of time

I just love your motto, Pate
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:22 AM   #3409
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Day 78 - Part 1

We started the day by heading alongside the railway track from Balbukhta for a few hundred yards. The Golden Spike monument for the Western BAM was here ... Building from Tynda in the east and Ust Kut in the west, the construction crews met here.



Erik found blueberries and we all had a fruity breakfast:



Before posing for our formal Golden Spike foto:


(Pic courtesy of Steve)
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:28 AM   #3410
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Day 78 - Part 2

Once on the road, the day was a mix of many of the usual Western BAM suspects ...

Ballast riding on gravelly rail embankment:

(Pic courtesy Steve)

And old rotting bridges full of gaps:


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Old 02-05-2013, 06:33 AM   #3411
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Day 78 - Part 3

with a healthy dose of beautiful scenery thrown in, courtesy of the Leprindo Lakes:











Has Terry spotted a pretty girl?



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Old 02-05-2013, 06:38 AM   #3412
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There is one spot on the Western BAM that is a slice of luxury ... a long rail bridge for which you dont have to worry about trains that can take you out ... just one bridge that is surplus the the requirements of the railways ... where they have built 2 box girder bridges for just one track.

Enjoy it while you can.



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Old 02-05-2013, 06:43 AM   #3413
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Snow on August 4th

Despite it being the 4th of August, and a good 25 degrees C, there were still patches of snow on the ground.

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:50 AM   #3414
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Embankment Express

Steve and Erik make good progress along the railway embankment

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:53 AM   #3415
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Must be one of Siberias new multi-lane super highways:

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:04 AM   #3416
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if you build it right, it ain't wider
mine fits trough a door with the boxes on...
Biggest danger I find with pannier boxes and offroad riding is the risk of getting a foot pinned under the box which can happen if you have to dog walk the bike.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:07 AM   #3417
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Question If this is true you don't need to load any repellent

Walter, Great ride report like always

I see this movie a few weeks ago The Way Back, they are in Siberia http://youtu.be/tobqdae1JI8?t=1h6m56s , in this part they are having troubles with the bugs or mosquitoes and found a natural repellent from the locals, if this is true you don't need to load any repellent, .

Good movie BTW.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:50 AM   #3418
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Walter, Great ride report like always

I see this movie a few weeks ago The Way Back, they are in Siberia http://youtu.be/tobqdae1JI8?t=1h6m56s , in this part they are having troubles with the bugs or mosquitoes and found a natural repellent from the locals, if this is true you don't need to load any repellent, .

Good movie BTW.
The video is blocked to th U.S

Awesome RR by the way,,,,

Thanks,
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:57 AM   #3419
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Great film and the books even better.

Oh, yes i did spy a pretty girl, but the others were riding too fast to notice her waving her knickers....
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:33 AM   #3420
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Oh, yes i did spy a pretty girl, but the others were riding too fast to notice her waving her knickers....
You trying to get your new name changed from Bongo to Bonk-o ?
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