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Old 02-27-2013, 04:44 AM   #4141
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ROD CURRIE, that's татарстан alright, just in handwritten letters...

So, will we see Kazan through your eyes??

A separate thing I want to ask everyone of this report - which, if any, bikes had ABS and would you consider it useful to leave it enabled for fast, straight gravel or steppe sections??
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ABS: For me: Absolutely definitely not. I've ridden long enough now to know how much brake to pull on and don't want any device calibrated for road use over-riding my control. ABS adds to unsprung weight, you'd undoubtedly (IMHO) smash the sensors anyway in th terrain we'd crossed. I see no benefits and lots of drawbacks.

Guys?

Kazan. I didn't visit as time was pressing a little. Is it worth a peep?

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Old 02-27-2013, 05:23 AM   #4142
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Moscow

I've travelled quite a lot and been to many of the major cities in the world, but maybe the image I'd taken through the cold war years had coloured my perception and expectation of Moscow.
What I hadn't expected was probably the most beautiful city I've ever visited-it knocks London/ New York/Paris/Barcelona/Milan into a cocked hat, and I love London.The Moscow architecture is just knockout.
This is just my opinion and I don't want to start an international pissing contest-so please don't reply with a ton of " Have you visited X city" or "what about N-town" .....it's just my observation.

I changed and went form an evening stroll in the city, heading towards red Square. This is Range Rover/Ferrari/Mercedes city, and I crossed close to the notorious Lubyanka, where the NKVD and later the KGB would take suspects never to be seen again.

This just a couple of hundred yard from Red Square



My impression of Red Square has always been formed by the military parades that would be shown on TV when I was a boy, with the missile launchers, tanks and soldiers parading past those fucking old waxworks who used to run the country, Kosygin, Chernenko, Breznyev, Andropov and right back to Kruschev in my life. Thus it carried authoritarian and sinister overtones for me.

As I walked on to the Square this was the first building I saw. WOW!



It's St Basil Cathedral and was built by Ivan The Terrible. When it was completed I understand (correct me is this is apocryphal guys) he had all the artisans who'd worked on it blinded, so they couldn't build anything as beautiful again. What a twat.

Across the square was Lenin's tomb-that's where the Party elite would stand and review the troops. Sorry for the pic...the tomb is the same colour as the Kremlin (behind it) wall and seems to blend in. It stands alone in the square



Before the fall of Communism, this store, "GUM" was where visiting rich folk and dignitaries would be allowed to shop-no where else-and in the true spirit of egalitarianism -the "ordinary" Russians couldn't go there. So much for a classless society.



It's now the usual temple to design and perfume and full of the suspects you'd expect to find, DKNY, Chanel, Hugo Boss. I walked around it but left after I'd seen maybe a third of it. Fashion stores-why would I?

They have a couple of expensive restos on the ground floor overlooking the square and I want to go back and take wifey for her birthday as we have a "fuck the expense" night once in a while and Moscow would have to qualify under that premise. It won't be today as this is her birthday...

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Old 02-27-2013, 05:31 AM   #4143
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I had no lock for my bike and the hostel had no parking other than right on the street.
Hmmm. I had to get philosphical and acccept that if some lowlife nicks it, I'll just need to hop a flight home and blow the cost of the bike...Not ideal by any means but shit happens.
As it was i left it parked just as in this picture for 3 days and it was never touched.
For future reference, I live a few blocks from this hostel and there is a guarded lot about 300 meters away where you can park a bike.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:36 AM   #4144
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i know it's just a number but..

Over two million views of this ride report surely must speak to what a great tale you lot have shared over the last 4+ months.

I'm sure you've inspired dozens to tackle the same roads, and thousands to get off the computer and take a shorter, safer, but still thrilling ride.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:49 AM   #4145
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Over two million views of this ride report surely must speak to what a great tale you lot have shared over the last 4+ months.

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Or the same bloke's viewed it 2 million times .GO TO BED!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:55 AM   #4146
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Over two million views of this ride report surely must speak to what a great tale you lot have shared over the last 4+ months.

I'm sure you've inspired dozens to tackle the same roads, and thousands to get off the computer and take a shorter, safer, but still thrilling ride.
Not only , I think that would be seriously difficult to make a better advertising campaign to visit Russia ... Walter, Rod , Prutser and the Vikings should be on their payroll ...

If I was in the government , award them all a big and nice onorary medal in full-blown celebration, with little girls that offer flowers, official statements and long declarations and praises to the peace and friendliness of peoples.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:05 AM   #4147
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Next morning-Day 75

Tony P had arranged to meet me in the evening and show me a little of Moscow's nightlife, so I had a few hours to walk around and see the sights.
I walked back down the The Square and started from there.

As you've seen earlier in the thread it was Paratrooper Day, where all the old boys that were in the parachute regiments meet up, swap lies and get drunk like most blokes. These guys were on the square when I arrived.



Another beautiful day



I walked off the Square and hadn't gone far when I came cross this building. The scale isn't really shown here but it's vast. It's one of 7 (I think) built in the Stalin years in a circle round the outer city. Various ministries were housed within them and they're visible from all over the city.
Maybe a way of demonstrating the power and omnipresence of the State? A very impressive structure either way.

If I've misremembered any of this I'm sure the guys from Moz will hop in to clarify.

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:19 AM   #4148
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The Moscow River and road running along in front of the Kremlin.
I saw a couple of Range Rovers that seemed to pay scant attention to traffic signs or speed limits.
This is apparently the Mafia, and they often have a Range Rover fore and aft too. If one gets too close they stick the barrel of a submachine gun out of the window and unsurprisingly the driver backs off.
The American Wild West was 140 years ago:
Moscow is truly the Wild East, with huge amounts of money being made and available if you have the balls to do it.
However, I suspect life expectancy is somewhat compromised in some cases.

Tony P informed me there are more Ferraris in Moscow than in Italy! I believe him. There's a palpable vibrancy to the city.



The Kremlin



The river looks lovely here but its as grubby as every other capitals river.

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:25 AM   #4149
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Good work baldy. I can picture that receptionist, no problem......
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:34 AM   #4150
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The evening

Tony and I had arranged to meet in the evening and he duly wandered up the street as arranged.
It was hardly a shock when he suggested that we go for a beer and he led me off into his iniquitous half-life of drink and sin. .
We went into couple of expat bars and met some of the Moscow crew, and we ended up drinking with a couple of his friends (I was by now too drunk and I can't remember whom it was) in a great guitar bar.
One of the moments I do remember was I ordered a round of drinks..it was just 4 beers, and I paid the barman. £32...50 dollars. WOW! Oh well...when in Rome.
The guy playing lead was BRILLIANT....and would zoom off into a blinding solo during most songs...

Motorbikes, rock and beer....this is what Tigger likes best!

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:37 AM   #4151
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:39 AM   #4152
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I walked off the Square and hadn't gone far when I came cross this building. The scale isn't really shown here but it's vast. It's one of 7 (I think) built in the Stalin years in a circle round the outer city. Various ministries were housed within them and they're visible from all over the city.
Maybe a way of demonstrating the power and omnipresence of the State? A very impressive structure either way.

If I've misremembered any of this I'm sure the guys from Moz will hop in to clarify.

Mostly correct ... Stalin ordered them built in the last years of his life. The idea was to impress visitors to Moscow and to convey a sense of power and awe - and judging from your reaction, they still work .

8 were ordered to be built, but only 7 made it into concrete.

1 is a university (Moscow State Uni - the most prestigious in the former soviet union)
2 are ministries (the Foreign Affairs ministry building - probably the the most "Gotham City" of them all, and Ministry of Heavy Industry)
2 are hotels (Hilton and Radisson these days)
2 are residential - including the one in the picture above ... Kotelnicheskaya

For me the most imposing is the foreign affairs ministry building ... see below. I guess it was for good purposes ... when the visiting digitaries of eastern european of african states came here, they would know who was the boss straight away. The intimidating nature of the building subtlely reduces the negotiating position of the visiting state. In the fog, at night, the building is totally eerie.

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:54 AM   #4153
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I wasn't out of the village before I saw this structure/sign. Can someone tell me what it says?-there's usually a notification as one goes from one region to the next and I was just entering Tatarstan...but that's not what it says.
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Tatartstan but with the handwritten alphabet
http://listen2russian.com/lesson01/b/index.html
" the handwritten version of 'т' is m"

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Where to park a bike when you are in Moscow?
You can ask here, it's not too far from the center.
http://bikecenter.ru/

In the same area you have also this hotel:
http://www.hotelvelotrek.ru/
Price: http://www.hotelvelotrek.ru/index.php?s=8

Nota: this hotel is ok if you have your own transport, otherwise it's a little far from public transport.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:19 AM   #4154
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Walter.

They certainly do convey irresistible power and darkness. Gotham City is exactly right.

Kristof. Thanks for the info, I'm sure later riders will take note.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:38 AM   #4155
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an aside

The night before, when I'd gone back to the hostel I went to the dorm and got into my bunk.
One of the girls started talking to me about just general stuff and I sat up.
The other girls then popped their heads over the edges of their bunks and joined in. No guys...this is not ending up THAT way...they were all 20--I suggest a 56 year old is as threatening as mint tea but not as tasty.
They were on their way to Tuva, to join an archaological excavation and were all I think Czechs.
One in particular was very chatty and beautiful, and leaning on the edge of her bunk, and it wasn't until we'd been talking a little while that I realised her head was ABOVE some feet. Either someone with very small feet was under her..or she is the most flexible person I've ever met. She was folded double and was leaning on her folded hands, which were across her shins.

I asked her.." Are you a dancer?", She replied that she was a med student who'd been studying ballet from being a child, but when she matured she became too "womanly"..i.e too curvy in the chest and knew -and was told-she'd never really make it. She did have a knockout figure. So she left to become a doctor. Good girl!

When I got back to the hostel the next day they'd gone, but she'd left me a note on my bunk with her mail addy (no! you can't have it) and to visit-I assume with wifey- if I was ever in her part of the world.
I mailed her when I got home and she responded with funny mail and a pic I must find and post. Flexible?I truly didn't know it was possible... I'll leave it to your imagination.
No, it's not remotely saucy....unless your thing is twisting balloons into impossible shapes...

I'll leave you with that for today.

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