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Old 07-06-2013, 08:08 AM   #4696
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Originally Posted by micko01 View Post
Yep, this is complete crap. I just spent 3 weeks in Iran on holiday and they are easily the most friendly and hospitable people I have met anywhere. Incredibly friendly and welcoming. We were given all sorts of things, juice, bread, biscuits, fruit by complete strangers just because its a nice thing to do.

I cant wait to go back.
The people, I won't disagree in principle. But in any country, you are going to encounter the government. Any American with the least bit of familiarity with this case is not making plans to visit. And gaining the greater bit of familiarity doesn't change that any. Basically, three hippie peaceniks from San Francisco take some time out from basically humanitarian jobs to go hiking in a part of Kurdistan that is generally regarded as safe, but happens to be on the border with Iran. Someone starts yelling, gesticulating, waving at them from a distance. They walk toward him to try to understand what communication is being attempted. As best they can figure out later, they were still in Iraq when the shouting started and probably crossed the line either before or after reaching his location. He's a soldier, they end up being arrested. Happy ending...

Generally, any Mongol Rally team with an American has had to work out a route that avoids the place.

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Old 07-07-2013, 05:05 AM   #4697
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To Walter

Just finished the extreme, read from 2 weeks ago. I came from the BAM so know Terry and Tony well. Plenty to catch up on but needless to say anything with Colebatch is next on my list.

Walter , you are de man!

Tony and Terry, in my dreams you 2 are me if you met in the Haddron collider.

Prutser, Bas, i'm an airhead man R75/5 bought new in Munich 1973.


Beem(st)ter Linda , thanks for jerking us out of our male dominated fantasy and

showing the guys that you just have to DO IT!

Rod, you picked up Walter's baton and ran with it, well done mate, we all
wanted you to make it home and hear about it! Superb.

Geir , when I go travelling I want you, man mountain, on my team!

Photos to die for, beautiful prose, that bear cub!!!!! And so much more!

Erik, Just like Terry eh? "What's all the fuss about?" Let's just get it all done!
Sterling effort.

And the ONE in my humble has to to be Steve. How good was he? Novice? Unsuitable bike? Magnificent pics? Ditto Vid? Ditto ditto words not his own tongue? How good is that?

Gordo the gratefull.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:50 PM   #4698
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post
yeah ... after a lot of hard use, you do expect the fork oil to be grey or black - it gets a brutal churning on tough roads / fast off road ... but what really amazed us was how much SLUDGE had been created by the oil in the closed cartridge. Definitely suspect single chamber forks are more suitable for the long run, for adventure riding.

DVD is a huge project. Minimum another 6 months. The amount of footage to wade thru was insane. At least that is done now. Its now a matter of stitching it all together into a coherent watchable format.
Make sure to keep us posted. I'll definitely be ordering it once it's released.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:07 AM   #4699
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What a wonderful read.

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Old 07-12-2013, 09:10 PM   #4700
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post
So how brutal on suspension is the Sibirsky Extreme Trail?

Well I had brand new forks at the start of the trip ... with brand new crystal clear fork oil.

The bike is now finally getting a full service, having not been ridden since the end of the trail ... We opened the forks ... guess what it looked like after the Trail ...
Tsk, tsk Walter. An accomplished overlander of your experience should know not to abuse your equipment like that. Clearly you should have taken a page from some of your companions, and reduced the wear and tear on that suspension by much more extensive Bongo usage. I bet the contents of their forks are at least one shade less grey.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:52 PM   #4701
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:46 PM   #4702
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Wow!! Thank you!!!

To all the group that contributed to this absolutely amazing adventure I bow down to you.
Your sense of adventure, camaraderie, diplomacy, humor, fun et al is a testament to the human spirit!
And all the effort to put it down in writing and posting great dialogs and pictures puts to shame anything I have ever seen on tv or the web!!
So, again, I thank you heartily, and extend an invite if you are ever in this (very tame) part of the world!
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:42 PM   #4703
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post
The start of a family pic if I've ever seen one. Now you two go get married and have children and show them THIS PIC. :)
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:27 PM   #4704
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One of the reasons why there is so much freedom to go where you want in Russia is because there are so few people. The population is less than half that of the US, even though there are 1.7 times as many square miles. Plus, about 74% of Russians live in cities, and most of those are in the west. The population density of Russia is 21.8 people per square mile, versus 76 for the US, and 134 for Europe. Had you been able to ride a motorcycle across the US in mid 19th century, you would have been free to go where ever you wanted also. Russia is also one of the few countries in the world where the population (until recently) has been decreasing.
The reason is the lack of private land and therefore no fences. One of the unintended consequences of Socialism is a good adv motorcycling terrain.
It seemed like a good idea at the time...

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Old 07-28-2013, 05:19 PM   #4705
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The reason is the lack of private land and therefore no fences. One of the unintended consequences of Socialism is a good adv motorcycling terrain. Unfortunately it has failed everywhere it has been tried. Cannot explain why Obama is hell bent on trying it in the US.
Oh let's not turn this "beyond epic" RR into a political debate....ixnay, I say!
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #4706
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Great RR (FYI Montana 7 people / sq mile) its all relative
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:24 PM   #4707
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yah, the great thing is that there are still some places where you can just ride and ride............and ride some more! Thank you again Walter and the rest of the gang for bringing this all to glorious life for all of us! Only a few may ever follow in your tire tracks....but dreams have their own value, too.
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:19 AM   #4708
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Originally Posted by F16Viper68 View Post
I so pity the fool who tries to pick up this RR without starting at the beginning. Forever lost.
That'd be me .... I started this damn thread 3 or 4 days ago and am half way. I spend hours in various hotels reading. And the irony is that I am on a RTW trip myself. This RR is the best though....

I'll have a HEAP of questions for Prutser when I get to the end of all this (I'm on an R80G/S). Also some observations on my own gear choices and what has worked for me in being on the road for 25 months (so far, in two pieces..first piece in 2006). Back to reading ....
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:34 AM   #4709
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Loved this RR as much as the Borneo RR from 2010. Thank you to all who participated and shared.

I don't know if this was already linked to but there's a new (free) report out on the Semipalatinsk cleanup.

Plutonium Mountain: Inside the 17-Year Mission to Secure a Legacy of Soviet Nuclear Testing

Related: Saving the world at Plutonium Mountain By David E. Hoffman and Eben Harrell
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:14 PM   #4710
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Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

More changes coming to Eastern Russia.

Connecting the railway to Hokkaido would require an undersea tunnel or another bridge.
A direct route from Hokkaido to the continent would make it possible for Japan to distribute goods to Europe via the Trans-Siberian Railway or the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) railway.
Russia is currently doing restoration work of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the BAM railway to establish a commercial artery linking Asia and Europe. The new railway is part of that plan.
"Russian Far East railway project may extend to Hokkaido"
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