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Old 11-15-2012, 09:30 AM   #616
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Then we climbed up into the hills and left the valley behind:

Priceless!

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:57 AM   #617
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Not much of the steppe seems to be grazing land - maybe cause the winters are so harsh for grazing animals to survive.
Hi. What's next ride Perrys route in the Arctic? Or was in Antarctic?

My apologies if it's in here but I'm trying to orient myself with a global map as to where this ride took place in Siberia. Not at all what I expected it too look like. Could you post a google earth view of the starting and ending points with europe and asia in view so I can get an idea of where this ride took place? Again my apologies if it is already in here.

Talk about undeveloped land my god there must be billions of acres. Where the heck do you find gas?

thanks for taking us along.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:55 AM   #618
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Hi. What's next ride Perrys route in the Arctic? Or was in Antarctic?

My apologies if it's in here but I'm trying to orient myself with a global map as to where this ride took place in Siberia. Not at all what I expected it too look like. Could you post a google earth view of the starting and ending points with europe and asia in view so I can get an idea of where this ride took place? Again my apologies if it is already in here.

Talk about undeveloped land my god there must be billions of acres. Where the heck do you find gas?

thanks for taking us along.
Look at the beginning, this is not just Siberia, this is Poalnd to Magadan.....................

Walter, do you use waterproof (Gore Tex lined?) boots or std boots and waterpoof socks? I'd have thought that Goretex boots would stay wet for days after being filled by a little stream like that
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:14 PM   #619
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great reading, thanks

Hi Walter,

Another noob question for you. When Terry is walking his bike across the river, is it running? Seems like it would be easier with power assist than without.

Fabulous reading and I'm very appreciative of your efforts, thanks.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:35 PM   #620
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Geez, this is the second comment like this. I like the helmet cam pics, they give a great "you were there" feel and a very good idea about road conditions. And I'm not sure if it is fair to call someone "lazy" for spending hours to pick out the stills, post them, give interesting commentary, etc. Cut Colebatch some slack guys!

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Great job Walter!
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:42 PM   #621
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I just went back to the first post to check out all the preview pics again. Awesome! And we still have a long way to go!
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:30 PM   #622
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Beautiful shots of the river crossings and surrounding countryside. Are you in the Ural Mountains proper, or are there higher peaks to come?

And thanks for taking the time to document this. Like your other reports, this gets a five-star rating. Excellent storytelling.

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Old 11-15-2012, 03:34 PM   #623
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Excellent report, took me the whole afternoon to catch up, but it was time well spent. Looking forward to more great reading and even better pictures.

P.S.:I hope you don't mind if I use this pic as a wallpaper on my computer

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Old 11-15-2012, 06:19 PM   #624
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great job Walter : Clap: Clap: Pulgar: Super
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:46 PM   #625
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Hi Walter, been reading this with great interest. I'm not a dirt rider so this is a trip I probably could not do, I need to stick at least to more formed gravel tracks. It's great to read the RR with the range of pics and video, it really helps to make us readers see and sense some of the trip.

Question - I have been using google earth along side reading the trip to gauge your progress as the crow flies. For this part of the trip what was your average kilometres covered in a day?
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:49 PM   #626
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My apologies if it's in here but I'm trying to orient myself with a global map as to where this ride took place in Siberia. Not at all what I expected it too look like. Could you post a google earth view of the starting and ending points with europe and asia in view so I can get an idea of where this ride took place? Again my apologies if it is already in here.
This is trip up to the current point



And then below we have the bigger picture, with the green handdrawn line repesenting the bit still to come. The trail is broken down into 3 thirds ... each about 4000 miles (6500 km) long. The thirds are represented by the black marks and headings on the map below. At the moment you can see we are 4-5 days ride from the end of the first third - Astana in Kazakhstan. There we will take a break for a week, get new tyres and be joined by some additional riders.

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:59 PM   #627
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And of course you are now posting at 1250am Eastern time (US)... Looks like another late night for me. Thanks for the awesome report.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:53 PM   #628
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You don't seem to be afraid to get water into the air filter housing, not even when the water reaches the headlights, did you ever have to dry it out to be able to continue?
The bikes we are riding have very high air intakes. Terry and I know where that point is. The key is (1) knowing how high your air intake is (2) knowing what kind of wake your bike makes when it goes thru the water and how that wake makes water flow near the intake and (3) dont stop the engine so that water cant get in thru the exhaust (which is usually a lot lower than than the air intake.)

Also, try to be familiar with the design of your airbox. In the X-Challenge / X-Country bikes we were riding, there is a huge "sink" in the front of the airbox. Probably about 1.5 litres (0.4 of a gallon) which would catch any water that came in the intake and got thru the oily filter. Air feeding the engine then gets taken from the highest point in this "sink" ... all in all, makes the bike excellent at water crossings. Not only is the intake about as high as any bike I have seen, but there is then a sink to catch a lot of water if any gets in.

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And lastly, you seem to have planned these tracks using Google Maps or Earth, did you use routes that were known on maps or did you use maximum zoom to guess what would be passable and what wouldn't?
Thanks!
We used max zoom and guessed whats possible. We didnt use Google maps ... thats maps of existing roads. And in Russia google maps is not very good anyway. ... we used satellite photos on google earth and drew lines across them. More detail in earlier posts
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This had me wondering too. I once drove through a puddle that turned out to be a bit deeper than I first thought - result: bent con rods, an engine rebuild and new clutch (this was a car) I would be very nervous of doing the same to my bike.

Your cameras, laptop etc. are you not worried about getting them wet? I use waterproof bags and stuff which is fine in rain, but I wouldn't feel confident with a full immersion.
As above ... know where your air intake is.

As for cameras etc ...you have to trust your gear. I had some cameras in tank bag, and my main video camera which took up a big chuck of one of the rear panniers, was semi waterproof anyway. (Sony NX70)

Tank bag in general, doesnt go underwater. If it did I might lose a camera or two. But its never happened to me. Dropping a bike in a river is a bit of an adrenaline moment. Cause you know the potential consequences, its amazing how quickly you pick that bike up again. Adrenaline kicks in and your strength levels get boosted 50% for a few seconds. The bike is normally back up in 3 seconds. How much water can leak in thru a tank bags seams and zippers in 3 seconds? Not a huge amount.

I think on a trip like this you cant really feel 100% confident about anything. You could fall and break a leg in the middle of nowhere. You bike could break down in the middle of nowhere. Any number of things can potentially go wrong, so I dont think you can afford the mentality that you have to be 100% confident that your plans will hold, that you will be safe, or that your waterproof bags will hold. Its all about calculated risks at the end of the day. Stuff can go wrong, stuff can break or be lost or stolen any day.

You could stop, remove laptops, cameras, phones etc and walk them across each crossing and repack on the other side, but it will slow you down so much and take a lot of fun out of just thinking about riding. Especially on a day with a dozen river crossings in the schedule. I would do that on rare crossings that I had a lot of concerns over. At least take the tank bag cameras over by foot. But on this trip, we had no such crossings - so far.

If I was wiser I might have packed an ortlieb waterproof bag to throw the tank bag cameras in when it rained a lot or when we had river crossings ... but I didnt.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:49 AM   #630
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Another hotel, another anxious moment in anticipation that the girls show up
Well funny you should say that ....

About 10 pm, I was up in our room, doing the usual pic editing and communicating with loved ones ... and there is a lot of music and noise coming from downstairs. Terry went down to investigate, and came back about 1am.

Turns out there was a birthday party downstairs in the restaurant for a local Bashkir girl. The report I heard is as follows: Terry got dragged in, forced to eat birthday food and drink vodka and then a table of very attractive local girls (Terry estimated their ages as between 19 and 25) insisted on practising their English language skills on him. So poor Terry had no choice but to keep these young ladies amused while they got drunk, by chatting to them in English while they squabbled for his attention. In fact they were so demanding for his attention that he was (apparently) completely unable to pop upstairs to tell his room-mate and travel buddy that he has a table of attractive drunk local ladies who are dying for the attention of some English speakers, and could I possibly help him out.

Its a tough life in Bashkortostan.

Terry, feel free to expand on that mate, if I have left anything out.
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