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Old 12-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #1291
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I've heard the theory that a heavy bike can make Mud riding a bit easier.
What do you guys think?
Speaking as someone dumb enough to go rally racing on a 660 Tenere in the wettest British summer for several years, I can assure you that a heavy bike does NOT make riding in mud easier
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:01 PM   #1292
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I've heard the theory that a heavy bike can make Mud riding a bit easier.
What do you guys think?
(I think about Aussie RTW legend Peter Forwood and his HD in deep mud ruts in Africa)
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:07 PM   #1293
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*LOL* Thanks. I am a friggin idiot
No you're not.
I bet this is exactly what they do.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:08 PM   #1294
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Terry is clearly boring core samples to conduct soil and substrate analysis... many experienced riders do this before proceeding on questionable surfaces:

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:49 PM   #1295
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Half way...

Half way during the track........She was making room for fresh water

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:57 PM   #1296
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The orange submarine...

Sorry Rod, can't keep this for myself...

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/70331749/Rod%27s%20dive.m4v

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Old 12-11-2012, 03:14 PM   #1297
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Thanks!

This RR is amazing! Great trip, amazing photos, funny, informative, and it goes on and on...
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:40 PM   #1298
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Me being the one with the agricultural shaped vehicle was plowing a path trough the tall grass.
After a few hundred meters I checked if Beam(st)er was still following.......

But................nobody there.......!
So I walked back to check how she was doing.When i saw her she was standing in the middle of the track.
I asked here :Where is your bike ??????
She pointed to the right. Than I saw only the handle bars sticking out of a ditch.

While she was driving the bike just dropped into the ditch, which could not be seen trough the tall grass.
With the help of Tee Bee's powerlifting skills the bike returned from the deep. And we carried on
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:42 PM   #1299
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Sorry Rod, can't keep this for myself...

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/70331749/Rod%27s%20dive.m4v

Wrong on so many levels.

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Old 12-11-2012, 03:43 PM   #1300
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Sorry Rod, can't keep this for myself...

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/70331749/Rod%27s%20dive.m4v

This just keeps getting better.

Rod, I love your style and true Scots grit.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:25 PM   #1301
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:36 PM   #1302
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Sorry Rod, can't keep this for myself...

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/70331749/Rod%27s%20dive.m4v

Proof that the 690 is a contender and that Rod is just trying to make the trip more exciting!
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:07 PM   #1303
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Mud

That does not look like fun. I think mother nature decided that if you are going to pressure wash the mud off; she will gladly reapply it with extra for good measure.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:08 PM   #1304
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Day 44 - Home sweet home (01 July 2012)

Well it took a while, but the end finally came. Rod made it back to a road. Terry, Prutser and Beamster were waiting.



There was a village a few miles down the road ... while Rod rested his bike, I popped into town to see if there was anywhere for us to stay there. There wasnt, but in the next town 11 km (7 miles away) there apparently was. I returned to the wet and weary bunch and told them to saddle up. There was still a lot of daylight left in the day but I think we had all had enough.

All except Beamster ... she had somehow enjoyed the day !

In the village 11 km down the road we found this ... a new lodge for Russian wilderness seekers.... Run by a 30 something lady with an infectious smile.

We checked in as the only guests.



There was no hot water or shower of course, but they did have a banya ... and they fired it up as soon as we arrived, so that we could wash.

We met up all clean and rosy cheeked from the banya, in the lodge's living / dining room ... where we were fed.

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:21 PM   #1305
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Day 44 Evening

Yana, the lady who ran the place, decided we looked like a fun bunch and deserved a fun evening ...



So she stocked up with beer:



The rain was still coming down, our wet clothes and boots were in the banya (Russian sauna), where they would all be dry by the morning. So we settled into an evening of drinking with Yana.



As we drank, we became increasingly fascinated with Yana's headwear collection:





Tomorrow we would stay here and pull Rod's bike apart
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