Can a Harley make it to Magadan?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwdoug, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. DCrider

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  2. rtwdoug

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    At least it was sunny!

    I’ve traveled this stretch of road several times, and theres really nothing exciting about it. We did finally get to see a bear, it ran across the road in front of us.

    At a gas station, turn off your stinky Izh before you get to the pump

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    We found a decent room about 2 hours before Ulan Ude. We wanted to make it there, but it refused to warm up, and we were beat from being cold all day.
  3. rtwdoug

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    Its right off the main road to Mongolia (so I know the road well)
    Theres even a famous monk here who has been in a trance for 50 years!
    (he may be dead, after he has been sitting for 50 years, it would be hard to tell)

    They have a small market/gift shop out front
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    Prayer wheels are everywhere. You spin them clockwise as you walk around them

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    Many cabins that the monks build to live in, as well as a few families that must work here.

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    All the pretty colors…. Imagine being in here with a head full of acid!

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    The guardian of the coins

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    Poly checks how cold it is. Its friggin FREEZING!
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    We got a room in a town along the lake, nice place, and the guard let us park right next to his shack.

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    Huge hotel, but no guests.
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    I actually did the
    I...I...I...want the knife......

    no one else seemed to find it as funny as I did tho

    :cry

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    Keep em coming Doug.
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    Awesome stuff as usual Doug! Was good to meet you at the Chicken Rally a few weeks ago :thumb
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    Did you eat a dried fish? Looks tasty.
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    Great report and even more excellent pics ! Thanks !
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    Maybe I haven`t noticed this before that you have Russian number plates for your bike. Are there some advantages of local plates if traveling through Russia?
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