Offroadpeople: Mongolian cosmonauts 2013

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by grom, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. couchtater

    couchtater hunting wabbits

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    Thanks for taking us along for the ride:freaky

    My 4 year old daughter walked by while I was watching one of the video diary entries and she sat here with me and watched every single one. Then she asked, "Daddy when are we going to do that?"

    My heart fluttered with joy!!

    Thanks again!!!
  2. mtncrawler

    mtncrawler Long timer

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    Just awesome...:clap
  3. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    another great video, guys!
  4. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Great video and photos :clap
  5. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Great video again! I'm always looking forward to all of your updates!
  6. bob66

    bob66 Been here awhile

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    I was very curios about eastern shore of Hovsgol Lake in Mongolia. It's very nice to ride there.

    Also, the eastern Baikal is now on my "wish list".

    Regards,
    Bob / Cristian
  7. DrWolle

    DrWolle Adventurer

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    Thank you for the great story:clap
    i´m so curious, i can´t wait for the next Vid:evil
  8. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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    If you plan the travel on our traces,
    you should remember that only 2 transitions between Russia and Mongolia pass foreign citizens in this area.
    This is Tashanta and Kyakhta.
    Our track passed through Handygayty and Mondy.
    Probably this year Handygay point will start passing foreign citizens.

    You need to correct this track.
  9. Mishutka

    Mishutka Adventurer

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    Taiga serene morning.
    Mutant mosquitoes eat in their nests last loaf of bread blown from our table.

    Sunray are tangled with web of needles of young pine trees.
    A bit further mangled carcass of a truck that was washed off in a ford, lying like thawed Dinosaur skeleton.
    We are ready for river Barguzine crossing.

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    Brigade of mockingbirds loggers.

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    Meticulously examined forest land for the presence of naval pines, Andrew_Big was not happy.
    A little weak forest! You can’t build a good "mainmast".
    In such circumstances, it is not clear how to go into a raging Barguzine ocean.

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    Harvesting of marked plots is underway.
    Finally I tried hand chain-saw, I carried it seven years with me and for the first time it came in handy :))

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    Blowj inflate competition.
    It bursting behind the ears, eyes are red and stopwatch is ticking inexorably.

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    Competition continues.
    It’s not enough to inflate a bag, you have to apply knowledge of the secret Macramé skills.

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    There are romantic camomiles all around and the birds are singing.

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    Fairway exploration.

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    We saw, chop, customize.

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    Achtung! Achtung! Sabotage on the raft shipyard. Blow competition results revoked!
    4 out of 6 balloons do not hold air completely and last two are deflating slowly!

    We urgently collect all adhesive substances. Andrew took up the mallet and chemical reagents.
    As result we no longer have repair kits for the wheels, but floats are partially refurbished.

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    In search of glue.

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    And here we were quite lucky.
    The question how to bound rope on the other side was decided without swimming.
    Brigade of rangers from neighboring reserve came to exchange experiences.
    The truck they had was exactly suited for the crossing.
    Well, only the fan needs to be switched off.

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    I was packed in the car and given the end of the rope.
    Equipment I had: chair, pack of seeds and gloves. We swam.
    Wave is rolled and hit in the side of the truck, slowly pulls us downstream.
    Guys with 8 clutches are struggling with the other tail of the rope on the other bank.
    All happened quite spontaneously, they did not have time to put on gloves.
    I heard friendly stream of abuse from another riverside :))

    The rope is ferried; I hooked my end to the nearest pine.
    Got out a couple of nuances – the length of the rope is not enough.
    Added pieces with knots resolved the issue, but now rolls from the pulley will not work.

    The next few hours I ran along the shore as a Bear Misha which floats on the ice from the house.
    You can run and worry – you can not do anything.

    Tests on the slow water were successful. Things ferried to the island.

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    The attempt to ferry them across the main stream failed miserably.
    Gamekeepers helped us, they removed some of the items from the raft and transported them to my shore.
    Everything is wet. I hung it to dry. The second problem is also not simple.
    We could drive to the island, but the price is high – A_big burned his clutch in one of the branches of the river.

    The sun was inexorably rolling down behind the mountains,
    and crossing plan was cracking at the seams, as shorts on the paratrooper.

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    I had nothing to do but went to cap in hand to the rangers.
    Guys, thank you very much, you helped us with boat and ferry.

    It’s not enough to download and swim; on the other side you need to drag to the point of discharge.
    Balls in the ice water, longboat behind and rollicking song of boatmen.
    We enjoyed to the fullest.

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    Finally, we moved to the ground late at night.
    And it’s about 4 km more along the shore to the place where our things are.
    Underfoot there are boulders, trees and other riches of Russia.
    Dinner must be earned! (cool, but wet and cold smiley)

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  10. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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  11. grom

    grom Adventurer

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    River Barguzin crossing
  12. Brick Top

    Brick Top Been here awhile

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    Grom and Co
    Excellent, my hart skipped a few beats with this video. I will have sleepless nights just thinking about what could have happened.

    I was thinking how does the group dynamics work with so big group and very difficult terrain?
  13. bob66

    bob66 Been here awhile

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    Yes I know. Especially Mondy would had been interesting for us last year.
    But anyway, until I have time again for Siberia, who knows what will happen? :)

    Thanks,
    Cristian / Bob
  14. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Great Video Grom. Thanks for taking the time to post and translate all of this amazing trip :clap
  15. tedmarshall

    tedmarshall Been here awhile

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    This is unprecedented material Grom & Co.
    I worry at each new danger as if I am there with you
    Keep it coming!

    Thanks,
    Ted
  16. BackpackerMoto

    BackpackerMoto Outcast

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    "One who does not drink in the morning is an onion." Sheer brilliance.

    If this report isn't the purest definition of adventure riding, I'm not sure what is.

    Absolutely love it. Thanks, Cosmonauts!
  17. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Amazing updates!! Thanks for taking us along.

    JG
  18. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    We're IN! Awesome!!! :clap:clap:clap:clap
  19. squadraquota

    squadraquota mostly harmless

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    This is just too funny… poor girl…:D

    Thanks guys for this great ride report, it really has it all!

    Just one thing, somewhere Mishutka said that BMW attracts wonen of all ages. But of course that should be 'women at old age' :D:D:D
  20. Mishutka

    Mishutka Adventurer

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    Barguzine river rustled in the shallows. All team slept like logs.
    Yesterday’s voyage on a raft in eternally cold taiga waters kept us all in emotional stress.
    We needed to relax.

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    We were slowly summing up the results of water crossing:
    - we changed the most beautiful burnt clutch on the most beautiful bike;

    - we collected things and Parts lost the in the night along the shore;

    -we restored the broken components and parts on all bikes;

    - we hung and dried spacesuits and tents;

    -we parsed the "most beautiful raft".

    At the same time we panned a handful of golden sand, well, one must somehow beat the travel budget.

    Another Barguzin crossing was waiting in front of us.

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    Local humanoids sailed to us. A horse ran away from their camp to the reserve.
    They asked not to frighten it if meet it. They gave us a parcel to shepherds of the “remote cordon”

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    The reserve is patrolled quite strictly. They rewrite all our passport data.
    Foreseeing surprises, we issued passes for 3 days that would have been the stock in the event of "struggle".
    At the same time we bought magnets and keychains.
    The reserve awaits budget money, kind of like in '14 it will have money. They will work on the restoration of bridges and causeways.
    To date, the roadbed is "like we love".
    We jump on the potholes, cross through the collapsed bridges.

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    That's a lost horse came out to meet us.

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    You are welcome

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    The remote cordon. Space parcel delivery was successful.

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    Cosmic trail persistently whispers, ‘Squeeze your butt, bro’

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    Here is the usual exit from the dam to the bridge over the river.

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    Here is the central span of the bridge. We're in the taiga; everything is masked by trees :)

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    And for the dessert, exit from the bridge. A small three meter jump to the rocky riverbed.

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    To find a passable ford we have to run up and down along the shore and feel fairway. Radios help us.

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    Very often on the bridges were only half the deck and for a landfall you need to put all your strength and skills.

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    Besides the Barguzin river, there are a couple of streams, so the driver of URAL (6-whell drive truck) said.
    We were told later that for these mutants water barrier called trickle if the water does not fill the cabin.
    Little niceties of translation from alien to human.

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    Cameraman is cameraman even in space.
    He saws a beautiful place and rushes headlong to choose the best angle.

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    What else can be remembered on that road?
    The presence of mud puddles traps. Surrounding beauty soothes and dulls vigilance.
    And then in the most interesting place – Boom!
    Space abyss swallowed your starship in a moment.

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    And Space abyss is so disgusting and slimy that we could return a member back
    at the helm only with kicks and threat of leaving without food.

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    And of course the surroundings of this nebula are quite pretty.

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    And here again we got to Barguzin river.
    It certainly was narrower, but not easier to cross.
    In the target point the ford was too deep for a motorcycle.

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    We began the search for a detour.
    While rushing along the shore, I spotted an island in a kilometer, which broke the mainstream in two streams.

    I decided to try. I picked up the radio and got undressed.
    Well here gnats flew that would make my walk cheerful :))
    The first three attempts failed, and then I luckily moved to the other side.
    I went on air, reported signs of the peninsula from which we could move and went back.
    And then I was carried away.

    Legs are knocked out on the rocks and that’s it. I’m floating.
    It’s cool inside cosmic protoplasm without a spacesuit.
    Flow beats me on boulders, hands are trying to stabilize and protect the head. Boots, full of water, do not add buoyancy.

    The most offensive was that the channel ended and combined with two more streams to the large channel, which is much deeper.
    Already at the mouth I caught the back of some fragile trees and hung like a rag in the wind,
    but with a clear understanding that everything is good - now I’ll get out.
    I climbed out, shaking, radio gurgles.
    To warm a little bit I ran along the shore. And here I heard the noise of engines.

    All the members crossed without a loss - the place proved to be successful.
    Noise of the KTM690 engine attracted rangers.
    They were catching a 4x4 car. And here we are, but with the permission.
    They were very surprised that we have crossed the river at our own power in high water.
    They asked us to show what island we used for the crossing :))
    Instead they showed us a parking space and allowed to burn a fire. This is a reserve!

    Evening dinner, all wet suits are dropped off.
    Cosmonauts in underpants are huddling closer to the reactor.
    Toasts for the crossing, friendship and intergalactic love.

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