Sakhalin or unfinished the BAM road

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Pate, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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    Railway BAM had to pass along the Amur River
    to the Okhotsk Sea.
    To Cape Lazarev.
    There, in the first 50 years have built an underwater tunnel to Sakhalin.
    Then the road constructed to the south of Island.
    Road construction stopped when Stalin died.

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    We are well prepared.
    I did with Google a lot of tracks.
    Our motos KTM690 and BMW G650XC got custom bags.
    We have forwarded bikes in boxes by train to Khabarovsk.
    Sending in the boxes is 3 times cheaper than, about $ 250.
    In Khabarovsk, we had to meet with Walter (Walter Colebatch, see http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=533442)
    Unfortunately, he could not fly from Magadan to Khabarovsk.
    If we met, you would have seen a very good picture of Sakhalin Island :)
    When we arrived in Khabarovsk our moto was a Roman, in his autoservice station.
    We collected motos and 25 July and Roman led us outside the city.

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    to Selihino is an asphalt road
    further only gravel and stone.

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    some of the roads pass through the mountains.
    We've been waiting for this trip, we had fun, and run this road with a very high speed
    Stones spoiled new Unicross per 300km

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    seaport De-Castry, Okhotsk Sea

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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    You've gotta be kidding.. You're doing the BAM road too? :huh And you ran into Colebatch and friends? It's a small world indeed, even in Siberia! :lol3

    Let's go :lurk
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  3. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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    There is not a modern BAM, this part of BAM has just only begun
    Stalin planned to build Bam to Sakhalin, and built a tunnel and the road on the island, but he did not have time to finish.
    We planned to pass together this way
    but he could not leave Magadan at the right time.
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  4. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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    From De-Castry, to Cape Lazorev laid pipeline.
    Pipeline laid along the service road to the cape

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    Cape Lazorev
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    At this point, Stalin tunnel.
    A small island in the sea, is the second entrance into it.
    By the entrance was paved road.
    Now the sea to destroy it
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    This is the main entrance to the tunnel.
    Entrance is at the top of a hill about 23m above sea level
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    letter from the past:

    This pile was started April 8, 1951
    ended May 4, 1951
    Master Rukhin
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    We set the tent next to mine.
    Here is a very high place and a strong wind.
    we put a tent in the trees.
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    In the morning we know that a strong
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    We traveled to surroundings.
    In this cave workers kept the food.
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    The next day, early in the morning,
    we finally embarked on the ship
    It is a small diving vessel for submarine pipelines
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    At this point from the mainland to Sakhalin, just 7km
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  5. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I have been waiting for this one.

    Part of my plans for the summer had been to finish the Road of Bones, then meet up with these two guys, Pate and Gelos, in Khabarovsk, and then spend 2 weeks exploring Sakhalin island with them, before kicking off on the BAM Road.

    Pate and Gelos were on strict schedules tho and I needed to arrive in Khabarovsk on the 25th of July. We couldn't get a guaranteed flight out of Magadan in time so we took the only sure option available to us - we put our bikes on a ship from Magadan to Vladivostok on the 22nd of July ... by the time the bikes had arrived in Vladivostok (at the start of my BAM Road thread) it was the 30th of July ... and Pate and Gelos had left Khabarovsk 5 days earlier. Tony, Terry and I were a week late for our rendezvous with these guys. :hide :tough
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  6. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Here is a more detailed history of the Sakhalin Tunnel.

    Stalin's project has resurfaced in recent years with President Medvedev publicly supporting the idea.

    The big picture plan is to join the BAM Railway with Sakhalin, and then join Sakhalin with Hokkaido in Japan with another tunnel. That would means there would be a direct rail link between Japan and the EU, passing through just one intermediary country. Goods could be transported to Europe in 7 days by train, rather than a month by ship. Additionally for Japan, it means raw materials from Siberia (and Siberia has anything and everything when it comes to raw materials) has a very quick and direct route to anywhere in Japan.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakhalin_Tunnel
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  7. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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    Hi Walter!
    I am glad to read you, thanks for the link to the wiki.
    I can only add that the project accelerates the demographic penetration of China in the east.
    Government is trying to develop this region so that more citizens of Russia can have a job.


    Pogiby - in Russian, place of death.
    Even in the last century, in the narrow strait, died escaped convict.
    They tried to swim to the mainland, and drowned because of the rapid flow

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    Now in Pogiby lives of 5 people.
    Our boat was carrying whom that medicine, it waited for 3 days.

    Captain (in glasses) and his crew

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    Road Pogiby-Nysh

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    This road in the last century was the main one.
    In the first 50 years it was built anew.
    It was built along the railroad.
    There were GULAG prisoners camp .
    Until now preserved houses in which lived guard.
    Most of the bridges destroyed,
    Nobody here is on the road already growing small trees

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    GULAG prisoners camp

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    Here prisoners lived
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    Raised bridge
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    I tried to cross the river,
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  8. High_Pressure

    High_Pressure new to advrider

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    A really great trip. Thank you for all the effort you put in taking all the pictures and writing the report.
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  9. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Man, I would be pushing across all those bridges with my riding skills. Thanks for doing this report and pictures. I'm already doing 5 stars for it.
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  10. D.T.

    D.T. PITA but useful

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    Boy, this is about as adventurous as it gets. Amazing!

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  11. GB

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    Those last few pics look like you're riding in the backwoods of Ontario!! Thanks for all the details and pics..

    A rail link to Sakhalin then to Japan.. that would be incredible! :lurk
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  12. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    This is the right season for full on BAM. reports. Hell yeah. Throw all the TVs in the trash. This is what its all about:clap
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  13. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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    In the evening, on the we met two local fishermen (poachers)
    They fished network. They gave us 2 fish.
    Both fish were with red caviar.
    It was a good dinner

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  14. Machster50

    Machster50 Gettin' there

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    I was thinking the same throughout the BAM report. Our Northern Boreal Forest! :norton
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  15. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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    Here, the dusty roads of small stones (greder).
    Speed increased significantly, about 80-110km / h.

    We visited the old Chinese village.
    This is one of the first settlements in this area.
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    I had the coordinates of the Japanese fortified region.
    We tried to find a Japanese bunker.
    We had to cross the new pipeline.
    It was the worst day.
    a fine rain, it was very hot, we were bitten by mosquitoes.
    Motorcycles were drowned in the mud.
    We left the luggage.
    Nonetheless the last 300 meters on foot.

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    Smirnykh, civilization.
    It flew fighter shot down Korean Boeing KAL 007
    On the east coast there are some very good asphalt.

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    Two winners Dakar :)
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  16. redscare

    redscare Been here awhile

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    Пиздец! Тhanks for sharing.
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  17. rawdog

    rawdog Been here awhile

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    Those bridge crossings are cool.

    Thanks for sharing the pics!

    :lurk
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  18. simon@vic

    simon@vic Been here awhile

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    great pictures. good choice in bikes!

    thx
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  19. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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    In the rivers of Sakhalin, a lot of fish.
    She is caught in large volumes.
    A lot of fish rotting on the banks and poisons the air.
    This Pugachevka River, here we caught 2 fish.

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    At this point I was stopped.
    Notice how it was dry under Moto
    It looks like a safe.
    But attempts to remove the motorcycle failed.
    Place under your feet becomes a liquid.
    We turned it back over twice.

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    Ownership of the island:
    1855-1875 co-ownership of Russia and Japan
    Russia 1875-1905. In exchange for the Kuril Islands.
    1905-1945 northern part of - Russia, the southern part of Japan
    1945 --- Russia

    Vzmorie.
    This is a Japanese arch is made of marble.
    Nearby was a large temple.

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    Starodubskoe.
    There were guns covering the entrance to the Gulf

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  20. Pate

    Pate Been here awhile

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    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.view of the city

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    We met the local guys on enduro
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    In this city live guys to write this thread:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=187039
    They invited us to live with them, they have a shop 4x4, moto, ATV and snowmobile.
    They participate in the competition enduro in the U.S., Japan and Europe.
    If you are on Sakhalin Island, you always get help from them.
    They changed the tires we have received counseling, tracks, ordered the ferry.
    They are located near the restaurant "Hunter Park"
    I again want to convey to them our gratitude.

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    One day we had a rest and restore.
    Gelos fix rear brake 690.
    I made a new thread M8 in the subframe XC.
    The next day we go to the Cape Aniva without luggage

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    This Cape Velikan (Giant)
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