Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. Prutser

    Prutser Long timer

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    I still have to work a few hours, than I can post some more.

    Only 1800km left before our trip is is over :cry

    But from than everything wil be new for me too :clap

    Go EtronX :D
  2. gregMo

    gregMo Adventurer

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    wow! what an adventure - its true when nothing goes as planned, adventure starts :clap
    Thanks to all crew for brilliant report, pics, writing and all info enriching our lifes in our armchairs :freaky

    ...I was laughing at people with sheepskins on bikes until.... one day I tried it and... never go w/out it on rides longer then 2-3 hrs. Try it and your ar$e will thank you... you can basically spend the whole 12 hrs on it and still be as comfortable as the moment you started(its like traveling on air pillow!!! only better!). The whole sheepskin in IKEA stores goes for about $ 30, and you can easily make 2 seat covers from it... be creative, use straps, cords velcro or whatever. As someone got it right saying: "nature provided us with perfect solutions to most of our problems "(no patent pending limits!) This is is a case with the wool also. As I did enjoy my time in backcountry skiing, the best base layer you can have is merino wool - will keep you always warm, even if it gets moist... and the best part is it can be used for many days without washing (there is no odor from bacteria) as a wool naturally kills most bacteria by itself! - its simply brilliant!

    sorry for a highjack :ilmostro

    ...now, back to the story...go on :lurk
  3. Machog

    Machog Adventurer

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    Tx to all for a brilliant report. And no river crossings are never boring-keep 'em coming.

    Prutser, knowing your love of birds, thought you might enjoy these two pics from my garden/yard in Cave Creek Arizona.

    Harris Hawk on my anemometer.
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    And a cluster of Mourning Doves having a 'branch meeting'.
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    Machog
  4. Cloudhopper

    Cloudhopper Adventurer

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    And I appreciate that you take us along for the ride. :clap
  5. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Maybe this guy can help make that happen, he appears to be a SE2012 fan too :lol3

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  6. Mehaniotis

    Mehaniotis Been here awhile

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    Just a wee bit of a Luv tap is all.:D
  7. flyingwombat

    flyingwombat frozen dead guy

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    I used a couple of those on some seat bolts that kept falling out and they solved the problem completely.

    Really great report guys, thanks for taking all the time to write it up!! :thumb:thumb I'm glad there's still a bunch left.
  8. Stashek

    Stashek Adventurer

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    Hi Prutser.

    This question is not bike related but directed at both you and Beamster as you both shared the tent. Is it an Fjallraven Abisko lightweight 2 and what if any feedback could you offer on it's performance. Did you ever find that the length made pitching and camp locations more difficult to find.
    This comment though is bike related, allowing that lad to ride the bike bought a tear to my eye. I know that's not a cool or macho sentiment but as a visiter to his land you crossed the geographical and cultural divide in the most endearing and enduring way possible.
    Thank's to all of you for allowing us to tag along.

    Stashek.:clap
  9. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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  10. Mehaniotis

    Mehaniotis Been here awhile

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    Stashek.
    Gosh you make me blush with my lack of vocabulary.So heart felt was Prutsers kindness for me as well.....
    This trip brings bitter /sweet memories growing up in Greece .I was in manyways living the life of the Mongolian kids.

    I too have a question regarding the stove used and if the stove was worthy .
    Thanks.
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  11. Prutser

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    Our wet feet started to get pretty cold by now. And I think all of us had done enough river crossings for that day.
    (more than 30)
    Now we just had to find a good place to eat, sleep, take a hot shower and a wel deserved :freaky
    After the big river that I mentioned in post #2370 we still had a few small shallow puddles before we entered a big valley.
    This valley had vehicle tracks all over the place and we started to see more locals driving normal cars on the tracks,
    so now we couldn't be far from civilization.

    A few km's later we drove into Tsakhir.

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    In the town we stopped to look around and see if we could find a place to spend the night.
    Rod and Beamster checked all the town's exit ways but both came back telling there was nothing there.
    That meant we had to get our camping gear out again. The hot shower and the good meal would have to wait another day.
    Now we had to raid one of the local grocery store's. Where we bought some noodles and some delicious chocolate biscuits.
    Because the weather further down the valley didn't look promising we decided to drive back into the valley,
    so we would have some time to put up our tents before it would start to rain.

    Everywhere you stop locals will come over to check you out.
    These local hang arounds came to show their rides while they checked out ours.

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  12. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    So did you bookmark ADV on their laptop and show them how to check this thread a few months later so they could see themselves, that would probably be the cherry on top for them.

    And awesome to let the kid take a ride on the bike, likely to be a lifetime memory.
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  13. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    We found a great spot to pitch our tents just outside the town. The evening up there was amazing, we had such a wonderful view... Again!
    You could see people riding in and out of town. Down by the river there was a local family pitching their tent, so even they go out camping.
    After dinner T and R went to bed but Prutser and I were still enjoying the evening view.
    All of a sudden we heard strange noises, big black shades came wandering over the hill top :yikes
    Because it was almost dark we couldn't immediately see what came towards us, but then it turned out to be a group of yaks entering our campsite... :d

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    Tsakhir's skyline seen from our campsite.

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    With the last sunbeams of the day we tried to dry our socks and boots.

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    This was the river we crossed more than 30 times. Today's score: Bikers 30+ : River 1 :evil

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    Tee Bee's wise words; F#ck Mongolia! And thanks Mr Colebatch for choosing this lovely track and I'm sure you knew
    there were not a lot of water crossings and we wouldn't get very wet at all :thumb :poser :poser

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  14. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    Utterly fantastic - thanks so much for sharing!:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
  15. lukeman

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    Amazing photos. Insanely jealous. I'm thinking a loop of Mongolia needs to be in my future!

    My first thought is always that you're drinking red-bull in the blue and red cans. :freaky

    I always like to google map where these great landscapes are:

    Tsakhir, Arkhangai, Mongolia
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  16. vintagespeed

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    wow! just when you think the pics can't possibly get any better.......they just keep coming!

    that green color in the valley sure is pretty.
  17. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Whilst we were queueing in the shop with the grumpy shopkeeper to buy anything edible she might have( FFS..we're buying anything you've got!!) these guys came galloping -no exaggeration-through the main street, proving beyond doubt that this has been elevated to a 2 horse town.

    They saw us and scooted back to greet us. As I've said before...on a moto in Mong, you are cooler than Ice-T, cooler than Paul Newman (playing Cool Hand Luke), cooler than Shems Bondt, cooler than.....Frank Sinatra with Ava Gardner on his....arm, and we were treated accordingly.

    As P has said. we'd crossed many rivers that day, and although we'd all been wet ( OK..some wetter than others) we'd all dried out now apart from the feet and all we wanted was a hotel..cheap/expensive-it wouldn't matter as long as we could get a shower, have somewhere to dry our gear and get almost anything to eat and a beer.
    Alas we still had to feckin' camp with soaking boots. :0(


    Just occasionally in The Life of an Adventurer, one needs a magic wand that you can wave and take you out of it for a night...alas Walter had taken it with him and was waving his own wand. So camping it was.

    The first sign we had of the yak-migration was when a solitary yak appeared on the skyline bellowing, and we thought he was separated and thus wolf-dinner , but then a few of his pals arrived,,,then a few more..then a host.
    When the yaks all started bellowing and moving down to the low ground I was a little concerned that they might just trample through the site and flatten our tents, but we were all quite relieved when they passed by and carried on down towards the town
  18. moto rrad

    moto rrad ADV n00b

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    Amazing photos. :clap

    The scenery looks truly beautiful in Mongolia. Thank you knarly adventure team for sharing, immensely enjoying it!
  19. EtronX

    EtronX Been here awhile

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    Thank you Prutser :D I am sharpening the pencil as we speak.
  20. GSlite

    GSlite Bothan spy

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    I thought we hadn’t gotten to that part of the story yet :evil