Steve has gone a little ahead of us with the pics here... My fault as I have been away from the internet all weekend. Smartphones are great, but not for doing ride reports :) We left Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island with our target for the day being Zhigalovo, a town halfway between Olkhon and the BAM. Waiting for the ferry with the locals: Erik and Geir on the ferry back to the mainland: (pic by Steve) The road is a scenic one and follows the Lena River after the town of Kachug. As we left Kachug, I turned around to Steve and Erik and tried to show the point on the road that was the end of the asphalt between here and Magadan, but it was difficult at 80 km/h. The weather was looking dodgy and no-one wanted to stop and waste too much time ... so we powered on, beside the early stages of the River Lena. There were some nice distractions: (pic by Steve) And we arrived in Zhigalovo in good time but in the rain. It was the first days ride as the new group of five, and though we had enjoyed the pleasure of a few short torrential downpours on the road, I was happy that the new boys seemed comfortable. We were going to take a rest day here in Zhigalovo, change tyres and get some welding done on Geir and Eriks front subframes to strengthen them up for the BAM. It was now or never in terms of bike prep.