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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.
Walter, is there any significance in riding thru Mongolia versus taking upper route thru Severobaikalsk and up to Yakutsk (providing there are roads up there)?
Who says you cant do both?
Who says we didnt?
You are speaking in riddles you wise man :huh. We are waiting.........
Walter- I started on this site while sitting in Iraq, spending my two free hours a day reading the original Sibirsky Extreme report. All your reports are great but each brings something a little different.
This ride is incredible with the different perspectives everyone brings. It is amazing to watch the ride unfold, with every rider sharing their photographs and experiences. Thank you to everyone for bringing us on this trip!
I've made a huge mistake. I spent all my free time catching up on this rr. Now that I'm on Xmas break I have nothing to do. Can someone point me in the direction of where to start on Walters rr's.
true inspiration guys and gal. Thanks for taking us along for the ride
There is probably an easier way, but click on Colebatch a couple of posts up. View his public profile, go to statics, then select "Find all threads started by".
I would start with "Sibirsky Extreme" and follow along by date.
Make sure you tell people you won't be around for the next couple of months- you are catching up on reading!
I could think of much worse mistakes. You want more Colebatch ride reports? I can't imagine why?
Not in any particular order...
That should keep you busy for a few hours.
Lets us know when your done with those and we can give you a few more links.
On the morning of day 53 Terry, Beamster and me had seen enough of our rooms in the hotel.
Because there was still no news from Rod we packed our stuff and left for a few more days.
We asked Walter to let us know asap if there was news about the KTM,
so we could be back in time to reunite the group
Walter showed us some tracks he had. And told us to take the right one otherwise we would enter a border zone !!!
(because we didn't have a permit and don't speak Russian that wouldn't be the best option)
First we drove to Kosh-Agach where we got some fuel for the bikes and did some grocery shopping.
Most of the tracks we tried, ended where the mountains started. After trying a few the weather didn't look to promising.
So we decided to start looking for a campsite and setup camp before hell would brake loose.
The landscape near Kosh-Akash is totally different from that near Aktash. Much more desert like.
We were lucky with the weather, although we felt a few drops it didn't get as bad as it looked in the distance.
So we started to cook ourselves a nice hot meal.
All the time these little eyes were keeping an eye on us.
Okay so this is the winner but what is it? I can't work out whether it's a Gerbil, Gerd, Degu or what have you. Either way I want a little family of them to take care of
The moment we drove towards the campsite I noticed an eagle had landed on the top of a mountain nearby.
After dinner I decided to climb up the mountain to get a better look at the eagle.
When I was hiking up the hill Beamster kept looking how I was doing.
Than Terry spotted a dog like thing standing on the top.
Just before I reached the place where the eagle landed I stopped to have a look.
It turned out to be a Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) that I had seen a few times before.
The place it had landed turned out to be its nest. Trying not to disturb the bird I turned round and started to walk back.
At that point Beamster and Terry were waving at me, so I waved back and carried on.
When I was back at the campsite Beamster and Terry asked me: Didn't you see it ?????
See what ???? The big dog on the top they said !! No idea what you two are talking about.
They told me that a dog had been watching me the whole time, and the moment I turned around it chased me down the hill. As I walked down I disappeared behind a ledge and was out of site for 10 min. The dog disappeared behind the same ridge just behind me.
Don't know about Terry, but Beamster was happy to see me again after the 10 min that I was out of sight.
These are some of the other birds I had seen near the campsite.
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti
This Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus)was resting here for the night. The picture isn't showing much.
But the bird was about 700 meters from our campsite. Than you can imagine how big those birds are. They stand 105 cm's tall with a wing span up to 295cm.
Some other birds that I have seen were:
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)
Masked Wagtail (Motacilla personata)
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra)
They were really funny to watch. They were all over the place....
That little creature is very close, maybe first cousins, to our alpine pika, a tiny rabbit looking grass eating shy little thing that inhabits our high mountain rock out crops/piles/ scree type fields.
My 2 cents and I welcome you two or all 5 of you to come and I will show you first hand.
cannot tell you how much I am enjoying another RR by Walter
I agree, looks like a cute pika!
Thanks again to the SE team for another great ride report! Just wonderful...
Very nice pics there Prutser. Looks like you had close encounter with possibly a wolf and
you had no idea!
Its amazing how the landscape changed so quickly from green to almost desert like in
such a relatively short distance.
That last bit I whole heartedly agree with. These rides are adventure rides after all. Not fluffy security trips down the beach to Barbados. When the shit hits the fan, yes it pisses you off and it can make for really tense moments. But that's when you meet the greatest people, see just what you are made of and make some of the BEST memories.
Shit happens and, personaly, thank god it does!
It was a surprise to see here my wife`s happy face!
Actually, we are riding Africa Twin and Super Sherpa.
That time, in Altay, we were travelling by car, so we didn`t look like cool riders. But we were happy to see great equipped 2-wheel machines and to have some chat with their pilots. :)