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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Jan 26, 2010.
You only got a haircut........?
I didn't say that ;-)
Colebatch, first of all thanks for the increadible ride reports. I was just curious about this bridge crossing. It seems like it was probably pretty scary on a bike, yet you didn't make any comments about it. From the pictures, it looks even worse than that bridge that traumatized you guys on the BAM. At least that one was supported by steel beams!
Actually this one is less traumatic than it looks. I crossed it again this year and got up to 80 km.h / 50 mph on the bridge.
Sometimes pics dont accurately convey how scary (or not scary) a particular crossing is. In this case its the opposite of the Vitim bridge, which doesnt look that bad in pics, but does in real life. This one looks scary in pics, but is actually very friendly.
Reading all your awesome RR probably inspire me to make decision to make a trip next year. Ill chose almost the same route as Eustachious on his great RR
The only difference is that I will do these trip on ATV. I will get Can-Am Outlander Max-XT-P with 800ccm Rotax V-twin engine as I know as the first in the world on these route with ATV.
Unfortunately I can not share my rapport on these forum because admin allow only rapport which was made on motorbikes which I respect and accept.
However according to your experiences on your trip I would like to ask you...the maps which you use on your trips...did you buy them before the trip or is possible to buy good maps in country where you travel.
And according to using the GPS...the open street maps for Garmin are enough, or you suggest extra original maps for each country?
And is there a way to receive Garmin files from your trip?
Thanks for your response!
Sorry about my English....
I used paper maps as my primary source prior to 2010. In 2010 I switch to Garmins as my primary source and paper maps as a back up.
In 2012 I ditched paper maps altogether. Prutser carried a few, and it was useful for showing other people where we had been.
There are only so many paper maps you can carry. For a trip across Eurasia, a lot of detailed maps is bulky, heavy and expensive. There is no point any more. OSM is more detailed than all but the most detailed military maps, perhaps with a few exceptions - you can get very detailed maps of the Pamir in Tajikistan on paper for example. The question is, do you need it? Those maps are basically mountaineers hiking maps. Even dirt bikes cant go up the additional mountain trails they include.
Realistically if you take the latest OSM maps and my Eurasian waypoint file http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/northern-asia/siberia-mongolia-central-asia-waypoints-50860 then you will have everything you need.
Thank you very much!
I will focus on your advise about OSM!
Another great Coalbatch read. Thank you again and again.