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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we have a relaxing 230 km due south to Barnaul. This is where we had our tires and oil shipped from Moscow and where we will meet of with Wolfgang. He left Hamburg 7 days ago and will have come 6000 km in 8 days to catch up with us.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 17.14.46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    It is as predicted another straight pretty boring ride thru Siberia. We had slightly cooler weather at 28 degrees.

    [​IMG]Barnual by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Barnual-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Barnual-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We got a late start at 11 and so rolled into the hotel in Barnaul at about 3. It is Sunday and almost everything is closed.

    [​IMG]Barnual-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We had to walk 40 minutes to find a restaurant that was open. We managed to get back in time to meet Wolle as he rolled into town. We would have missed him, but he had his first flat ever an hour before Novosibirsk. He has stayed in the same hotel in Tatarsk last night as we had. Small world.

    [​IMG]Russia Barnaul by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Barnaul-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Barnual-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The plan today was to meet Andrew at the shop to get the 10 tires fitted, change the oil and change air filters on 3 bikes and the chains and sprockets on 2. It is of course raining!

    [​IMG]Barnual-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Orvar had ordered an air filter and when he checked his that was “supposed” to have been replaced in Novosibirsk 3 days ago it was full of bugs and clearly not new. Proof they never did the valve check.

    [​IMG]Russia Barnaul-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The set up here is far from idea there is no room in the shop for the bikes. The shop owner showed up an hour late and it rained on and off all day. This meant swapping out the tires and filters and changing the oil between downpours. When changing the oil on the 650 we could not get the filter off and actually broke the weld on the remove tool. We will leave it until we are in civilization to deal with. The guys in Tbilisi cranked it on way too tight. When we took out the drain plug we thought was the source of the leak we also found they had 2 crush washers in there. WTF you can not trust anyone! Andrew was asked several times for the shop location and never sent it this meant we blindly picked a hotel location that turned out to be on the total opposite side of the city. Top it off that Andrew pinched the tube on Orvar's bike as well. This was a long and frustrating day. We arrived at 9 and left at 330. If we did this again would use a proper bike or tire shop.

    [​IMG]Russia Barnaul-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Barnaul-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Barnaul-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Barnaul-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Barnaul-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Barnaul-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Well at least it is finally sunny out, it is Monday, and that means pizza and Game of Thrones!!

    [​IMG]Barnual-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  6. boristhebold

    boristhebold Been here awhile

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    ...where we will meet of with Wolfgang. He left Hamburg 7 days ago and will have come 6000 km in 8 days to catch up with us.

    Wow, hats off to him for that journey!
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes totally awesome he made the effort. Was nice to all be together for the challenging bits in Mongolia. Alone it would be so much harder.
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have 890 km to Ulgii, the first major town across the Mongolian border and the exit from Russia according to FB friends who crossed last week was 5 hours. This means it will be a 3 day affair to get it done.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-08-09 at 21.48.01 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    For the first leg we wanted to get as far as Onguday in 445 km since this is the only place with at least a few hotels listed on line or maps.me.
    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-08-09 at 21.15.33 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It had poured rain in the night, but it was dry when we set and and for most of the day. We had one short rain shower and we waited out the second very heavy rain at a gas station. The storm was moving fast and after 20 minutes we had sunny skies for most of the rest of the day. There is much more interesting scenery today with farms and trees and some more hilly landscape.

    [​IMG]Onguday by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Onguday-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Onguday-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Onguday-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Onguday-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving to Onguday it was starting to spit rain. We checked out a few places, and settled on a rooming house for 500 R each (8 USD). It was simple, but clean and they had lots of hot water. We had quiet a good dinner there also for 200 R each.

    [​IMG]Onguday-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There are some beautiful wood houses here.
    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have decided to not try for the border today since if we did that it might end up a 12 hours nightmare. This means we have an easy 257 km to Kosch-Agatsch. This is still 51 km from the border, but border towns are always unpleasant and there is only 1 lodging place listed there. At least in K-A there are 4 hotels. We did not get breakfast at the hotel as their restaurant was not open. We made a quick coffee and headed out. We made a quick coffee and headed out.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-08-09 at 21.15.55 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kosch-Agatsch-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We went for the first hotel listed on the GPS and they had rooms and good parking.

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Kosch-Agatsch-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We checked the 650 oil and it is down! AGH! Ok take off the bash plate, clean, and inspect. The oil pan puncture Sara had in Peru in 2014 seems to be the culprit. The old pan is a mess from the old bash plate that trapped rocks and caused the puncture in the first place. Dan places a large JB weld patch and topped up the oil. Not much we can do now, but we will replace the pan in KL. Also some good news today Electrosport has been kind enough to agree to send us 2 stators UPS to Ulanbaatar!


    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We walked about 2.5 km into town and found an open nice looking cafe and the lovely owner spoke fairly good English. This meant we got actually what we wanted for dinner!!

    [​IMG]Russia Novosibirsk to the Border-37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    First we have a 51 km ride to the Russian border town of Tashanta. There is not much here 1 gas pump and 1 hotel.

    [​IMG]Uglii by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We rode to the end of the main street and this is the border post. There is a long line of vehicles and so we passed the line to the front. At the gate there is an officer who checks your visa and passport before you are let in. There was an issue initially as the 3 Canadians had 20 day visas and not the usual 30 day visas for Russia. This was a flag for him, but it was easily sorted.

    [​IMG]Uglii-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_9400 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We waited only a few minutes and all 5 bikes were let in. You drive 300 m and park under the cover. Here the young officer spoke English perfectly and directed us where to park and what to do next. The first thing is to go to the window on the left side of the parking. Here they want your passport, vehicle registration, tourist card and customs form. There are 2 officers working and peck typing in all your info (address at home, milage on the bikes……). They both spoke enough English to ask what they wanted from us. Dan and Brent showed up as well and they are 2 Canadians in the Mongol rally. Dan said “ how did you know to ride up to the front of the line” Experience my friend!!


    Next you go across to the right side of the terminal and up the stairs. Here you wait at a desk and again in English the officer asks for your passport and vehicle papers and she enters this into the computer. From here you are directed to passport control in the same area for the exit stamp. Both officers here spoke English perfectly and interestingly a lot of the border official are women. Outside we had to open the luggage for inspection for weapons and narcotics. They were very interested in my medical kit especially the local anesthetic, suture material and instruments. It was otherwise a pretty cursory search actually. The regular people had to drag all their stuff upstairs for X-ray. Then we all rode 150 m to the gate to have a “final” passport check. We were done all 5 bikes in an hour 15 min. So much for the horror stories from other riders of 5 hours to get out! Drama!!

    There is then 21 km of no mans land on the Russian side with a beautiful paved road. At the end of this there is a another passport check and plate registration.

    [​IMG]Uglii-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There is the 8 km of pretty good dirt to the Mongolian border.

    [​IMG]Uglii-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Here at the gate you park and and the guard says in English “passport moto paper walking”. We got off and walked thru the gate to the office. Here the officers check your documents, gives you the standard small scrap of paper to get your collection of stamps, and then you are flagged thru. The first stop is the tire decontamination bath that costs 50R (a Canadian dollar). You are given a receipt for this.

    [​IMG]Uglii-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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