My dramatic trip to the mountains

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  1. MadRider777

    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    It was on August 15 when an idea of short trip to the mountains came into my head. The weather was fine, but autumn was just around the corner. It was necessary to hurry. I bought a camping mat, packed my stuff and washed my bike.
    I had a plan of 10-days trip to the Black Sea coast around Sochi through the Caucasus mountains.
    If you want to make God laugh, tell Him about your plans. :-)
    Looking ahead, I will come back home in 6 weeks...

    Day 1

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    I began my way to Volgograd, periodically stopping at interesting objects along the motorway

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    I came to Volgograd before dark and headed for the camping.

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    Good place to spend a night under the stars dome

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  2. MadRider777

    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    Day 2

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    The morning was beautiful and promised a warm day

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    The small breakfast, and I'm ready for the way

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    I was pleased that many roads in Volgograd were repaired. For many years, Volgograd's potholes were a legend among motorcyclists :-). But I didn't meet a great number of bikers. Only one man on the motorcycle with Poland flag came to the main War monument of the city. He drove from the street named in honor of Konstantin Rokossovski, one of the most talented Soviet generals of WWII, who was of Polish origin. There was the interesting coincidence.

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    Then I headed for the small historical park in Pyatimorsk

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    My next route point is Kalach-na-Donu with a picturesque river channel and large WWII monument

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    It was a hot day and I stopped from time to time at small shops to fill up my cold inventory :-)

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    There was a long way to the south ahead

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    I came to Pyatigorsk at night, found a nice place near the lake, threw my mat on the earth and fell asleep by sound sleep

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  3. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    Thank you for sharing. Compared to your western brothers, you are carrying practically nothing on that bike. Keep it coming!
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  5. Kristof Granit

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    Thanks for the report.
    "no bikers in Volgograd"?
    What do you expect with the BikeFest 5-6 August (Taman, Blacksmiths MC) and the Sevastopol Bike Show 12-13 August (Night Wolves). :lol3:lol3
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    johnnywheels Been here awhile Supporter

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    I like your style: "throw the essentials on the bike and go. plan along the way."

    I'm in!
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  7. MadRider777

    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    Fests are fests, and everyday life is another thing altogether :-)
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    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    Day 3

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    I woke up in a beautiful place. I didn't want breakfast. I wanted to begin my research of mountains :-)

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    Fast shaving at the lake edge, and I headed for my first aim, Mashuk mountain within the town

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    Mashuk is not very high, but views from the alp are pretty nice. And there is a road to the top. Frankly speaking, I'm not sure that it was a carriageway. I haven't met any transport, except this old Zhiguli.

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    After that i rode in the direction of Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe

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    The rain began and I stopped to put on my rubber boot covers. I met here two guys from Moscow, who were packing their bodies in rainsuits. We continued our way together.

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    When it rains it doesn't pour everytime :-). The sun was with us again, and we are at the bottom of Elbrus.

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    I met by chance my virtual friend from russian motoforum, the only person familiar to me in this region. His nickname is Agronomist :-). There was a girl from the same forum too. She was coming back from Georgia. The friend of Agronomist, Grigory, told my fellow travelers how to select a right way to their destination points.

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    Then we rode to the restaurant of local cuisine.

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    Grigory suggested to crash at his country house. It was a good idea and I rode there. His son met me to show the way. He was on his cross motorcycle and set a task to my heavy mammoth on offroad dark terrain. But it was really hillarious!

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    Great report, fantastic to see this area of the world, please keep it coming!
    Thanks!
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    Awesome :clap

    More please!
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    JHpowderhound Been here awhile Supporter

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    Very cool. Nice pictures.

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    Mcgee Been here awhile Supporter

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    What beautiful country! Thank you for posting! It’s interesting to see the other parts of the world. What BMW are you riding? Not sure I have seen one like that.
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  13. MadRider777

    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    This is K100 16V 1990 with custom fairing. It's unique in own way :-)
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    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    Day 4

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    The country house was nice. Having got some rest I was ready for the new day of adventures. A lot of things will change after this day...

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    A little more moto-toys

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    At first I visited two beatiful monasteries near Mineralnye Vody

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    My second route point is Kislovodsk

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    After that I headed for the mountains

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    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    On the mountain pass I was met by friendly big dog

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    There was a thoughtful cat too :-)

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    The way to Dombay lay before me. Excellent road with beautiful views.

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    The next act of my program is the cableway. Happiness lives higher :-)

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    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    It was time for lunch after these impressive landscapes

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    One of the best enduro bikes :-)

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    My mood was excellent. I wanted to reach the beginning of the serpentine road in the direction of Sochi.

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    I have finished with races and rode in more discreet style. Darkness was coming over the land.

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    The mountain landscape was replaced flat. But evening tranquility was seeming. Unexpectedly I have seen such a picture.

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    This driver didn't see me. He drove as though I wasn't there.
    I had two seconds to do something. I accepted to the right as much as possible and slowed down at the same time. Bang! And I'm flying above the ground.
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  17. Kristof Granit

    Kristof Granit Long timer

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    Unfortunately, even during day time it's a "common" situation...

    In Russia, I try to avoid riding at night, but sometimes, there is no other choice...
    Anyhow, I am sorry it "cost you 6 weeks" but at least you are here with us.
    Many of my sisters and brothers don't have that "luck"...
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    I was flying like a bird in the dark. There was no fear or thrill. I thought that apparently my trip came to it's end. Long proceedings with the driver and an insurance company are coming instead of a sea breeze. I was annoyed.
    Thanks God, my landing was very successful. I fell on my right hand and having turned over through a back brought back up on my feet. It was the grass field in 20 meters from the road. And it was very soft compared to asphalt.
    I headed for my motorcycle. My left leg burned a little. The driver's wife got to me fast and tryied to understand how much longer can I last . She had a hysterics and gave me my broken external battery pack, which she picked up on the road.
    I called Grigory from Mineralnye Vody and asked him to contact local bikers to take away my motorcycle. I was feeling not bad, but wished to sleep.
    The ambulance arrived very quickly, about 10 minutes. They put me on a stretcher to take my beaten body to hospital. Off we go!

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    The first question in the hospital was whether I acted in movie. It sounded as a mockery and I wasn't polite this evening. I was carried on X-Ray. Doctors pumped out two injectors of blood from my knee and put my foot in a plaster cast. Local biker Advocate came to me near midnight, wished me a healthy recovery and assured that they will help me with all questions. I was glad to see him.
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    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    Day 5-10

    The hospital in cossack village Zelenchukskaya.

    Great mountain landscapes were replaced by two main views

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    But mountains didn't disappear.They became smaller

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    It was good time to summarize the results of this road accident. My equipment worked well and my Guardian angel was in place that evening. I got non-displaced closed fractures of the calcaneal and metatarsal bones. And big, very big knee.

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    I understood that these damages are ridiculous for such situation. But my mood was really awful. I was weak and couldn't pass even 50 meters on my crutches. My Moscow friends and local bikers were calling and cheer me up. They even sent me some money to the phone account. Guilty driver brought a homemade food and two interesting books about Old West.
    I noticed a wheelchair in the corridor. I'm on wheels again :-)

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    Well, I didn't see this coming event. Really hope your recovery is going well and will provide best results possible. It does seem that the risks of riding increase at night. Best wishes from Canada!
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