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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.
Yeah, that is how I do it as well, heat water in my JetBoil for Hot Coco and Oat Meal for breakfast with lunch at a fuel stop and Knorr Cup of soup or 7 min rice meal for dinner. If you look around the Knorr pouches can be picked up for .78 at wally world sometimes. If one wanted to travel with very low costs per day you could get by on less than $10-15 per day. Water needs to be carried for breakfast and dinner but I have a water filter along so I don't need too much water weight if there is a lake or stream near by. I ride with a hydration pack for drinking water during the ride. When camping I end up in bed early so I am up at daybreak anyway.
Wondering why many of the train bridges have armed guards? Are people crossing with trucks etc. thereby putting trains in danger of collision? I mean, how many trains come by daily out there?
I tell you these videos are just like crack, watch one and BAM your addicted to them.
Impatiently waiting for more.
There are other bridges for trucks in Siberia. Absolutely safe
Man that was a cliffhanger! Great video, as usual
National security. The railway is deemed a key strategic asset, and someone blow up a rail bridge in a remote area could cut the Russian far east off from the rest of the country.
The number of bridges sporting armed guards is a lot less than in soviet times, but there are still a few. Especially on the eastern BAM.
This thread is both entertaining and educational!
@Colebatch, apologies if I missed this question being asked/answered, but why/what is the fascination or connection with Russia? I realise that it is wise, essential even, and a much more immersive experience to educate one's self about countries in which you are travelling. To me it seems your knowledge runs deeper than that. I believe you are also fluent in Russian (correct me if I'm wrong). Any chance of getting a little history here to fill in some of the larger story? Thanks in advance.
Even do the following post isn't from Colebatch, I bet you may find a part of the answer simply by reading some ride reports or just this comment:
The common point of the authors: they all want to return to ride in Russia.
Russia Ride Reports:
Trans Russian infrastructure has a huge weak point in Siberia. There are only three routes... The trans Siberian railway and trans Siberian highway, which are both very close to the Chinese border, and the BAM railway which was specifically built to be at least 400 km /250 miles from the Chinese border.
Resource hungry China covets the resource rich section of Russia east of lake Baikal. Enormous reserves of oil gas coal timber copper uranium gold diamonds etc etc etc.
Simply taking out a bridge on each of those three transport links connecting eastern Russia with "mainland Russia" would mean eastern russia was pretty much indefensible.
So they have to take the security of that infrastructure as pretty important. They also go out of their way to minimise any potential areas of conflict with the Chinese. They sell whatever siberian resources the Chinese want anyway to them to eliminate any real need for the chinese to control production of those resources.
Not very well known in the west but one of the things Russia did early in the 2000s is that they settled all remaining border disputes with china... Russia bent over and gave ground to China to ensure the border disputes were closed. It might not sound much, but for the first time since the two countries shared a border (about 500 years ago), there is now no open border disputes between Russia and China.
The Russians want to give the Chinese no excuses, because at the end of the day there is no physical territorial threat to Russia other than China. They do not think the US or Germany or Kazakhstan is going to try to invade them. China is the only realistic territorial risk they face for the foreseeable future. So from a strategic perspective, they cover their bases on that ... Such as closing out all border disputes with China and guarding key rail bridges along routes they would need to move tanks, military engineering equipment, tactical missiles etc. The Vitim rail bridge is one example that has armed guards.
Outstanding! When one looks up "adventure riding" in the dictionary, THIS thread should be the text...
Here a cry from an addict please next episode.
Working on it.
just rewatched these on a 60 inch screen. Looks really good
I like your reflections on politics, Walter.
I few years ago I ended up in a big military exercise on Kola with no problems. This was heading North to Rybachi Island. All thumbs up and positive attitude towards a biker from Norway. With the recent “cooling” of the climate between Russia and the West, do you think this is still possible without getting into a lot of hurt?
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Episode 17 - To the Vitim.
The team power on down the early more populated section of the BAM Road, but not without incident. Terry's handlebars break, Geir drowns his engine, and we lose Steve.
I am afraid this one is very lazily edited. I have spent too much time on it and just decided to "whip it out" as it is.
Thanks :) It has been a pleasure to watch all these episodes,especially in midlle of winter.
Epic Walter, as usual