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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.
Amazing! Thank you so much.
Thank you again Walter , another great video ! And thanks also to the Norwegian guys , obviously the Viking blood still courses through their veins !
The XChallenge is alive and well....
+1 Can't say it any better.
Two in a week ... we are on a roll!
Episode 21 from the 2012 Sibirsky Extreme (SibEx) ride is up. Tynda to Yakutsk. Reunited as a group of 5, the team make their way up the wet and cold Lena Highway heading further and further north and east. Arrival in Yakutsk coincides with a surprise announcement by Walter and Terry to the other three, before everyone relaxes in Yakutsk with a trip out to the permafrost caves and a local nightclub.
Walter, you're a true hero thanks for getting back on the horse with these. It has been worth the wait! Cheers.
The music for the ice cave was perfect!
Thanks for the videos, Walter! My sons and I watched the last episode (21) maybe 2 weeks ago and my preschooler is asking me daily if the next installment is ready.
Yessss Walter, I love these so much! You're in a league of your own with your reports and videos. Please always keep doing these.
June 30 2019
FYI...time moves on and things change:
The suspension bridge at Inya no longer exists. About 5 km after town take a right to follow direction Inegen. There is new construction, road widening and 2 new bridges (Gmaps is wrong, see it on the satellite coverage) leading to Inegen. You can rejoin the abandoned R373 to the camp site.
Mostly paved, as Walter noted, to Ulagen. After Ulagen, the gravel road to the lake has been widened and is in variable condition, sometimes good, sometimes not. There are long sections made with river rock, so not packed and loose and rolling, no traction. Lots of washboard, locals have made their own paths parallel the in the pastures. There are cabin complexes seemingly every 5 km now.
There are regular ferry boats that cross the lake to make the circle. Super busy with Russian tourists. We got quoted 5000 ruble per moto for the 7 hour crossing (we heard a moto tour say they paid 60 000 for the whole boat as a charter). Later the quote was 4000, and at the last minute before ramp up was 2000 ruble.
The whole area is now a super busy with Russian families on summer vacation. Many cars make this trip - merc bmw audi - not 4x4. So many selfi sticks....
Interesting, I'm supposed to be heading west from Magadan next year.
Yep, time marches on. We found many changes last year. Closed or derelict hotels, lots of changes in the farm fields of Ukraine, etc. We just routed around stuff as best we could.
OK here it is .... after another long hiatus, the final in the 2012 ride series is now here. This covers the ride of the Norsemen from Yakutsk to Magadan, along the the Road of Bones, and in particular the legendary stretch known as Old Summer Road, which defeated Ewan and Charlie in 2004. Well the OSR is not maintained after Tomtor and only gets worse each year. On top of that, the Norwegians decided to take on the road after considerable recent rains (the streets of Tomtor were flooded as they departed). But they were determined as hell, and they made it through.
If you are fan of water crossings footage, this episode will set a new benchmark!
And so.... TO MAGADAN !
A bad case of acute nostalgia, I reckon...
I apologise for the lack of narration and translations ... as I was not actually with them on this leg, its hard to know exactly what narration to add in at what time. As for the lack of translations, I dont speak Norwegian !
No need to apologise, turned out good
*Likes EP22 post first, then watches video*
Bravo! Another awesome episode Walter!
How is at Poskitt-built bike working out for you? Quite a few of us would love an update on that trusty steed.
Like it 3 times over!