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Tough Miles Blog 7: The BAM Road

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Jon here:
 
The BAM road is not just about motorcycling skill, it is a real test of physical and mental endurance. It is impossible to portray how tough this route really is, and once finally over it is far too easy to forget the pain each kilometer can bring. To ride it you need pure grit and determination.
Mongolia…

Tough Miles Blog 6: The Mighty Mongolia.

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Pete here.
The only time we’ve had the shower gel out in the last 8 days is to lubricate the tyres for a set change or puncture repair. I’ve never felt as filthy as I did on that last night before we made it to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Everything was covered in sand and mud from numerous falls…

The Anatoly Experience

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Jon here:
Anatoly is an ex Russian speedway champion living in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia. At the age of 20 he had a severe accident and broke his back, leaving him in a coma for over 6 months. Whilst in hospital his friends gave him some radio equipment to follow the teams progress. During this time he developed a love for…

Tough Miles Blog 4: You’ll always need another day in Novosibersk

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Pete’s Pearls of Wisdom Russia:
- The Russians claim that vodka produced in the mountainous region of Altai, Siberia is so pure that it will never give you a hangover. It’s had me in bed for two days at a time crying for my mother on multiple occasions.
- The cleanest your three t-shirts will ever look on a round…

Tough Miles Blog 3: First night on the Trans-Siberian Highway.

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Jon here again:
The amount of mosquitoes here is unreal, I’m being eaten alive and it’s time to camp along the Trans-Siberian Highway. Bring it on.
We left Moscow yesterday, Thursday 17th May, to begin our 6 day journey towards Novosibersk, Russia’s 3rd largest city in Western Siberia. After a full day of easy riding we decided to venture off…

Tough Miles Blog 2: Slovakia to Moscow

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Jon here:
Its 3.30am and I can’t sleep. All I can think about is the worlds most dangerous bridge, the Russia Siberia Vitim River crossing we will later face on the BAM road.
It’s the 15th May and we are currently chilling in Godzilla Hostel, Moscow. Since our last blog we have travelled from Slovakia to Russia, passing through Austria,…

We’re in!

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So we all lapsed back into RWM (Roadside Waite Mode). We dozed, read, listened to music or chatted with fellow travellers, waiting for the border to open at 09.00.

Waiting at the border

At 08.50 the border personnel started arriving, mostly walking from the barracks a few hundred yards down the road – you must have done something really bad…

Waiting at the border….

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….bollocks!
There was nothing for it but to wait until the border opened on Monday. So we’d better find some food and somewhere to camp. The guards were pretty helpful and pointed us to a shop a few hundred yards down the road. We stocked up on essentials: bread, crisps, chocolate and beer – and set off to find ourselves…