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Kolyma Highway Photos – Winter Biking – 2000km Yakutsk to Magadan

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Well, there are many stories to tell from the last couple of months. The 2000km from Yakutsk to Magadan was a fantastic ride, made all the more memorable by the incredibly kind, generous, hospitable people I met along the way. My journal is full!

Winter Biking Kolyma Highway

But this blog post is not for telling those stories with words.…

Too Cold – Winter Biking Yakutia Photos

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Oh where do I start?!
I think for now, I will just show you the photos from the last couple of weeks.
Mostly it was too cold to stop and take photos… sometimes when I did, the camera wouldn’t work anyway. When it’s -40C and colder (when I woke one morning from the bivvy, it was -50C), priorities are about…

Biking to Lake Baikal and Olkhon Island

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Just over a week has passed since leaving Irkutsk… and now I’m back. Briefly. Tomorrow I take a train to Neriyungri to begin the very cold cycle to Yakutsk.
But back to the last week. It seems a lot has happened. Firstly I cycled to Lake Baikal – it took five days. A bit longer than expected. The first 3…

Into the White

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Time for a long-awaited update…
After a few weeks back home, I’m finally back out in Russia – in Irkutsk, near Lake Baikal.
The first 3 weeks at home were spent indulging in the guiltless excesses of good food and drink over xmas, safe in the knowledge that I’ll be burning those calories off soon enough. No New Year’s Resolution…

Russian Altai part 2 – Photos of Chulyshman Gorge and Lake Teletskoe

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I finally met someone who likes all the off-the-beaten-track beaten tracks and mud and dirt and gravel… and it was fortunate I met him where I did. A local family I had met had suggested riding up to Lake Teletskoe from Aktash. It would be hard on a bike, but of course it can be done, they said. I was…

Russian Altai – Photos of The Chuysky Trakt

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The next proper blog post will have to wait. I have the time to write, whiling away the hours until tonight’s train to Novosibirsk from here in Biysk. But unable to find a quiet place to form coherent thought, the writing will have to wait.
Noise everywhere. I’m sure Russians aren’t hard of hearing, they certainly don’t speak like it.…

Thoughts on Russia

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World masters of the hard stare…

After leaving Volgograd we headed South East along the Volga river delta towards Astrakan. Apart from the attractions in Volgograd this part of Russia has not been massively exciting, and was always planned more for the transit through to Kazakhstan.
We’re really looking forward to our return to Russia though, around the Altai region…

A Week Biking Baikal and Buryatia – in maps

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Well, it took 8 days to reach the Mongolian border from Irkutsk. As always, the shortest route is not always the quickest!. Here’s how it went. I haven’t been feeling particularly creative with words, so I’ve resorted to child-like arrows on google maps. I think you’ll get the just…
Day 1 – Out of Irkutsk

Day 1 – Out of…

Lord of the flies – pestilence in Southern Russia

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First roadside lunch in Russia….blummin’ heck….we’re in Russia!

Again – the border crossing we had chosen was a fairly rural and quiet one, but unlike Ukraine, here in Russia the roads were soooooooo smooooooth.
In fact first impressions were of a first world country with neat road borders, signs and junctions amongst intensively cultivated countryside.
(Not representative of the whole…

Crossing into Russia – an idiot abroad

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Border crossing used: Mariupol – Taganrog on the M14 / M23Border process / Hassles: 
The good: At last – you can buy your Russian green card on the Ukranian side of the border, AND, for once we had roubles with us that we bought from the UK!
The bad: CIS customs forms – repeated failed attempts to fill them in…

Photos of Lake Baikal and Off-Road Biking in Buryatia

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It’s started hard and slow out of Irkutsk to reach Lake Baikal. But since then things have been great… it has been long days of hard ups and fun downs, of dirt trails, rocky tracks, rivers to wade through and one to packraft across, ferrying the bike and then my bags as the rain poured down.
I’ve met Russian cyclists,…

Wine and caviar in the Volga Delta

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It is the largest river in Europe and crosses the largest country in the world. Yes, we are in Russia. One month a year – half of May and half of June - Volga swell but even more. Taman when we do our appearance after days of desert and dryness. Delta flies paradise becomes flooded, not be inquired of anything. It gets in the eyes, the nose,…

Guide to Not Taking a Bike on Trans-Siberian Train

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My intention was to fly to Moscow with my bike, and then bring it with me on the trains across Russia to get to Irkutsk, where I would then begin biking.
Within moments of being picked up at the airport, I had a new plan. Denis, who worked at the hostel in Moscow suggested an alternative as we drove through…

An Eye on Irkutsk the Siberian City

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I’m liking Irkutsk a lot. It’s a shame I have to leave (but I am looking forward to starting the bike ride). Fortunately, I should be back here in about 6 months. It’ll be winter then.
For now though, the flowers are starting to bloom, the evenings are long and the air is warm making it a lovely time to…

Journey Across Russia – Trans-Siberia

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Bundles of Russians and an English touristka trundling across industrial city sprawls that churn smoke to the skies and spew cars along straight roads that cut through the vast swathes of taiga. And we go silently through the night except for the clickety-clack of steel wheels on the rail tracks or whistle of wind as two trains pass side-by-side and…

From Delsbo to Russia

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The trip up to Rovaniemi, Finland and then down to Russia has gone well. We are a bit surprised about peoples driving skills though, heart in the throat most of the time.
We have arrived in St. Petersburg, sitting in a hotel room now listening to the rain outside.
Just gonna bomb with some pictures from the road so far…

Made in Kazan

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So, I hopped (more like stumbled with heavy feet and loaded rucksack) onto the train in Moscow, bound for Kazan. A ‘short’ overnight train journey that saw me greet the new day to a new town. I had a good feel about this one. Smaller, more my style. Not so lost in the crowds and away from the tourists. Kazan,…

Into Russia – Photos of Moscow’s Architecture

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And so it begins… A new journey, a new country.
Russia is unlike any other place I have been. I am struggling to describe it at the moment, so I’ll save that for a proper blog post.
I have mixed emotions about this new trip. Possibly for no other reason than I arrived here just under a week ago with…

Russia, ANZAC day, dodgy cops and hospitality from the hospital bed

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The Russia border crossing was my first with one of my 8 visas arranged before departure. I was up early for breakfast and to check my paperwork so I could make the border by 10am. Immediately I was advised not to film or take pictures by the locals. 30 minutes later I was through the border thinking that was easy. In…

Κυριακή, 28/4: Εξόρμηση στις Σκουριές Χαλκιδικής παρέα με ορειβατικούς συλλόγους της Θεσσαλονίκης

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Καλησπερίζω την 2τροχη παρέα!
Ανοίγω αυτό το θέμα μετά από την πρόσκληση που δέχτηκα από κατοίκους της Μεγάλης Παναγίας Χαλκιδικής, να επισκεφτώ και να γνωρίσω καλύτερα το πολυσυζητημένο τους τελευταίους μήνες δάσος των Σκουριών στο όρος Κάκαβος. Όπως όλοι θα καταλάβατε πρόκειται για το δάσος στο οποίο ήρθε να “επενδύσει” η Eldorado Gold μέσω της εξόρυξης χρυσού και άλλων μεταλλευμάτων.
Το βουνό θα…

Truckin’ Hell

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It was the first time I had ever planned a route taking into account the curvature of the earth; an epic drive home as directly and quickly as possible to reunite with family. Fortunately our Russian visas allowed us a window of 21 days in which to back-track across this colossal country. It had taken us 43 days to cross…

Special report! Ukraine, Russia and Georgia via Port Kerch, the Vladikavkaz / Verkhiny Lars and Kazbegi / Stepantsminda border

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This blog is a bit boring and technical, but we found it difficult to find up to date information on the internet about this route, as it goes via the relatively new border crossing between Russia and Georgia at Verkhniy Lars / Kazbegi.
We stayed in Krasnodar at the Forum Hotel (see bookings.com) and in Nal’chik at the Korona Hotel…

Mother Russia

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Location: 49° 48′ 09″N 73° 05’23″E (Central Kazakhstan)
Distance from Sydney: 12,129km
Firstly, an apology. It has been quite some time since the last update. I did write a big fat juicy update almost a week ago, but shortly after completing it, the laptop died, never to be recovered. The good news is that due to Andres’ good organisation, we…

St. Petersburg naar Hiiumaa

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Hoi allemaal!
Inmiddels zitten we in Estland, op een eiland voor de kust: Hiiumaa.
Nadat we uit St. Petersburg zijn vertrokken en naar Petershof zijn geweest, zijn we doorgereden naar de grens, om Europa weer in te rijden. Eindelijk dachten we een keertje een leuk voordeel van ons paspoort te hebben: we dachten dat ze wel een EU rij zouden…

Russia – A Time To Reflect

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It’s hard to tell if Russia has benefitted from the fall of communism in anyway, as outsiders we have no benchmark to compare it to. Our first impressions were of a country that was slowly falling apart; the roads are appalling, buildings are subsiding and according to Time magazine, Russia is ranked fairly high in the world’s most corrupt economically…

Lake Baikal – The Pearl of Siberia

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Our first glimpse of the world’s oldest and deepest lake came after we had left the city of Irkutsk 70km behind us; bumping over the brow of a hill this ‘Pearl of Siberia’ twinkled in the valley below stretching endlessly towards the horizon. If you look at a world map and trail your eyes East across Russia, the scale of…

Tough Miles Blog 8: Far Eastern Russia

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Pete here:
It’s been weeks now since we finished the BAM, but despite being so adamant upon completion of that monster of an off-road route that I would never ride it again, sitting here now with an ice-cold beer, it’s proving impossible to feel those same emotions again. I already want to be back there and the more I flick…

Russian Rural River Route

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Hours of journeying on fast, busy, noisy motorways, slowing down only temporarily to circumnavigate the choked outskirts of sprawling cities, had started to take it’s toll on us and we yearned again for a quieter journey and to experience rural areas away from the clamour and chaos of the highway. We decided to take a detour that would allow us…

Pelmeni in Perm

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Our quest to sample the local food of Russia continued in Perm, a city in the North of the Ural Mountains. We heard that a regional speciality came in the form of small, tortellini-like stuffed dumplings. Due to our tight budget (and inability to understand or order from a menu!) we opted for one (randomly selected) of the many frozen…