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The great Siberian offroad challenge


Riding the BAM road through remote parts of Siberia

88 days from June 14, 2013 to September 9, 2013

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Expedition touring bikes, Offroad, 1-3 months
Locales: Europe, Russia, Asia
Year: 2013

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/BAM2013

Copyright © 2013-2014 By Luke Perry-Gore - (contact)

Status: Completed May 2014Featured Journal #565
Last update: Wednesday May 28, 2014 20:12 (US/Pacific) (edited Sun 3 Aug 2014 23:10 (US/Pacific))
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Table of Contents

Introduction and the Route: This ride is all about the BAM road

Gear: An out of the ordinary tour and some out of the ordinary gear

Bureaucracy: Aren't visa's fun?

Riding Solo?

Dangers?

Planes, trains and automobiles: Getting to Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk: organisation and socialisation

Leaving khabarovsk

Training: 53 hours on the transsiberian railway

Day 1: Drugged?

Day 2: Baikal bound

Day 3: Baikal with new friends

Day 4 & 5: by Baikal

Day 6: Dusty roads

Day 7: Follow that tractor

Day 8: No spear fishing for me

Day 9: Approaching the edge

            The 110

Day 10: Over the edge

Day 11: Tricks of river crossing

Day 12: The scenery makes up for the disintegrating roads

Day 13: Tracks

Day 14: More beautiful zimnik

Day 15: Mistakes

Day 16: The "110" complete

            The Western BAM road

Day 17: On the BAM road

Day 18: The road becomes interesting

Day 19: Severomusyk range

Day 20: I'm no fisherman

Day 21: In and out of Taksimo

Day 22: The Siberian heat getting the best of me

Day 23: The big bridge to hospitality

Day 24: The Kooinda bridge

Day 25: I feel wrong

Day 26: Doing it the Russian way

Day 27: Chara challenge

Day 28: Wet and without success

Day 29: Happy Birthday to me, I woke up feeling vomity!

Day 30: Back on the bike

Day 31: Drizzle day

Day 32: beauty and the banya

Day 33: Is it possible to have a bad day here?

Day 34: Sitting on my hut

Day 35: Into Yuktali

Day 36: Improving roads? I think not

Day 37: Hard work in the heat

Day 38: Prod on

Day 39: The elusive early start

Day 40: Motivated by the dream of civilisation

Day 41: Tynda? I made it!

Day 42: A day in BAM land

Intermission: Day to day stuff that isn't always explained

            The Eastern BAM road

Day 43: starting on the eastern BAM

Day 44: Say hello to Kim Jung Un

Day 45: Exhausting

Day 46: Puddles and off and on rain

Day 47: On the 7th day there were puddles; no rest for the wicked

Day 48: The railway hut conesseur strike again

Day 49: The railway workers and I

Day 50: A good day without rain

Day 51: The road that once was

Day 52: Not going far

Day 53: Cold rivers and hot banyas

Day 52: Crossing the bridge

Day 53: is there a size limit to what is called a puddle?

Day 54: Bike maintenance and why it is necessary

Day 55: Terrible roads

Day 56: Barricaded in

Day 57: Day off

Day 58: Puddles of fun

Day 59: The puddles that can't be dreamt away

Day 60: On track

Day 61: The dangers of riding the rails

Day 62: To the river

Day 63: A good day

Day 64: To Fevralsk, I think

Day 65: Fevralsk finally

Day 66: The quest for rest

Day 67: Short day and the wakeup crew

Day 68: RUI

Day 69: The little town with a lot of hospitality

Day 70: Friends to friends via obstacles

Day 71: another nice day in the Taiga

Day 72: The start of real road and approaching the end of my road

Day 73: Grand Finale

The End

      Route review Part 1: Baikal, Barguzin valley and the 110


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