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11. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member, 409 posts) 28 Sep '11 00:20

Re: weather. I was at Lake Baikal a few years ago, in August. And it was about 10 degrees Celsius during the day, and almost zero at night. I had to buy a winter coat! So, even in the summer, take some very warm clothes.

I didn't travel the highway- I took the Trans-Siberian train, but from what I saw of Siberia, the countryside is very, very poor, and there are few amenities outside the cities. Be prepared to rough it. Ewan McGregor had a support team- you will probably have to make your own repairs to your bike.

12. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member, 28 posts) 28 Sep '11 08:57

Hey mate,

travel is planned to start from bucharest, July 30 or 31, 2013. In this way i will have the month of august to cross siberia.

btw exotic for me is not just sandy beaches... i seen stuff in north of canada.
as in siberia exotic is a place full of mosquitoes and bears, so, no problem. i am still in training, next year i plan a trip to nordkapp thru moldova, ukraine, belarus, baltic countries, finland, norway and coming back on the other way crossing germany. in 2 weeks time. hotels ukraine and belarus, romania too, tent in the rest of the time, and one nite on ferry from trelleborg to lubeck.
after this trip i will decide if myself and sleipnir (the bike) are ready for the adventure.

on the car, sure, a land-cruiser is one of the best, G-classe is not too bad, but i'd do it in the winter. safer, no mosquitoes, no bears, no mud. if i solve the lower temps (and the night time...), i'll be fine, anyway let's stick to the bike for now.

maps of russia. cyrillic is okay. but i need a very detailed atlas. i might use scanned pics from it to load them on my gps.
i can read cyrillic, and i plan to take russian lessons. we have to think to a way to pay you somehow in case you help me.

the fall in siberia... that sound gorgeous

13. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member, 28 posts) 28 Sep '11 09:10

Quoting madpoet

Re: weather. I was at Lake Baikal a few years ago, in August. And it was about 10 degrees Celsius during the day, and almost zero at night. I had to buy a winter coat! So, even in the summer, take some very warm clothes.

I didn't travel the highway- I took the Trans-Siberian train, but from what I saw of Siberia, the countryside is very, very poor, and there are few amenities outside the cities. Be prepared to rough it. Ewan McGregor had a support team- you will probably have to make your own repairs to your bike.

here:

http://dr650.zenseeker.net/Tires/ChainedGS.jpg

14. Posted by U-85 (Budding Member, 12 posts) 28 Sep '11 10:02

oh vey... bears...
when I'm abroad, almost every foreigner in conversation asks me "HOW MUCH BEARS DID YOU SEEN LAST WEEK??" In fact, your chances to meet a bear along the road is less than 1%, yes, sometimes little bears are coming to road and drivers feeding it, but it's a quite rare thing. I have never seen a wild bear, especially walking by the city streets...

there are a lot of movies like this on youtube :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xjnm-aQgYU

mosquitoes - yes, it's a little problem, but insecticide sprays are effective against it.

Federal highway Chita-Khabarowsk (M-58), was built about 1 year ago, one of the best routes in Russia.
http://www.sdelanounas.ru/blogs/4706/
former condition of this route - photos below the video, much of regional routes in Russia in same condition (especially in autumn). G-classe on Russian routes.. be merciful, don't try to kill the car..

I will search a suitable maps in pdf at weekends. the most detailed, and free.

15. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member, 28 posts) 29 Sep '11 05:40

this is a very interesting news mate, Chita-Khabarowsk hwy, that will help improving my average speed.
I have a month for crossing "mama russia":)
my boss almost have a heart attack regarding this journey, so i must be back into civilisation beggining of September, hopefully us or canada.

i'll start working from hotels, hot-spots and so, hopefully alive..
my baby is a little worried and she agree to go on this trip only if i hang a gps tracking gizzmo on my pants

so, for now ths shortest way is bucharest to vladivostok, if i get an extra week, mongolia, and if i do really really good and my bike will enjoy, and no rain whatsoever, and... reliable, not very expensive transportation, magadan.

so far i have you, a real light house in the wildness, a great enthusiasm, a reliable bike, good health, muscles i train, a beautiful world in front of me, a friend that travel next week to moscow and after to toliatti samara, and i asked him for a very detailed atlas mof roads in russia, ... you name it pal, you name it and i have it

16. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member, 28 posts) 29 Sep '11 15:33

Quoting U-85

oh vey... bears...
when I'm abroad, almost every foreigner in conversation asks me "HOW MUCH BEARS DID YOU SEEN LAST WEEK??" In fact, your chances to meet a bear along the road is less than 1%, yes, sometimes little bears are coming to road and drivers feeding it, but it's a quite rare thing. I have never seen a wild bear, especially walking by the city streets...

there are a lot of movies like this on youtube :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xjnm-aQgYU

mosquitoes - yes, it's a little problem, but insecticide sprays are effective against it.

Federal highway Chita-Khabarowsk (M-58), was built about 1 year ago, one of the best routes in Russia.
http://www.sdelanounas.ru/blogs/4706/
former condition of this route - photos below the video, much of regional routes in Russia in same condition (especially in autumn). G-classe on Russian routes.. be merciful, don't try to kill the car..

I will search a suitable maps in pdf at weekends. the most detailed, and free.

god bless you my friend
i have a quite comprehesive map of russia, boy is this big or what?

17. Posted by U-85 (Budding Member, 12 posts) 29 Sep '11 18:50

my English is not too good for understanding so short questions :) explain it a little bit thoroughly please..

18. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member, 28 posts) 30 Sep '11 15:41

your english is quite good no worries, i was amazed about the size of the country...
(boy, it is big, isn't it?)

thanks again.

i found myself a good one i hope (i havent installed on my gps yet)

http://downloads.cloudmade.com/asia/northern_asia/russia#downloads_breadcrumbs

there is mongolia as well and all the rest of asia

19. Posted by U-85 (Budding Member, 12 posts) 1 Oct '11 02:01

understandable :)
in the same way Russians have a mindbreak in Europe - only 4-6 hours by bus to a border with the other state?? more than this, Russians from Central (Western) Russia and Russians from the Siberia and Far East have a different feeling of distance - "near" distance in Central Russia is a less than 100 km, but in Siberia "near" speaks about a distance until 200-300 km.

you're welcome, I will glad to answer on any question.

20. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member, 28 posts) 1 Oct '11 02:23

like in canada, ...
here in europe i can "do" 4-5 countries in a day, LLLLLOL
also, in europe vacation has another meaning than in n. america

thx pal, you are really helping me...