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11. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 410 posts) 3y

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) 3y

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) 3y

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) 3y

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) 3y

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) 3y

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) 3y

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) 3y

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) 3y

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) 3y

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...