Siberia Winter Bike Tour

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Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby takeonafrica » 9 Jan 2014, 7:41pm

It's gonna be a cold one...

It's just 10 days until I fly back out to Russia with my bike. Very excited now and can't wait to get out there!

The plan is to start cycling from Irkutsk, up Lake Baikal, to Severobaykalsk. Then head to Yakutsk on the zimnik (ice road) via the Lena River. Hopefully I can pop to Oymyakon (coldest inhabited place on earth). Then it'll be along the Road of Bones until turning north on another zimnik to meet the Kolyma River and continue up to Cherskiy on the north coast.

I've got 3 months on my visa and I'm going to need every day of that. Even so, it's a bit too far to cycle the whole distance, so I'll be hitching a ride for a bit, probably between Lensk and Yakutsk. All I know for sure is that I want to bike from Yakutsk to Cherskiy, and Lake Baikal (if it actually freezes over in time! I am yet to develop the ability to ride on water )

So the route will be something like this:

Winter Siberia Route copy.jpg


Not sure how much I'll be blogging on the way (keeping warm will be a priority over writing :) ). I'll try to post some stuff on my blog as I go. But I will def be sending updates via Twitter. And I'll be carrying a SPOT so you can see how I'm progressing if you want...

Wish me luck and a return with all my fingers and toes!
http://www.helenstakeon.com
Books: Desert Snow and A Siberian Winter's Tale

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby DaleFTW » 9 Jan 2014, 7:57pm

Looking forward to seeing how it goes :)

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 9 Jan 2014, 8:14pm

Hi,
Good Luck
Some ride, are you going solo :?:
You done this stuff before :?:
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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby takeonafrica » 9 Jan 2014, 9:18pm

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Some ride, are you going solo :?:
You done this stuff before :?:


Solo, yes.
I've cycled in Russia before. And I've been winter biking in Scandinavia before. So it's just a combination of earlier trips... sounds easy when I put it like that :)
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Books: Desert Snow and A Siberian Winter's Tale

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby cycletourer » 9 Jan 2014, 10:10pm

Good luck Helen, sounds like a great trip.
It definitely is going to be a cold one, so keep warm :D
We will look forward to hearing how you get on and seeing your photos.

All the best.
Jon

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby pedalsheep » 9 Jan 2014, 10:24pm

That's one amazing trip! Best of luck to you, it makes me feel cold just thinking about it! :)
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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby mercalia » 9 Jan 2014, 10:28pm

well good luck. dont like the sound of the "Road of Bones" though. I hope u dont add yours to them

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby andrewk » 10 Jan 2014, 8:43am

I think you're nuts in attempting to cycle through a Siberian Winter but I wish you luck. My father survived the Siberian gulag so I was brought up on horror stories of Soviet Russia and the Siberian Winter.

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby pdstsp » 10 Jan 2014, 10:02am

Very best of luck - I'm in the middle of reading Desert Snow so looking forward to the book on this trip.

Paul

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby 22camels » 10 Jan 2014, 6:57pm

Good luck! How good is your Russian?

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby takeonafrica » 10 Jan 2014, 7:10pm

22camels wrote:Good luck! How good is your Russian?

As unintelligible as a Russian after a few vodkas. I'll get on just fine :)
Seriously, I know enough to get me by.
I'm trying to learn a bit more - got my 'teach yourself Russian' book for reading in the evening (in case I have trouble falling asleep)...
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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby 22camels » 10 Jan 2014, 7:30pm

удачи! :)

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby takeonafrica » 10 Jan 2014, 8:33pm

22camels wrote:удачи! :)


спасибо! я думаю что мне это нужно... :)
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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby RickH » 10 Jan 2014, 9:53pm

All the best.

Have you read Rob Lilwall's "Cycling Home from Siberia"? He & his friend rode along the Road of Bones & through Irkutsk in the opposite direction before looping South & East again to head towards Japan.

I shall look forward to reading to stories from your latest adventures! :D

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Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Postby 22camels » 10 Jan 2014, 9:57pm

this reminds me of a line from a well-known song called "Ваше благородие" by a famous Russian poet/performer by the name of Bulat Okudzhava, you can find it here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5a3-FN ... r_embedded
or here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwWEMl8RGkI
and there is a decent translation on page 27 of http://atasld.org/sites/atasld.org/file ... g-2012.pdf
bon courage!