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29. May 2009 — Back in the USSR - ehm Russia

Slowish start for 150 km to Semey. Got stopped at police check point going into and going out. Then continued to the border. Very strange after 600 miles of steppe and then 40 miles before the border you suddenly have pine forest. Reminded me a bit of California. Sandy ground and forest….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/29 at 04:21 AM
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30. May 2009 — Altai Region with Barnaul bikers

Got woken at 4am by rain drops in my face. Literally jumpt out of my sleeping bag trying to get my stuff into the dry. Two minutes later it was over. So back to sleep…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/30 at 04:32 AM
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31. May 2009 — Ride thru Altai Region and back to Barnaul

Wake up call was the roah of a Honda Fireblade grin Everybody headed of for a spin. Tried to keep up with the sports bikes but not a chance in hell. So rode with Vova who traveled more at my pace. 10 miles down the road we stopped for breakfast but Vova and myself actually wanted to ride some more…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/31 at 04:51 AM
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01. June 2009 — Red Tape & Oil Change

Vova called in sick this morning using my bad tummy as excuse. We set off to get the visa registered. Full load of Russian red tape….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/01 at 05:54 AM
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02. June 2009 — New chain and making my way east

Set off after I discovered that I missed a time zone change. Said goodbye and my heart felt thanks to Vova and Jenya. They were amazingly kind and hopefully I can repay them next time they make it to Germany. The drive was uneventful to Novosibirsk, which I just drove thru to continue on to Kemelovo….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/02 at 06:13 AM
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03. June 2009 — Uneventful to Krasnoyarsk

Again mainly uneventful day got close to Krasnoyarsk. Chain is holding. Road was good but kind of boring thru endless birch tree forest…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/03 at 08:34 AM
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04. June 2009 — Taste of Siberian Roads

Just had a tea at the hotel cafe and set off. Headed into Krasnoyarsk to find ATM. Major hassle, but in the end was successful. So back on the main road to Kansk…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/04 at 08:44 AM
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05. June 2009 — Nearly in Irkutsk

Not sure how but I lost 2 hours due to time zone change, was supposed to be only one. Dull day, cloud covered but at least dry. Cold as f*** though….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/05 at 09:04 AM
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06. June 2009 — Bike.All MC Irkutsk

Rain all night. So packed up in the rain and had some problems to get back onto the road. The dirt road had of course turned into mud over night….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/06 at 09:14 AM
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07. June 2009 — This day did not happen

Ok, my plan to do some sightseeing went out the window. Woke up at 12:30 pm with terrible hangover. Day did not really happen at all. Watched some TV, had food. Some people from the night before showed up and I talked to them for a while. Earlier to bed tonight.

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/07 at 09:29 AM
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08. June 2009 — Tire change and three new spokes

Slept long again. Early in the afternoon Peter showed up to get my bike tires changed and get some replacement spokes…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/08 at 09:33 AM
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09. June 2009 — Definition of a Road is different in Siberia

Set off late around 2 pm and with the help of the GPS got out of town on what I thought was the right road. Good tarmac road at first, then changed to good gravel. Continued on and suddenly had Lake Baikal in front of me. That was wrong….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/09 at 09:42 AM
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10. June 2009 — Great time in Khuzir

Let of dew in the early hours so had to wait for the sun to dry my sleeping bag. Set off and was very careful this time. Discovered the puddle beside the rut I got stuck in for the first time was actually way firmer ground and water only a couple of inches deep.

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/10 at 10:08 AM
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11. June 2009 — Nice day on Olkhon Island

Woke up early because I could hear people either in the next room or on the balcony talking. Just couldn’t get back to sleep. So at breaky Rainer and myself decided to go for a walk along the beach. Just didn’t want to go anywhere on the bike…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/11 at 10:31 AM
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12. June 2009 — Back in Irkutsk

Couldn’t get my ass in gear this morning. As usual. Only left Nikita’s at lunch for the exhausting drive to the ferry, where I just missed one and ended up waiting for an hour. Again chaos getting off the boat….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 06/12 at 01:23 PM
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