Monthly Archives: June 2011

Приветствую от Сиберии

Greetings from Siberia!  It’s taken a lot longer than I thought it would.  The terrain has been difficult and it’s been storming almost every day.  At least a couple of days ago I passed from grasslands to Alpine-like forests, which … Continue reading

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Language and culture

It was kind of funny crossing the border.  There was one other passenger, a Russian named Ivan.  We got along swimmingly for the hour or so it took to cross.  The funny thing is that our common language was mostly … Continue reading

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Where’s de plane, boss?

Funny thing I’ve noticed.  In the US there are airplanes big and small, high and low, everywhere.  I’ve barely seen or heard a one since I left Beijing.

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Irkutsk!

I’m now 2200 miles in.  From Chita the road gets quiet for a lomg time.  The horse flies and mosquitos here could carry off small pets.  Slapping them off of my bike has become a sport for me. So, how … Continue reading

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Trans-Siberian passage

The highway parallels the TransSiberian Railway for most of the way.  I guess routing around Lake Baikal was a major challenge, and many tunnels had to be built. But it would be an exquisite ride.  One thing that really interests … Continue reading

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Back to the stone age

There’s a bit of a feral dog problem in this part of the world.  Even seen some apparent cases of Rabies in China.  Fortunately I’ve found that a good shout usually sends them away.  If not, some good stones will.  … Continue reading

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Off again

Riding back from the tourist town of Listvyanka with the dive master.  Lots of interesting things living in the lake.  Plus just a few dozen yards offshore it drops into a kilofoot abyss.  But it’s frigidly cold – only 40 … Continue reading

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