From Yakust to Artick

the 22 May 2016 in Uncategorized

Everything went well in our departure from Yakutsk, after a complete check-up of the bikes we were ready for anything to face, well almost..! We took the ferry to cross again the Lena and pursue our road from village to village, sleeping warm and slowly getting used to the temperatures drops. This is how we met Victor, a great man, who lives alone in a magnificent small very well maintained house. He lost his wife 34 years ago and had to raise alone his 3 children who today are tall and gone far away. Then, on the road, we met Kecha, he works in the maintenance of this road, he offered to come to sleep in his family, in 50 km, in the end it was 70 kilometers, we had already made 40, we arrived exhausted but happy to meet his wife Nadia and their son, we had a good time, playing bowling on the games console, eating specialties of Yakutia and we slept warm again. The next day, a facing wind, in spite of a magnificent sun made us waste a lot of time, we had not reached the planned city and found refuge in a small village, where we were invited to sleep in a ethnic place, we were already installed when another young man came to offer us to go to his place, it was very kind of him but too late, we did not want to repack everything, furthermore as they had no key of the place the lock had been broken, so we could not leave the room like that, well, a funny story... Then, the night before crossing the Aldan River, we found by the roadside an old wooden hut that was our refuge, I admit it was a bit wobbly, but we slept very well there. Then, we took the ferry again to join Khandyga, where we met Igor, a friend of a friend, whom I had the number. We stayed there 2 nights. He gave us the number of a friend in the following village, he had called him to ask if he could accommodate us. Arrived early at the village, we could never reach that friend and Marcha, a man whom we met in the village found us an apartment for the night... Then, we still spent a night in our tent, it was mild, -5 ° C. The next night, we were invited in a railway carriage on a workcamp, it was not ideal but hey, in the end we have got a hot meal and a banya !!! Then we had our first -20 ° C on our bike, we started to freeze when we arrived at the weather station, greeted by Jegnia and Tania, laughing out loud, to see us there, but accustomed to receiving travelers of all kinds… 

We stayed 5 nights over there, how great we were ! We were expecting the arrival of a group of reindeer transhumance. In the end we will not have seen those we expected but other small teams... When we finally hit the road, our goal was a coffee bar, the only one before a long distance of over 230 km before Ust Nera. The night fell faster than we expected when we asked if we could sleep here to a very kind lady who answered no, as in almost every roadside cafes, so that we found ourselves as two idiots at night, unable to resume the road nor plant the tent. Luckily we fell in the courtyard on Vladimir and his friend, who suggested us immediately to come to sleep with them in their worker's cabin, two kilometers before. The next day we left with the snow, it was magnificent and not very cold, -10 ° C , thanks to the snow we do not slide too much, but we were all the same mega focused on the road, each of us having already some falls to his credit.

It had been several days since we rode on a snowy and icy road, so we evolved the head in the handlebars to scrutinize the slightest relief of the road to avoid falls. That day I was fed up with it, what's the use, not to be able to enjoy the scenery, for fear of raising the nose and risk of getting hurt if we fall... On several occasions, I pushed my bike to look around, this did not suit me at all, on the basis I do not like biking, it was still a negative point more. We stopped on the roadside in order to make a fire and eat. We had not seen a single car or truck in our sense yet of the day, when two trucks in the reverse brake to tell us that there were bears on the road in some km... We missed it probably ! And we who thought they were hibernating write now ! In short we took our time to eat and while we warmed ourselves a truck in our sense passed and I then decided to ask him to stop. So in that truck we arrived at night at Ust Nera without regret in view of the road. There a taxi driver offered assistance and we found ourselves in an apartment alone, how great again ! 

The next morning we decided to retry biking, we made 10 km on probably the worst icy road which we had so far, and have therefore stopped the first truck which we saw, and we finally arrived at Artik at Elenia and Victor, a great couple we had met a few weeks ago on the road and that had invited us to come home in our passage. Here we are, we will surely leave tomorrow with a truck again, out of the question of breaking a leg in 15 days of the departure ... I shall talk about later planned next time, something smells holidays... 

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Everything went well in our departure from Yakutsk, after a complete check-up of the bikes we were ready for anything to face, well almost..! We took the ferry to cross again the Lena and pursue our road from village to village, sleeping warm and slowly getting used to the temperatures drops. This is how we met Victor, a great man, who lives alone in a magnificent small very well maintained house. He lost his wife 34 years ago and had to raise alone his 3 children who today are tall and gone far away. Then, on the road, we met Kecha, he works in the maintenance of this road, he offered to come to sleep in his family, in 50 km, in the end it was 70 kilometers, we had already made 40, we arrived exhausted but happy to meet his wife Nadia and their son, we had a good time, playing bowling on the games console, eating specialties of Yakutia and we slept warm again. The next day, a facing wind, in spite of a magnificent sun made us waste a lot of time, we had not reached the planned city and found refuge in a small village, where we were invited to sleep in a ethnic place, we were already installed when another young man came to offer us to go to his place, it was very kind of him but too late, we did not want to repack everything, furthermore as they had no key of the place the lock had been broken, so we could not leave the room like that, well, a funny story... Then, the night before crossing the Aldan River, we found by the roadside an old wooden hut that was our refuge, I admit it was a bit wobbly, but we slept very well there. Then, we took the ferry again to join Khandyga, where we met Igor, a friend of a friend, whom I had the number. We stayed there 2 nights. He gave us the number of a friend in the following village, he had called him to ask if he could accommodate us. Arrived early at the village, we could never reach that friend and Marcha, a man whom we met in the village found us an apartment for the night... Then, we still spent a night in our tent, it was mild, -5 ° C. The next night, we were invited in a railway carriage on a workcamp, it was not ideal but hey, in the end we have got a hot meal and a banya !!! Then we had our first -20 ° C on our bike, we started to freeze when we arrived at the weather station, greeted by Jegnia and Tania, laughing out loud, to see us there, but accustomed to receiving travelers of all kinds… 

We stayed 5 nights over there, how great we were ! We were expecting the arrival of a group of reindeer transhumance. In the end we will not have seen those we expected but other small teams... When we finally hit the road, our goal was a coffee bar, the only one before a long distance of over 230 km before Ust Nera. The night fell faster than we expected when we asked if we could sleep here to a very kind lady who answered no, as in almost every roadside cafes, so that we found ourselves as two idiots at night, unable to resume the road nor plant the tent. Luckily we fell in the courtyard on Vladimir and his friend, who suggested us immediately to come to sleep with them in their worker's cabin, two kilometers before. The next day we left with the snow, it was magnificent and not very cold, -10 ° C , thanks to the snow we do not slide too much, but we were all the same mega focused on the road, each of us having already some falls to his credit.

It had been several days since we rode on a snowy and icy road, so we evolved the head in the handlebars to scrutinize the slightest relief of the road to avoid falls. That day I was fed up with it, what's the use, not to be able to enjoy the scenery, for fear of raising the nose and risk of getting hurt if we fall... On several occasions, I pushed my bike to look around, this did not suit me at all, on the basis I do not like biking, it was still a negative point more. We stopped on the roadside in order to make a fire and eat. We had not seen a single car or truck in our sense yet of the day, when two trucks in the reverse brake to tell us that there were bears on the road in some km... We missed it probably ! And we who thought they were hibernating write now ! In short we took our time to eat and while we warmed ourselves a truck in our sense passed and I then decided to ask him to stop. So in that truck we arrived at night at Ust Nera without regret in view of the road. There a taxi driver offered assistance and we found ourselves in an apartment alone, how great again ! 

The next morning we decided to retry biking, we made 10 km on probably the worst icy road which we had so far, and have therefore stopped the first truck which we saw, and we finally arrived at Artik at Elenia and Victor, a great couple we had met a few weeks ago on the road and that had invited us to come home in our passage. Here we are, we will surely leave tomorrow with a truck again, out of the question of breaking a leg in 15 days of the departure ... I shall talk about later planned next time, something smells holidays... 

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