Bloggfrslur mnaarins, ma 2007

Vitali morgun / The interview this morning

Hr a nean m heyra vitali vi Sverri morguntvarpinu Rs2 morgun. Mjg aftarlega lnunni eftir James Brown lagi..I feel good. Oft erfitt a skilja hann enda sambandi erfitt og var notast vi gervihnattarsmann. Hann mun svo reyna a blogga sem fyrst egar hann kemst aftur betra samband en nstu dagar vera erfiirveir erunna fer um eyilendi og sveitir Mongolu.

http://dagskra.ruv.is/streaming/ras2/?file=4331528


Kosh Agach 29 ma / Kosh Agach 29 mai.

 lei til Altai hrasEftir a hafa fundi dekkin Nowosibirsk hldum vi a sta suurtt tt til Monglu. Veri var gtt, bjart og lttskja og hgur vindur baki. Lgum ca. 360 klmetra a baki og um fimmleyti frum vi a leita a gistista. thverfi bjarins Biysk fundum vi gistista gamalli eftirlitsst. ar er grarstrt mastur sem hefur ur fyrr veri rugglega nota vi njsnir og eftirlit. starfsmannahsinu er bi a setja nna upp gistihs. g kem arna inn til a athuga me gistingu og Einar bur ti og tek g eftir v a a er fullt af brosandi flki arna inni. g geng inn og gengur mti mr maur og tekur hressilega hendina mr og heilsar kraftalega rssnesku. g heilsa honum auvita en undra mig hva etta eru fnar mttkur og essi maur gengur svo me mig inn hliarsal sem g s er fullur af flki sitjandi vi dku bor. ar gengur hann a rum manni og g er kynntur fyrir honum er heilsa aftur jafn hfinglega. S maur a mr Miklar slttur og vegir  ca 1900 metrumskildist kynnir mig fyrir llum salnum rssnesku og g er ekki alveg a kveikja en sama mund s endaveggnum stran fna sem stendur, International Rotary Club. Sem sagt eir hldu a g vri kominn Rotary fund ! rtt fyrir motorhjlaftin ! a sem g geri er a benda sjlfan mig og segja "Rotary Njet." Allir lta hvor annan en svo var skellihlegi af vitleysunni. eir fru semsagt mannafeil. a voru arna staddir t.d. strali og Amerkani fr Alaska sem bau okkur meal annars heim egar vi kmum anga og var hann hinn hressasti. En a essu loknu fengum vi gistingu og allt gekk. En af v a a var afmli hans Einars gr slgum vi upp matarveislu sem samanst af nokkrum hrsgrjnum, kjtsnei me osti og einum rssneskum bjr. etta var afmlisglein. Um morguninn nsta kom yfirbabuskan sem stjrnai llu og fri Einari skkulaistykki afmlisgjf okkur til undrunar og ngju. Me v kvddum vi ennan skemmtilega gistista. Vi hldum t daginn me tilhlkkun og spennu brjstinu v n stefndum vi Altaifjllin sem vi sum fjarska. Eftir v sem lei daginn nlguust fjllin og umhverfi byrjai smtt og smtt a breytast. egar vi komum inn fjllin var tilfinningin s sama og aka um Alpanna, skgi vaxnir dalir og fjll og vegirnir liuust um. v nst breyttist umhverfi eins og villta vestri, meiri gresjur tku vi, nautgripir og kasmalar. Og svo egar ofar drg var maur skyndilega kominn til slands Sprengisand. Slttur og melar og nakin fjll fjarska me snj toppum. Vi hkkuum og hkkuum og egar vi komum upp hsltturnar er vegurinn kominn 1800-2000 metra h. Landamri Mongolu og Rsslands eru 2100 metrum. Eins og Hvannadalshnjkur. Allt umhverfi hefur nna breyst og flki. N sjst ekki lengur rssar, heldur Fallegt landslag - Altai fjllinmonglar ruvsi hsum o..h. Sm kaflaskil vintrinu nna egar vi hldum inn Monglu morgun. Tjaldi verur rugglega nota nstu daga egar vi hldum inn aunina. N er sktkalt, 5 stiga hiti og norangarri og vi erum hr gistihsi sem er kynnt og skalt og tikamar af einfldustu ger. Pnultill skr me gati glfinu. g hringdi dag bloggi heim en ekki von a geta blogga nstu daga v n erum vi a detta r gsmsmasambandi og rugglega ekkert fax ea tlva ngrenninu. En vonandi getur Hrafnhildur Rs2 n mig gervihnattarsmannkomandi fimmtudagsmorgun kl.8.15 Mlirinn kominn 10.357. anga til nst, bestu kvejur r kuldanum.

After we found the tires in Nowosibirsk we kept on riding south towards Mongolia. The weather was fine, clear sky and light wind. That day we rode about 360 km and around five oClock we started to try to find a place to sleep for the night. In the town Biysk we found an inn in a old ckeckpoint.There was a huge mast which was probaly used in the past for spying and supervision. In the house which was used for staff in the old days are now accommodation. I walked inside while Einar waited outside and see that there is a lot of smiling people there. While I am walking in a gentleman walks towards me and we shake hands strongly on russinan way. I wonder a little bit how kindly this welcome are and he takes me in a room were all this people are and there he introduce me to another man which also shaked hands with me strongly ! It seem to me the man introduce me for the people on russian and I am looking at the same time on the wall and see this big flag which say, Internationa Rotary Club. So they thought I was coming for a Rotary meeting - even though I had my motorcycledress on ! I look at them and say, "Rotary Njet." Everybody looked at each other and had a big laugh. They obviously took me for another man. There I met an Austarlian and a American living in Anchorage in Alska. He invited me and Einar to come for a visit when we arrive in Alaska. But when I had left this people we got a room to sleep and as it was Einars birthday we had a celebrition ! A meat with chees and few rice and one russina bear ! Not so much. Next morning the mainbabuska came and gave Einar a chocolate for a birthdaygift and he was very happy -and me. With this we said goodbye to this nice place and aheaded to a new day full of anticipation and excitement in our chest because now we would ride towards Altai montains. As the day past we could see the mountains were coming closer. The landscape started to change a bit by bit. When we came into the mountains it felt like driving through the Alps. Green walleys full of trees and the roads like there. And then the landscape changed again, like the wilde west, great grasslands, cows and cowboys. And as we rode higher it felt were home, in Sprengisandur. Lowlands and moths and blue mountains with snow in the distance. We rode higer and higer and when we came to the highest lowland the road is in 1800-200 m.high. The border of Russia and Mongolia are in 2100 m.high. Like Hvannadalshnjukur. Everything is so different from Russia, both the people, the houses etc. Now our adventure are changing by going into Mongolia tomorrow. We wil surley now use the tent as we ride into the wilderness. It is quite cold now, only 5 c and wind from north. We are here in a place wich has no heat and no toilet, only a hole in the ground. I had to call home this blog and dont think I will be able to blog the next days. I am loosing connection with my mobile phone but I will be on the radio2 thursday morning 8.25 through satellitephone. The counter is now10.357 Until next time..best regards from cold.


Novosibirsk, Russland, kl. 21:00

DSC07471Hallo oll somul. Russland kemur sifellt a ovart. Su imynd af Russlandi sem madur er alinn upp vid er greinilega kolrong. Madur helt ad um leid og madur kaemi innfyrir landamaerin yrdi allt gratt og skitugt ! Thad er odru naer. Russland er fallegt land og mjog graent. Vestan vid Ural fjollin er landid meira og minna skogi vaxid en her austan vid eru meiri slettur. Vafalaust ma finna thennan graa og skituga lit sem madur ser alltaf fyrir ser, en vid hofum ekki fundid hann. Vid hofum tho ekki leitad serstaklega, en ma ekki alltaf finna skit og drullu hvar sem er, ef bara leitad er nogu mikid !! I dag komum vid til borgarinnar Novosibirsk, sem er 3ja staersta borg Russlands, a eftir Moskvu og Petursborg. Ibuar eru um 1.500.000, sem sagt mjog stor borg. Hun er hofudborg Siberiu. Ja og tha ma nefna thad, ad vid erum semsagt komnir til Siberiu. Vid forum hedan i suduratt og til landamaera Mongoliu, og aettum ad vera thar a thridjudaginn. En adur en vid forum thangad inn vantadi okkur betra landakort og einnig erum vid ad spa i ad kaupa okkur ny framdekk til ad hafa med okkur. Thau dekk verda kubbadekk. Vid erum med kubbadekk ad aftan med okkur og viljum geta sett undir ad framan lika. Thad getur verid otrulega erfitt ad hemja framendan a hjolunum thegar thau eru svona thung. Jardvegurinn her er lika thannig ad ef thad rignir verdur hann algjor drulla, sleipt og omurlegt. Vid semsagt akvadum ad nota taekifaerid DSC07483og gera thennan dag og nott ad borgarferd. Thvi vid hofum ju fordast allar borgir hingad til. Eftir toluvert brolt vid ad finna hotel her i midborginni, thar sem tolud er einhver enska, og einnig adgangur ad tolvu og geymsluplass fyrir hjolin, fundum vid thetta hotel, Hotel Sibirsk. Stort og fint hotel en ca einum aratug a eftir okkur a vesturlondum i utliti og taekni. En folkid gerir sitt besta og er gott vid okkur. Eitt skemmtilegt sem eg tok eftir thegar naer dro borginni, og mjog aberandi inni i borginn, er ad naer allir bilar her, fyrir utan Lodurnar og Volgurnar ad sjalfsogdu, eru med styrid vitlausu megin ! Skyringin er einfaldlega su, ad Russar fara til Japans og kaupa odyra notada bila thar og flytja inn i landid. Thetta er mjog fyndid og skritid, thvi thad er annar hver bill svona her. En, hvad gerir madur ekki til ad losna vid ad kaupa Lodu !! Annad sem er mjog serstakt her og svosem annarsstadar i Russlandi er lugumenningin theirra. Naer allt er afgreitt i gegnum litlar lugur. Thad eru lugur a bensinstodvunum, thad er luga vid isbudina og thad fyndnasta var i gaer thegar vid komum a enn einn vegagististadinn. Babuskan sem redi ollu tok a moti mer og thetta var i nylegu husi, og sagdi mer ad fylgja ser, eftir ad eg var buinn ad spyrja um gistingu og verd. Vid gengum semsagt um nokkrar troppur og thar var gestamottakan og hvad haldid thid, hun for a bakvid og opnadi svo littla lugu og thar for svo skraningin og greidslan fram !! Otrulegt en satt. Vid logdum af stad i morgun um kl. 8 og tokum strax stefnuna hingad. Vid vourm komnir hingad um kl. 2. Thad var frekar kalt a leidinni, vindur en bjart og um 12 gradur. Ekkert markvert gerdist a leidinni, annad en ad a einum stad thurftum vid ad stoppa skyndilega thvi ungur madur stokk ut a veginn og veifadi mikid. Thetta var tha strakur a leid eitthvert a litlu vespunni sinni og var tharna bensinlaus. Ad sjalfsogdu hjalpudum vid straknum, og tokum pinulitid af tanknum a odru hjolinu okkar og notudum til thess hivertinn okkar, ( fyrir tha sem ekki vita, tha er hivert DSC07458einfold slanga sem notud er vid ad taka ur bensintank og lata leka i brusa ). Thetta gekk hratt og vel, enda vanir menn a ferd og strakurinn stod stjarfur og hofdi a thessa aevintyramenn leysa malin a sinn hatt. Trulega var thetta mesti lukkudagur arsins hja straknum, og veifadi hann mikid og lengi og brosti breitt thegar hann for. En nog i bili.

Hi everybody. Russia is full of surprises, Ill tell you that. The country which I was told about while growing up and said to be Russia is definitely not this country. I thought that as soon as Id cross the border everything would turn gray and dirty! Thats definitely not the truth. Russia is a beautiful country and is actually pretty green. West of the Ural Mountains the land is pretty much covered in forests and on the east side there are more plains. Im sure you could find this gray and dirty color I was told about in youth but we havent seen it yet. Its not like weve been searching extremely hard, but Id bet that you can find this uglyness everywhere if you just look for it hard enough. Today we reached the city of Novosibirsk, which is the 3rd biggest city in Russa behind Moskow and Petersburg. The population is around 1,5 million here. Its the capitol of Siberia so its obvious that we are now in Siberia. Well go south from here to the border of Mongolia and we should be there by Tuesday. But we neede a better map of Mongolia first and were still thinking about buying new front tires to have with us. Those tires will be rougher. It can be hard to contain the front part of the bike when its so heavy and the ground is also often wet so conditions can be tough. But we decided to use the opportunity and spend this day and night in the city but weve been avoiding all cities until now. We found a hotel, Hotel Sibirsk, after a good while but theres spoken some English here and theres even an internet connection. Its a nice hotel even though its about 10 years behind the Western hotels in appearences and technology. Its funny to see that almost 1 out of 2 cars here have the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car! The explaination is probably that Russians import cheap cars from Japan. Theyll do everything to avoid buying a Lada! Another strange thing here is that almost everything here is served through hatches. A fun example of that is when I was at on of the rooming houses yesterday and I was asking the lady if we could stay and how much it would be. She told me to follow her and walked upstairs and finally got to reception desk and what do you know, she went behind a small hatch and thats when she started talking to me again. We started riding atround 8 am in the morning and we were headed to Novosibirsk were we are now. We arrived around 2 pm and it was rather cold and vindy on the way. Nothing important happened on the way beside one incident when we had to stop because a young man jumped on the road and started waiving his hands. We found out that it was just a young man who was travelling on his motor schooter and was now out of gas. We helped him of course and took some of the gas from one of the bikes. Everything went smooth and fast and the boy was nothing but happyness. But thats enough for now, ttyl. - Sverrir


Barabing 26 ma / Barabing 26 mai.

Aftur sprungiErum staddir nna milli borgarinnar Omsk og borgarinnar Nowosibirsk. Skemmtilegur dagur gr en dagurinn dag hefur allur veri eins landslagi og eins vegum. Hjluum miki dag og gr ea nkvmlega693 km dag. Vi erum greinilega komnir sltturnar miklu austan vi ralfjllin. Grarlega miklar slttur og inni milli strir akrar, margir ferklmetrar a str. Hr er umferin mun minni en ur og vegirnir betri sem er fugtvi a sem g bjst vi. Vi gistum borginni Ishim sustu ntt semtti frekar a kallast bren a ertrlegt hva sumar borgir hrnar eru strar sbr. OMSK ar semba 1.2 milljnir manns! Vi hittum svisslendinginn aftur en hann heitir Bernad og hjluum vi saman seinnipartinn dag og erum sama gistista aftur en a var algjr tilviljun v vi lentum lka saman gr rtt fyrir a hafa kvatt hann stuttu ur. gr egar vi vorum leiinni til Omsk aalveginum og allt gekk eins og sgu sjum vi ekki hvar landamri Rsslands og Kasakstan blasa vi okkur allt einu. a er n svo merkilegt a aalvegurinn til Omsk liggur a nyrsta hluta Kaskastan. etta varhvergi merkt annig a ef vi tluum til Omsk hefum vi urft a fara t r Rsslandi til Kasakstan og aftur til Rsslands. En ar sem vi hfum ekki rtiun aftur til Rsslands gtum vi ekki fari essa lei. Vi urum v a finna nja lei, sveitavegi sem lengdu ferina um 200 km en geri bara daginn skemmtilegri. Og okkur munar ekkert um a llu essu stra landi ! N styttist a vi frum inn Mongoliu en a eru2-3 dagar anga til a gerist. morgun frum vi til Nowosibirsk og tlum vi ar a reyna a finna Yamaha Kvldmatur  Ishimsluaila og reyna a f ar n framdekk fyrir okkur ba ur en vi hldum til Mongolu. Einnig vantar okkur betra kort af Mongolu. Vi tlum semsagt a standa rlitlum erindagjrum. gr urum vi fyrir fyrstu biluninni og ferin hfi. a var ekki svo alvarlegt en a sprakk hj Einari fyrsta sinn. Eftir hlftma viger hldum vi af sta aftur en a dugi skammt v a sprakk aftur eftir 10 mntur. Liltu mtti muna a illa fri v Einar var a taka framr strum trukk og hannmissti nstumvald hjlinu ! egar vi opnuum dekki aftur kom ljs a nagli var fastur inn dekkinu og lm hafi gefi sig. N var dekki laga betur og hefur veri til fris san. Veri dag er bi a vera mjg slenskt. Kalt og bjart og avareiginlega sktkalt a hjla dag. N er kominn 7 tma munur. Mr fannst kflum dag vi vera bara a keyra suurlandsundirlendinu. a semger a upplifa mjg sterkt hrna er hversu gnarstrt Rssland er . Keyrum 4-700 klmetra dag og erum bara rtt komnir a miju Rsslands eftir viku feralag. Teljarinn er kominn 9008. Bi a heilsa og bestu kvejur.

We are now between Omsk and Nowosibirsk. We rode a lot yesterday and today or 693 km. We have obviously entered the great plains east of the Ural Mountains. The traffic is a lot less than before and the roads are much better and I didnt expect that at all. We spent last night in the city of Ishim even though its more like a town but its unbelievable what some of the cities here are big like Omsk where 1.2 million people live. We met Bernard, the switch, again and we rode together a part of today and we even ended up at the same rooming house. That was a funny coincident. Yesterday, when we were on our way to Omsk we came to the Kazakstan borders so we had to find a new way to Omsk. But that was no problem and it was actually quite fun to ride the roads we chose. But its only about 2-3 days until we get to Mongolia now and we discovered that we need a better map of Mongolia. Tomorrow we are going to Nowosibirsk and were going to try to find the map there and new front tires for Einar and I before we go to Mongolia. But we had the first breakdown yesterday when Einars tire went flat. After working on it for half an hour we started riding again but it didnt las more than 10 minutes before the tire went flat again. Now we saw that there was a nail stuck inside the tire and Einar was lucky not losing control of the bike that time. We fixed the tire better this time and everything has been good since. The weather has been pretty Icelandic today, cold and bright. Its now 7 hours difference between here and Iceland. It was strange, sometimes I felt that I was riding in the south of Iceland today. But what Im experiencing now is how big Russia really is. We are riding 4-700 km a day and were still just in the middle of Russa after a week of riding. The counter is now at 9008 km. Ttyl - Sverrir


leiinni til OMSK / On our way to OMSK

Gmul hn enn  notkunErum leiinni til Omsk.Dagarnir eru svipair enn, bara hldum fram austur og ekkert markvert a gerast. m nefna a lgreglan er fjlmenn hrna vegunum og fyrradag voru samskiptin vi lggunafjrum sinnum og dag erum vi bnir a vera stoppair einu sinni fram a essu. Okkar upplifun af eimer bara nokku g og brosmild. S fyrsti sem stoppai okkur hafi ga stu. Vi tkum framr trukkalest 30 km hraa en a mtti vst ekki. g var beinn um a koma afsis og beinn asetjast innLdu eins lggunnarar sem allt var drasli og komst g varlafyrir rengslum. Eftir sm samskipti lkamstjningu og orum samykkti g broti og hann reyndi a gera sig skiljanlegan hvernig g tti a borga og g rtti honum 100 rblur en hannvildi 200 og gaf mr til kynna a g lti detta milli stanna ! Einfld lausn. Nstu skipti stoppai lggan okkur a stulausu nema a hn vri a n sr aur (?) og prfai g nja afer og hn var einfld . g talai jafnmiki, jafnhtt og jafnhratt og rssinn og brostijafnbreitt og hann. g slensku og hann rssnesku.Sndi honum papprana og gafst Presturinn og blessuninhann upp og sagi okkur a fara fram. essa afer hfum vi nota semsagt sustu 3 skiptin og lggan gefist upp og leyft okkur halda fram.En a ru leyti eru etta ungir menn lgreglunni sem eru brosmildir og eflaust a gera sitt besta a stjrna umferinni. essa dagna erum vi lka a upplifa a sem ekki er sagt ferasgunum ea myndbndunumn um svona ferir..e. 90% af tmanum fer bara a vinna og pua. Sitja hnakknum og eysa fram klmetra eftir klmetra. En margt hugavert hefur lka gerstsvo sem a sem gerist fyrr dag. Vi tluum a f okkur tesopa vi vegarkant hrrlegu hsi og rennur arna a enn ein Ladan og t rhenni stekkur eldri maur, grannur og brosandi bleikri skyrtu ar sem allar tennur voru r gulli efri gmi og bkstaflega stkk hann okkur og famai og sagist vera rssneskur prestur. Babblai nokkur or ensku og vildi vita hva vi htum og vi reyndum a tskra a fyrir honum slensku en hann vildi endilega gefa mr ntt nafn fyrir Rssland og vildi hann a g hti ForvitnirSergei. Blessai okkur arna bak og fyrir, tk myndir og gaf okkur tvr nja testamentsbkur hvorum og rssneska bklinga og hvatti okkur. Skemmtileg upplifun og nokku kmsk. Og nna rtt essu hittum vi svissneskan feralang BMW mtorhjli leiinni til Mongolu. Hann er annarri tilraun nna en hafi reynt fyrir nokkrum rum san en urft a htta . Annars er g hress og ktur og lur vel. Erum bnir a gista "mafuhteli" og vorum trukkarablasti sustu ntt. 6 tma munur er klukkunni nna. gr og dag erum vi bnir a hjla rigningu og kulda og egar vi lgum a sta morgun voru rumur og eldingar og llegt skyggni. Mlirinn er kominn 8.037 Bestu kveur bili-

We are now on our way to Omsk. The days are not a lot different from earlier days and nothing important has happened really. But I can tell you that theres a lot of policemen here and we talked to the police 4 times over one day the other day and today we have been stopped once. But our experience of the police is rather good, everybody just smiles and theres no attitude. The first officer who stopped us had a good reason. We passed some trucks at a 30 km per hour but we found out that that was not allowed. I was asked to get in their car which was a pice of junk and I finally offered him 100 rubles to solve the problem but he wanted 200 and told me to put the money between the seats! But it was a simple solution. The next couple of times that the police stopped us it was for no reason. Maybe they were just trying to get some money out of us but I had a new strategy. I simply talked just as fast, just as loud and just as much as the Russian and just smiled as he did. I talked Icelandic and he talked Russian. I showed him the papers and he finally gave up and told us to move on. So we have been using this method for the last 3 times and weve never had any problems afther that. But Im sure that these young Russian police officers are doing their best and doing their job honestly. Einar and I are now experiencing what is not talked about in the books and videos about these kind of trips, i.e. 90% of the time just goes into sitting on the bike and riding km after km. But there has also been some interesting things happening. For instance, we stopped for a cup of tea and went into an old house at the side of the road earlier today. But before we got into the house an older man in a pink shirt drives up to the same house in his Lada. All his teeth were gold and with a big smile on his face he literally jumped at us and hugged us and soon we found out that he was a Russian priest. He tried to talk some english but he insisted on giving me a Russian name and he wanted me have the name Sergei. He blessed us as much as he could, gave us 2 New Testaments and Russian brochures and took pictures of us. This was a fun thing to experience and rather comical. But just now we met a man from Switzerland who was travelling on his BMW motorcycle on his way to Mongolia. He was attempting this for the second time but he tried this a few years ago but he had to quit then. But Im happy and feeling good. Weve been staying at mob Hotels but last night we stayed at a parking lot for trucks. The time difference between Iceland and this part of Russia is now 6 hours. We have been riding in rain and cold for the past couple of days and when we started riding this morning there was a thunderstorm. The km counter is up to 8.037 now. Ttyl - Sverrir


Vitali morgun / The interview this morning

Hr er vitali vi Sverri morgun Rs2. Mjg aftarlega lnunni eftir Bee Gees lagi.

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Kazan Rssland 22 ma / Kazan Russia 22 mai

Falleg rssnesk sveit og borg a mtastErum rtt austan vi Kazan ogkomnir me flugnabit. Einar erilla bitinn og g erkominn me 2 bit. Vil minna flk a a getur fylgst betur me v hvar vi erum me v a nota google earth hnappinn hr til hliar en a snir hvar vi erum stasettir lok hvers dags. Hjluum fallegu veri fr Moskvu, umferin frekar ung en fallegt umhverfi. Frekar tilbreytingarlti og umhverfi einsleitt og um 5 leyti byrjum vi a leita a nttsta. Frum 2 stai ar sem okkur var neita um gistingu, njet ! Trlegast hrsla vi tlendinga. a arf svo mikla skriffinsku tila f gistingu, framvsa vegabrfi og vikomandi arf a skr miki af upplsingum um okkur a g held eir bara neiti ess vegna. En frum bensnst og ar hittum vi peningaflutningamenn gmlum rssajeppa me byssur og skotheldum vestum a taka vi smmynt r sjoppunni og vi spurum um gistingu og eir sgu a hn vri engin. Vi lgum a sta og hjluum 200 metra og ar blasti vi skilti me gistingusem vsai ar bak vi hs og egar vi komum anga sum vi bara gamlan blakirkjugar og gamalt hs sem var sktugri l en um lei og vi erum a sna vi kemurlabbandi til okkar maur og vi spurum hann um gistingu og hann jnkar v og labbar me mig vorurinn  trukkahtelinuhs sem g taldi ntt og ar fengum vi gistinguna. Gmul kona me gulltennur tk mti okkur og sagi okkur a a kostai okkur 150 rblur pr. manninn a f a gista. arna fyrsta sinn sum vi alvru sovettmann birtast. Hsi var a hruni komi, allt gamalt, sktugt, rifi ea broti en flki vingjarnlegt en gaf lti af sr. Eftir a hafa skoa herbergi sem var me 4 rmum sem voru gamlir hermannabeddar me gormum, 70cm breiir og 2 eirra voru bi a setja gamlar tihurir undir dnuna v gormarnir voru a gefa sig. Og san frum vi matsalinn og fengum steiktar kartflur og kjhleif og rssneskan bjr me og kostai 80 rblur. arna voru eingngu trukkablstjrar samt ungu pari sem voru rssnesk og var vel drukki. ur en vi vissum var bi a skella karok essum gamla matsal og einn fr a kyrja starsngva..trlegt en satt ! Mikil upplifun. Svfum vel ntt.e.a.s. alla stuttu dra sem vi num asofna eitthva. morgunsri hldum vi svo t njan dag og hjluum yfir 430 km dag og landslagi er a breytast, a eru meira um hir og minna um skglendi. Meira um tn, engi og akra. a er skemmtilegra a hjla svoleiis umhverfi og frum vi gegnum eina borg, Cheboksaryog vekur athygli hva borgir sem maur hefur aldrei s eru strar og miklar og gralega mikil uppbygging er a eiga sr sta essum borgum og umhverfi eirra. Anna sem vekur athygli essum borgum er hva vi hfum s miki af ungu flki sem er vel kltt og takti vi tskuna og hvergi feita manneskju a sj. Svo sr maur eldra flki og a er frekar bogi og hoki og me slur ea hatta hausnum og taupoka hndum. Eitt sem gerist dag leiinni er a a er tluvert af eftirlitsmnnum og lgreglu sem eru greinilega a hafa eftirlitme Einar a kla sig  hdeginu!blum og vi frum framhj einu svona eftirliti dag og var Einar stoppaur en ekki g. g fylgdist me og s a a fru fram samskipti en egar Einar kom tilbaka til mn sagi hann a hann hefi urft a borga 100 rblur og fkk a halda fram sem betur fer. Srlega fallegt land,en flkihefur veri frekar feimi og loka fram a essu. Vi tlum bara slensku vi rssana og eir rssnesku vi okkur.En vi erum ekki alltaf a skilja rssneska stafrfi.Er me litla vasabk sem g nota lka til a hjlpa mr. Gps tki er a virka frbrlega svo langt sem a nr. Erum sem sagt komnir nna trukkahtel og erfitt a finna gistingu en vi vorum alvarlega a sp a tjalda dag en a fer a koma a v en mean vi num a redda okkur gistingu 700 kr ltum vi a eftir okkur. Teljarinn er kominn 6717. Skilabo til Smra Rikk..hjlin eru bin a eya undir 4 ltrum hundrai og dekkin slitna lti. Mjg ngir fram a essum me hjlin. En anga til nst bestu kvejur og vonandi nst samband Rs2 vi mig fimmtudagsmorguninn kl. 8.15 !

We are just east of Kazan and we have some bad mosquito bites. But I want to remind people of the google earth button on the page where you can see exactly where we are after each day. We rode in a beautiful weather from Moskow but in a heavy traffic and we started to try finding a place to sleep around 5 pm. We stopped at 2 places but we always got a njet!. Probably because of all the paperwork there has to be done for foreigners. We went to a gas station and asked a couple of men in an old russian truck, with guns, wearing a kevlar and whose work is to transfer money if there was a place we could stay at but they said there was no place we could stay at for the night. We kept on going and kept riding for another 200 meters but thats when we saw a sign that said there was a place to sleep here. When we got to that place we saw an old house next to a big graveyard of cars. When we were just about turning around, a man came to us an we decided to ask him if we could stay there for the night and he said yes. An old woman with golden teeth greeted us when we got in the house and told us that the stay there would cost 150 rubles per person. This house was obviously characterized by the times of the Soviet Union, all dirty and on the verge of collapsing but the people there were kind. Our room had 4 beds that were old military cots and 2 of them even had old doors under the matresses because the spirals had broken. After getting everything in the room we then went to the lunchroom where we got potatoes, meatloaf and russian beer for 80 rubles. There were only truckdrivers there besides this one young couple and there was a lot of drinking. Before we knew it people started synging karaoke and one man sung lovesongs with great empathy. In the morning we went (this morning) we started riding again and we have ridden for about 430 km today and the landscape is changing where there are more hills and hayfields but less woodland. We rode through on ciry, Cheboksary, and its interesting to see how cities that youve never seen and never even heard of can be huge and how much structure is going on there. Another interesting thing was to see how many of the young people there were fashionable and everyone there was thin. But the older people are stooped and wearing veilings or hats and carrying linen bags. There was a lot of security there, I got through but Einar was stopped. I saw that he was talking to an officer and when he got back he told me that he had to pay 100 rubles to keep on going. But its a very beautiful country but the people here are a little shy and self-conscious. We just talk Icelandic to them here and they just talk Russian to us. But we arent always understanding the Russian alphabet even though I have small pocket book which can help me. The GPS is working great. But now we are at a truck hotel but it was hard to find a place to stay and we seriously thought about camp tonight. The km counter is now at 6717. A small message to Smri Rikk: The bikes are going over 25 km per liter and the tires are not wearing down much so we are wery happy with the bikes so far. Ttyl


Vi Moskvu 20 ma / By Mosko 20 mai

Rssnesk sveitJja erum vi komnir fangasta kvldsins. Erumca 50 km fr borginni me drullusktug hjl og vi reyttir. En hrra komumst inn Rssland eftir nrri 4 tma bi landamrunum grenjandi rigningu og skrifi. Rssland tk svo vel mti okkur me sl og blu og grnum skgi. Mjg fallegt og landslagi svipa og Balkanskaganum en nokku einsleitt essa sustu 2 daga. Merkilegt lka hva a er bi a vera lti af vegum lei okkar hinga fyrir utan aalvegi sem fr Lettlandi til Moskvu er hreint hrikalegur. Malbiki svo illa fari og margar strar holur a maur var a passa sig mjg og raun er essi vegur bara fyrir torfrubla. essari lei okkar fr Lettlandi til Moskvu hef g aldrei seins marga flutningabla mnu lfi og bara landamrunum hafa rugglega veri 500-600 blar en g byrjai a telja og var kominn yfir 200 egar g htti og var ekki hlfnaur me talninguna. Fyrri nttina gistum vi b sem heitir Velikiye Luki og var hann rosalega grr og drungalegur. Har grar blokkir niurnslu allt kring og umhverfi grtt me ljtum lum um allt. Gistihsi var me strri jrnhur og mjg svo srstakt. Eins og ur skildi enginn okkur en etta er n aeins a koma hj mr. g er farinn a geta sagt bjr rssnesku, bive og eir skilja salat, kartoffel og meat svo maturinn rssnesku matselunum er valinn me etta huga.Eitt meiga gistiheimilin hr og hinumbalkanlndum eiga a a er alltaf gert r fyrir plssi fyrir hjlin afgirtu svi og er a mjg svo gilegt. En g svaf 9 klukkutma sustu ntt svo reyttur var g og eins me Einar. Vi frum frekar snemma a sofa ea um tiuleyti kvldin og tkum dagana snemma. Hjluum 600 km dag og ar af voru 300 km gegnum skga svo ekki var miki a sj og hef g Rssneskur markaura tilfinningunni a nstu dagar veri svipair. trlegt a sj markai vi aalvegina ar sem umferin er mikil og hr. Konur a selja allskyns varning og mealannarsdaua fiska vi essar astur. egar vi komum a Moskvu hjluum vi aalveginn kringum borgina og g vil meina a vi hfum veri lfshttu allan ann tma ! vlk umferamenning og umferin var brjlu !! Engar reglur ar greinilega og bara svissa sr hgri vinstri og aftur bak og fram..trlegt en satt. Annars stoppai lgreglan okkur aftur dag en eir tluu ensku og eftir sm spjall og tskringar skuu eir okkur bara grar ferar og vi vorum fegnir v. Engar mtur ar. Plani er svo a halda fram austur og ekki vst a g komist til a blogga ea faxa bloggi heim til Herdsar. En vi sjum hva setur og g vonandi n allaveganna sambandi vi Rs2 fimmtudagmorgun. En fyrir ykkur sem hafi gaman af feralgum ea mtorhjlamennsku er etta trleg upplifun a vera hrna kominn til Rsslands hjlinu snu og hafa hjla alla lei ! Spennandi lka a vakna morgnana og vita ekkert hvert dagurinn mun leia mann. Mlirinn er 5600 km. En anga til nst. Bestu kvejur.

We are now ca. 50 km from Moskow. The bikes are covered with mud and we are very tired but at the same time we are glad to finally be in Russia after a 4 hour wait at the borders in pouring rain. But Russia gave us a good welcome with its good weather and green forests. The landscape is beautiful here and its actually pretty similar to the Balkan peninsula. Its also interesting to experience the roads here which are simply terrible. On the road from Latvia to Moskow are a lot of big holes so we have to be very careful. These roads are really not supposed to be used unless youre driving a truck. And there are a lot of trucks here! Ive never seen so many trucks during that period of time when we were riding from Latvia to Moskow. I started to count them just for fun and I was up to 200 when I stopped. We stayed at a town called Velikiye Luki the first night. The town was very dull and spooky with its gray houses which were in really bad shape. The hosue we stayed at had a big steel door and I found that pretty special. Nobody understood what we were saying as usual but Im getting a little bit better though. I can now say beer, salat, potatoes and meat in Russian so we dont order much besides that. There are always a places for our bikes here and thats really important for us. Einar and I slept for about 9 hours last night, thats how tired we were. We usually go to bed pretty early, around 10 pm, and wake up early. We rode around 600 km today, thereof around 300 km through forests. It was amazing to see the markets by the side of the roads where the traffic was heavy and fast. Women were selling all kinds of goods e.g. fish which I found a little strange under these conditions. When we got to Moskow we rode the main road around the city and I think we risking our lifes the whole time! The traffic was crazy! There were no traffic signs, lights, and any for of rules and laws. The police stopped us again today but this time they could speak English. After a brief conversation and some explanation they just wished us good luck on our trip and let us continue our way. So there was no bribing there. The plan is to keep going east and Im not sure if I can get to a fax machine or to a computer to blog. But well see how it goes and Im hopefully going to rach Rs2 for the interview next Thursday at least. Its a great feeling to be here in Russia and know that you got here on your own bike and I recommend this for everybody who likes travelling or adventure motorcycling. A big part of the excitement is also to wake up in the morning not knowing how the day is going to go. The km. counter is at 5600 km now. Ttyl


Tallin 16 ma /Tallin 16 mai.

TallinDagur tilviljanna var dag. Vknuum snemma og vorum mttir rssneska sendiri kl. 9 urftum a ba 1 og hlfan tma ti gtu vi jrnhli samt fullt af flki.Mjg srstakt. Rs2 hringdi mig essum tma og skilst mr a vitali s komi inn bloggi. egar inn var komi tluum vi a leysa vandamli sem g nefndi gr blogginu og fengum r upplsingar a vi yrftum a gera allt ferli upp ntt ! Stllka arna hringdi til Moskvu til a f rleggingar og skp almennileg og ekkert af v en rssneska sendiri heima var ekki velvilja og vildi ekkert fyrir okkur gera e. lengja ritunina.Ekki mjg lilegir ar !En egar vi fengum essar upplsingar vissum vi ekki hva vi ttum a gera v a er lka frdagur morgun Finnlandi en fyrrnefnd stlka benti okkur litla feraskrifstofu arna nlgt sem srhfir sig a astoa flk me visaritanirtil Rsslands og vi frum anga og sgum fr vandamlinu og au sgu bara alltaf j og ok og sgu okkur a koma aftur rtt fyrir kl. 16. egar vi komum rtt fyrir kl. 16 anga aftur voru passarnir tilbnir me nrri visaritun og trlegt en satt allt er hgt en bara kostar peninga en vi urftum a borga 200 evrur mann fyrir essa jnustu ! En mli leyst og sem betur fer. En millitinni frum vi bensnst og lgum undir okkur tv blasti og settum upp mtorhjlaverksti og ar fr svo fram venjulegt vihald, olu og olsususkiptiofl. vihaldstengt sem skiptir mli ur en vi hldum fram inn austri. egar vi vorum miju kafi og drullugir uppfyrir haus rennir a ar Landrover bll og tr stgur maur sem segir "slir strkar" slensku ! Var ar kominn sendiherra slands Finnlandi, Hannes Heimisson. a var skemmtileg tilviljun en g hafi kkt inn slenska sendiri daginn ur en ekki hitt hann heldur ritara hans v hann var ekki vi. Og hann kom bara arna fyrir tilviljun essa bensnstog s okkur og mtorhjlin me slenska fnann. Hann gaf okkur farsmanmeri sitt og ba okkur um a hringja ef vi lentum vandrum og almennilegt af honum. DSC07313Tilviljun a rssneska ritunin gekk gegn og tilviljun a hitta sendiherrann og a lokum var a enn ein tilviljunin egar vi kvaum a fara ferjuna til Tallins kvld. Hn var fullbku og sg uppseld og nstu tvr ferir ar eftir en fyrir tilviljun sustu stundu fundust tv plss fyrir mtorhjlin og vi fengum a fljta me. Og egar vi erum ferinni ltur Einar brir fyrir tilviljun gms smann sinn og sr a Sveinbjrn ngranni hans hefur hringt og er hann staddur Tallin og fyrir tilviljun vissi hann Sveinbjrn af essu fna Hostel og pantar ar fyrir okkur herbergi egar vi komum r skipinu tk hann mti okkur og vi frum etta Hostel og borgum 42 evrur fyrir gistinguna fyrir herbergi fyrir okkur ba. Frum t a f okkur sm a sna gamla bnum Tallin sem er skaplega fallegur br. essi dagur fr bara reddingar og lta hlutina ganga upp. Ekki miki hjla, ca 80 klmetrar a heila. Frum lka bankann til a kaupa rblur Finnlandi og keyptum tplega 29.000 rblur og g fr fyrst mean Einar st ti og passai hjlin og fkk mnar rblur 500, 100 og 50 rblu selum en egar Einar fr inn hafi g klra alla selanasvo hann fkk 6cm DSC07315ykkt rblubnt 100 rblum selum og reikni i svo !Tounge Frekar fyndi. En n eru greinilega hlutirnir a breytast.Vi vorum spurir um skrningarskirteini og vegabrf ofl. egar vi komum til Eistlands r skipinu. eir eru tluvert strangari en norurlandajirnar. Plani er svo a hjla nstu 2 dgum yfir Eistland, Lettland og Lithen og verur a n efa forvitnilegt. Vonandi get g teki myndir og snt ykkur sar fr v. Tlvusamband fer versnandi og er g t.d. ekki tlvusambandi kvld heldur hef g faxa essu bloggi heim og v eru engar myndir eftir daginn. En anga til nst, bestu kvejur.

Today was the day of coincidences. We woke up early and went to the Russian embassy at 9 am but we had to wait outside for 1 and a half hours along with other people. Rs2 (Channel2-radiostation) called me when we were waiting and the interview is here below this blog. When we got into the embassy we were going to solve the problem we had that I mentioned in yesterdays blog but they told us that we had to start the whole process all over again! The young lady who was helping us called Moskow to get our problem solved and she was very helpful unlike the russian embassy in Moskow. They were not very flexible and didnt want to help us in any way. When we heard this we didnt know what to do but the young lady who was helping us told us to go to a travelling agency which was around the corner and specialices in helping people with their Russian visas. So we went to the traveling agency but they told us come back right before 4 pm. When we came back a few minutes before 4, the passports were ready with new visas! So everything is possible for the right price, because we had to pay 200 Euros each for this service! But the problem was solved and thats the most important thing. But before we got our passports we went to a gas station where we did the regular maintenance on the bikes. But when we were in the middle of it all, the Icelandic ambassador in Finland, Hannes Heimisson, came to the gas station and greeted us. That was a funny coincidence but he had recocnized us by the Icelandic flags on our bikes. He gave us his phone number in case we were in trouble and that was a very considerate of him. It was a coincidence that we got the Russian visas and it was a coincidence to meet the ambassador and finally it was a total coincidence that we got on board the ferry to Tallin that evening. It was completely full and it was even booked for the next 2 rides but for some reason there were 2 empty spaces at the last minute so we could go on board. And if thats not enough, Einar checked his cell phone while on the ferry and saw that his neighbour, Sveinbjrn, had tried to call him but he was coincidentally in Tallin and knew about this great Hostel and he makes a reservation for the both of us there. We payed 42 Euros for the stay there. We went out to eat in the old town of Tallin which is a beautiful town. So this day was spent solving problems and making things work out. We didnt ride that much, ca. 80 kilometers total. We also went to the bank to get Rubles and we ended up buying 29.000. rubles. I went into the bank first while Einar was watching the bikes and then we switched. I got my rubles in 500,100, and 50 ruble bills but when Einar went to buy rubles he found out that I had gotten the rest of the 500s and 50s so he just got a very big pile of 100 ruble bills which was kind of funny. But we can feel that things are getting a little bit different now. We were asked for our registration licence and passports etc. when we got to Estonia. The plan is to ride through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the next couple of days and that will be interesting. Hopefully Ill be able to take some pictures and show you. The connection is getting worse and worse and for an example I cant get to a connected computer tonight. Instead I had to fax this blog home. Ttyl =)

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