Russian Altai, part 2, mud, bogs and rivers

Time to return some favours when we met these Russian guys who'd ran out of petrol and drain some of ours

Time to return some favours when we met these Russian guys who’d ran out of petrol and drain some of ours

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After the crash in the mud the bike ended up facing the way I'd just come!

After the crash in the mud the bike ended up facing the way I’d just come!

The mud round here is like glue and SO slippy

The mud round here is like glue and SO slippy

Shaun after a mud bath

Shaun after a mud bath

These are the very kind ladies who spent ages scrubbing my gear clean at the hotel and wouldn't accept any payment

These are the very kind ladies who spent ages scrubbing my gear clean at the hotel and wouldn’t accept any payment

Yet again, more great hosts who treat you more like family or honoured guest rather than scruffy bikers. They took our pictures to go on their wall.

Yet again, more great hosts who treat you more like family or honoured guest rather than scruffy bikers. They took our pictures to go on their wall.

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Altai village

Altai village

Roman

Roman

Roman our new Russian biker mate in the middle of nowhere

Roman our new Russian biker mate in the middle of nowhere

Quality bridge

Quality bridge

Not Ian's best choice of route

Not Ian’s best choice of route

There's a track through here somewhere

There’s a track through here somewhere

Half a bridge

Half a bridge

Not so quality bridge

Not so quality bridge

Somebody's nicked the other half of the bridge

Somebody’s nicked the other half of the bridge

It doesn't look deep in the background until we walked it and found a deep trench in the middle, far too deep for the bikes

It doesn’t look deep in the background until we walked it and found a deep trench in the middle, far too deep for the bikes

There's a DEEP trench in the middle

There’s a DEEP trench in the middle

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful scenery

Altai scenery

Altai scenery

More Altai scenery

More Altai scenery

Bridge theft seems endemic here

Bridge theft seems endemic here

No way across this one

No way across this one

NEW TARMAC!!!

NEW TARMAC!!!

The tarmac didn't last for long, passing trucks is hard work with the dust they kick up

The tarmac didn’t last for long, passing trucks is hard work with the dust they kick up

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Border town just before we enter Mongolia

Border town just before we enter Mongolia

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