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Old 10-21-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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Default Riding the Road of Bones

Motorcycling into the wild

Having just arrived into Magadan, Russia, a group of adventurous motorcyclists celebrated being the first tour party to ever ride the infamous Road of Bones, constructed by Stalin’s Gulag prisoners during the 30s and 40s.

On an epic 102 day motorcycle journey that began in London the bikers from Australia, Canada, Mexico and the US rode into Magadan, bitterly cold, exhausted yet elated at their accomplishment.

“On an expedition of this nature challenges are always faced and this expedition was no exception” says the expedition leader and owner of Compass Expeditions, Mick McDonald, “there was more than one moment that we thought we are done for” Mick continues.

“Broken bikes, broken support vehicle trailer, frozen icy passes that had every biker sliding down mountainsides and shocking roads to no roads at all, all added to the experience”, says Mick.

The expedition traverses an exceptionally wild part of the earth and very few people travel this route. “A big surprise to all the riders was the incredible beauty and silent loneliness that was encountered, especially on the Road of Bones” continues Mick, “it certainly wasn’t expected knowing of the regions recent history” he says.

For the blog on the 2010 Road of Bones expedition go to londontomagadan.com and for info for the 2011 expedition visit Motorcycle Tours in South America - BMW Motorbike Expeditions in Australia - London to Magadan Motorcycle Tour*-*compassexpeditions.com
Alternatively email us at info@compassexpeditions.com



Preparing for take off at the Ace Cafe, London


Russian monument and support vehicle and trailer


Riding the Russian Backroads


Sunset at the camp


the Lena Highway, Siberia


Riding the Road of Bones...yep with snow and ice too!


One of the Road of Bones bridges


Some of the riders entering Magadan
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:14 AM   #2
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Looks like another epic trip!
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:50 AM   #3
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beautiful pictures
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:33 AM   #4
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Funny, when I was watching "Long Way Round," I was wondering how long it would take a touring company to put this trip together. There will probaby be KFCs and BP gas stations along the way in a few years.
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