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Photo by Igor Djokovic, camping above San Juan river, Arizona USA

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!


Photo by Igor Djokovic,
camping above San Juan river,
Arizona USA



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09.09.2014 Mountain Altai (Russia)

Woke up after eleven. Sun! The air is so pure that it burns the lungs. In the window, a view from a fairy tale!

Andrei practices yoga, bathes in ice-cold water, takes various poses.
I never liked to run, but today he made me.
From shoes I only have crocs and army boots. I run in boots.
We ran five kilometers. Fine.



Breakfast..! After running through the mountain air, ordinary oatmeal seems to be something breathtaking.
And outside the window the sun is playing with glare in the mountain river and the forest ... It's a pity you can't try it now ...

Today the guys are in Barnaul, on a plane, and back to Moscow. They are insane..! They brought me wheels and spare parts, rested for a day and back, thousands of kilometers. Adventurousness ten out of ten!



I went to see them off for a few miles.
We hugged and parted. I'm back at the hotel until tomorrow, and the guys went to Barnaul airport.



Almost hit a cow. She was standing with her back to the road, but suddenly she turned sharply and went towards me. It's good that it's not night now ..!




Somehow it became sad. Tomorrow is the road again. Tomorrow I will go to Biysk.


The journey continues...!
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Before I write posts further, I want to say a few words about Altai.





Altai is a special place in every respect. The place is unique! There probably aren't any more like this in the world.

Here, natural elements are combined that should not be nearby - Siberian forests, mountain rivers, desert and steppes. All this is in close proximity and in one day you can visit several climatic zones at once (if you are on a motorcycle).

The people are special too. Local peoples and Siberians mixed up here. From this mixture in Altai, special relationships between people were formed. Here it is important to be able to understand people well, to have a flair for how to behave correctly.
People here do not believe the words and the way you look. What matters here is what you do, how you act.

As elsewhere in Russia, but especially in Siberia, there are no gray tones here. Everything here is black or white. If evil, then the worst thing in the world. If good, then such that you will remember all your life. This is typical for Russia, but here it manifests itself strongly.

If you got here to bad people - trouble .. If to good ones - they will remain forever in your heart.

I planned to travel Altai in 3-4 days. As a result, I got to the border of Mongolia only after 2 weeks.


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10.09.2014 Altai, Biysk (Russia)

There are such people.
We go important, we dress brightly, we buy big cars so that we can be seen from afar.
But there are people who do not need all this.
And it cannot be said that they are not at all noticeable, they just get lost a little against the general background.

I met Edey when I arrived in Biysk. A friend referred him.
- Go to Edward. He will help..

Shop "Everything for motorcycles" Biysk



I went. I waited two hours for him. I already wanted to leave.
He appeared quietly, insinuatingly somehow. I hear someone calling nearby, I turn around and did not even notice at first that a person was standing next to me. Thin, in a tracksuit as if from someone else's shoulder. Stands, smiles.. "Edik .." - he says. He holds out his hand and breaks into such an infectious smile that it’s as if an electric light bulb has lit in front of me. The energy in this guy is like a perpetual motion machine. Everything is fast. For what it takes, everything turns out.



We've only known each other for five minutes, and he's already planned everything.
- “Now we are going to my house, have dinner and go to the bathhouse, and tomorrow morning we will deal with your affairs .. I hope you have arrived for a long time ?.”
He seems to be smaller than the steering wheel in his bus. But gradually I feel that there is no free space around this person. All space is filled with his energy.





The son is like him in every way. He does everything just as quickly, he also succeeds in an adult way.



As Edya promised, there was dinner and a bath. And not just dinner. From somewhere, a mountain of crayfish appeared on the table, all the most delicious from the cellars got. Bath, tea, a whole room and a huge bed at my disposal.









This guy met me as a brother, as the closest and dearest person. But today he found out about my existence for the first time!

Tomorrow we decided to service the motorcycle. Well, they decided, it’s loudly said ... Edya decided everything and figured out everything how we would do it.






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Thank you for sharing. Your writing is incredibly observational and you have a talent for putting it in words. Can't wait for the next installment.
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