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Old 26th January 2010, 16:34   #1
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Default RRR - Rural Russian Roads (4x4 territory)

Had got this mail frwd sometime back, found time today to upload that in to TBhp. I didnt check the authenticity, might be just another road, just after a good spell of rain.

Enjoy the pics, and thank god for for the small pot holes that we encounter enroute.

The mail said this "These shots were made this summer, on the route that passes between the cities Syktyvkar, Ukhta and Pechora. Drivers call this stretch ďthe lacetĒ. And looking at these pictures it is clear, that there is nothing strange in such a name, taking into account, that it isnít off-road driving.

Of course there are a lot of paved roads too in Russia, and some are being severely reconstructed in order to improve the road system, but itís a great pity that such roads still exist. "

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Old 26th January 2010, 17:31   #2
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Its a highway connecting moscow to yakutsk in siberia. Last 600 miles of this highway is called Lena highway and this is were the problem lies.

Read about it in this link:
Russian Highway from Hell

There are other interesting roads described in that website. Check em out!
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Old 26th January 2010, 17:48   #3
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They can't make a tar road even if they wanted. Then, this situation is understandable.
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Old 26th January 2010, 20:46   #4
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Interesting! An off roader's paradise, a common man's hell.

Edit: Btw, the lady who tried to take that sports car (I think its a Nissan 350Z) must be quite mad.

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Old 26th January 2010, 21:10   #5
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Russia not heard of bridges yet??
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Old 26th January 2010, 21:23   #6
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All companies manifacturing 4x4 should do their road testing here. LOL
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Yes. This would be a russian road. The number plates are russian.
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Old 26th January 2010, 21:54   #8
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Russia not heard of bridges yet??
From the country that put the first man in space to having the greatest military machine on earth at one point of time, I'm sure they are aware of bridges. There may be other factors at play here:

1. Pressures of economics - Russia is the world's largest country. A stretch through a forest would still be of a humongous scale compared to "forest stretches" in other countries.

2. Potential instability of the substrata in that area preventing construction of any load-bearing structures (bridge pillars etc.)

3. Ruthless weather preventing any structure from lasting long.

4. Administrative inefficiency/apathy.
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Old 26th January 2010, 22:43   #9
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@Sankar

That was useful info. Some roads indeed. Wonder how many make it to the other end.
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Old 26th January 2010, 23:36   #10
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The culprit here is the region's geography itself. This area has a covering of permafrost
which is actually frozen mud and this layer extends hundreds of meters deep.

During summers when the upper layer ice thaws, it creates slush and mud resulting in the above pics.
This region is also famous for bogs which can swallow the whole tankers.

The vehicles there are equipped with caterpillar tracks to make them fit for the terrain.
(had read the same in a book on siberia)
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i dont think its a case of govt ignorance..geographical and climatical conds i think are the reasons behind..
anyways where is my range rover!!i found the perfect place to test it..
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....permafrost which is actually frozen mud and this layer extends hundreds of meters deep.

During summers when the upper layer ice thaws, it creates slush and mud resulting in the above pics.
Now, that explains it, I was wondering how on earth could summers be slushy. [The mail had said "These shots were made this summer..."]
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From the country that put the first man in space to having the greatest military machine on earth at one point of time, I'm sure they are aware of bridges.
Oh, that was just a obvious question. Sorry if it sounded otherwise.

We should stop cribbing about Shiradi Ghat
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Old 27th January 2010, 11:40   #14
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Russia is great - adding some more Russian off roading for your pleasure



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