Departing Aldan, Sakha Republic, Russia
Sunday June 10, 2012 - 58.36519° N, 125.24233° E
Aldan, Sakha Republic/ Yakutia, Russia
N 58 ̊ 36.519
E 125 ̊ 24.233
June 11th 2012
Starting my 10th day
535kms completed since Yakutsk
I was finally able to depart Yakutsk early morning on Saturday June 2d 2012.
I covered my first 535kms in 7 days, progressively moving South on the rocky Lena Highway M 56 until I arrived in the gold mining center of Aldan.
Along the way, I was blessed to meet and share meals/nights already with some interesting characters such as: Leonid, the Sakha wood carver; Boris, the timberjack operator; Aleg, the stranded truck driver and many more.
Even got the pleasure to operate a Forwarder Timberjack myself...
Quite a change from my bicycle, I must say!
Once I arrived in Aldan, I was welcomed by the Kokorin and Dudko families who took the time to show me the best of Aldan.
I want to thank Nikolai Dudko and Sergei Kokorin for having persuaded me to spend the weekend in their town, where I was able to learn more about their lives, families, crashed a wedding and even attended a multi-ethnic festival to celebrate this "Meeting Holiday" (Националбный праздник " Бакалдым") with Evenks, Sakah, Kyrgyz, Ukrainians and Russians.
For the time being, I want to take opportunity of this great weather and ride south towards Neryungri, where I will hopefully take the time to sit down to write and post a few pictures to share a bit my ride through southern Yakutia...