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Pictures of our 2nd North Asia trip 2016 to Russia
- Part 2aFrom the Kazakhstan border via Lake Teletskoye to Gorno Altaysk August 21st to September 26th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Korday at Kyrgyzstan border to Shemonaika at Russia border – August 9th to August 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Korday at Kazakhstan border June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border in Pamir June 18th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
Russia Part 1 – from Kazakhstan border in Troick via Moscow to Ivangorod at Estonia border – July 1st to 29th, 1995
Russia Part 2b from Gorno Altaysk to the Mongolia border and back to the Ukraine border at Krupets Sept. 26th to Nov. 11th, 2016
Ukraine Part 3 from Russia border at Hlukiv to Odessa for shipping to Bintulu/Sarawak/Malaysia Nov. 11th to Dec. 5th, 2016
Myanmar (Burma) round trip (=start) without our vehicle from December 26th, 2016 to January 22nd, 2017
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6-5/3/2017 + continuation from 7/18-9/22/2018
Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip (=start) from August 22nd, 2017 to May 27th, 2018
Altai Map
                 Map of East Asia
latest picture: September 15, 2016
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001  8/21/2016: The ‘Transfiguration Church’
[Преображенская Церковь] in Zmeinogorsk –
shortly after the Kazkhastan border crossing
in Tretyakovo near Mikhaylovka – is a lovely
introduction into Russia also on our second
visit (first entry on July 1st, 1995, in Troick
near Chelyabinsk)
002  Rural sceneries are abundant in Russia:
A herd of cattle is grazing near Savvushka, 15
miles [23km] north of Zmeinogorsk, around
the lovely setting of Lake Kolyvanskoye
003  Bizarre stone formations line
the shore of Lake Kolyvanskoye. It
is a popular recreation area with
cabins and a slide for children
004  Sign to the backpacker accommodation
‘Paradise’ in Krasnoshchekovo. If offers
communal shower, kitchen and sauna. Price
per room: 1’200 rubels = US$20.20 …..
005  ….. it is a beautiful quiet place in a
wonderful well-kept garden with all kind
of special flowers …..
006  ….. Emil admires the splendor of the
variety of colorful flowers at the ‘Paradise’
Backpackers accommodation, 22 miles
[35km] east of Kurya
007  Flowers in ‘Paradise’:
Pink cockscomb (Celosia cristata)
008  Flowers in ‘Paradise’:
Yellow cockscomb (Celosia cristata)
009  Flowers in ‘Paradise’:
A kind of begonia
010  On the lookout for a quiet and safe
camping night along the roads # K19/K18
to Belokurikha
011  A lovely rural scenery with scattered
hay bales between Berozovka and Belokurikha
(148 miles [238km], 7.2 driving hours after
012  Giant hay bales are carted away
with the typical robust
Russian ‘ZiL’ trucks
013  A lonely long hair sheep.
Sheeps belong to the rural scenery …..
014  ….. as do also geese. People
in rural areas are self sufficient
015  Russia is dotted with many rivers and
lakes; here the Charysh River near Kharlovo
in the Altai Krai region. Alone in the Altai
Republic there are said to be 7’000 lakes!
016  Emil makes a little break on the
gravel road to take in the tranquil scenery
017  A sunflower field right up to the line
of  Bashchelakskiy hills, at the northern
foothills of the Altay mountains
018  Lunch break between thorny
lilac thistles and white daisies at
the edge of a little forest
019  A harvested corn field in the
Predaltayskaya plains gleams golden in the
evening sun. Fields in Russia are enormous
020  The popular ski resort Belokurikha
with Spa-Hotels is greeting with a lovely
mountain scenery, the first Altay hills
021  A lovely yellow flower meadow in
the sparsely populated Altai Krai region
022  Idyll pure, rejoicing the heart: A dammed
up  little lake along the secondary road between
Belokurikha and Aya north of Gorno-Altaysk …..
….. Liliana is sitting at our camping table at the
lake’s shore. Besides the lovely scenery she
enjoys our lunch: Tomato rice and salami …..
024  ….. and shoots a last picture of this
beautiful spot on earth before we move
on from Altayskoye
025  Another biotope, another scenery along
the secondary road between Altayskoye and Aya
026  No, this road sign does not lead to any
bar but to the village of Aya: в.ая = in Aya
027  A fluffy sight: The white thistle seeds
resemble those of the dandelion (blowballs)
028  A rural village church in a common house
in the Altai Krai region. Despite strong animist
undercurrents, most Altai people believe in
Orthodox Christianity
029  A picture book frame: The lovely village
church in Choya – ‘Church of the Assumption
of Mary’ – framed by beautiful forest,
40 miles [65km] from Gorno-Altaysk
on the way to Lake Teletskoye
030  Close-up image of the ‘Church of
the Assumption of Mary’ (Церковь Успения
Пресвятой Богородицы) in Choya
031  The Isha creek meanders
through the Russian taiga
032  The road to Lake Teletskoye runs mile
after mile through dense forest - here about
1 hour before the lake on the road # 84K11
033  Biya River: Lake Teletskoye drains
into the Biya River at its westernmost nose
and joins at Biysk the Katun River, from
where it is called ‘Ob’ – the 7th-longest river
of the world (3’364 miles [5’410km] …..
034  ….. another lovely face of the Biya
River upstream in direction foothills of
the Altay mountains
035  The small hamlet of Kebezen sand-
wiched between the forest and the shore
of the Biya River promises a peaceful life
(13 miles [21km] north of Artybash)
036  Nature pure: Everywhere are
forested hills along the Biya River
shortly before Artybash
037  Liliana cannot stop taking pictures
of the fabulous natural scene along
the Biya River
038  Iogach (1’600 people), the colorful
village at the western south shore of
serene Lake Teletskoye, which beauty
is compared with Lake Baikal .....
039  ..... Artybash (600 people), the
likewise colorful village at the western
north shore of Lake Teletskoye
040  Our basic little camping ‘Camping
Artybash’ at Lake Teletskoye at the end
of the road (4 miles [6½km] from the
bridge turnoff Artybash-Iogach)
041  Emil is fetching water from the lake.
Lake Teletskoye is the best known and
largest lake in the Altai Republic
042  View towards the east of
Lake Teletskoye. Here the road ends
043  The ferry ‘Vostok‘ [восток] running
between Artybash and Kyrsay, the most
southern point of Lake Teletskoye.
The trip is 43½ miles [70km]
Magnificent reflections at Lake Teletskoye. The Lake freezes over in winter time and the
village of Artybash transforms into a winter wonderland. It lies on an altitude of
1’427 ft. [434m], has a size of 90 sq.mi. [233km²] and has a depth of 1’066 ft. [325m]
046  The last rays of sun catch some
of the already autumnal colored trees
at Lake Teletskoye
047  The setting sun transforms the
water surface of Lake Teletskoye
into a reddish glow
048  The morning mist engulfing the
quaint village of Iogach at Lake
Teletskoye is lifting slowly
Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms ….. the Siberian forests are well known for their many species
052  A typical Siberian peasant
farmstead with a simple window
decoration in bright blue
053  Cedar cones: The nuts in the cedar
cones are believed to be health-promoting.
They promise good health up to high age and
are very popular with the Siberian people
054  Lunch break at the Isha creek in
Choya on our return trip from
Lake Teletskoye to Gorno-Altaysk
055  Attractive ‘Kommunisticheskiy Prospekt’,
the main street in Gorno-Altaysk, the capital of
the Altai Republic with around 60’000 people
056  St. Nicholas chapel [Часовня Николая
Чудотворца] behind the bus station in
057  A soviet T34 tank, in service from
1940 to 1960, in Park Pobedy in
058  Hammer and sickle of the old Soviet
Union with the inscription “Patriotic War”,
in Park Pobedy in Gorno-Altaysk
059  The Memorial of World War II,
in Park Pobedy in Gorno-Altaysk
060  Another signpost of the old
Soviet Union with the inscription
“SSSR [CCCP] Victory”


061  A horror sight! On our return trip
from Lake Teletskoye to Gorno-Altaysk
an overlooked speed barrier causes the
(rusty) front pillars to break that keep
the windscreen in place …..
062  ….. a welder in Gorno-Altaysk
does his best on a Sunday evening to do
an emergency repair. It takes him ¾ hour
and costs around US$14 …..
063  ….. done! But it is and will remain an
emergency repair, which still holds a
further 4’145 miles [6’670km] to our 3rd
Rejuvenation in Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia,
where all pillars are being reinforced
064  There is no need for a gasoline station:
The compressed natural gas (CNG) is carried
along in gas bottles on the roof rack. This is
a public bus from Gorno-Altaysk
065  A typical Russian home in Gorno-
Altaysk with adorned window frames.
Wood is already chopped and piled
up for the winter season
066  “I am happy with myself and the world!”
067  A bijou of architecture: The St. Macarius
Temple in Gorno-Altaysk built completely
from wood in 2006 …..
068  ….. Liliana admires the simple interior
of the St. Macarius Temple [Церковь
Макария Преподобного Алтайского] …..
069  ….. a picture of the St. Macarius
Temple in Gorno-Altaysk
from another angle
070  Emil is searching in vain for spare parts
in our alu-box on the roof on the parking lot
of our guesthouse in Gorno-Altaysk (coord.
51.97660/85.89301), because after 55 miles
[80km] leaving Gorno-Altaysk towards the
Mongolian border a wobbling of the front
wheel between 4 to 6 inches [10-15cm]
forced us to backtrack
071  The spare parts, which we had to
order at Toyota Russia in Moscow
arrive in Gorno-Altaysk after 12 days
072  Emil is studying the Toyota manual
that during our journey around the world
has helped him many times to solve a
problem. Liliana’s temporarily
adopted cat keeps him company
Emil starts with the dismantling of the front axle. It shows that the upper knuckle bearing is completely broken
and also the lower one is damaged. The other parts (main wheel bearings etc.) seem to be unaffected
076  The steering knuckle arm with
the broken knuckle bearing
that had to be pressed out
077  The steering knuckle with
the partly damaged bearing that
had also to be replaced
078  A well-deserved lunch break between
the big repair work. Soon we will be ready
to continue our journey towards the
Mongolian border for the second time
Next website of our 2nd Central and North Asia trip 2016 to Russia:
Russia Part 2b from Gorno Altaysk to the Mongolia border and back to the Ukraine border at Krupets Sept. 26th to Nov. 11th, 2016
The African trip 2013-16:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
South Africa Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2   from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016