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Bitter defeat

After 14 days of non-stop riding, some 1800km, with daily distances of 140 to 200km, and nearly being robbed on the side of the highway, I've decided I can no longer keep the pace being set by the rest of the team and still meet my personal travel goals for enjoyment, sanity, and safety (not to mention sanitation.)

Therefore, I've decided to remain behind in Omsk for a few days. I'll be taking the train from here to Irkutsk and meeting the team there for the Baikal/Mongolia portion of the trip.


8 thoughts on “Bitter defeat

  1. mike

    You are being extraordinarily generous to your "team". I guess it was lucky that it was Damien who had the mechanical problems near Moscow, and not you, or you would have been back home by now. I have never left anyone behind on a bike ride before. I wouldn't want to ride with anyone who felt otherwise. I can only wish your "team"-mates many flats and broken chains on the rest of their ride. I won't be following.

  2. Liam

    Sounds like you're making the right choice. I'm glad to hear you're doing the trip for purposes of enjoyment and not for other reasons.

  3. Julie

    Zack, good for you for taking things into your own hands. I hope the trip is better for you with some time to experience the country and do your own thing. I think you're amazing, and all my friends are VERY impressed when they hear what you are doing.

    Lots of love to you!

  4. Sergei

    Hi Zach,
    I am very much impressed by yout trip and how much of Russia you have covered.
    Being Russian, I know that this ride must be very
    very tough. It is really amazing how far you have gone. I wish you the best of luck!

  5. Julie

    I spoke about you guys and the project on the air this morning. If you get a chance and want to hear it, go to, then programming and archives, click on the Wednesday Morning After, and listen to the second hour of the show (I kept it to a few minutes, but the rest of the show was good too!)

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