In 2014 we started our leavinghomefunktion adventure on Ural motorcycles with sidecars. We chose the longest way to the West – the one that crosses the entire East. The original plan was to cross the Bering Strait into Alaska – travel through Canada and The US to reach New York. We started without a clue in mechanics and headed for the Caucasus Mountains. 5000 km later we setup our WINTERCAMP I in The Republic of Georgia where we got our first real lesson in doing things like the locals do.
// Leaving Halle (Saale) 07. September 2014
// One of the 300 gearbox changes we’ve had to do over the last 2 years
// Tserovani, Georgia,Winter 2014/15
After a great length of foreign bureaucracy and mechanical preparations we headed for our next big challenge: getting to know a true feeling for distance.The next 20.000 km was a full on experience through Kazakh thunderstorms, Mongolian staircases of sand and some pretty aggressive Siberian tiger mosquitoes. Somewhere where Siberia ends and the Far East of Russia begins we decided to put ourselves to another test: The Old Road of Bones. After 300 km of swamp, rivers and mud they realized how heavy things can get if we want to go further up direction Bering Strait…which is where the landway of this project turns into waterway…
// Darbi, May 2015 on the Trans-Mongolian highway// ‘Road of Bones’, Yakutsk, Russia, July 2015 // ‘Road of Bones’, Yakutsk, Russia, August 2015
// At Arkagala river, Yakutsk, Russia, August 2015
Setting up WINTERCAMP II in Canada we got another healthy dosage of local culture and managed to collect the necessary funds for creating an Amphibious Ural 650. We were finally ready to go back to the Russian Far East! This was the absolute extreme of our journey:1600 km of floating on the isolated Kolyma river with a float driven by the bitch of a Ural 650 engine.
// Kolyma, Yakutsk, Russia, June 2016
// Chersky, Yakutsk, Russia, July 2016
// Direction Egvekinot, Chukotka, Russia, August 2016
Our homestretch recently ended as we huffed and puffed all the way between Chukchi and Alaskan tundra making our way down to New York City. Our grand finale was a warm welcome among the frosty streets of New York and we will be going into detail with the amazingness of the Lower 48 and the Big Apple in our upcoming blogposts!In the meantime though you can scroll down through our full list of blogposts and enter some short excerpts of what life has been like on the road over the past 2 years!
// Denali, Alaska, August 2016
// Idaho, USA, October 2016
// Manhattan Bridge, New York City, January 2017