The Happy Family

So I felt on the bridge as I hesitated to pass…The gap and the weight of the motorbike make me hesitating and  opssssssss … but no pain no damage..

I was thinking to put the bike back …start to remove my stuff and then they arrived …

On the over side of the bridge, there was 3 cars. They were all speaking Russian although the youngest had learnt English at school. They helped me picking up the bike and asked what the hell I was doing in this mess. I explained where I wanted to go. They were going the same way so I got invited to follow and bivouac with them. Why not?

The first this I learned with them was the distance evaluation …We are in Russia and everything is far away sometime …When they told me that their camp was just there ….for me it was not far….and finally it was at 100 kms   lol ….which is not very far at all for them

I stayed with them 5 days. Never in my life had I been welcomed so warmly. Meals, walks, bivouac, birthday, football, visits… I was invited to share everything with them. I even had to insist to pay my part of the food or shopping . They were simple, friendly, fun and I spent a really great time with them.

I also learned with them that Russia had a lot of tradition..Everytime they were proposing me something they were saying … “Jeff , you have to do that ..this is Russian Tradition lol” ….and I had a lot of fun ..

I celebrated a birthday… walked in the country side ( they gave me some shoes ) , been invited at the Bania , winch is the Russian sauna..All along the road people were selling some tree branches and I was wondering why ..they are used during the Bania ( )….

You can find a Bania even in the camping ..

After that their return to Novosibirsk I stayed a few days to go to the south of the lake Teleskoi through my so-called path. 190 km. I did the last 70 km in just 3 hours overtaking cars, even 4×4. The chain and luggage rack of my bike got damaged and the steering damper was so hot I could not touch it. Whatever, it was fantastic!

On my way back, a small tornado came up to me as I was on my bivouac at night. The trees were breaking. The tents and cars were flying off. A few days before I had already endured strong hail. This morning I had gone through a 1700 metres mountain pass at below freezing temperature. I got drenched by heavy rain all the way back…I felt exhausted

Here I am back in Novosibirsk to visit the happy family, wash up, clean my clothes and decide… either I go to Baikal or I head up towards Moscow


The Happy Family in details

Galina ..La Mamma   …The Chief :)).. She is organizing everything ….deciding for dinner , lunch ..;camping….

She is managing the all group like and she remind me a famous cartoon person..Chief of a tribe and a village very famous in France ….. Bonemine



Anatole…The master mind ….He has a very good knowledge about the plant, the nature in the Altai .He is making his own honey in Novosibirsk and I have a bottle at home .

I regret that I  was not speaking Russia to understand his knowledge .I can compare Anatole to Panoramix



Alexey (Kirill’s father)




Galina (Pavel’s mother)










Grisha..that making very huge sandwiches





I think the best time I had ….Bania.. Beer and Vodka ….hot and cold….


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Meeting with flock of Yacks …seems they have not a very good mood /character

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After the storm in the morning

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Dinner and washing place et the camping

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Luggage support broken…Trying to fix it but I’ll have to stop and request a welding

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On the road of Teleskoi Lake

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Lost bra on the road in the middle of nowhere :))



Crazy group of Russian . They planned to cross the lake on their raft …

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Meeting with a group of Kaz poeple in vacation at the Teleskoye lake..they all wanted to be on the bike and had a picture

Get my bike stuck in the sand  also a 4X4 was stuck when I arrived … it was raining so much..

Good breakfast in the morning …

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Aktach Village  This Grand Ma was counting with an  abacus  and she was using the calculator for showing the total you owned .she was really sweet ..and I have been very welcome there as a stranger/traveller

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Trekking in the mountains …. invited by the Happy Family












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The dog of Galina .. I will gave him the nickname of Rosbeef……. that will make laughing Galina


In Russia you can camp almost everywhere

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Meeting other bilker in the Altai with Victory bike

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Beautiful place

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Archaeology visit

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Marijuana in the altai ….a lot in many places



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