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A Motorcycle Tour Of The "Dead Zone"

Mon Mar 08, 2004 5:30 pm

This was a pretty spooky tour.

Personally I think the kid is nuts, but still a very interesting internet tour of one of the great disasters of our time.

http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/
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RE: A Motorcycle Tour Of The "Dead Zone"

Mon Mar 08, 2004 6:41 pm

saw it a few days ago aswell. it is indeed very interesting to see that for now, nature seems to thrive there.

makes you wonder if human presence is really worse for nature then raidation from a blown up reactor.

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if anyone has more links of image galleries of chernobyl please post them, i find it to be pretty interesting to see a civilized area being more or less totally abandoned from one day to the other
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RE: A Motorcycle Tour Of The "Dead Zone"

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:22 pm

I spent the day in the zone 2 years ago and it is a pretty weird place for sure. The greatest impression was the Fields of abandoned equipment and the towns and cities just evacuated without warning and the signs that life was once normal there.

I wish she had a picture of the inside of the sports stadium. A new structure with a nice never-used 400 metre running track with a virtual jungle on the infield and wild looking trees growing in the stands. Amazing !

Worth remembering that the last reactor at Chernobyl only closed down in 2002. Most people who claim benefits as 'survivors' in Ukraine are thought to be scamming the system rather than people in need. Fake survivor ID is freely available for a price ...
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RE: A Motorcycle Tour Of The "Dead Zone"

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:29 pm

pacificjourney did you book with a local tour guide or how was your trip organized? can you provide some background of the whole tour or even have pictures?
isnt that what makes a.net great, no matter what the topic, someone has "been there done that" (i mean for real and not the civilav 14 year old ceo idea of real)
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RE: A Motorcycle Tour Of The "Dead Zone"

Mon Mar 08, 2004 11:14 pm

Yes there are various tours you can go on which are widely available plus this is Ukraine remember so anything is possible. I didn't arrange it myself but I don't think it would be very hard to find one. If I recall the tour cost about 45 Hyrvna (about US$4) and included lunch with beer and wine.

It was advised that cameras not be taken due to lingering radiation on certain camera parts ??? (and mine had been stolen/lost anyway).

It was about 2 hours bus ride from Kyiv and when we arrived we changed into protective clothing which was a joke and then away we went. We visited the monument to the firemen who died, the fields with the abandoned equipment, a large town which looked much like the picrtures in that site and a smaller village where some people had illegally moved back to and were selling 'souvenirs'. We also went pretty close to the big lump of concrete itself but there really wasn't anything to see there.

I don't remember seeing any police like this woman did but all the wildlife was pretty interesting as well. Boars and wolves (I think).

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RE: A Motorcycle Tour Of The "Dead Zone"

Tue Mar 09, 2004 1:33 am

Thanks for posting the link, it is really fascinating seeing how nature eventually wins over human created disaster in a matter of time.

As long as anyone visiting the area has a geiger counter, I don't think there are any more serious risks rather than riding the motorcycle. Some of the commentary is a bit questionable though, regarding the radiation exposure to Kyiv. Most research I have seen shows that the cloud from Chornobyl bypassed Kyiv, with the worst contamination in Belarus.
 
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RE: A Motorcycle Tour Of The "Dead Zone"

Tue Mar 09, 2004 10:41 am

"Dear friends, site is under reconstruction and update, please visit in May, I shall update it with new photos and info"

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RE: A Motorcycle Tour Of The "Dead Zone"

Tue Mar 09, 2004 7:01 pm

The problem with radiation exposure in Kyiv is from the water. The catchment in that area is into the Dneiper which heads south straight through the capital so the river sediment is where the 'live' stuff is.

Having said that I have never heard anyone in Kyiv mention it as being an issue. Plenty of people still live in that river during the summer, great beaches.
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RE: A Motorcycle Tour Of The "Dead Zone"

Tue Mar 09, 2004 8:26 pm

Yeah, the sites down until May!! that sucks :'(

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