Far East Siberia
Behind Baikal the most interesting part of the route begins in terms of riding – you will enjoy mountains, fells, taiga, rivers, beautiful wildlife and fewer cars, people and comfort.
An asphalted road appeared here quite recently, the secondary roads are still all unpaved. Major cities on the way, Ulan-Ude, Chita, Blagoveshchensk, Khabarovsk, are several times smaller than Novosibirsk or Krasnoyarsk. Here the weather often changes, and part of the path passes through the permafrost zone, where even in summer snow can fall for a day. If you need to serve your bike its better to do it in Irkutsk.
There will be no restaurants and hotels on the way from Chita to Blagoveshchensk, on this part of the road which lasts for 1600 km the conditions will be Spartan, only motels and roadside cafes are waiting for you. No booking.com, limited Wi-Fi, rare petrol stations...
It is on this segment near Skovorodino there is a famous turn to Magadan and the Road of Bones. After turning to Magadan, the Lena Highway begins which after Yakutsk goes into the Kolyma Highway and this is the infamous Road of Bones. Its length is about 3000 km, the destination is Magadan, a city in the north of the Sea of Okhotsk.
The Road of Bones is not asphalted, there are almost no villages, towns and infrastructure. Rare secondary roads pass through half-destroyed bridges, with water crossing — we will write about this route next time, it deserves a separate story.
From Blagoveshchensk to Vladivostok you will travel along the Primorsky Region. This region is a large natural park, there are hundreds and thousands of kilometers of roads that run along the Pacific Ocean, through mountains, forests and valleys. We have shown several routes on the map. Some of them are asphalt, but most of them are unpaved.
Vladivostok is a rapidly developing city with big influence from neighboring China, Korea and Japan. In the city you will find a lot of right-wheeled cars, Chinese restaurants. BMW dealer recently opened here.
Once you will reach the city make sure to visit Tokaren Lighthouse, Russky Island, military forts, a beautiful historical city center, dozens of restaurants with excellent cuisine and the base of the Russian Navy. Vladivostok is located on the Pacific Ocean and from here you can take a ferry to South Korea or Japan.
What is worth visiting in the Far East (in eastern Siberia):
• Datsan in Ulan Ude,
• Baikepost in Mogocha
• Photo stop at turn to Magadan (sign with many stickers)
• Ussuriisk, Emerald Valley ethnopark
• Vladivostok, Tokarevsky lighthouse