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Eternal outskirts of Moscow and beyond (LOTS of pics!)

Post by Skorohod » Aug 31 2019 3:19am

Hi, everyone! Today i want to start a topic where i can share with you some photos from my favorite e-bike trips around Moscow, Russia. There my trip to Biryulyovo district from "golden autumn" of 2018:

Bridge over Yazvenka river. It roughly translates as "the Ulcer river" :shock: That means river with deep bed, a river that leaves "ulcer" or "sore" in earth.
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Foggy morning.
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There some frosting. Winter is coming!
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Aug 31 2019 3:29am

As you can see, there not much left of "ulcerishnes" of Yazvenka. It became a swampy pond over a years...
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That big pipes - central heating system. They mostly runs underground, but sometimes they emerge like that:
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Writings on the pipe: "city romanticness" and "winter's time?":
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Over a 120 Celsius at 12 atmospheres - pretty serious stuff! Some central heating tech building:
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Aug 31 2019 3:46am

Gold on deep blue:
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Winter is coming? So what? That clover just don't give a damn:
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Railroad to Moscow Coke factory. Not THAT Coke, but that one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coke_(fuel)
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Biryulyovo arboretum. Leafs, leafs, leafs...
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Some classified stuff over barbed wire fence. "Restricted area! No trespassing!":
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That's bridge over other small river - Cherepishka. "The potsherd river", something like that :)
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There a sewer line inside that bridge:
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Aug 31 2019 3:51am

The Cherepishka river.
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Some wasteland.
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Some piece of plattenbau panel:
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Hobo's stash of PET bottles:
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That's all for today. I hope y'all enjoyed it :)
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by markz » Aug 31 2019 3:31pm

Yup, I sure did enjoy the pictures. Keep the pictures coming!

I've only been to Moscow Russia a couple times for work, and I must stay that it is a very beautiful country. I wish to go back and explore Russia more.... perhaps one day that will be possible.

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That's all for today. I hope y'all enjoyed it :)

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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by DAND214 » Aug 31 2019 3:36pm

Very good pics. So you are saying they heated buildings from a source far away? Seems a waste to do that.

Bike looks nice. I'm rather sure it is a few watts over the law. Or do they have a ny limits on Ebikes there?
Also nice saddle bags, BIG/

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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by markz » Aug 31 2019 3:40pm

Laws in Russia :lol:
Nyet on laws.
$10 bill is all it takes! Greenback preferred program.
Skorohod, do you have a Dotcha on the outskirts?
The only 2 Russian words I remember.
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Very good pics. So you are saying they heated buildings from a source far away? Seems a waste to do that.

Bike looks nice. I'm rather sure it is a few watts over the law. Or do they have a ny limits on Ebikes there?
Also nice saddle bags, BIG/

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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by DAND214 » Aug 31 2019 4:05pm

markz wrote:
Aug 31 2019 3:40pm
Laws in Russia :lol:
Nyet on laws.
$10 bill is all it takes! Greenback preferred program.
Skorohod, do you have a Dotcha on the outskirts?
The only 2 Russian words I remember.
DAND214 wrote:
Aug 31 2019 3:36pm
Very good pics. So you are saying they heated buildings from a source far away? Seems a waste to do that.

Bike looks nice. I'm rather sure it is a few watts over the law. Or do they have a ny limits on Ebikes there?
Also nice saddle bags, BIG/

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WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING LAWS!
That's what I figured.

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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by flat tire » Aug 31 2019 6:43pm

Great pictures and information from an interesting place.

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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Sep 01 2019 3:30am

markz wrote:
Aug 31 2019 3:31pm
Yup, I sure did enjoy the pictures. Keep the pictures coming!
Thanks, i'll try to update this thread once in a week!
DAND214 wrote:
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So you are saying they heated buildings from a source far away? Seems a waste to do that.
Yep, it's exactly like that - sources far away, inefficiency. A troubled legacy of soviet era. Around 1950 it seams like a good idea to redirect unused heat from coal power plants to heating. Long pipelines, weak insulation of cheap panel buildings? So what, we got a lots of coal :) Today coal stil in use only for one of many Moscow power plants and only as backup fuel. All other powerplants switched to natural gas as main fuel and mazut (fuel oil) as backup. Every summer those pipelines shut down due to maintenance and muscovites spend couple of weeks without hot water.
DAND214 wrote:
Aug 31 2019 3:36pm
Bike looks nice. I'm rather sure it is a few watts over the law. Or do they have a ny limits on Ebikes there?
It's has a MXUS 3k turbo (a update for MXUS3000 AFAIK) in rear hub. Strangely enough, it's completely road legal according to russian road laws. In Russia vehicle with two or three wheels with speed not exceeding 50 km/h and powered by electric motor with rated power between 250 and 4000 Watts considered a moped. You only need a drivers license with any open category and helmet to drive moped, no license plates or registration needed. That makes lots of DIY bikes completely legal in Russia!
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Also nice saddle bags, BIG/
It's bags for hardcore bicycle touring :) Obvious overkill for my today trips, but i already have them so i put them to work.
markz wrote:
Aug 31 2019 3:40pm
Laws in Russia
There is saying in Russia: "severity of the laws compensated by lack of they enforcement" ;)
markz wrote:
Aug 31 2019 3:40pm
Skorohod, do you have a Dotcha on the outskirts?
I personally don't have a dacha, but some of my friends and relatives do. I visit them sometimes and use them dacha's as electric charger station :)
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Aug 31 2019 6:43pm
Great pictures and information from an interesting place.
Thanks! I'll try to find something interesting for next week. For those who not afraid of spoilers: there a link to my Instagram account in my profile, all those pics already there. But my instagram lacks commentaries and explanations in english - so stay tuned to this thread!
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Sep 04 2019 7:06am

Today i want to show you some photos from my trips with group called themselfs "Wild Students". Wildely enough, there no actual students among them :) Some of them became PhD's, some of them are Masters of Sports in sport tourism. They gather together and have fun between hard-core bike tours. "Thursday rollerblades" - one of the activities i often tag along.

There literaly only one photo i've took in daylight during "Thursday rollerblades" - they gather after working hours, when it's dark in autumns. There it is, one of "Seven sisters", appartement building near Yauza river mouth:
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From this point we going to see Moscow outskirts in night colors! The magnificent Elk Island national park, the reign of pine trees, swamps and, of course, elks! One of two paved roads in park, a Bumazhnaya proseka (bumazhnaya means paper, proseka means forestry road, cutting through forest) - old road used to deliver timber to paper mill:
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The Wild Students:
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Some creepy carved animals. They were not born that way, they've been vandalized through the years:
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The Elk pond at night:
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The Ursa Major:
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The Wild Students (the sign over them means "Walking on ice prohibited"):
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But wait a second... what's that noise from other side of pond? Here come the E-E-E-E-E-ELKS!
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Wild Students and an elk. Don't try this at home!
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An elk itself:
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My sincere reaction:
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Those signs placed all over the Elk Island. Don't mess with elks!
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Another paved road. No known name yet. Airstrip for bicycles:
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Trail to Babaevsky pond:
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Babaevsky pond at night:
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The Wild Students, Babaevsky pond, Golianovo neighborhood, the Moon and the Mars planet (look at bright dot to 4-o-clock from the Moon):
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Sep 04 2019 7:34am

Infamous Khodynka. Now there just a park:
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A briefing somewhere on Novopeschanaya street:
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The Wild Students rushing through Sokol Painters village:
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A silent night in Pokrovskoye-Streshnego park:
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Wild rollerblader goes offroad:
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The Khimka river:
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Moscow Canal:
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И-700Н (I-700N) block-panel building. Yes, some people actually can tell "commieblocks" apart :)
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Northern river port of Moscow on Khimkinskoye reservoir:
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New Leningradsky bridge over Moscow Canal:
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Northern Tushino park:
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Time to have some snacks with hot beverages:
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Green tea with lemon, chocolate:
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The Palace of Kuskovo, me and my e-bike:
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That's all for today. See ya next week! :D
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by DAND214 » Sep 04 2019 7:55am

Very nice pics ion the dark.
Interesting places too!

I think your bike got a little dirty :lol:

Keep them coming.

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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by markz » Sep 06 2019 4:51pm

Hate to keep the stereotype going but is that vodka in the cup?

I had to google the brands/types of vodka Russians like to drink.
"Zhouravli (cranes), Zelyonaya Marka (green label), Flagman (flagship), Parliament, and Khortitsya"

Here in the other "Great White North" aka Canada, Smirnoff Vodka was delicious, but like most I chose on price.

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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Sep 08 2019 4:05am

DAND214 wrote:
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I think your bike got a little dirty :lol:
There goes another saying: "a pig can find mud everywhere" :) My bike is always a little dirty, sometimes - very dirty. Heavy rain converts "very dirty" to "a little dirty", though.
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Hate to keep the stereotype going but is that vodka in the cup?
In my cup - green tea and piece of lemon. Some of wild students had a glintwine that evening, but no strong beverages though.
I personally dont drink alcohol at all :) Sorry to dissapoint you, but i know nothing about vodkas, beers or wines. Sometimes it can get in a way in socialising, like this time, lol.
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Sep 13 2019 5:19pm

My trip to infamous Chagino power station. It's not the first time something goes wrong in this place, lol.

Peaceful Kuzminki park:
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КОПЭ (KOPE) panel buildings. One of last of Soviet era panelbau, they were considered most luxurious among other mass-produced apartment buildings:
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Woodchip road:
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New park in Mar'ino has great industrial views:
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Little swamp on the way:
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There it is, a field of transmission towers:
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ЛЭП-500 (500kV class powerline). Feel the might of half megavolt over your head:
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Decommissioned tower resting its wires:
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See that unremarkable smoke stack made from steel just right of the dirt road? It's actually a modern gas flare. Most of time it's just steam coming out. Back in a days it was far more spectacular.
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Moscow oil refinery in Kapotnya:
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Sun is coming down:
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Kuzminki park:
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Wild apples on the road:
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Selfie:
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There a strong rumors about mustard gas pollution of lake in this park from early soviet era chemical weapons proving ground:
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I didn't notice anything odd. Just a water:
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The "mustard gas lake" after sunset:
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Some sleepy Moscow street on my way home:
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That's all for this week :)
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Sep 22 2019 1:32pm

Today i want to show you some photos of riding through Moscow on winter nights with our local 3x9 bicycle club.

Temperatures way below zero, but roads are wet. Some nasty chemistry keep them that way:
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Pit-stop on Moscow river bank. River partly frozen:
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Quiet street in Krylatskoe neighborhood:
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Frozen Olympic rowing canal:
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Our tracks over fresh snow:
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Real vintage bus, hello from 80's olympics:
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Zhivopisny Bridge:
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Me and 3x9:
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Climbing to Krylatskoe hills. See that blue little lights on road below? It's 3x9 hard on the pedals up on Krylatskoye Olympic cycling circuit:
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Reward is one of the most astonishing views in Moscow:
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Sep 22 2019 1:46pm

That's me and my e-bike:
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Down to snowy Olympic circuit:
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Road to Moscow river bank in Fili park:
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Cabin from fairytale:
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Spring with freezing water:
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Well, THAT you can certainly call a cold shower:
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Terekhovo in the dark and lots of winter ducks:
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Up from river throug Fili park:
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Sign means "road for jogging and Scandinavian walking":
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No one's complaining, though. So we ride on:
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow

Post by Skorohod » Sep 22 2019 1:56pm

Winter night in Elk Island national park:
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Things got a little bit creepy that night:
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That's me again:
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3x9:
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Riding with my bike on MCC train in comfort:
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That's all for this week :)
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow (LOTS of pics!)

Post by markz » Sep 22 2019 9:40pm

Snow, Hey Oh

Latitude wise we are about the same, your 55.7 degrees, here its 51.

Whats the Volts and Ah of your brick battery?

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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow (LOTS of pics!)

Post by Skorohod » Sep 23 2019 2:40am

markz wrote:
Sep 22 2019 9:40pm
Snow, Hey Oh
Nice song, thanks. Despite title and lyrics of this particular song RHCP always give me that "last days of summer" nostalgia vibe. Maybe it's imprint from my last school summer in 1999 with their Californication album.
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Latitude wise we are about the same, your 55.7 degrees, here its 51.
Yep, some landscapes are similar too (steppe and hills in deep south of Moscow region or Tula region). Alas, no mountains around. You need to travel more than 1000 kilometers from Moscow to see mountains.
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Whats the Volts and Ah of your brick battery?
That was two similar batteries in parallel connection. 14s11p each, NMC2650 18650 cells. That gives 52 Volts and 58 A*h or around 3000 W*h in total. Funny thing, they is the last remaining part from my Haro hardtail e-bike, all other parts (including frame) are sold out to people all over Russia.
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow (LOTS of pics!)

Post by markz » Sep 29 2019 9:54pm

This is Calgary weather today

I must say, I had a blast ebiking in the snow!



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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow (LOTS of pics!)

Post by Skorohod » Oct 01 2019 2:12pm

markz wrote:
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This is Calgary weather today
Awesome! Yes, it can cause a traffic collapse, but still - awesome! :)
Does it happens a lot in Alberta - heavy snow in september?
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow (LOTS of pics!)

Post by Skorohod » Oct 01 2019 2:58pm

Random ride through southern outskirts, september 2018:

Gorodnya river settling basin:
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Gorodnya river:
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Suddenly, a Lenin appears:
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Vintage telegraph pole, all alone:
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Traction substation:
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Sunset over abandoned Efes-Pilsen factory:
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Old abandoned road (long ago there was narrow-gauge railroad):
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Trophies (seven stars for you, Evgeny!):
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Re: Eternal outskirts of Moscow (LOTS of pics!)

Post by markz » Oct 01 2019 4:20pm

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/ ... rd-october
Headline - Calgary Just Had Its Snowiest Day in More Than Three Decades and Breaks October Record
By Chris Dolce - October 03 2018 11:00 AM EDTweather.com
An early-season winter storm pummeled Calgary, Canada, on Tuesday, vaulting the city to its heaviest single-day snowfall since 1981 and setting a new October snow record. Calgary International Airport received 12.9 inches (32.8 centimeters) of snow

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https://calgary.weatherstats.ca/charts/ ... nthly.html

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Skorohod wrote:
Oct 01 2019 2:12pm
markz wrote:
Sep 29 2019 9:54pm
This is Calgary weather today
Awesome! Yes, it can cause a traffic collapse, but still - awesome! :)
Does it happens a lot in Alberta - heavy snow in september?

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