Dear friends! Lately I got lots of emails asking me whether one can buy a bike in Magadan at a low cost and ride it out of town along the Road of Bones. The answer is unfortunately it is almost impossible. Here’s why.The bike season in Magadan is extremely short — basically, just 2 months a year. Therefore, there are no offerings from manufacturers and sellers to hold showrooms and sales. Those rare fans of bikes, they buy their vehicles in other Russian cities and deal with delivery on their own. Then they have to wait quite a long time before the bike season starts so they can ride their bikes finally. That’s why one can not buy a cheap bike here in Magadan, in our place many nice things are not sold cheaply.The other thing is in case you reached Magadan riding your own bike you will also not be able to sell it in here. Two reasons. First strict rule says — you entered Russia on your bike, you have to leave it on your bike. Otherwise you will have to face a bunch of difficult issues dealing with our customs. Even if you will meet someone willing to buy your bike, that person will need quite a big amount of money in order to undergo the clearance procedure at customs.So my advise is — plan your trip beforehand.
My video of rafting on Magadan river and grayling fishing! for these fishermen. Music and fishing!
Here are a few answers to new questions from the AskMagadan site visitors:
Question: Where to buy food and if there is sale of ready-to-cook food?
Answer: We have a supermarket where you can purchase products and ready meals. But such food might be not in your style, as Russian cuisine appeared to be quite original.
Q: I am able to rent a house in Magadan for a long time?
A: You can rent a flat (apartment) in Magadan with furniture and household appliances for the long term. Some examples you can see here on the site: http://www.kvartiryer.com.
There is also the rental service office, where you can find flats for renting on the daily basis. It is located near a bus station (indicated on the below map).
In Magadan, flat rent rates varies from 600 to 1,000 dollars a month.
Q: How many people in Magadan can speak English?
A: Majority doesn’t speak English very much, but there are enough English-speaking people, especially among young ones.
We have started a new project. It’s the installation of the Kolyma monument dedicated to the people, who had been developing the territory of Kolyma. Without deviding people into groups based on right-wing or guilt, gulag victims or people, who arrived at their souls’ summons.
In short, the Monument will be dedicated to all, who developed or are developing our beuatiful, but tough region.
Our Kolyma Monument page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MonumentKolyma.
Currently, we have the Monument design. On May 7th, we with friends are heading to the Kolyma Highway to look for the installation place.
Meanwhile, we suggest to see the initial outline (the above photo).
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Short answers to short questions from blog visitors:
1. Is it possible to get to Magadan by train?
No. The railroad to Magadan was not constructed. To get to my place is possible by plane or sea or on your own vehicles.
2. Is it possible to load a car on a ship, that goes to the U.S.A.?
We don’t have ships sailing directly to Alaska. Mostlikely, it’s better to ship vehicles to Vladivostok and then to Alaska.
Russian search engine yandex updated their maps. Now you can see a big increase in the road to Magadan from Yakutsk. this is a really good opportunity to see what awaits travelers. Address: http://maps.yandex.ru