Thursday, May 07, 2009

To Russia with Love: Chernobyl Today

Meet Elena.

Elena lives in Ukraine, and is about to take you on a tour of Chernobyl and it's surrounding area. It's a place frozen in time and will be for a long time to come.

The world's most disastrous nuclear plant accident is perhaps not so fresh in the minds of many. What actually happened remained a State secret for many years, and perhaps all the details will never be known.

Elena's journey's by motorcycle through these areas fill us in on the aftermath of this event and gives us a glimpse of the towns and villages that will remain uninhabited for an unforeseen future.

It's a great story and one worth reading.

And so join Elena on her motorcycle trek. Lot's of pictures, some broken english and a story you won't find in the local newspapers.

My name is Elena. I run this website and I don't have anything to sell. What I do have is my motorbike and the absolute freedom to ride it wherever curiosity and the speed demon take me. This page is maintained by the author, but when internet traffic is heavy it may be down occasionally.


have ridden all my life and over the years I have owned several different motorbikes. I ended my search for a perfect bike with a big kawasaki ninja, that boasts a mature 147 horse power, some serious bark, is fast as a bullet and comfortable for a long trips. here is more about my motorcycle I travel a lot and one of my favorite destinations leads North from Kiev, towards so called Chernobyl "dead zone", which is 130kms from my home. Why my favorite? Because one can take long rides there on empty roads. The people there all left and nature is blooming. There are beautiful woods and lakes. In places where roads have not been travelled by trucks or army vehicles, they are in the same condition they were 20 years ago - except for an occasional blade of grass or some tree that discovered a crack to spring through. Time does not ruin roads, so they may stay this way until they can be opened to normal traffic again........ a few centuries from now.

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