March 01, 1997

Road of Bones to the Coldest Place in the World

In the beginning, The Turtle Expedition had what they thought was an innocent idea: drive across Russia. Then reality struck: one sixth of the Earth’s surface... eight million square miles... 7,000 miles across eleven time zones, stretching halfway around the planet. Oh, and there was that nagging fact that there are no all-weather roads across the Russian Far East. The solution? Follow the example of Russian Cossacks and trappers, and before them, the Paleo-Siberian and Altaic tribes which roamed the forests and valleys of Siberia for millennia: Winter Roads.

The Road of Bones is the first of several installments to be published in Russian Life, chronicling the The Turtle Expedition’s 16,000 mile, 11 month long adventure across the breadth of Russia. By Gary Wescott. Photos by Gary and Monika Wescott.


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