An extreme traveler from Salekhard overcame the distance from the capital of Yamal to Nadym on a bicycle
15:14 3 сентября 2020
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A brave man from Salekhard, Artur Akhmetov, rode a bicycle along the route under construction “Nadym-Salekhard”. He covered 350 kilometers in three days. On the last day he drenched to the skin in the pouring rain, met a bear and slept on the side of the road without a tent, but does not regret anything. He told about his travel to a correspondent of the news agency “Sever-Press”.
A week earlier the brave man tried to overcome this distance without much preparation — he did not have the right amount of water and food with him. And he did not take a sleeping bag and a tent. The second attempt was more accurate, Artur admitted: he took into account all the mistakes and took everything he needed with him. In addition to the above, he armed himself with a signal rocket in case of an emergency, and warned Yamalspas (the emergency and rescue service of continued readiness) about entering the dangerous route. Like a true northerner, he took dried venison: nutritious and easy to carry.
After the first 150 kilometers he met Valery from Nadym. The man in an off-road vehicle shared drinking water with Artur and was concerned about the fate of the traveler. Valery is father of 11 children. He encouraged Artur and invited him to visit Nadym, he believed in him. This meeting impressed the bicycle rider. Even then he realized that if he reached the place, he would give his “iron horse” to Valery.
On the second day Artur met employees of the Museum and Exhibition complex named after I. S. Shemanovskiy, who worked on the territory of the 501st railroad building site. The employees of the museum gave him breakfast and told many interesting stories.
The cyclist reached a checkpoint of cars and a section of road under construction. Workers warmly welcomed the guest already familiar to them. Riding on the sand was hard, in some places Artur just walked. Then he saw the wolf’s tracks, and adrenaline surged through his blood.
When it was almost 100 kilometers to Nadym, the man from Salekhard decided to hide his tent and sleeping bag in the forest: as they say, even a needle is heavy on the road. Then the adventure began: 300 meters away a huge bear appeared on the side of the road. The cyclist took out a signal rocket, but the bear itself gave way, hiding in the woods. It began to rain. At night Artur was almost hit by a passing KAMAZ. The man was exhausted, but decided not to give up. He really wanted to sleep, and the traveler took a strong-willed decision – he went to sleep on the grass, without a tent, and at the dawn he again moved on the road.
He had breakfast in Nadym, charged his phone and wrote to his family. Then he took a ride around the town and met Valery and gave him his bicycle. The father of many children gave Artur smoked whitefish.
Artur traveled back to the regional capital with workers by Trecol vehicles and working trucks. From Tuesday to Wednesday he stayed overnight in the house of a hermit uncle Vasya. He has three dogs and has been living in a hut in the forest for thirteen years. The traveler visited banya (Russian bath). On Wednesday morning he was already in Salekhard.
The surest way to success is always to try again, Artur is convinced. This is how the first person, who alone overcame the distance between Salekhard and Nadym on a bicycle, appeared in Yamal. But Artur Akhmetov does not recommend repeating such a race, he admits: although he is proud of himself, it was not easy.