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Mechanics or machine: a tough test for the Kia Sportage

We drove on bad roads and even on the road around the lake.Alexander Vinogradov “Behind the wheel”

Everyone has a treasured place where I dream to go. Baikal I wanted to go since childhood. And as I rode on the ferry “Olkhon gate”, could not believe his luck. The largest freshwater lake of the continent, one fifth of the world’s water is neither geographical fact will not detract from the beauty and grandeur that of open eyes. Well, one: it is the deepest lake on the planet. It is the island of Olkhon, where we were headed, and is that blue abyss with a depth of more than a mile.

Finally, the ferry docked, and I stepped on the shore of the largest island of lake Baikal. More precisely, moved out. In my hands — standard Kia Sportage with a two-liter engine, all-wheel drive and in the popular Luxe specification. I wonder how he will feel far away from urban civilization?

No photo conveys the emotion that is captured on the shore of lake Baikal.No photo conveys the emotion that is captured on the shore of lake Baikal.

Buhangin Kingdom

Olkhon is the realm of “loaves”. They constitute two thirds of the automotive fauna, and often graze numerous flocks. About asphalt here not heard, smooth roads is almost there. Solid grader with periodic pits solid caliber. It is not in the money ecology. Because of other vehicles, including SUVs, there is not easy. Sportage is no exception.

Ulyanovsk “loaf” is the most popular form of transport on the island: roads are bad, and carry tourists need. Adequate replacement of these machines there. Uazu should think about opening a dealership here — the demand is assured.Ulyanovsk “loaf” is the most popular form of transport on the island: roads are bad, and carry tourists need. Adequate replacement of these machines there. Uazu should think about opening a dealership here — the demand is assured.

Honestly the suspension resists breakdown, but keep the same speed “UAZ”, under a hundred is simply unrealistic. You can go without wheels; though they are not the most low-profile, 17‑inch, but scary for them. Happen that to repair a tire is going nowhere, not to mention the wheel. In all the time I saw only one tire — in a private home. And he was closed.

The most popular way to the mainland — ferry. If you go without a car, Olkhon can be reached directly from Irkutsk — to “Comet”.The most popular way to the mainland — ferry. If you go without a car, Olkhon can be reached directly from Irkutsk — to “Comet”.

If the suspension of the serious questions is no, then the assistant descent from the mountain trust melted. On steep slopes it is working properly, but as soon as the road abruptly went down, the system began to fail, spreading the brake more than necessary. Not to go into the abyss or not to be in the lake, had to push back the machine by hand.

At the shore eyes the deep blue of the lake. Water is a fantastic saturated colors — not every sea can say that. On reaching the rock shaman (aka Cape Burkhan), where there are the sacred pillars of Serge, come across several natural areas. Right — the real Baltic beaches: sandy beach with its dunes among the pine needles. Left — ledges Shaman and beach with small pebbles. And behind — the steppe. And the entire island — solar, harsh, different.

The largest freshwater lake of the continent, one fifth of the world’s water, but no geographical fact will not detract from the beauty and grandeur of lake Baikal.The largest freshwater lake of the continent, one fifth of the world’s water, but no geographical fact will not detract from the beauty and grandeur of lake Baikal.

Impression greased with plenty of debris. Directly on the beach it is not, but in Khuzhir… Life is no bed of roses. A large part of the income they receive from tourists. Previously, the main enterprise was Malogorski fishery, now it was only ruins. The coastal area is actively overgrown with hostels and mini-hotels. In 2005, the island got cable, and before that the only source of electricity was diesel generators. Electricity from the mainland somehow make life easier. Full of gas stations there is only one private, with a tank. For fuel many go to the mainland, hence the regular queue for the ferry.

And bears, too? That’s the first thing I asked local. Mihalycha on the island there — they just have nothing here to live, and you can safely wander around. However, five years ago, one bear managed to swim across to the island, fleeing from forest fires. But without bears animals enough, not to mention the inhabitants of the lake. There are a huge number of unique fish (fishing is forbidden). And of course, the local seals. It’s a shame, but to meet these Mimino creatures had no chance.

And that’s quite a sad picture: tombstones and monuments everywhere. People Baikal takes a lot, most in winter. Failure of the ice is the most common cause of death. At least, according to the local. Summer is also a tragedy happens: the waves on lake Baikal is not particularly large, but very sharp — and be in the icy water (the temperature is always higher than +10 °C), falling with a light boat, easy.

The sacred pillars of Serge. Encircling their ribbons are the gifts that people bring to the spirits of the lake.The sacred pillars of Serge. Encircling their ribbons are the gifts that people bring to the spirits of the lake.

Nu come on, already!

After leaving the island and once out on the Large open space of land, was stuck in traffic. In the endless overtaking two-liter motor Nu series once again proved that modern atmosferici, strangled ehkonorm, not different speed. The outputs of the lanes are frankly hard. Not save and a manual transmission — so I drove the Sportage is also in the tail and mane. You have to go two notches down, and on the long climbs you can forget not only about a sixth gear, but often about a fifth.

Automatic, oddly enough, there are preferable, with comparable acceleration to not have to constantly shift gears yourself, and the appetite of a machine only half a liter more. Although in any case it is considerable to 9.5 and 10 l/100 km, respectively. For country mode is frankly a lot.

While I felt the lack of thrust and watched the fuel level on the horizon buguldeyka village on the shore of lake Baikal, near which is a large marble quarry.

Marble quarry near the village of buguldeyka in 1990‑e years have been ruined by improper explosion — all marble covered with cracks. Now it is a tourist place.Marble quarry near the village of buguldeyka in 1990‑e years have been ruined by improper explosion — all marble covered with cracks. Now it is a tourist place.

This quarry is a monument to inept attitude to natural resources. The quality of marble, white with gray veins was higher. It was used for making sculptures and for finishing jobs that require large solid massifs of rock. In the mid-nineties were produced by a directional explosion for the further development, but the calculations were incorrect and the whole array of marble in the quarry went fine and large cracks. Unique mine ruined a stupid mistake. Now this marble can be used only for small products… to Get it can be anyone — you only need to get permission.

Baikal absorbs and doesn’t let go. You can arbitrarily long time to read descriptions and articles, but no word, no picture does not give this beauty. Powerful yet incredibly fragile. I want to be naive to believe that nothing and never spoil.

Mechanics or machine: a tough test for the Kia Sportage

We drove on bad roads and even on the road around the lake.

Mechanics or machine: a tough test for the Kia Sportage

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Photo: Alexander Vinogradov and Kia

Mechanics or machine: a tough test for the Kia Sportage

We drove on bad roads and even on the road around the lake.

Mechanics or machine: a tough test for the Kia Sportage

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