Yesterday I took photographs of how truck drivers — Michael Zakharov and his four sons — were preparing for this year’s last long run on the winter road from Yakutsk to Srednekolymsk, Kolyma area of North-East Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.
A long ride, indeed, and very risky. Around 2500 km on one way through the Kolyma federal road (settlements of Khandyga and Ust Nera) and the Arctic winter road (Ust Nera — Sasyr — Zyryanka — Srednekolymsk).
The whole two-way trip, as Michael said, will take approximately 15 days. This is the period when ice on rivers starts melting and water overflowing, though the current weather over there in Kolyma is like -15C in a daytime.
The most challenging is a part between Sasyr and Zyryanka with high passes through Ulahan Chistaya and Chersky ranges.
This time 51-year Michael is driving on two KAMAZ trucks with his 27-year son Pavel.
Michael’s two sons, Misha in the middle and Daniel on the right. A friend of theirs on the left.
A guy in a cap with a camera is Ben, California-based film maker, who is a big fan of truckers.
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