GHOST TOWN – Chernobyl Pictures:
This fascinating site describes the author’s journeys by motorbike through the deserted regions surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant that famously blew up in 1986. The pictures are haunting beyond measure, and the author’s commentary is lucid, if not always grammatically perfect! A fascinating look into the past…many of the pictures portray the region almost exactly as it was in 1986, still under the Communist regime, although obviously subject to the weathering and decay of nature.
I 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.
(Found after searching on a tipoff from drum’n’bass fruitcake Raiden, via my mate Crusty Paul…cheers guys.)
Just as a side note, this is not an attempt by the author (or me, for that matter) to discredit nuclear power as being dangerous; although I am personally an advocate of renewable enegry sources, I believe that nuclear power (if approached sensibly) is just as valid as any other sort. It is, incidentally, an illustration of what can go wrong if the technology is cheap and poorly maintained, and the workers undertrained and underpaid. But fundamentally, it is a fascinating account of a journey through a region that fear alone would prevent most people from visiting.