Sep 292017

So the Russians have some seriously badass off-road vehicles, including some surprisingly large vehicles capable of going prit-near anywhere. They pretty much *have* to , since they have a whole lot of territory, and apparently not such a good road system.

For a really WTF example, take a look at the following video. It’s a collection of Wacky Videos From Russia, including the usual collection of stuff you might expect. Most of the clips are the sort of things you could see anywhere, but at about 1:33 there is a short clip showing a paved asphalt road that is… I don’t know what it is. It ain’t right, and I can’t explain it.

If anyone can explain that road and just what the frak happened, I’d love to hear it.


 Posted by at 1:27 am
  • allen

    I’m guessing here asphalt road laid on top of permafrost, which later turned out to not be so permanent. it melted, liquefying the soil, and then re-froze probably several times.

    • Agree. Permafrost.

      If you want to build a road on permafrost, you need to dig deep, and put down a layer of insulation. High quality Styrofoam, generally. And then add layers of gravel.

      Putting a layer of asphalt on it is still a bad idea, since it will need yearly replacement if you do.

      • allen

        it sounds like it would almost be better to lay down a flexible mat. every year, roll up each section in turn and grade it, stake it down, and move on.

        it would limit speeds and would only be usable 3 seasons out of the year..but it would be far easier than re-paving that road each time.

  • Namenlos

    This road Rostov – Sloboda in Yaroslavl Oblast was damaged by the unexpectedly high spring flood which filled the dry riverbed of Ishnya River in 2013. The 1.3km-long section of the road was repaired and reconstructed to the May 2014.

    • Scottlowther

      Thanks! Building a road directly on top of a dry riverbed seems an odd thing to do.

  • sferrin

    “Meanwhile in Russia” is Russian for “hold ma beer”.

  • robunos20

    The cleaner with the hoover is just priceless . . .

  • KellyFromMesquite

    It was called “frost heave” when I was in Idaho in 1970.

  • John B

    A good example of socialized medicine at 1:02

  • se jones

    Seems like the Road of Bones river crossing from “Long Way Around” is appropriate here.
    And yes, that’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    • Scottlowther

      That’s some craziness right there.

      Seeing that, ya gotta ask, “What *the* *hell* were the Germans thinking, thinking they could invade that?”

      • se jones

        was zum Teufel !!

        Crazy fun! I live for that sort of off-road insanity, I’ll be out in your fine state next month to bash the crap of an expensive dirt bike (and my body) on your fine Utah rocks & canyons. And if the trip coincides with those epic fall Monsoons (as it often does) insane ephemeral desert flash flood fun may ensue!

        And…to explore Mars, me thinks we really need to team with the Russians, what they lack in $money, they make up with that hard-core “make it work” attitude.

        • publiusr

          Kolyma gave us Korolyov after all.

          The Kolyma–Anadyr highway is under construction.
          Russia is pretty much what the Old West was when trains were just getting started–but with everything permafrost/ mud and biting flies–so it is taking longer to really get things coonected.

          I think it was Christmas of 2002 when the full electrification of the Trans-Siberian Railway was announced–after 74 years of work.
          That big thinking is exactly what Mars needs along with billionaires. It will take the best of East and West.