March 29, 2004

Ghost Town

When the work dries up or the resources are depleted, people will often abandon an area completely. In the American west, the forlorn shell of a town where no one lives anymore is known as a “ghost town.”

It’s a spooky name, since it evokes the idea that only ghosts live there now, that it is no longer a place for the living to dwell. But for a place like Chernobyl, the name takes on a bit more significance.

My name is Elena, I run this site and I don’t sell anything in here and to tell the true, I don’t have anything to sell. What I do have is my bike and this absolute freedom to ride it wherever curiosity and speed demon take me to. […]

I travel a lot and my favorite destination lead through so called Chernobyl “dead zone” It is 130kms from my home. Why favourite? because one can ride there for hours and not meet any single car and not to see any single soul. People left and nature is blooming […]

Take a look as Elena, her motorcycle and her camera bring you the sights of Chernobyl. It’s a chilling trip, to be sure. Like some post-apocalyptic sci-fi film, or something out of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”

Bring plenty of gas because, as Elena says “We don’t need to run out of fuel on the middle of some nuclear desert.”

[ UPDATE: The story on that website may not be entirely true. “See here.”http://www.uer.ca/forum_showthread.asp?fid=1&threadid=8951 Motorcycles apparently aren’t allowed in Chernobyl. ]

Posted by James at March 29, 2004 5:04 PM
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That is very cool.

Posted by: Bil at March 29, 2004 11:51 PM

Agreed. What a cool journal. I would be too afraid to do that. Aren't all those microroengen exposures cumulative?

What's even more unbelievable is that there are people who chose to stay there.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 30, 2004 10:06 AM

Is this really true?
I have been reading about a lot of people saying she is telling lies on other forums.

Posted by: David M at May 30, 2004 12:54 PM

That's why I added an update, David.

Posted by: James at May 30, 2004 5:23 PM

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