Date: March 4th, 2004
Cate: Otherwhere

Dead Zone

Elena is from Kiev and her favorite place to ride is the “Dead Zone”, the radioactive area around Chernobyl. Why?

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, there are beautiful places, woods, lakes. There is no newly built roads, but those which left from 80th in fairly good condition.

The silence there can be deafening:

This town might be an attractive place for tourists. Some tourists companies have been trying to arrange extrim tours in this town, but people- their customers scared and have been complaining about silence which is hard to stand in empty town. They charged 210 us dollars for 2 hours excursion and town guard say, they all were leaving in some 15 mins, complaining that silense is tremendous as if one got deaf.

But it doesn’t bother her:

I don’t know how sound the silence to those tourists that they can not stand it, but to me after hitting a red line on my bike tacho it sound like all those ghosts cursing 1100cc kawasaki engin.

Really incredible pictures, and an interesting personal story as well.

(via dph)


  1. waldewalde  
    March 4th, 2004

  2. wow, that is super-cool. You can take tour trips there? I hate touristy stuff, but that just might be my cup o tee.