Mehring’s Bearings: Trans Siberian Part 3 of 8.

This week we have the 3rd post from the “Four Horsemen of the Trans Siberian Railway” article with Kenny Reed, Keegan Sauder, Jack Sabback, and Van Wastell (R.I.P.).  The photos are more or less in chronological order and divided up into sections of our trip that seemed like different chapters. To recap, part was Moscow, part 2 was Omsk and part 3 is Novosibirsk. Ie: the middle of absolutely nowhere, even by Russian standards. It is literally the center of Siberia. Not bad for skating though…

-Jonathan Mehring

Van getting psyched. Each city we visited was about a 2 day train ride apart. We would skate for 3 days or so then get on the train for 2. Luckily most of the time they were pretty comfortable. Just beware the bathrooms.

Van getting psyched. Each city we visited was about a 2 day train ride apart. We would skate for 3 days or so then get on the train for 2. Luckily most of the time they were pretty comfortable. Just beware the bathrooms.

A freighter passing us in the opposite direction just a few feet away.

A freighter passing us in the opposite direction just a few feet away.

Train tats. This was my first tattoo and if you saw the pics last week it was Kenny's as well. Keegan did them and he had never done stick and pokes before. He improved drastically from one night to the next. The level of intoxication may have had something to do with it too. The backwards R is English for Railway and Russian for
Bro tats!

Bro tats!

Lenin Square. Novosibirsk.

Lenin Square. Novosibirsk.

The first thing we saw when we got into Novo was this. Pretty comforting.

The first thing we saw when we got into Novo was this. Pretty comforting.

Then we went out and decided to have
Van Wastell - Wallie.

Van Wastell - Wallie.

Van Wastell - Wallie late shove-it.

Van Wastell - Wallie late shove-it.

Van would only let me take portraits of him if he was looking totally ridiculous or totally over posed.

Van would only let me take portraits of him if he was looking totally ridiculous or totally over posed.

Keegan Sauder  - Ollie.

Keegan Sauder - Ollie.

Victor our van driver had this toy gun which we would jump out at girls walking by and try to scare them. Keegan actually found it hidden in the bushes by a skatespot.

Victor our van driver had this toy gun which we would jump out at girls walking by and try to scare them. Keegan actually found it hidden in the bushes by a skatespot.

Keegan Sauder - pivot with his guns.

Keegan Sauder - pivot with his guns.

Jack Sabback - Wallie back tail.

Jack Sabback - Wallie back tail.

Filmer Mike Fox - a soldier's burial.

Filmer Mike Fox - a soldier's burial.

Van and his Kaloshnikov shirt.

Van and his Kaloshnikov shirt.

Keegan getting ready to do another 2 day train ride.

Keegan getting ready to do another 2 day train ride.

Jack Sabback - Minutes like hours.

Jack Sabback - Minutes like hours.

Tattoo kit: lighter-sterilized needle, cap full of vodka, india ink, and toilet paper.

Tattoo kit: lighter-sterilized needle, cap full of vodka, india ink, and toilet paper.

At first we used a safety pin but it broke off in Van's shoulder.

At first we used a safety pin but it broke off in Van's shoulder.

Van - Needle poking at it's best.

Van - Needle poking at it's best.

Train Toilet - Very sanitary.

Train Toilet - Very sanitary.