Clayton Cramer and Pete point to this fascinating account of a woman's bike trips through the Chernobyl dead zone.

The map above shows the radiation levels in different parts of the dead zone, which I updated for our local biker club lately. The map will soon be replaced with a more comprehensive one that identifies more features.

It shows various levels of radiation on asphalt - usually on the middle of road - because at edge of the road it is twice as high. If you step 1 meter off the road it is 4 or 5 times higher. Radiation sits on the soil, on the grass, in apples and mushrooms. It is not retained by asphalt, which makes rides through this area possible.

And there are lots of pictures -- abandoned buildings, abandoned villages, abandoned vehicles, abandoned harbors, abandoned ships, an abandoned city.



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