|Thursday, May 20, 2004
17:32 - Well, that kinda sucks.
Remember this? The Russian chick who likes to ride her ZX-11 through the Chernobyl Dead Zone?
Well, apparently it was more or less a hoax.
I am sorry to report that much of Elena's story is not true. She did not travel around the zone by herself on a motorcycle. Motorcycles are banned in the zone, as is wandering around alone, without an escort from the zone administration. She made one trip there with her husband and a friend. They traveled in a Chornobyl car that picked them up in Kyiv.
She did, however, bring a motorcycle helmet. They organized their trip through a Kyiv travel agency and the administration of the Chornobyl zone (and not her father). They were given the same standard excursion that most Chernobyl tourists receive. When the Web site appeared, Zone Administration personnel were in an uproar over who approved a motorcycle trip in the zone. When it turned out that the motorcycle story was an invention, they were even less pleased about this fantasy Web site.
Most of the reaction from the forum where this appears seems to be from people disappointed to hear that she has a husband.
Ah well... at least the story helped me sell the ZX-11.