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I think these are a bit of a chain. We stayed in one at Lyskovo. Brand new and we were the only guests. Seems like ages ago.
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Left Khaba..0715.Arrived Belogorsk...1915...760 km.
12 hours of beautiful scenery.... Nightmare off road riding...
Meeting 50 good peole... 50 bad people...now I know why Ruskies always answer 50/50-
Also I have not seen a single cow..sheep.
or horse...
Where do they keep them?

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Are you going down to UB?
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Are you going down to UB?
In Mogocha.... Will decide...when I am in Ulan Ude...
Being pampered by Iron Angels Mogacha chapter...
Interesting town.... flat and low from the highway ,, wet through out ,, Siberian rail passes through the heart ,, packs of wild dogs,, friendly cops,,shitty gastnitsa ,, only one in town. 3000 rubles for a shit hole, equal to slums of Calcutta.
Only the Iron Angels brothers are keeping me sane.
Staying for two days lots of photos and sauna. Loaded up with 20L fuel can. Turned out not necessary ,, gave it to Sasha's father Mogocha to Chita exactly 292KM between the benzine kiosk.
Great road condition..great scenery...people getting friendlier as I go west. Toilet shitter... Animals slowly ,,
Rode hard today 918km.

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Arrived in Chita ,, 598KM from Mogocha ,, took me 12 hours ,, the wind ,, the bumps ,, very dangerous ,, and cold stares from all the Slavic faces ,,
Then found a fun hotel ,, Panama City,, great restaurant, in the back of the compound ,, sweet vodka and good European wine,, the food I dare say better than Michellin 3 star ,, next door is a titty bar ,, a disco ,, a Chinese restaurant ,,
Hookers hanging out at the lobby ,, front desk haggles price for you.
Pics at my site ,,
I have done 30% of Russia in 4 days.
Tomorrow to Ulan Ude ,,, but will sleep some where in the middle ,,
PS .. I see no difference betwen Chita and Ulan Bator ,, Mongols ,, my people ,, they smile and am greeted warmly ,, all the mistrusting stern ,, Ruskie,, Slavic looks I have had from Khaba to Chita slowly disappearing.
Love and hate ,, with these people so far ,, good ones will tear your heart out, with kindness ,, bad ones belong in the shitty toilets that they have all over their country.

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It's funny we had that in European part of Russia. It seems they need know you a little before they warm up. But here in Siberia it is different again.

Oh man are you moving BTW.
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Left Chita ,, at 10 AM ,, because I had to go find a bank ,, ,when I came back a man was sitting on my bike,,, had to give him some choice words ,,

Ulan Ude
By far this was the roughest route ,, 15 hours ,, arrived at 1 AM ,, staying at Baikal Plaza Palace ,, went to the sushi bar ,, last order,, three stiff pour of vodka and ,, they serve me frigging lamb with sashimi,, ,, Waiter was Asiatic,, I ask , Mongol? ,, Nyet ,,Ruskie is the answer. Da ,, Harasho !
My people same eyes , no English ,, they worship Korean K-Pop ,,,No Korean though,, ,,
To bed ,, from here on ,, no more than 8 hours of riding per day ,, not worth the risk I took at my age. Did have a massage in the room and passed out, I had all my valuables in the room safe. Paid in advance,, told her to leave, after I fell a sleep.

Staying here for two days ,, if any one wants to drop by,,, room 229 Mr.Park .

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Coming in to Ude ,, following a river at midnight ,, scant moon ,, was quite spectacular ,,
All the generosity of Russians who gave me grace,, I kept my promises and paid them back in double ,,
What I liked about Ulan ,, all the advertisements and billboards feature Asiatic faces and people. None of the white man smoking Marlboro in the slums of Watts and Harlem. It was mini Mongolia ,, or mini Korea for that matter. Lovely little town.

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It's funny we had that in European part of Russia. It seems they need know you a little before they warm up. But here in Siberia it is different again.

Oh man are you moving BTW.
Moving out manana , this country is giving me 1/10TH of pleasure,,,compare to i.e., Mexico,,, Laos,,, Belize,,
They do drive rather well,, I was impressed.

Dropping Ulan Bator (Seen it before),, seen Chita,, horses,, cows ,, goats ,, wind,,food.
Baikal tomorrow ,, It would be fun to meet you ,, and Melik , on the way ,, get pissed.

So far best city in the East Russia is Vladivostok,,, most cosmopolitan,,,most beautiful women.
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Just walked into Irkutsk Marriott..
Almost got wiped out three times..coming off the Baikal mountain...schmucks wantonly passing from other side.
Met two Poles..Ukrainian bikers coming from other way.
Sunday drivers out in full force..mama mia. Be very careful ,, stay on the right side of the lane ,, they will blind curve like no tomorrow ,,

I like what I am seeing here ,, beautiful river right on the smack of the town ,,,

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Beautiful country side ,, all the way from Itkutsk to Krasnoyarsk ,,
Spent a night in Tulun 390K from Irkutsk ,, reminded me of Tulum New Mexico , name wise ,,
People were nice ,, got my light fixed for 5 bucks ,, parts only,, labour free ,, great car wash for 5 bucks ,, ended up messy right outside of Tulun.
Gastinitsa Centrale ,, right on the main street on top of the only bank and Western Union ,, market on the right ,, great deli ,,, cafe restaurant in the basement .. secure parking with cctv ,, 2,000 rubles. Very clean !
Left Tulun at 6AM ,, arrived Krasnoyarsk ,, at 9PM ,,690KM shitty road ,, construction every where and bumpy road ,, must have done at least 100km of gravel ,,
My Harley bottomed out dozens of times ,,
Last 40 klicks were sheer dream ,, for first time I did 120k an hour on a smooth road. Gee ,,, average speed all the way was 60 KM an hour!
Staying at hotel Krasnoyarsk ,,, great international Jazz and music festival going on ,,
Two or three days here ,, need a rest,,,oil change today at a Yamaha dealer ! , They say they do local Harleys.
Nice looking city ,, reminds me of Budapest ,, river every where.
Took me 9 days to get here from Vladivostok.
Need to fly out of Italy ,, 10TH latest ,, to be in Australia on the 14TH of August.
As I go west , people are responding ,, smiling ,,, what a difference a thousand KM makes in people's mindset.Moving up Russia to 6 out of 10.
Great food ,, I was surprised ,, every where I went food is excellent. Another surprise ,, as soon as a pedestrian comes to curve ,, all the traffic stops! Something our Korean drivers will never learn in our life time.

There is a large square ,, at night boys and girls come out and sit around and do a sort of Latin ,, mating ritual ,, checking each other out. Interesting. Had a few drinks with them ,,

Room massage later that night ,, fell asleep by 11.

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Man you arent taking it easy.
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Kidnapped in Kemerov ,,

By bunch of bikers ,, insists I attend his wife's B party then a bike festival, in Barnaul ,, home of AK47.
Stuck here ,, meanwhile my rear shocks ,, throttle cable needs work ,,
Be careful ,, Beryoxorvsky towars Krasnoyarsk ,, after 2PM ,, sun gets so hot ,, the asphalt becomes like a puddle of oil no friction and many machine gun bumps ,, I saw BMW 1000 ,, wiped out,, boxed and carried away ,, I also had a real close call ,,

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Still in Altai.. Barnaul.
Rain last three days but grest number of enthusiastic Central Siberian bikers..
Heading back to Kemorovo tomorrow to hit the road to Omsk.
Every biker chicks wants a picture with me ,,
Shem from Kemerovo and Alex from Barnaul biker club treats me like a VIP. Thank you,, will never forget your warm friendship
Hit all the titty bars and biker bars.

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Ah I didn't realize you were in Barnual I would have come looking for you.
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