September 12, 2006 GMT
Shipping bike and Visas...August 14th

I was still waiting for my Russian visa and my time slot at the Triumph dealership.

Tim Whitting at Schenker of Vancouver proved to be my main man for shipping the bike.


Another very helpful Tim!

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Tim arranged shipping to Korea for about $1400.00 usd


Headed back to Vancouver, where Timmy continued to play host and show me the
delights of the city. Took a bike ride through the park area of the city, did the famous 'Grouse Grind' which is a 2,000 vertical climb up Grouse mountain.

grinding up the Grouse Grind
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Timmy barely broke breath because he was
cheating using special energy arm bands

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As a thankyou to Timmy for his hospitality, we went out for 'all you can eat' sushi

first course

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2nd course

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Third course

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fourth course

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Timmy slowing down a bit

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tenth course

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You get the idea.


Thanks Timmy.....you're the best!!

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AUGUST 22nd


Well, Roland at Western Power Sports told me there was some kind of screw up
and my tires wouldn't arrive till the 23rd.

I went down to Seattle to receive my Russian visa, as well as being charged a cool
$265.00 for leaving my green card in my passport when I went to cross the border.

I picked up my visa and was alarmed when they issued it from that day...the 22nd to the 17th of Sept.


Aug 23rd

Finally rode my bike to Western Power Sports where Roland arranged everything.


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When the bike was ready I went backstage where Stewart help me pick out a crate of the many there and secure the bike for the oversea flight.


Stewart the master crater

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forks didn't quite fit the cradle

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Nothing a little grinding couldn't fix

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the crate, not the bike you understand

Securely in the cradle
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Joanne shows up ready to give me a ride back to White Rock BC

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all crated up

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and ready for Russia

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Stayed the next few days in White Rock...beautful seaside town and home of Gary and Joanne.

Gary....champion joker

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and Joanne...kind, generous and fabulous cook

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Tor...Gary and Joanne's eldest. Thanks for the tennis match!!

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Avalon...Tor's beautfiful daughter

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2nd son Chris with his wife Brandi

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Good times....can't thank you enough!

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Posted by Richard Lindley at September 12, 2006 05:20 AM GMT
 


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