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 05:20 AM GMT
27th August in Korea

Joanne drops me at the airport and I leave the States for South Korea.

Uneventful flight, arrive at Incheon (Seoul Airport) with little idea of how to even find the bike, clear customs and transport it to Sokcho...300 miles away where the Dong Chun Ferry provides service to Zarubina, Russia.

Everything was clean, modern and full of technology. Remote controls for everything. But not bad value at $90.00 usd per night.
Just call and they will pick you up and drop you off anywhere in the airport.
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Had to find my bike and had a Schenker of Korea helping me. Jinwook Lim was especially helpful as he spoke excellent English and orchestrated the extrication of my bike through the customs and onto the bonded freight.

Running after Mr Nam of Schenker trying to get the bill of laden...need this document to clear customs

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Found the bike and got the bill of laden from Cathay Pacific Cargo division

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The next few hours Schenker of Korea through Jimwook Lim arranged for bonded freight passage of my bike from Seoul to Sokcho and the ferry to Russia.

The Koreans do not allow motorcycles on their expressways, and as the only road out of the airport is one of these forbidden roads (the toll booth people will stop bikes) the only choice I had was for bonded freight. That also served to bypass any temporary import duty the Koreans wanted to charge.

Anyway, for about $250.00 usd plus various airport charges and sundry expenses which all came to a grand total of about $400.00 I secured passage for the bike to Sokcho.

I took a bus for about $20.00 and arrived late in Sokcho to find a cheap $30.00 hotel room and sleep.


Sokcho customs office first thing. Although no-one spoke English, they were all very friendly and helpful

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Breakfast Korean style....didn't know what most of it was, but for $5.00 I wasn't complaining

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Shoes off no matter what in Korea

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sitting on the floor for brekky

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Never figured out what came out of the pipes

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Hoorah....first sighting of the bike

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The bonded freight yard has direct loading to the ferry. I decided to let them take it on crated and I would re-assemble during the 17 hour passage to Russia.

and there she goes, never once having felt Korea asphalt.

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This lady was giving out free ice coffee for Christ.When in Rome....

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Finally on my way to Russia, One way cost me about $170.00 for economy class. The bike they charged $200.00. Bit steep I thought.

Ferry runs three times a week in the Summer. This one left at 3.00 p.m. on Thurs.

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found the bike in the bowels of the ship. Hot as hell and noisy like a jackhammer.

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Stripped down to shorts and t-shirt. Earplugs in and start work.

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Curious crew members checking out the bike

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All dressed up for her date with Russia.
Took me about 9 hours to get her ready.

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Economy class gets you a bunk in a shared dorm.

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My bunk - #612

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Ready for Russia?
The door is opening onto my first glimpse of the great country.

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Posted by Richard Lindley at 07:34 AM GMT
1st September: Russian Motorcycle Diaries

Off the ferry into a bustling, very hot customs hall filled with Koreans and some Russians.

The customs doors open and the Russian officials start processing people through at about one every 20 minutes.

I'm spotted by a sharp eyed official who brings me to the front of the queue. I suspect that this was a little side business for the officials but for a few dollars more I was glad to be out of the broiling crowd.

More Russian documents were given to me...all in Russian!!! The official spoke no English, but took me to the office and gave me the English versions for cross referencing.


That's where I met Nikolai, world traveller, fluent in Russian, English and women, always in a good humor and my new travelling buddy.

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He travelled light, but I offered him a ride as I had a spare lid and he promptly took charge of my customs wrangle.

For $100.00 payment to the official, I was out of there in no time!


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The bike was overladen and cop cars appeared wherever I went!

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With Nikolai's help, this is what happened my first two hours in Russia!

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This is Nina - more on her later!

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Went looking for a campsite and the road deteriorated to a muddy track. Unfortunately, the tires I got in America were no good in the mud...like a hippo on roller skates!

Unfortunately, this very minor 'get off' hit the faring hard, bent the headlight frame so the steering was obstructed.

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luckily the beach was only a couple hundred yards away. We made camp.

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Next morning 2nd of Sept. was raining hard

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babushka selling crabs...sorry luv, not today!

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With some new Russian friends, came up with an idea to re-align the bent steel


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With the bike between two solid posts...

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I'd use my ratcheting tie down straps to bend the metal to where it need to be.

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The adorable Ksenia lends a hand.

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mission accomplished...back in business!

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We were invited to celebrate our success by Igar,Ksenya father. A grand time was had by all!

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Lena, Igar's wife and Ksenya's mother. Wonderful lady!

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Everyday, Igar would catch fish for dinner. Love this shot of Kysena with fish.

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Igar and me...with just 'a little bit' of vodka!

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Couple of Russian sailors and me in Slavyanka
!

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September the 4th. Packed up and heading to
Vladivostok.

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Posted by Richard Lindley at 09:32 AM GMT
 
 

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