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longwaybackhome 11-07-2010 11:04 AM

Long Way Back Home from Korea through Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to Finland
Good day fellow inmates & lurkers!

I have been working in Korea for some years and my contract expired end of May. I could of course have taken the flight home but I had a much better(?) idea. Why not ride home by motorcycle through Russia and Central Asia? An excellent opportunity to combine my dearest hobbies; motorcycling, outdoor life and photography.

On 17th of August 2010 I arrived in Finland after 48 days of travel and some 16300 kilometers. I had a fantastic time meeting friendly, generous and hospitable people and enjoying awesome landscapes that I had so far only dreamed about. It is my intention to write the ride report in a diary form, the 48 days of travel day by day.

Anyway, I do not want to bore you with too much text in my first post so I thought that I show you some of my favourite photos from along the road. I have intentionally chosen not to post any photos of people in this first post since I would like to share the stories behind all encounters with you (and the stories of the people I met as well!). My travel diary, 3500 photos (most still unedited) and my memories(?) now need to be compiled into a report so I will have to ask for your patience.

South Korea: Busan Sokcho

Below photo on courtesy of Anton Scholz ( /

Russia: Vladivostok Baikal Barnaul

Kazakhstan: Semey Almaty Korday

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Issyk Kul

Kazakhstan: Korday Astana Petropavlovsk

Russia: Kurgan St. Petersburg

Hope you enjoyed the first post and the teaser photos. In the next post I intend to write about the trip preparations.

funhouse 11-07-2010 11:14 AM

Go to the head of the class!
BMW should pay you for the rights to this report! Bruce

Litus_ADV 11-07-2010 12:04 PM

...This promises.... :lurk :lurk :lurk

Mr Pif 11-07-2010 12:45 PM

more,more,more photos please, ''state of the art'' photo report !!!!!!!!!!!!!
:clap :lurk

yeuop 11-07-2010 04:48 PM

I've been waiting for this one!!
Can't wait to read about Kyrgyzstan..

Serp 11-07-2010 06:19 PM

Subscribed :lurk

jantarek 11-07-2010 07:13 PM

I'm in :D:lurk

Osprey! 11-07-2010 07:16 PM

Amazing photos. :thumb

drmracni 11-07-2010 11:28 PM

looks like a exellent trip...

Colebatch 11-08-2010 12:19 AM


Smackit 11-08-2010 02:44 AM

Followed some of your ride reports in S. Korea and I'm definitely in for this one. :lurk

Great start :thumb


Rogdog 11-08-2010 02:54 AM

Those are some jaw droppingly beautiful photos... and can't wait for more about your ride across Korea, lived there for 4 years and it has a special place in the heart (that and an addiction to Kimchi). :ear

Ohota 11-08-2010 03:04 AM

We want more...
Looks like a nice trip. very good photo's. I will follow this one.
If you have time you can also look at my trip in 2007. Vladivostok to Norway.

sambor1965 11-08-2010 04:20 AM

Hello! Excellent pics Andrey!

peterdejongh 11-08-2010 04:32 AM

great pictures !
and... what a ride

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