Evening came and Slava insisted we head out with him to the Harley Davidson bar near the river in Khabarovsk. At the time it was suggested, we just wanted to head back to the hotel for a shower - but felt obliged to do what the local boys asked as they had been so helpful to us. The 30 degree temperatures were still complimented by 90+ percent humidity and we were all a pool of sweat.
Once down at the Harley bar, our mood changed immediately. Cold beers came out and we were feted as visiting celebrities by the staff and the ACDC cover band that had just started playing. The band was good, the crowd lively, the beers cold. In between sets, we were entertained with the likes of female arm wrestling.
Joon was ecstatic. his first day in Russia had been a bad one, having his wallet stolen. His second saw him come off his bike and have his luggage smashed, and he was at a very low ebb. Now we had made it to Khabarovsk, his bike was well on the way to getting fixed, and Russian bikers, Slava in particular, had been helping him out all day to get the bits he needed to get and rivet up his panniers. To top it all off he now was being treated as a visiting celebrity by local bikers. It was great to see the change in his face over the past 24 hours.
Tony here narrowly avoids having his eyes poked out:
Joon found the waitress's uniforms impressive and worth a closer look, and wondered why there was not more of this back home in Korea: