absolutely brilliant! very curious to see how all the bikes (well, we know how the F650GS will likely fair thanks to Striking Viking beating the daylights out of his) manage and i'm awaiting the next post.
can you explain further this mysterious "source of protein" to which you introduced your fellow riders?
how necessary is it to be able to communicate in Russian? could an Engish speaking fellow make this trip? how many folks, if you can guess, did you meet in these settlements along the way? any? i'm used to finding at least a couple of English speakers just about everywhere in Western Europe, even in the the Belgium countryside, but i've never been East and i have no idea.
now get on with it, we're all waiting!
"So what makes this protest different is that you're set to die, Bobby?"
--May well come to that.
"You start a hunger strike to protest for what you believe in. You don't start already determined to die or am I missing somethin' here?"
-- It's in their hands. Our message is clear. They're seeing our determination.