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Old 08-24-2011, 12:53 PM   #1651
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Actually it kinda was.
http://www.snopes.com/politics/palin/seealaska.asp


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Old 08-24-2011, 12:53 PM   #1652
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Whadda you mean "we"?????????
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:43 PM   #1653
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Have been away from the web for a while. Congratulations Doug, another job well done!
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:40 PM   #1654
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:56 PM   #1655
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Doug we need you !!!

I can't wait to see Doug post more of his great ride so we can quit sniping at each other over politics.




Why don't you guys take it to Jo momma.

or better yet, go for a ride
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:06 PM   #1656
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or better yet, go for a ride
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:53 PM   #1657
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The road to Astana was more of the same, mostly flat, straight & boring. It was a long way between towns, and I stopped for a guy whose bike ran out of gas, my spare was full, as I saw on the map there was nothing out here.

We finally got to a town, & the only gas station was full of bikes, as it was a long way to the next town. After this, it started to rain a bit, and a few times when I stopped, when I tried to start the bike, it would cough & backfire & didnít want to start, but then after a bit, it would. It seemed like the timing was off, but after this day, I didnít hit anymore rain for quite awhile, and the bike hasnít done it since.
I stopped to visit the Kulag memorial, the Kazakh version of the gulags. At one time, this area was full of them, and it covered an area the size of france. There were many different small monuments, from different countries who had citizens imprisoned here.
I met Andrei, Andrei & Natasha on the road, & they were with me when the bike was actin up, so they followed me to the big town, & helped me find a room for the nite, then they went on home to Astana, another 200km away. It was going to get dark before they got home now, but they wouldnít leave til I was settled. And when they noticed I didnít have gloves (Iíd lost one in Turkmen) Natasha offered me hers. I said thanks, but Iíll buy a pair tomorrow. And I meant to, but could never find any I liked or that fit for another couple weeks J
But was a nice offer. This is how the bike riders here are tho, always helpful. Itís a shame bike riders back in the US have lost this. Not all of them, but most.

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Old 08-24-2011, 05:53 PM   #1658
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The next day, it was sunny, but the road wasnít as good. Im heading NE now, towards Barnual, Russia. Iíd rather deal with borders in the morning tho, so I got a room for the night.






In the distance, the border with Russia. It was a pain to get out of Kaz, I think the guy was totally confused, so he made me wait until another guy showed up. He wasnít much brighter. Finally they figured out how to use the stamp, and let me go. The RU side was ok, no hassles, went by fast.
I noticed that the guy put my bike info in the computer, but didnít hand me the usual document. I figured it must be a new system they had, and went on.
Outside the border, 2 chicks in an old Lada sold me a piece of paper that said I had insurance for 3 months. Its probably as useless as tits on a boar hog, but at least I have one.




This area of Russia has huge farms, miles of sunflowers or whatever the crops may be. And of course a lot of bugs as well.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:55 PM   #1659
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I got to a small town, Mamoko? I think it was called. I was told theres a hotel here. I ask people, & they all send me to the same area, but I cant find a damned thing. Iím looking all over, ask more people, and they send me the other way. Sometimes finding a place to sleep is the hardest part of the day.
I stop at a store by the center, & 2 guys pull up. Alexei & Dmitry. Neither can speak English, and we know how bad my Russian is, but they tell me not to worry, and get on the fone. Then they say to wait. Time is ticking. Sun is setting. Iím in a small village with a growing crowd of people.
Lookit the space alien
That aint no ural heís riding, what the hell is that?
I donít know, but get my picture beside it
And so on. In other words, it was my usual evening find a hotel ritual.
I was a bit nervous when it got dark, but they said not to worry.
Next, Dmitry says ok, lets put the bike in my garage. Well, I donít know him, or his garage, but what the hellÖ. Then he takes me to a place to sleep. Seems he is a driver or something in the military, and took me to a small local base, and I slept in the officers lounge. And the bike seemed to be safe, heíll pick me up in the morning, which he did.
Great guys, wouldnít take a dime, but I did get em to let me buy em a beer at least.


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Old 08-24-2011, 05:56 PM   #1660
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Im goin down the road, & see cops directing traffic up ahead, a field full of cars, and a bunch of people on the other side of that.
Hmmmm, what could it be?
A witch burning?
A rolling stones concert?
Michael Flahertyís Riverdance?

Nope, was just a farm/agro expo. Was still fun to walk around & look at stuff tho

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Old 08-24-2011, 05:58 PM   #1661
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I got to Barnaul, & found the Bike Bar, which I had heard of, but never been to visit. It was really cool, & had a Geiger/road warrior vibe to it.




Andrei, the owner invited me to stay with him, but I found a cheap hotel close by, & a german guy, Stefan had a garage close I could put my bike in. Alex & Stefan

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Old 08-24-2011, 05:59 PM   #1662
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Friday morning, I met some guys who were riding to a bike party 400km away that I wanted to go to. I traveled with the group til Novosibirsk, but riding with a group isnít really my thing, and they said I wasnít good at keeping formation. Hahahahahaha
We were weaving in & out of cars. Im not sure what Ďformationí they wanted, but I was more worried about watching my ass. So I spotted a big train museum, and stopped. I can find the party on my own.



The train museum was nice, Iíd been thru NovSib before, but hadnít seen this before.

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Old 08-24-2011, 05:59 PM   #1663
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And they had some old cars & stuff also



Zhenya had found out I was passing thru, & invited me to stop by his job, the local victory/polaris dealer. Man, that shit is EXPENSIVE there!
We hung out for a bit, we met my last couple times across Russia.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:41 PM   #1664
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OK, is it just me, or is this looking like a Meatloaf/ Steinman album cover?



great report so far!
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:57 PM   #1665
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OK, is it just me, or is this looking like a Meatloaf/ Steinman album cover?

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