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Old 02-10-2012, 06:57 PM   #16
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Great Video! You must have spent have your trip locating your camera, riding past it, and then returning to get it. You are one determined soul .
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:29 AM   #17
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This is true adventure riding. Great video. I would so love to ride this part of the world one day.
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:33 AM   #18
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Great report so far. I'm in! I like the way you approach things and describe it here for all of us. Keep it up!
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:14 AM   #19
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nice report, especially from a beginners viewpoint, and a ride i have a fancy to do (almost same route)

BTW, i also like Basel, i am usually there a few times every year, (have friends in Bruderholz area)
Bruderholz is nice, it's probably the Beverly Hills of Basel. Most motorcyclists from other countries usually only know Basel for the Autobahn when heading to the Alps. But it's the perfect place for lots of touring: Day trips to the Vosges, Black Forest and Jura and weekend trips to the Alps.


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I did a long Karelia tour about a week after you, but i went around on the north side of lake Ladoga because a friend has a summer house there.
I saw that you chose to go south around lake Ladoga.
With your street bike, be glad that you did ..

A long part of that northern stretch is a gravel road that can rattle any bike to pieces in no time!
I am amazed that my V-strom survived without falling apart.
A very beutiful part of Karelia, but clearly has the worst gravel "wash board" roads i have experienced, ever.

Too bad that the time of our tours didn´t match up, maybe next time?
Bummer it didn't work. I hope you had a good trip, would be great to see some pics how it looks far away from the main road.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:22 AM   #20
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Great ride report so far. It looks from your map route that you stopped in Gotland (where I am). I wish I had known as you would have had a place to stay! I look forward to more pics!
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:31 AM   #21
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Great video and pics. What software did you use to edit the video?
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:49 AM   #22
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WOnderful Report ! I enjoyed your video. You truely put alot of effort into it ! Look forward to more
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:16 AM   #23
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Woaoo.... what a great video and I recognized many places in Norway.
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:42 AM   #24
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I would usually deem riding on a perfect road with only minor turns like this as boring. But it isn't, it's pure happiness. No village or city for miles.



A short detour to the town's beach in Petrozavodsk. I'm not really interested in cities, but since I read the cities name a lot when preparing, I thought I should at least ride through town while I'm here. Plus Petrozavodsk is a fun name to say. Petrozavodsk. I like it.



Heading to Kivach waterfall. Only a few kilometers off the main road. A twisty and bumpy ride, crazy to ride at higher speeds. After paying 60 RUB entry fee, I park next to a fully loaded Harley. I'm amazed when I see that his license plate says Kansas.



Well, let's go for a short stroll to see what this is all about. Scenic waterfall in the middle of the forest with a few rocks to climb on. Nice spot for a break.



Coming back to my bike, I meet Monty. He's working for the US embassy in Moscow for a few years and figured out it would be cheaper (and surely a lot less bureaucratic) to just import his bike from the States. He's doing a trip from Moscow to Petrozavodsk and back. It's fun to meet him here where I absolutely didn't expect it.

His russian companion gives me a few russian phrases, like "I don't understand" - a very important one.

We talk about bikes and he sees my ADV sticker. Of course he's an inmate himself: milkman67204



Riding on. Perfect weather since the trip started and a lot of sunlight.



Through endless landscapes full of trees and water.







I get invited to Samowar and selfmade cookies. Delicious. I would have loved to talk with him, I feel a little bad for not speaking russian at all.
He gives me some nice candy on the way, they taste like a mix of caramel and rainbows.





Well, what did you expect? Karelia is full of trees and water. It's mesmerizing to ride on these long, almost endless roads, traversing water in all forms and dimensions.



Karelia, beautiful as it is, has seen a lot of struggle during it's history. It has been under rule by swedish, finnish and russian empires in medieval times. Contemporary fights culminating during WW2 with the Winter War, which left 400'000 people dead. To this day, there is friction between Finland and Russia about parts of Karelia on both sides.

Many war memorials and other displays of military power are spread in the region.





Having heard about Gazprom before, it was a weird feeling seing one of their factories in real. One minute later, a car with mean looking security guys drives to the plant - better hide my camera.



I had to turn around and talk with this guy on the bicycle pulling a trailer. I'm sure he's coming a long way and has some interesting stories to tell.

His name is David (Da-vid, not the english pronounciation Day-vid, as he clarifies), a french guy from Chamonix. Finally I could set my french to a good use (don't tell my french teachers, I always said I would NEVER have a use for french).



He started in France three months ago, riding to the Nordkapp. Asking about where he's riding to, he tells me he's not entirely sure yet, maybe Africa or Asia. Looking up his website, he is currently riding around China. I have the utmost respect for guys like him, godspeed!
David's blog in french: http://71degresnord.canalblog.com/



After a long stretch of 220 km with absolutely nothing I reach human settlements again. While parking my bike at the pump, someone yells at me and points to a sign over the 95 pump. I'm not entirely sure what's going on, but I should probably get away. There is only a 92 pump, ok then.



Again, it is time to look for a camping spot. There are some things you should be aware of when picking a camping spot. Bear in mind, that many russian people, especially in rural regions, are very poor. And it *could* happen, that you are being robbed by bad people. Everyone hears about these stories, and everyone wants to warn you about camping in Russia. So I stopped telling people I would camp in the wild.

Anyway, I still take certain precautions when picking a spot. For a good night of sleep, it is important that nobody sees you taking a track into the woods. And nobody should be able to see you from the road, even if you light your stove. I use the same principles when stealth camping in Switzerland.
A useful hint I learned: if there is any trash nearby, people come here regularly. I woke up to some guys picknicking at sunrise near my tent because I didn't follow that rule some other day.



It should have been a sign that the food looks terrible even on the packaging. No taste at all - and only a single piece of meat in it!



I didn't finish up and was still hungry, but at least my desire for food was gone.
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:27 PM   #25
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Really great report and video.

I think more and more about a trip to russia ,someday...

Oh,and i like your SV,a real sport-touring bike for a small money.

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Old 02-12-2012, 03:22 PM   #26
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Thanks for all your replies.

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Great video and pics. What software did you use to edit the video?
The edit was done with Adobe Premiere, but it could have been done with any video editing software. I only used standard tools like cutting, transitions and text. Except maybe for the timelapse shots. It does a pretty good job importing single pictures and playing them back one pic per frame.

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Great ride report so far. It looks from your map route that you stopped in Gotland (where I am). I wish I had known as you would have had a place to stay! I look forward to more pics!
I was cruising through Gotland on a boat, it was a Costa Concordia type of Gotland tour. No, seriously, my map is probably a bit inaccurately drawn and the red line(s) are either train or ferry rides.

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Old 02-12-2012, 03:31 PM   #27
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Great pictures and...

Tack för motorcykel historia!
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:59 PM   #28
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Absolutely beautiful scenery! You have done a fantastic job with this ride report.
I would love to ride in that area one day... Btw I have the exact same tent, its awesome.
I was thinking that camping in that area might be easier in a hammock since you want to
really be in the dense bush out of sight. Im gonna try the hammock this year.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:05 AM   #29
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I lived in CH near Nyon from 2005 and 2008 and had an R1100RT, which I rode about everywhere. The one ride I never had time for is the one you are on now. I am enjoying it very much. Also, I found that the further away from France I got, the more my French was tolerated . I will be subscribed for the duration of you report. T'hank you for sharing.

Russian for " I don't understand " " Yah nee paneemayoo". I hope you learned " Moshne piva" " I want beer "
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:47 AM   #30
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"Heading to Kivach waterfall. Only a few kilometers off the main road. A twisty and bumpy ride, crazy to ride at higher speeds. After paying 60 RUB entry fee, I park next to a fully loaded Harley. I'm amazed when I see that his license plate says Kansas."




OHHHHH man I am hurt ... You said I had a Harley Thems fighting words!!!!!

It was great meeting you at Kivach. yes I did have a rather super overloaded Yamaha Warrior. With me and Okcana and our gear for a little over a week...

Great ride report! I keep saying I will do one for my little ride but I have not had much time!!
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