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Old 08-14-2012, 03:37 PM   #91
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As alway well done Doug.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:17 PM   #92
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:18 AM   #93
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Great work on the pics...That white fur hat would have been a keeper!
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:27 AM   #94
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Great work on the pics...That white fur hat would have been a keeper!
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I doubt that too many folks in Alabama can claim that they own one of those.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:51 AM   #95
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Great report!!! Enjoyed the visit last week, and look forward to the rest of the report.

Best of luck on the Cannonball Run...

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:05 PM   #96
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nice little R/R Doug. Always enjoy your photos and narrative.....Thanks




My "Polly" on a tram....

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:35 PM   #97
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Well I do enjoy your travels, thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:55 PM   #98
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After Elbrus, we headed for the black sea coast. Sochi is actually pretty close to Elbrus, but theres no direct route thru the mountains, so even tho its 200km to sochi, by road, its more like 7-800km.
Its mostly a hot boring ride, but luckily, theres Russian car drivers to keep things interesting.
Iíve noticed the 2 main types of drivers that strive to keep the roads interesting.
There are the big fancy Mercedes drivers, which think the roads were made just for them, and damn anyone who gets in their way.
Then there are the old crappy Lada drivers, who feel like they have to drive as fast as their shitty cars will go, just to show the Mercedes drivers that they can drive fast also.
Toss into the mix is the truck drivers, who either drive at 130kph, or 30 kph, depending on how they feel.
Russian roads can always be interesting!

Oh, and as we are close to Georgia, the cows still wander all over the place



At a gas station, trying to get the last drops out of a tanker truck


I bought a ram mount for my spot tracker, & it decided to break after getting gas. Luckily I was going slow, & caught it. I dunno what happened, the holder just snapped. 2 days later, the ball mount just fell apart also. Iíve never had problems with Ram stuff before, I saved the pieces, maybe they will send me another?

We had stopped at a roadside cafť, and 2 bikes from Ukraine pulled up. One of the guys walked over & said Hi Doug! Seems we have a mutual friend in Khakov.


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Old 08-15-2012, 10:57 PM   #99
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There was a big traffic backup at some train tracks, & a guy in a big SUV pulled up along side & asked where we were from. We told him, & he seemed impressed, and gave us some bread & sausage. And his card, seems he is head of tourism in Sochi.



The GPS wants to send us an extra 250km to get to the coast, but on the map, I see a shortcut, so we took that. It was a pretty crappy road, but not so bad, until we were going up a mountain, & the road turned to dirt. It was really dusty also, with lots of rocks & trucks crawling up it.
My favorite!



Poly is not to pleased with my shortcut



We met this guy from Austria who was riding a solar powered bike around the black sea


We got to the coast road, & headed south to Sochi. The road itself was ok, but very twisty, & SO much traffic! It took us a few hours to get to the edge of sochi, & we decided to get a room. So we stopped in a town that was FULL of people, many hotels, the beach, etc. Poly went to look for a room while I stayed with the bikes. A guy on a Tenere like Polyís stopped, & I was talking to him, he said it was so crowded because this was the busy season, plus, they were having all the floods near Krasnodar, and many people from there had come here also. The hotels seemed to be all full there, so we were going to go on down the road, but Andrei said we should just come to his house. We werenít having luck with a hotel, so we agreed. He lived about 6km inland, up the valley. I wasnít sure what to expect, if he lived in an old flat, or a small house or what. Not to worry tho, it turned out to be a big fancy place, log house, guest house, swimming pool, etc.
We could have stayed here a few days! : )
He is a house builder, & said this one cost over a million usd to build. Crazy. The neighbors lived in a shack & had a crappy old lada. The contrasts here always amaze me.
We had a nice time with him & his wife, & took off the next morning.



Even early in the morning the traffic was horrible. Why they gave the winter Olympics to a town with only one small windy road to reach it, I donít understand. I think most people will just fly in.

We took a pic at the Sochi sign, then headed back north




We got to Novorossysk right before dark, & I called Kristof, who it turned out, was already in Sevastopol, where we were heading for the big bike party. He called some guys in the Night Wolves MC, who met us & took us to an apartment the club has, & set us up for the night.

I felt at home with this in the living room



The next morning, we headed towards Ukraine
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:57 AM   #100
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This border took a bit longer. They donít like my passport, as its well used, & has had extra pages added twice. Then they didnít like my bike papers, or my license plate, as it has no numbers.
What bike number?
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:18 AM   #101
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:59 AM   #102
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Great as always!

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Old 08-18-2012, 04:30 PM   #103
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:17 PM   #104
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Great pictures Doug, glad ya let us all follow along. when ya got to be back in the states to do the cannonball run..

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Old 08-20-2012, 04:28 AM   #105
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We rode up north to the border with Ukraine. Theres a ferry crossing here, it only takes a few minutes, but the border total took about 5 hours.
First you have to buy tickets for the ferry, then you get in line for the border control. Since we had bikes, we could slip to the front. Then they let a group into the controlled area. Theres 5 windows, but of course only one is open. Theres a shady area, but we cant sit there & wait, have to stay with the bikes. Finally, they call me up. They were a total pain in the ass. They donít like my passport. They donít like my bike document. I sit there while 7 or 8 people came up & looking at my papers. Then some asshole comes up, & starts grilling me about where I have been. Asks if I went to Ingushetia or Chechnya. Then the genius asks how I got into Georgia, as the land borders from turkey are closed. I told him no, theres 4 of them, & they are all open. I have crossed them several times.
Then he wants to see my pictures from GEO. So I show him. Its just scenery pics mostly. He thinks they still eat people in geo.
Then he asks me about problems I have had crossing Russian borders. I tell him I have crossed Russia 4 times, this is my first border with problems. Iím sorta fed up with this dick by now. Finally, another guy comes up, tells him to stop fucking with me & let me go. So he did.
So the ferry across, then the Ukraine customs.
These assholes have decided to charge bikes 300 rubles (10usd) to pass the border Ďfastí
There were about 5 of us on bikes. One dumbass paid (which always makes it worse for everyone else) the rest of us didnít.
So they made us sit for an hour, then let us go.

Finally, back on the road. We got to Sudak about dark, & looked for a room. Itís a big tourist area, but we found a homestay to sleep at, price wasnít too bad, & was a nice house.

On the ferry




The customs building, A for assholes I guess?


Crimea is a nice place along the coast

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