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Old 08-29-2013, 07:30 AM   #361
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8-29-13

I do think about Sasha, Stas,and Andrea a lot. Skype attempts were only seconds long before breaking up.I will make better attempts at talking with them when I get home and have more time. They were exceptional people for me.

Here's a picture of Hatters Hostel I stayed in.


Today I rode a train from Liverpool to Holyhead, Wales-about 2 hours. The train stopped a 3 minutes walk to the Stena Lines ferry. The 31 ferry ticket takes me to Dublin in 3 hours where airfare is cheaper. Tomorrow at 1125 I fly home for 2 weeks. When the bike arrives in Norfolk, I'll go there and ride it home.

I'm glad everyone enjoyed the ride. Hope it inspires at least 1 person to try it. I told my wife I need some down time to digest what all I've seen and done. I'll probably post an overall thoughts on my trip after I've been home a few days. I think after stopping in the Netherlands and visiting with my newly acquired family, everything else was anticlimactic. Plus I was tired. I still saw things and had a good time. But it was like going to the Smithsonian Museum or 2 days. After 4-5 hours, you walk past things and barely glance at them. I knew it was time to go home. MY WIFE TOLD ME IT WAS TIME.

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Old 08-29-2013, 08:48 AM   #362
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I'm glad everyone enjoyed the ride. Hope it inspires at least 1 person to try it.
It's probably a good thing you were getting out of that part of the world with the whole Syria thing going on right now. China and Russia aren't to happy with Americans right now.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:17 AM   #363
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It's probably a good thing you were getting out of that part of the world with the whole Syria thing going on right now. China and Russia aren't to happy with Americans right now.
I think that's more to do with gooberment officials than the people of those countries.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:08 PM   #364
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I think that's more to do with gooberment officials than the people of those countries.
Absolutely. But, the government is the ones that will be pulling him over if he is in those countries.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:34 PM   #365
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Dear Doug,

After you left your house on 24 may we followed you daily. Special the days you stayed in Russia in Sacha's house. Indeed wonderful helpful people.
For my mother and for us incredible that we could meet one of the son's of Arlo Lear.
The monday morning you left our house I (Hilde) was in the garage looking at your motor bike and tears came down. Thanks for coming our direction. For us it was the climax of our holliday. We never forget.
We and special my mother is very happy and we all wish you a save flight home.
For Gayle we are glad her husband is coming home soon. Lots of luck together.

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Old 08-29-2013, 03:14 PM   #366
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Absolutely. But, the government is the ones that will be pulling him over if he is in those countries.
That's true.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:00 AM   #367
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Dear Doug,

After you left your house on 24 may we followed you daily. Special the days you stayed in Russia in Sacha's house. Indeed wonderful helpful people.
For my mother and for us incredible that we could meet one of the son's of Arlo Lear.
The monday morning you left our house I (Hilde) was in the garage looking at your motor bike and tears came down. Thanks for coming our direction. For us it was the climax of our holliday. We never forget.
We and special my mother is very happy and we all wish you a save flight home.
For Gayle we are glad her husband is coming home soon. Lots of luck together.

Kisses Hilde and Theo
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That's true.
No, its not.

Believe it or not, traffic police policy/behavior is not related to high-level political and/or diplomatic disputes...
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:24 AM   #369
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No, its not.

Believe it or not, traffic police policy/behavior is not related to high-level political and/or diplomatic disputes...
I guess I should've said that I would be worried about it given my zero experience with the area.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:33 AM   #370
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Dear Doug,

After you left your house on 24 may we followed you daily. Special the days you stayed in Russia in Sacha's house. Indeed wonderful helpful people.
For my mother and for us incredible that we could meet one of the son's of Arlo Lear.
The monday morning you left our house I (Hilde) was in the garage looking at your motor bike and tears came down. Thanks for coming our direction. For us it was the climax of our holliday. We never forget.
We and special my mother is very happy and we all wish you a save flight home.
For Gayle we are glad her husband is coming home soon. Lots of luck together.

Kisses Hilde and Theo
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Gayle's husband is home.For a couple weeks anyway.

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No, its not.

Believe it or not, traffic police policy/behavior is not related to high-level political and/or diplomatic disputes...
I was only police stopped once on my whole trip-in Russia.They looked at my passport and drivers license and sent me on my way in 2 minutes.

Are you still in Russia? Waiting for the ski resorts to open?
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:37 PM   #371
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8-29-13 In Dublin

When I bought my ticket for the ferry to Dublin,I brilliantly used all my remaining Sterling money and put the remainder on my credit card. When I got to the Port in Dublin I had a problem.The port is not close to anything.I needed a ride to the hotel.Cab drivers accept Sterling money,even though the Euro is their currency.There aren't any ATM's around. One cab driver agreed to take US dollars. He was trying to take me for a ride. He took me to the wrong Travelodge even though I was telling him he was going to the wrong one.He said it was on the way to the other one. NOT

I turned my GPS on.The hotel was 4.2 mile from the dock-straight line. 7.9 miles on the road.When I turned the GPS on he eventually said he would not charge the full fare.The meter reading would have been $57.He said $35.I guess I was lucky he accepted US currency.


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It was a 4 mile walk to the airport. I had time and didn't want to get any Euro's from an ATM for a cab.I was a little sweaty when I got there.

My flight went to Chicago.Then I switched planes before going on to Cincinnati. And there,my wife is waiting for me. I'm finally home.
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:28 PM   #372
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:44 PM   #373
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Welcome home. Enjoy the adjustment and the family. Jbar28 gets to Dayton in late Step... Let's shoot for the end of Sep or early Oct to meet at the Fifth St Pub. You might oughta bring a driver since I think we owe you a couple

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Old 08-31-2013, 09:11 PM   #375
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Well done amigo First ones on me next time we meet. Great trip with some great experiences
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