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Old 06-19-2008, 05:52 AM   #16
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Hi boys

Nice story, great trip, salute
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Old 06-20-2008, 01:50 AM   #17
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Day three, 02.06.08, into Russia or border day

For beginning, Sasa, thank you!

We woke up early and headed towards center of town.





Linza is waving to fellow rider.













We crossed Dnieper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dniepr) and exited Kiev. Finally we reached some small roads.













It was time for lunch because we did not know how much time we will spend on the border.





Late afternoon we reached last Ukrainian village before the border, Velika Pisarivka. Border crossing was few km from village, so it took us some time to find it.



Approaching border, this is our last photo before entering Russia. We didn’t want to provoke officials by taking pictures.



At Ukrainian side everything went OK. Papers were checked, our baggage was opened but not very thoroughly searched. 15-20 minutes latter we were on Russian side.

Passport check didn’t last long, then we went to immigration office, some more data was collected but it was also quick. Friendly official chatted with me about his time in army in East Germany many years ago. Then customs and our problems began. First we went to insurance office, because our bike insurance wasn’t covering Russian Federation. Insurance guy at first demanded that we should pay in Russian rubles. Price was around 80$ for all three bikes and after some negotiations we agreed that we will pay 100$ and he will accept USD. Unfortunately, while our insurance papers were prepared, border official shift was coming to an end. So he gave us some forms to fill and told us that we need to fill it on Cyrillic. I can read Cyrillic but writing was out of question. Then some young guy in military looking uniform took pity on us and filled our forms. Finally, custom official replacement arrived and he accepted our forms, issued us all necessary papers, charged us 10 Euro each and we were free to go. It all lasted three hours.

We lost too much time at the border, and one additional hour because of time zone change, so we agreed that is time to find some place to sleep. Luckily, we found motel near the border. Kitchen was closed but nearby store was opened so we bought some sausages and beer. Our spirits were high, we were in Russia, YEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!







To be continued…
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:40 AM   #18
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Always look forward to your reports guys! You will have to plan a trip to Australia one of these days. I will be in Germany next year for travel and possibly this year for Intermot if anyone is around
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:33 AM   #19
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:17 AM   #20
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I was in Volgograd in April of 2002 for a couple weeks. Not on a Motorcycle but rode a train from Moscow.... Looking forward to seeing pics of Volvograd. There is 1 building still standing from the war. The Germans bombed just about everything in existance. The building is brick and very large. The walls are very thick which is why it still stood after being bombed. It's near a museum that is round. I hope you get to see it. Also I'm sure you will get some pics of Mother Russia... Can't miss her. Lots of history there.

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Old 06-20-2008, 11:23 AM   #21
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Hi Mike, Volgograd is coming later with all the places you mentioned.

Day four, 03.06.08, from border to Borisoglebsk

First task for the day was finding bank and changing some money. We entered first big village and with the help of the friendly man we managed to find the bank.





Because of bridge reconstruction we ended riding trough the fields.





We proceeded towards Iakovlevo and Prokhorovka, famous battlefields where the Battle of Kursk was decided (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kursk). We managed to get lost few times.













In Prokhorovka we met some very friendly Russian guys who were really interested in us and our bikes. They sampled some of our local plum brandy (Schljivovitza).





More pictures from Prokhorovka.























There was no time to lose, so we continued trough the steppe.





We finally reached Voronezh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronezh).







Late afternoon it was obvious that we won’t be able to reach Volgograd before dark. We found hotel in Borisoglebsk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borisoglebsk), it was probably one of the worst hotels we ever saw but lot of Russian beer and vodka helped us to sleep like a babies.













To be continued...
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:50 PM   #22
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"Before continuing I would like to thank my Dad for his help in planning our route and transferring it to the Zumo. "

You are very lucky......My dad cannot even operate the TV remote! And I ask my son for help with most tech issues.
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Old 06-21-2008, 07:09 AM   #23
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We lost too much time at the border,
You really didn't. It's normal time on Russian border
Nice trip!
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:19 AM   #24
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Always look forward to your reports guys! You will have to plan a trip to Australia one of these days. I will be in Germany next year for travel and possibly this year for Intermot if anyone is around
Hi Steve, thank you!

Germany is not very far from Croatia.
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:23 AM   #25
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Day five, 04.06.08, Volgograd at last

For beginning, here are few pictures from streets of Borisoglebsk.







There is lot of truck stops along the road, so we decided to stop at one and taste some real Russian truckers food.









After a meal we were back on the road.





I managed to get the photo of guy in bulletproof vest with Kalashnikov guarding petrol station. It was near the Volgograd. We saw armed guards on strange places during our trip. Not all petrol stations were guarded. Cool thing is that petrol price is 1$/liter in Russia.



Liza took some time to make his bike look nice before entering Volgograd.



Finally, we reached the city (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volgograd).













We managed to find room for three in Volgograd hotel, it was very cool, because hotel is in center of the city. After parking our bikes and changing our clothes we went for a walk. Heroes Park was just around the corner from our hotel.





















Linza was in contact with Roman, Russian biker from Belgorod, who helped us a lot with planning our trip. Roman gave Linza number of his friend from Volgograd, so we contacted him but he was out of the city, but he sent his friend Vladim to meet us. Vladim is a cool guy, we went for the dinner together, and he kindly agreed to show us city next day.





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Old 06-21-2008, 12:17 PM   #26
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What a fantastic ride! Looking forward to seeing more of the "Hero City" formerly known as Stalingrad

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Old 06-21-2008, 01:57 PM   #27
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This is fantastic, keep it coming! We don't get nearly enough ride reports from Eastern Europe/Russia.
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Old 06-21-2008, 02:28 PM   #28
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Great photos and a great trip report...
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Old 06-21-2008, 02:37 PM   #29
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Hahahahhahaa...mesni dorucak is the breakfast of champions

Di je pasteta i kruh??

Nice pics Damire.

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Old 06-21-2008, 07:55 PM   #30
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Great report we need more. World War 2 stop in Stailngrad,Greman's give up,Here is statue of freedom

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