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Old 12-14-2009, 03:44 PM   #31
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wow, another amazing ride report
looking forward to seeing more of this amazing journey
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:13 PM   #32
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Can it get any better. Thank you for sharing your amazing one of a kind adventure with us.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:41 PM   #33
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:53 PM   #34
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:36 PM   #35
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oh hell ya!!!!

Bring it on!!!
I loved the Road of Bones RR.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:45 PM   #36
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Vladivostok

Fortunately, before I turned up, Tony and Terry took the time to sober up, by staying away for the birds and the booze, and seeing the sights of Vladivostok:



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Old 12-14-2009, 09:48 PM   #37
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Which included Leon

Tony bumped into Leon on the streets of Vladivostok ... Leon was a UK biker who we had met in Irkutsk a month earlier. He had ridden across the Trans Siberian Highway while Tony and I had headed north and crossed the Vilyuisky Trakt and the Road of Bones. Foreign bikes (mainly dual sport types) stand out in Vladivostok, where most bikes are either japanese sports bikes or choppers. Leon was just on his way to the Ferry to South Korea.

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:09 PM   #38
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Sibirsky Extremed !

One day while Terry was doubling Tony around the streets of 'Vladik' (the shortened form of Vladivostok), he was chased and stopped by a Frenchman, Arnaud, who had recognised Tony as being one the Sibirsky Extreme guys. The website and blog we had running during the trip, www.SibirskyExtreme.com, was obviously proving very popular with UK and European bikers in particular - so much so that we were now being recognised on the streets by bikers we didn't know.

"Hey you're that guy from Sibirsky Extreme!!!" yelled Arnaud and Tony and Terry came to a halt.

Arnaud was a Frenchman, based half the time in Siberia, who had led a pair of other European bikers, Christophe from Switzerland and Mark from Germany, across the Trans-Siberian Highway. Now that he had delivered them to Vladik, Arnaud wanted to take another road back, and asked Tony about the Road of Bones and Vilyuisky Trakt.


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Old 12-14-2009, 10:12 PM   #39
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Damn, How many languages must one learn to have all this great ADV? Looks like Russian is added to the list. May just have to start riding with a sidecar rig or two up with a hot linguist.

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:22 PM   #40
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I finally arrived in Vladivostok to join Terry and Tony (and to bring some discipline back in this unit!).

That night we had a strange visitor to our hotel ... No not that kind of evening hotel visitor!

Leon, the UK rider we mentioned a couple of posts back, had ridden down to the dock at Zarubino to take the ferry to Korea. A guy rode off the arriving ferry from Korea and spoke with the waiting Leon. The guy was Joon, a Korean guy, who had NEVER ridden outside of Seoul before, let alone off road, and just packed it all up one day and decided to ride across Russia, Kazakhstan Iran et al towards Europe.

Leon recognised that on the gravel parking lot, Joon could not even control his bike. How on earth would he make it across Russia? Even the Trans-Siberian highway has close to 1000km of gravel bits ... Joon couldn't even ride across 30 yards of gravel carpark! To make it worse, Joon was solo and spoke not even a single word of Russian! Leon told him to make his way into Vladivostok and find the Sibirsky Extreme guys and gave him the name of our Hotel.

Joon had found us at our hotel and told us his sorry story. We told him to meet us tomorrow at the Gutov Beer House, our command HQ, and we would give him some tips and info.

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:31 PM   #41
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I finally arrived in Vladivostok to join Terry and Tony (and to bring some discipline back in this unit!).

That night we had a strange visitor to our hotel ... No not that kind of evening hotel visitor!

Leon, the UK rider we mentioned a couple of posts back, had ridden down to the dock at Zarubino to take the ferry to Korea. A guy rode off the arriving ferry from Korea and spoke with the waiting Leon. The guy was Joon, a Korean guy, who had NEVER ridden outside of Seoul before, let alone off road, and just packed it all up one day and decided to ride across Russia, Kazakhstan Iran et al towards Europe.

Leon recognised that on the gravel parking lot, Joon could not even control his bike. How on earth would he make it across Russia? Even the Trans-Siberian highway has close to 1000km of gravel bits ... Joon couldn't even ride across 30 yards of gravel carpark! To make it worse, Joon was solo and spoke not even a single word of Russian! Leon told him to make his way into Vladivostok and find the Sibirsky Extreme guys and gave him the name of our Hotel.

Joon had found us at our hotel and told us his sorry story. We told him to meet us tomorrow at the Gutov Beer House, our command HQ, and we would give him some tips and info.
I would love to follow that guys ride report. I like the thought of a guy getting in way over his head and coming out on top.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:36 PM   #42
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What an interesting (non) road.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:38 PM   #43
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I would love to follow that guys ride report. I like the thought of a guy getting in way over his head and coming out on top.
I can tell you the latest I heard from Joon was that he had made it to Italy (as of about a month ago) and had crossed Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey on his way to Europe ... I am pleased to tell you, the little guy won ! The underdog came through!
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:49 PM   #44
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Gutov Beer House

The next day, which happened to be my 40th birthday, over lunch at the Gutov Beer House we spoke with Joon about the challenges ahead for him. It was going to be even tougher than we thought. Since arriving in Russia, he also had his wallet and plastic cards stolen! I thought to myself "boy this guy is in for a tough time !"

Tony, Terry and I had a chat amongst ourselves, and decided that Joon should ride with us to Khabarovsk. It was just under 1000km away and we were following the same route as him anyway for that stretch. It would give us time to give him some riding tips, some language lessons and an introduction to Russian culture and the way things were generally done in Russia.

Our next few days would be a ferry and maintenance stage. We were effectively ferrying the bikes from Vladivostok to Vanino about 1300km (800 miles) north. Vanino was the start of the BAM Road! We knew some bike guys in Khabarovsk, and Tony and I needed to service our bikes after the Road of Bones, and before we started the BAM, so we would need to pass through Khabarovsk. Khabarovsk was also on the Trans-Siberian Highway that Joon would take.

While we were busily incorporating Joon into the team, Tony's phone rang. It was the shipping agency. Our bikes had arrived in the port and we needed to collect them, now!

Another discussion followed. We could have stayed in Vladivostok another day and had a bang up party that night for my birthday, but we decided to hit the road. Joon would go back to his hostel, pack his things up and meet us back at the Gutov Beer House; Tony and I would head down to the docks and fetch our bikes; and Terry would get his bike ready to go. All meeting back at the Gutov at 5pm, ready to roll!

It was time to get this show on the road.

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Joon - he could hardly have be greener!


Showing one of the Gutov girls my big telescopic lens:
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