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Old 07-21-2010, 11:58 PM   #16
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Walter - Sibirsky Extreme is supposed to be about going where no biker has been before mate...

That one's been "ridden" a few times previously I'd guess...
Oh you're a harsh man Mr Race.

I think its a form of Russian acupuncture ... trying to reach specific pressure points. I was hoping to do some study in this field myself at some stage.
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:04 AM   #17
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Thats one of those 'Greyhound racing skirts'
so short you can almost see the hare.....

Im thinkin of tacklin the ROB next summer, so I'll be watchin & learnin from you again

Has anyone taken a Harley up there?

Have fun!

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Old 07-22-2010, 12:11 AM   #18
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And here we go with the waiting game again... Why did I click on this, I knew 2 pages would be just the warm up, and it's even worst, you haven't even started the actual trip...

By the way I think the bike looks way better in white.
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:27 AM   #19
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Seoul, Korea

The plan for this summer is to lead the first tour on the Road of Bones, and to make Sherri Jo Wilkins the first non-russian woman to ride the Road of Bones.

We begin my notes from a hotel room in Sokcho, Korea. An hour before writing I was reunited with my motorcycle. I had last seen it 10 days ago when I dropped it off at James Cargo’s warehouse in Colnbrook just outside London. The last few weeks has seen the bike transformed from the tired old unit that finished last years marathon ride only 2 months ago into a near new, ready to go beast, complete with new paint job.

So ... Korea ... I flew into Seoul a couple of days ago where I have been fantastically looked after by Joon, the Korean biker we had helped on last years Siberian travails. The first night was a chance to catch up with Joon over beer and pizza.

The following morning I indulged in a quality brunch at the local Taco Bell:




My second and final night in Seoul, however was Korean food night, and I was the guest of honour for the local adventure bikers group … guys who share the dream of travelling the world by motorcycle. I put on a slideshow and was treated to fantastic hospitality – and a lot of beer and soju.



The guys (and girls) of the Korean RTW club have asked me to pass on their web page to other foreign bikers passing thru Korea and suggest that you get in touch. Their club is relatively new and are trying to build contacts around the world and would love to meet and help foreign bikers visiting Korea.



Their web site is at:

http://cafe.naver.com/motorcycletraveller
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:38 AM   #20
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Time travel too !!

First we were in Vladivostok looking at Warships and greyhound skirts...

Now we are back in Korea - Colebatch - The New Time Lord...

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Old 07-22-2010, 06:45 AM   #21
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Im thinkin of tacklin the ROB next summer, so I'll be watchin & learnin from you again
Well I got a truck load of waypoints for you mate, will have a lot more at the end of this summer too

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Has anyone taken a Harley up there?
Nope.... but someone's gotta do it, right?
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:06 AM   #22
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Quote "and a lot of beer and soju."

Not hard to tell with this picture!

And yes I am subscribed dagnabit.



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http://cafe.naver.com/motorcycletraveller [/quote]
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:20 AM   #23
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Sokcho, Korea

The customs agent in Korea, Wendy Choi, had arranged to ship my bike from Seoul - Inchon airport (in customs bond) to the ferry terminal at Sokcho, so that I didnt have to bother with Korean customs procedures.

I took the bus. Its great to take a bus ride every now and again, just to remind yourself why you ride a bike, and why backpacking sucks. I went straight to the ferry terminal as I wanted to check the bike was there. It was.





Now that I had found my bike, I set about finding Sherri, my co-rider for the challenging Sibirsky Extreme 2010 journey from Magadan to Irkutsk. I found Sherri at the hotel / hostel place near Sokcho port where we had agreed to meet. She is on a kitted out KTM 690R.



Sherri has recently departed from Australia to ride solo around the world. Leading up to this point, she has crossed Australia, then Japan and now Korea. So it’s still early days for her. She was bold enough to want to take on the Road of Bones, so I am happy to help her get a grip with how things are done in Russia.

We had half a day to kill while waiting for the Dong Chun ferry that runs regularly in the summer between Sokcho and Zarubino in Russia, (Zarubino is the most southerly port on Russia’s Pacific coast, and lies 100 km southwest of Vladivostok) so there was time to wander the streets of Sokcho where we saw some curious sights and store names.

Grilled and Skewered Octopus’s Balls anyone?



Or perhaps giant bulls balls?



Tired of fast food? Here’s the antidote:



What kind of sport are you into?



On a girls T-Shirt … not 100% sure what kind of leakage “fairy sweat” might be referring to for a girl, but my mind was being quite creative at that point.



Funny Love ? … That’s one way to put it … If it involves “Kolon Sport” and “Fairy Sweat Leakage”, it indeed sounds rather funny.



A lingerie store “Yes” had this promotional literature on the wall … a conversation between a girl and her boyfriend – it was enough to convince me to buy some. I was inspired. I stocked up on brassieres for myself.



Sick of being ugly and uncomfortable? You need to go to this store:



But our educational exploration of Sokcho’s stores had to finish sometime. That time was when the ferry came into view …

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Old 07-22-2010, 07:33 AM   #24
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Has anyone taken a Harley up there?


Nope.... but someone's gotta do it, right?


well, I guess that'll hafta be me then, as no one else would be stupid enough to try......

but wait til you see the bike Im gonna build for it!

I should have guessed that you knew Wendy Choi, she is awesome.

I loved the signs in engrish, they always make me laugh

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Old 07-22-2010, 07:48 AM   #25
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I should have guessed that you knew Wendy Choi, she is awesome.
Small world Doug. I was down near the Vladivostok port earlier today and walked into a tiny badge shop tucked away in a corner of a mall. I thought it was a goldmine ... loads of cool badges, and I am getting some custom Road of Bones badges made up there.

As I am about to leave, something catches my eye ... a business card pinned high on the wall ... one Doug Wothke ... with a picture of a long haired dude and a chopper on it.
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Yep, I know that shop, was there a really pretty girl working there? She was fixin to head off to school last summer when I was there. Its her parents shop.
Put me down for one of those ROB badges!

you know, one of these days were gonna meet up....

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Old 07-22-2010, 07:57 AM   #27
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The Dong Chun Ferry

I grabbed my gear and Sherri her bike and made our way 500 yards from the Hostel to the customs shed where my bike was sitting:



At least I had the chance to supervise how the bikes would be tied down - you dont always get that privilege on boats.



The ferry pulled out of Sokcho harbour 4 hours late … but better late than never. I realised while on board that I couldn’t remember seeing my heated vest and heated gloves while rummaging through my luggage earlier that day. I went down to the vehicle deck and searched again … and nope, my heated gear was not with me.

It was no problem in the short term … it was 30 degrees and humid. But Magadan was a long way north of here, and I was going to be in Russia a few months. Damn. I was sure I took it to the shippers, but I had taken a lot of loose plastic bags that were to be thrown into the packing crate when it was built up around the bike. It must have been missed, and I assume sitting somewhere in the James Cargo warehouse.



The Dong Chun ferry was air-conditioned, but it was a bizarre form of air-con that seemed to cool the air without taking any moisture out of it. If you cool air without removing moisture, it just becomes more wet and sticky – humidity increases. It was a sticky wet evening on board the boat that night.

I see why Terry was so restless when Tony and I met him in Vladivostok last year. After a flight to Korea, a few days in Korea and a boat to Russia … you feel there is not a whole lot of riding being done. Is does make you pretty restless. It’s two weeks since I sent the bike away from London and began this journey, but I have ridden just a few hundred metres in Korea so far.

And the reliance on other modes of transport is not over yet. Despite being on a plane from London to Seoul, a bus from Seoul to Sokcho and now a ferry from Sokcho to Zarubino … there is still a 5-6 day boat ride ahead from Vladivostok to Magadan. The only saving grace is a short ride from Zarubino to Vladivostok. It will still be another week (at least) before we are in position to start riding properly.
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:01 AM   #28
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Yep, I know that shop, was there a really pretty girl working there? She was fixin to head off to school last summer when I was there. Its her parents shop.
She's still there ... Her face is sweet.

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Put me down for one of those ROB badges!
You gotta earn it big fella! ... no one gets one till they have done The Road ... but I am getting a couple dozen made up, so I will put one aside for you

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you know, one of these days were gonna meet up....
Are you in Bulgaria in October?
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Yeah, I meant save one for me til I do the road.

May be a different girl. unless she got swolled up over the winter.

I'll get back here from the middle east the end of september.
were gonna have a horizons mini meeting then, it would be great if you could make it. Some friends are currently in the stans & africa, so were all gonna get together & show pictures & tell lies.

I'll fly back to the US beginning of October.

Then I'll start to butcher an innocent bike for another summer of fun & shenanigans

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