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Old 06-20-2013, 05:15 AM   #136
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Doug We got to have a picture of you on the back of that scooter.

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glad to see he likes to get full use out of his rear tyre ,not wasting it by getting a new one while its still got rubber left
Do they call that going green when you don't waste resources. To me it looks more like going to the hospital. Imagine that going flat while he is standing on the seat.The helmet will help. But the shorts and sandals don't add that much protection.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:54 AM   #137
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Sasha said there would be no bill. We argued this for a while. Finally I said okay. But there would be money under a pillow or sheet or something when I left.
Its often an eye opener to see Russian biker hospitality for the first time

Good call re the pillow. That way they cant argue with you about it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:49 AM   #138
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Its often an eye opener to see Russian biker hospitality for the first time

Good call re the pillow. That way they cant argue with you about it.
I was watching TV with Stas when he pointed out the window. 2 touring bikes were in front of the house. They were here for tire changes. They pulled into the driveway.



Neville from Canada and Uff from Switzerland. Stas started working on Nevilles bike. After taking the wheel off he put it on his bike and went somewhere. 5 minutes later, he brought it back with the new tire mounted. He did that 4 times, changing all tires to knobbies.The duo are heading to Mongolia. They are only going to Ulanbatar then returning to Ulan Ude. Their time is limited. When the tires were changed and Neville and Uff were ready to leave, Stas would not accept any money. These Russians need to go to business school. As they left I got a picture. Sure was nice talking English for a while.



As they left, Stas asked where they got the address. I told him Colebatch had collected information from all over Asia and posted GPS waypoints for us sorry travelers. While the benefits are obvious for the travelers, Stas and his father have the benefit of many more people they can help for free.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:46 AM   #139
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Hey Doogle, Diann and I hope you get well soon! Loving the trip so far, can't believe how nice the people are over there! Safe travels.

Wish my bike was as functional as my stomach is now. I feel 90-95% okay with the stomach. I'm hoping the parts delivery doesn't get diarrhea in customs.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:53 AM   #140
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I'm glad. The thought of that scooter bottoming out while you bottom out isn't pleasant.

But you're still on the Lays? All this Russian hospitality - eat some real food, man!

We just explored Olkhon Island. Ulan Ude tomorrow. Maybe we'll catch up again.


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Old 06-22-2013, 01:13 AM   #141
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This morning Nevile and Uff were here again. Nevile's rear tire bead didn't seat.After 15 minutes they were on their wsy again. Nevile's house is near Banff, Canada where all the flooding is now. He said he was a survivor now, since the river crested. Many of his neighbors houses were lost to the flooding.

I told Stas I wanted to go to customs and see if they could help locate my crankshaft. We walked 1/2 mile to a building. A security guard told him they are closed for the weekend. He gave him a phone number to call Monday. No telling when or if it will ever be delivered. I've been reading too many bad customs experiences on forums. Please.......let me write about a good experience.

While we are out, Stas is doing his best to teach me some Russian. We're working on his English too.

Walking home his mother called and asked him to get some medicine from the pharmacy. Sasha has had some bad head aches since his motorcycle wreck last month. He hit a dog while going very fast. Stas said a frame was ordered from America, and it was received today at a friends house 300 miles away. Hope that's no indication of how long my crankshaft is going to take.
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:44 AM   #142
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:05 AM   #143
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I thought my day was done again. Andrey said we are going to his house tonight. He wants to take a shower. I ride on the back of a scooter with Stas.


Andreys parents house is pretty nice. 2 story, 2 bath, good size newer house. The parents weren't there.

I forgot to mention, Stas dared Andrey to shave his head. He did it.When we got to Andreys house, it was Stas turn for a trim.If I don't get pictures tonight, I will tomorrow. Silly kids.


Andreys girl friend helped cutting when Andrey got tired.


And finally the finished products.

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Old 06-23-2013, 04:53 PM   #144
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Hey Doug, looks like a fad. How bout you. I am fairly well there myself.

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Old 06-23-2013, 09:20 PM   #145
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They were here for tire changes...... changing all tires to knobbies......They are only going to Ulanbatar then returning to Ulan ude.
Knobbies are not needed on that traject. Because its all asfalt.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:15 AM   #146
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Hey Doug, looks like a fad. How bout you. I am fairly well there myself.

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I thought about shaving my hair the last couple trips I took. Thought it would grow back before anyone saw me.



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Knobbies are not needed on that traject. Because its all asfalt.
I told them the same. They heard it was pretty rough though. I think they brought the tires planning to do Mongolia west to east, but ran out of time.
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My back has been tight the last few days. After riding the scooter home yesterday, it turned to serious stabbing pain.If my body got an inch off center, I got a notification that felt like a bolt of lightening. They wanted to take me to the hospital, a doctor, or a masseuse.I declined. It's hard to hide or down play.

This morning after breakfast, I walked about a mile to an MTC store. My Simm card used up all my allotment. Without
It I can't get internet or Skype. The store was closed for some reason. A man saw my sad look and tried helping. He walked me 2 blocks to another store. It wasn't what I needed. Then we went 3 blocks to another store. The guy there worked on my modem about 20 minutes before I was back online. I Skyped with Gayle all the way home.

When I got back, Sasha and Stas drove me to customs. They said we needed to go to the Post Office. The Post Office said there were 2 letters missing from the number I gave them. The letters indicate where it was shipped from.

Next we went to a building across the street and talked to a biker friend of Sashas.He most work for the Post Office also. After asking me questions and searching online, he said the crankshaft is not in Russia yet. The only good news today is my back is feeling better. Sashas wife gave me some pills this afternoon that may be working.

This evening we went to a power plant so the boys could practice wheelies in the parking lot. That didn't last long. They fried their clutch.


When we got back home, I asked what motorcycle was covered up back by my room. They said it was a russian 1947 иж. It's pronounced esh. Long E.



He said it runs and only has 23,000 kilometers on it.

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Old 06-24-2013, 05:57 PM   #148
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Hey Doug! We're in Ulan Batoor right now - lots of rain. Met up with Neville and Ulf here.

Just wanted to give you a heads up about your documents. Looks like our insurance ran out yesterday, but no-one checks that. What they do check at the border is your temporary import document. Ours was valid till September by the looks of things, but maybe get a Russian friendly to look over yours to be sure.

Also, double check your visa information. I couldn't see any way to get one at the border.

Good luck with the crank!


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Old 06-24-2013, 06:23 PM   #149
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When I got back, Sasha and Stas drove me to customs. They said we needed to go to the Post Office. The Post Office said there were 2 letters missing from the number I gave them. The letters indicate where it was shipped from.

Next we went to a building across the street and talked to a biker friend of Sashas.He most work for the Post Office also. After asking me questions and searching online, he said the crankshaft is not in Russia yet.
If you want to track the package yourself, the number will be in the following standard starts with EI then 123456789 digits then ends with US. So for example EI123456789US put that into https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction?qtc_tLabels1=ei123456789us
replacing the red part with your number will give you a direct URL.

also you can check on the russian site: http://www.russianpost.ru/rp/servise...lug/trackingpo
(unfortunately no direct url for that as they use a captcha image)

The websites are nearly identical in the info displayed though just so you know.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:19 PM   #150
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Hey Doug! We're in Ulan Batoor right now - lots of rain. Met up with Neville and Ulf here.

Just wanted to give you a heads up about your documents. Looks like our insurance ran out yesterday, but no-one checks that. What they do check at the border is your temporary import document. Ours was valid till September by the looks of things, but maybe get a Russian friendly to look over yours to be sure.

Also, double check your visa information. I couldn't see any way to get one at the border.

Good luck with the crank!


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Americans don't need a visa for less than 90 days. And only register if visiting more than 30 days. If I ever get that far.

I don't understand what you mean about checking the temporary import documents. Are you referring to the Russian documents for your reentry? Or getting documents for Mongolia?

Are you taking the southern route through Mongolia? Have others said if it's too wet?


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