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Old 06-24-2013, 10:36 PM   #151
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I don't understand what you mean about checking the temporary import documents.
Customs form you filled out (in duplicate) covering your bike, when you entered at Vladivostok... You will have kept one of them, the russians will have stamped it, put a sticker with a bar code on it, and a "valid till" date will be in small text on the bar code sticker.

By default they give 3 months to everyone these days.

Its your permission to have imported a motor vehicle temporarily, without paying customs duties as an import.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:54 AM   #152
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Customs form you filled out (in duplicate) covering your bike, when you entered at Vladivostok... You will have kept one of them, the russians will have stamped it, put a sticker with a bar code on it, and a "valid till" date will be in small text on the bar code sticker.

By default they give 3 months to everyone these days.

Its your permission to have imported a motor vehicle temporarily, without paying customs duties as an import.
Yes. But I didn't understand what problems they had at the border with it.It's good for 3 months. I was with Igor when we got them.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:31 AM   #153
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No problems at all, Doug.
Just thought you should check that yours was the same. Sounds like it will be from what Colebatch has said. Just bear in mind that your insurance will have lapsed, and I don't know if that matters.
It makes no difference for the border crossing.

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Old 06-25-2013, 02:32 AM   #154
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This morning I gave Stas the 2 letters that were missing from my tracking number yesterday. I spent 25 minutes talking to USPS last night to get them. The USPS tracking showed the last sorting for the crankshaft in San Francisco on June 20th. Stas called their friend with the letters. He said the crankshaft is in Russia We don't know where yet. But it did bring a smile to our faces. Next we need to find which customs will receive it. Hopefully it is here in Ulan Ude. I told Sasha I have lived here in his house longer than some of his kids.He said he had 2 English bikers last year for 2 weeks. If that's the record, I'll have the crown in a few days.

I am taking the family and 2 others to a restaurant tonight. That took some talking to get him to agree. I told him his wife needed a rest. He kept saying save your money. Restaurants are expensive.

I took another walk today. About 3/4 mile away is a war memorial for the Afghan war 1979 into the 1990's.



When that conflict was going on, and the U.S. was supporting their opposition, I sure felt a lot different than I do right now. Their memorial has faces etched into stone. Each one, someone's son.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:34 AM   #155
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Took family and friends out to eat tonight. They seemed to really enjoy it.I had plenty to eat. Some fish, fresh vegetables, meaty soup/stew, then a big plate of what I thought was beef-oops, it was liver.But there weren't any leftovers.


After eating, someone wanted to go see a movie. Superman in Russian. Why not.You really don't need to know the words. 3D too. It was 2am before we got home. This is the cinema.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:45 PM   #156
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...Just bear in mind that your insurance will have lapsed, and I don't know if that matters.
It matters if you get pulled over by a cop and he asks for it. And it would matter if you had an accident and they found you didnt have the compulsory insurance.

On one hand, its a short ride to the border - about 3-4 hours.

On the other hand, it would be pretty cheap and easy to get new insurance - ask the guys you are staying with... they will know where to get it cheap. As a general rule, its about half the price when buying it from a good agent in a city than it is buying it on the side of the highway at an entry point.

My advice, since you are re-entering Russia anyway, and will need to get insurance anyway for your next section in Russia is to use your time in UU to get insurance beginning on the date your current insurance ends, and going out 3 months or so, to cover all of your potential riding in Russia
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:35 AM   #157
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Colebatch, that sounds like a good plan for insurance.

It's hard to do a ride report without wheels. I'm probably boring ADVrider inmates looking for information. I guess I am posting for family, friends, and my own memorys the last week.

Today I walked away from town about 1/2 mile. I walked through a cemetery. I had seen others since entering Russia. Now I have time to walk through. It seems typical of the others I've passed. Most all the plots are surrounded with a small fence. And there is very little maintenance seen. Probably the only maintenance is by family or friends that visit. Typical of country cemeterys in Ohio or Kentucky that I've seen.


Some have no fence, markers, or names.


Most of the markers had a picture of the person. I like that idea.Some were quite old, and seemed very durable.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:06 AM   #158
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Love old grave yards and reading the names and dates and see the structures. Keep it coming. Even though you're on foot at present , it's still neat to hear from you.
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Your "down" time is fascinating.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:11 AM   #160
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Your "down" time is fascinating.
Location, location, location. Lucky I'm not in a hotel 100 miles from a city. And luckier that I had a mechanic that didn't know me, take me into his house and treat me like a family member. You can't buy this experience.
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Take a look at these tires. There must be over a 1000 screws in each tire.



I'm not sure if I've shown pictures of my room before. Helena just changed my bedding and brought in a small table for me.When it is finished, it will be for other bikers passing through. I don't think they want them staying as long as I am.





Andrey worked on his scooter today. The other day when I was riding with him, he had to steer way left to go straight. We know why now.


The fork tubes should be parallel to each other. Here's what's broken.



This looks scary even if the clamp wasn't broken. Usually there is an upper and lower clamp holding each fork tube. Made in China.


They say no news is good news. Not when you're waiting to hear where parts are. Sashas friend said he couldn't see any activity on my crankshaft. So we waiting another day.


I was counting bikes in Sashas garage and driveway today. 1/2 Kawasakis,1/2 Suzukis,and 1/4 Hondas. That doesn't include scooters, go carts, and quads.

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Old 06-27-2013, 01:43 PM   #162
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Hello Doug,
We like to read your report every day but we hope after the weekend to get report from the traveler on two wheels.
Beautiful pictures, take them to my ma.
Nice sleeping room but its better to have another one every night.
Hope you continue your trip very soon. We also go on two wheels (with human engine) for some weeks. Good luck.

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Nothing going on here. Yesterday Stas and I walked down to customs looking for information. No help there. The night before, Stas had an accident while riding his mother's scooter. A car swerved to miss a pothole and hit him. The car didn't stop. It's not rideable.His motorcycle has a bad clutch, his father's needs assembly from hitting a dog last month. They are down to their Fiat van which is used mostly for the motorcycle business.

I was going to take a bus to Lake Baikal tomorrow. It's about 100 miles. Sasha said he would drive me if I put gas in the tank. Can't beat that offer.

Baikal is the largest fresh water lake in the world. It's over a mile deep and contains 20% of the world's unfrozen fresh water. There may be nothing to see. But I want to see it.I was going to ride up there when the bike was fixed and camp 1 night. Then I would back track through Ulan Ude to Mongolia. If the bike is repaired soon, this will save a day of travel.

I walked to the MTC phone store this afternoon and added more data to my SIMM card. It took a very helpful woman about 15 minutes. She gave me instructions on how to do it each month.If I ever need to do it again, it will take about 15 minutes at another MTC store. I can't follow directions.

Well, Nevile and Ulf are back from Mongolia.This time they are changing their oil before going on to Vladivostok. They may just be flaunting the fact that their bikes are running.

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Old 06-29-2013, 01:41 PM   #164
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Downtime sucks. Hang in there.
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I'm hanging Sean.Skype sure makes things better. I talk with my wife about 2 hours a day. Otherwise, I think I would have bought a plane ticket by now.
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