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Old 09-19-2013, 05:35 AM   #391
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That wasn't just a qualified inmate moving your bike, it was Loftus! You couldn't have crossed paths with a nicer or more helpful dude; too bad you didn't give him a shout. But I know how it can be when in a hurry.

I've been on I-64 through there in a car. If ya gotta do interstate, it's one of the best around here. On the bike, I go the most convoluted path I can find. I have a wicked fun route between Harrisonburg and Burr Oak / 555, if you're interested drop me a PM. Not for travel expediency, it took about 9 hours of brisk riding (and breaks). It's like riding in another world.

I haven't been to Hatfield McCoy yet, but one day I'm hoping to make it.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:54 AM   #392
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I-64 through Virginia and West Virginia is plesant easy riding.I like it.I've been quad riding at Hatfield Mcoy quite a few times.Love it when the leaves are changing.






A day late and $150 short.I didn't know I needed a paid escort to get in the terminal.In Liverpool I had a free escort ride.I saw the info on the key ring. Didn't realize you were an inmate. I thought it was just info to find the right bike/bike combination. Anyway,I'm glad it was a qualified ADVrider moving my bike around.Thanks.
I'm a checker in the port of Hampton roads. It was funny. That morning , the hatch foreman saw me In the office before the ship started and mentioned there was a bike in deck two and asked if I would ride it out. I said yes what model? He said " Something called a klr650 " . I then said "Hell yes!". It started right up and ran well. I wrote my info on your pannier in water ink but decided to wipe it off just In case you would disapprove .


Roll down to our camp out in oct if you can and tell us of your adventures .

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Old 09-19-2013, 06:41 AM   #393
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Blooch looks different in a hard hat...
His camp out rocks! It's a big one.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:51 AM   #394
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Welcome home

Good to see you made it all the way. What a ride, thanks for sharing it, and I'm good for that beer I promised you.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:55 PM   #395
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Good to see you made it all the way. What a ride, thanks for sharing it, and I'm good for that beer I promised you.
Why haven't you changed your ADV home to Dayton yet? Have you moved yet?
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:21 PM   #396
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I am planning to ride my '06 KLR650 from Cincinnati to Vancouver,Canada the last week of May. From there I want to fly the bike to Seoul,Korea. From there I will need to get insurance,license,and hopefully nothing else to ride in their country.I will ride it to a port on the Sea of Japan and put it on a ferry to Zarubino,Russia.I want to use this ferry instead of Vladivostok.The huge amount of traffic going to Vladivostok means you may wait 4 days after arriving,just for your turn in customs. The ferry going to Zarubino just started service March 17.So there is a possibility something could go amiss.

I know of several others going about the same time.Hope to meet up with any of them if possible. I was going to post my blog on Horizons Unlimited (never done that before) because they seem to be more oriented to Asian travel.But after looking at how to set it up,I threw in the towel. Way too complicated for my simple mind.


With 2 weeks to go,I am not looking too good.I have the rear shock apart waiting for parts.Last night I started replacing the fork seals and oil.With 32,000 miles on the bike,I thought I better replace the worn bushing also.All my parts should be here by Thursday.Below is what the bike looks like now.





I am not ready for this trip in any way. Schedule,route,things to see,language skills,or packing. I just bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to replace my netbook.It looks like a year learning curve.So I won't be able to use it to full potential.It does have a translation app. Of course I know nothing about apps. I read that I could buy a hotspot and a sim card (whatever they are) when I get there,and use the tablet as an international phone.
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I was at the horizons meeting in Australia
A guy there has done the trip.
Get onto the hu forum, lots of good info.
Enjoy the trip
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:47 AM   #397
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Now that is funny
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:22 PM   #398
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I was at the horizons meeting in Australia
A guy there has done the trip.
Get onto the hu forum, lots of good info.
Enjoy the trip
If you read a little more of my report,you would see that I have completed my trip already. And I am on the HU forum also. Yes,they do have a lot of good information.I find they are more focused on Asia and Europe than ADV. And because of that I was going to do my ride report with them. But posting pictures and navigating their forum was too complicated for my simple mind.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:44 PM   #399
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My wife and I were talking last week about my visit in the Netherlands. She said I should send something to Drina-something of my father's. I told her I didn't have anything of my father's. Then I remembered I did have something. Something that I've had for decades. A pair of wooden shoes my father brought home from the Netherlands after WWII. How perfect. So last Friday I sent one of the shoes to Hilde.



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Old 10-01-2013, 06:01 PM   #400
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I've been home long enough to digest some of my trip. I want to post some of my thoughts about it.

The Russian people (I can only report on the ones I met,in eastern Russia) are the most helpful and giving people in the world. I've only been in 56 countries so far. If I ever meet any others that come close,I'll amend this statement.

The Mongolian people were the least friendly. Not all of them. But the higher percentage.

I read about people who had been kill for refusing to drink with locals. In Mongolia I found that they don't want to take no as an answer. And that a drunk is very persistant. The only times on my trip that I was concerned about my safety,were in Mongolia. Twice involving drunks on the street wanting me to drink with them. Once walking in Ulaanbaatar in a shady area.

Mongolians are touchy people.If they can see something,they think it is okay for them to pick it up. Even if it's in your pocket.

From things I'd read,I thought I would be surrounded by drunks with free flowing Vodka at ever corner in Russia. I did see drunks,but not as often as I thought. Mostly middle aged and older. The motorcycle clubs I stayed at,none of the members that were riding would drink anything unless they were spending the night there.

Russia seemed to have the worst drivers.Their passing was their down fall. Almost mine too. I think a major factor is the high percentage of right hand drive cars they have.These are imported from Japan because the Japanese like a new car every year. To pass somebody, they need to get completely in the passing lane before they can see if anyone is on the oncoming lane.

For me decent food didn't start till I got to Georgia.That is if I don't count Snickers and potato chips. Then the farther west I went,the better it got.

You can't rely on what other people say about road conditions.After 2 of the worst days of riding I had in Mongolia,I met a group of riders going the opposite dirrection. They said it would take me a good 2 days to get to the next town.I thought it was almost a relaxing ride.I was there a little after noon. Possibly they got off route. But I read many ride reports about tough areas that didn't pan out. And I'm no great off road rider.

Most every where I've been people treat you as a person.Not the way they feel about your government.

Rarely were politics brought up. In Turkey I was asked a couple times if I thought Obama was a muslim.

80% of the shirts and hats people wore in Asia were in English. NY, Lebron, Kobe, and Doogle seemed to be the favorites. Well Doogle was my favorite.Even though I never saw one.

There was a lot of English spoken everywhere except Mongolia. It wasn't at ever stop by any means. But I read that once I got out of Vladivostok,I would only find it in better hotels. The translator on my tablet was a great tool to have along.

Many people warn about problems getting gas.I have a 7 gallon tank and took a 1 1/2 gallon gas can backup.I don't remember ever needing it. It does give you a safe feeling though. And at another time some of my gas stations might be closed or out of gas. And sometimes you may have enough gas to get to the next town,but make a wrong turn. The mistake could use enough gas to leave you stranded.

There aren't many police on the roads in Europe. But they have lots of cameras. They even have cameras that average your speed over a distance. I didn't get any tickets.................yet. But a couple years ago I had a ticket mailed to me 2 months later.

Engines last longer if you keep oil above the low level line !!!!!
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #401
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I've been home long enough to digest some of my trip. I want to post some of my thoughts about it.

The Russian people (I can only report on the ones I met,in eastern Russia) are the most helpful and giving people in the world. I've only been in 56 countries so far. If I ever meet any others that come close,I'll amend this statement.

The Mongolian people were the least friendly. Not all of them. But the higher percentage.

I read about people who had been kill for refusing to drink with locals. In Mongolia I found that they don't want to take no as an answer. And that a drunk is very persistant. The only times on my trip that I was concerned about my safety,were in Mongolia. Twice involving drunks on the street wanting me to drink with them. Once walking in Ulaanbaatar in a shady area.

Mongolians are touchy people.If they can see something,they think it is okay for them to pick it up. Even if it's in your pocket.

From things I'd read,I thought I would be surrounded by drunks with free flowing Vodka at ever corner in Russia. I did see drunks,but not as often as I thought. Mostly middle aged and older. The motorcycle clubs I stayed at,none of the members that were riding would drink anything unless they were spending the night there.

Russia seemed to have the worst drivers.Their passing was their down fall. Almost mine too. I think a major factor is the high percentage of right hand drive cars they have.These are imported from Japan because the Japanese like a new car every year. To pass somebody, they need to get completely in the passing lane before they can see if anyone is on the oncoming lane.

For me decent food didn't start till I got to Georgia.That is if I don't count Snickers and potato chips. Then the farther west I went,the better it got.

You can't rely on what other people say about road conditions.After 2 of the worst days of riding I had in Mongolia,I met a group of riders going the opposite dirrection. They said it would take me a good 2 days to get to the next town.I thought it was almost a relaxing ride.I was there a little after noon. Possibly they got off route. But I read many ride reports about tough areas that didn't pan out. And I'm no great off road rider.

Most every where I've been people treat you as a person.Not the way they feel about your government.

Rarely were politics brought up. In Turkey I was asked a couple times if I thought Obama was a muslim.

80% of the shirts and hats people wore in Asia were in English. NY, Lebron, Kobe, and Doogle seemed to be the favorites. Well Doogle was my favorite.Even though I never saw one.

There was a lot of English spoken everywhere except Mongolia. It wasn't at ever stop by any means. But I read that once I got out of Vladivostok,I would only find it in better hotels. The translator on my tablet was a great tool to have along.

Many people warn about problems getting gas.I have a 7 gallon tank and took a 1 1/2 gallon gas can backup.I don't remember ever needing it. It does give you a safe feeling though. And at another time some of my gas stations might be closed or out of gas. And sometimes you may have enough gas to get to the next town,but make a wrong turn. The mistake could use enough gas to leave you stranded.

There aren't many police on the roads in Europe. But they have lots of cameras. They even have cameras that average your speed over a distance. I didn't get any tickets.................yet. But a couple years ago I had a ticket mailed to me 2 months later.

Engines last longer if you keep oil above the low level line !!!!!
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:18 AM   #402
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good wrap up to a great ride
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:36 AM   #403
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I've been home long enough to digest some of my trip. I want to post some of my thoughts about it.....

Engines last longer if you keep oil above the low level line !!!!!
Is that all about the steed that took you all that way? Sounds like that was not the bikes fault though. Your motor issue and repair was well covered. What about the rest of the bike and riding equipment too?
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:10 PM   #404
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Amazing report and wonderful pictures , i can only dream of making a ride like that . Thank you so very much for posting so we can share .
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:58 PM   #405
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Is that all about the steed that took you all that way? Sounds like that was not the bikes fault though. Your motor issue and repair was well covered. What about the rest of the bike and riding equipment too?
The only other problem I had with the bike was the rear wheel breaking. That could have been ugly. Post #260 has a picture. I don't think I would ever take another trip that involved off road riding with an aluminum wheel.

I don't think a tent and sleeping bag are required.And they take a lot of room. If there is a need to camp,you can sleep in riding clothes and helmet..I've slept this way for taking 3 hour naps over the years. I did it over night in Germany in a rest area.Didn't want to waste the time setting the tent up. But many people need to camp to save money.

If you plan to ride across Russia,you should learn their alphabet.It doesn't take long.If you can semi proniunce words,you will recognize many of them.I probably only knew 20-30 Russian words after being in the country nearly 2 months.

I carried a spare clutch cable and speedo cable.I needed both even though the ones I had were fairly new.

I didn't take any cooking gear. I would carry some emergency food.Candy bars and cookies.I might eat them if I didn't find a place to eat that I cared for.Or just didn't pass anything.But when I'm on a long trip,I don't think about eating a lot.And I can get through a day with a Snickers bar and a bag of potato chips.

There are a lot of good things about the KLR.I wish it had more power so I could gear it higher. If you ride it 75-80 mph GPS speed (speedo reads about 10% higher) for many miles,you are burning oil.

I didn't take many clothed-and could have taken fewer.Antimicrobial poly shirts don't smell and wash and dry quickly.And wool socks and long sleeve shirts are even better.

And that's all I have to say about that.
For now anyway.......
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