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Old 11-07-2010, 11:04 AM   #1
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Long Way Back Home from Korea through Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to Finland

Good day fellow inmates & lurkers!

I have been working in Korea for some years and my contract expired end of May. I could of course have taken the flight home but I had a much better(?) idea. Why not ride home by motorcycle through Russia and Central Asia? An excellent opportunity to combine my dearest hobbies; motorcycling, outdoor life and photography.

On 17th of August 2010 I arrived in Finland after 48 days of travel and some 16300 kilometers. I had a fantastic time meeting friendly, generous and hospitable people and enjoying awesome landscapes that I had so far only dreamed about. It is my intention to write the ride report in a diary form, the 48 days of travel day by day.

Anyway, I do not want to bore you with too much text in my first post so I thought that I show you some of my favourite photos from along the road. I have intentionally chosen not to post any photos of people in this first post since I would like to share the stories behind all encounters with you (and the stories of the people I met as well!). My travel diary, 3500 photos (most still unedited) and my memories(?) now need to be compiled into a report so I will have to ask for your patience.

South Korea: Busan Sokcho

Below photo on courtesy of Anton Scholz ( /

Russia: Vladivostok Baikal Barnaul

Kazakhstan: Semey Almaty Korday

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Issyk Kul

Kazakhstan: Korday Astana Petropavlovsk

Russia: Kurgan St. Petersburg

Hope you enjoyed the first post and the teaser photos. In the next post I intend to write about the trip preparations.
Ride safely!
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:14 AM   #2
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Go to the head of the class!

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Old 11-07-2010, 12:04 PM   #3
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:45 PM   #4
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more,more,more photos please, ''state of the art'' photo report !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:48 PM   #5
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I've been waiting for this one!!
Can't wait to read about Kyrgyzstan..
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:19 PM   #6
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:13 PM   #7
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Amazing photos.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:28 PM   #9
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looks like a exellent trip...
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:44 AM   #11
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Followed some of your ride reports in S. Korea and I'm definitely in for this one.

Great start

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Old 11-08-2010, 02:54 AM   #12
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Those are some jaw droppingly beautiful photos... and can't wait for more about your ride across Korea, lived there for 4 years and it has a special place in the heart (that and an addiction to Kimchi).
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:04 AM   #13
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Looks like a nice trip. very good photo's. I will follow this one.
If you have time you can also look at my trip in 2007. Vladivostok to Norway.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:20 AM   #14
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Hello! Excellent pics Andrey!
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:32 AM   #15
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great pictures !
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