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Old 10-24-2013, 07:49 PM   #16
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Fantastic photos and narration. Thank you for showing us this beautiful part of the world!
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:23 PM   #17
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I really liked your photos. Did you shoot film for some time in the past?
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:52 PM   #18
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Fantastic photos and narration. Thank you for showing us this beautiful part of the world!
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I really liked your photos.
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No, I didn't. I am too young for this. :)
But I use old Soviet-made Jupiter manual lens, which can give look of a picture from film era.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:28 AM   #19
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Great report bro, thumbs up.
keep movin' on
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #20
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Really enjoyed reading, thank you!! Absolutely stunning photos, too :)

I was wondering - why didn't you ride back along the coast via Sochi and Crimea? I am curious because I am thinking of doing a similar trip at some point!
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:29 AM   #21
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Really enjoyed reading, thank you!! Absolutely stunning photos, too :)
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I was wondering - why didn't you ride back along the coast via Sochi and Crimea? I am curious because I am thinking of doing a similar trip at some point!
We would like to, but that's impossible because of Abkhazia-Georgia conflict.

Abkhazia is a separatist republic supported and recognized only by Russian Federation. Georgia claim this land as its own and no one else in the world recognize it as independent state, thus there is no borders between Georgia and Abkhazia on Google Maps, but you can see them on Russian mapping sites, like Yandex Maps. And you can't cross that border.

You can get into Abkhazia from Russian side, but this will get you a stamp in your passport. Which is a serious problem - from Georgian point of view it means that you illegally crossed Georgian border, which is very serious shit. Don't go to Georgia if you visited Abkhazia.

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Old 10-28-2013, 11:52 AM   #22
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:32 PM   #23
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I was wondering - why didn't you ride back along the coast via Sochi and Crimea? I am curious because I am thinking of doing a similar trip at some point!
Qvasic described the situation pretty accurate.
I'd like to add that the only legally available border crossing point from Georgia to Russia is near the Vladikavkaz.
But, if you don't want to go back the same way as you rode to Georgia, there is an option to take a ferry from Batumi (Georgia) to Sochi (Russia) and then ride to Crimea. The spectacular mounty road along the coast from Sochi to Gelendzhik could be a nice bonus to your trip, if it won't be a total traffic jam due to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
There may be another ferry from Batumi directly to Crimea (sorry, don't know the city of arrival for sure, but i suspect Kerch), if you wish to save some time and avoid "friendly" russian Customs "service".
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:01 PM   #24
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Thanks for the info! I should have known about the situation really, my (Russian) wife has told me lots about the history and the disputes.. I think I must have just got confused, because I initially thought that the border tension was in the mountains, but your route looked phenomenal and clearly it was fine. I must have just got my geography wrong!

and mr_uks, I know what you mean about "friendly" Russian customs "service".. I find if you try and look as grumpy as they are, they accept you as one of their own The ferry is to Kerch, yeah, and it'll be post-Olympics, definitely. I'm hoping to get dual nationality with Russia to make travelling around the region easier and then I'll do lots of touring. But I'm trying to construct a couple of itineraries now so I've got something to work towards and get some money saved :)
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:10 AM   #25
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Wow, that could be really adventurous due to Russian specifics with dual citizenship.
Besides the bureaucratic hell of obtaining the citizenship, you ought to know that Russia accepts dual citizenship only if appropriate international agreement exists. There are only two countries with such agreements for now - Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. In any other case, you still may have Russian citizenship (and save your native), but Russia will treat you as you're only Russian. With all the following rights (he-he), and duties.

So be careful and wise to know when it's beter to use your native passport, or russian.
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:55 AM   #26
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In any other case, you still may have Russian citizenship (and save your native), but Russia will treat you as you're only Russian. With all the following rights (he-he), and duties.
If somebody didn't get what inmate mr_uks wanted to say with word duties, he meant military conscription, which is mandatory in Russia.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:46 AM   #27
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Fantastic pictures, videos and report. Thanks so much for the time and work to bring this corner of the world to us that would not know or see it if not for these reports.
I agree on about the smaller bike for the enduro type roads that I saw in your video. At times, I wish my KLR 650 would shrink in size to about a 250.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:53 AM   #28
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Fantastic pictures, videos and report. Thanks so much for the time and work to bring this corner of the world to us that would not know or see it if not for these reports.
Thanks! :)

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I agree on about the smaller bike for the enduro type roads that I saw in your video. At times, I wish my KLR 650 would shrink in size to about a 250.
I really hope that DR650 falls somewhere in between. :)
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:35 PM   #29
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If somebody didn't get what inmate mr_uks wanted to say with word duties, he meant military conscription, which is mandatory in Russia.
well, i also meant having to pay taxes, the necessarity of "registration", and many other stupid things that any mentally healthy person would probably prefer to avoid.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:42 PM   #30
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Awesome report. Thanks for sharing.
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