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Old 07-03-2012, 02:18 AM   #1
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A short trip around the Black Sea

Wanna follow along? SPOT tracker link;

http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?...b4de3265776584

This summer, I'm doing a short trip, as I was busy at home, & late getting to europe. Plus, I have to go back early to race in the Cannonball on my '28 Indian from New York to San Francisco.
I've been wanting to ride around the Black Sea for a few years, but never was able to do it. I had planned to do it on my 48 Indian in 08, but the crappy US shipping company I was using screwed up the crate full of bikes I was shipping over, and I had to cancel. In hindsight, that was probably a good thing, as I would have been in Georgia when Russia invaded.
In a way, that would have been quite the adventure, but being in a war zone on a 60 year old bike just doesnt appeal to me much. I've been to several places right after a war, but not during one.

Also, Im not going solo this time. I had planned on it, and Poly (my girlfriend) and I had planned on a southern euro trip in May, but due to commitments, I couldnt get over here in time. So, I told her she could do the Black Sea with me. (gotta keep the gals happy) So I probably will play it a little safe, but theres still some areas we will go thru that are a bit sketchy. Chechnya, Dagestan, & Abkhazia

all 3 are on the 'travellers advisory warning' list, so that means they MUST be interesting!

But Im sure just like other sketchy countries I have ridden thru that are on that list (turkmenistan, transneister, kosovo, iraq, canada, etc)
the people will be nice, and I'll have fun!

Since neither of us is Russian, I dont think we will have many problems in the first two, and I havent heard of any fighting for the last few months (they are trying to break away from russia) Whether this means that things have calmed down, or all hell is fixin to break loose again, I dunno.
Abkhazia is a breakaway province of Georgia. Its now under Russian control.
I had planned to go clockwise around the sea, but you cannot go to ABK and then to georgia, as the georgians are not happy with the situation there, & may throw you in jail if they see evidence that you have been to ABK. So GEO first, then to ABK (providing our visa requests are granted)
After GEO, we'll head east thru Dagestan to the Caspian sea, then back thru Chechnya to the Black sea coast, & down to ABK, then back north & west to Ukraine, Moldova & Romania.

Of course, I planned the trip to be able to hit a couple biker parties, one in Turkey, and one in Sevastopol, on the Crimean.

the trip should take about a month, & we leave tomorrow.
Mileage looks to be about 6000km (4000 miles)


Oh, and the bikes, Poly will be riding her Yamaha Tenere, & I'll be on my Harley Dirtster



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Old 07-03-2012, 02:24 AM   #2
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:35 AM   #3
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In Wish I could call a month long trip short !
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:33 AM   #4
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Please log your trip on Adv Rider

Doug,

Do have a great trip, and please keep a log and lots of pics. You are going to have ball. Wish you a wonderful and safe trip.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:27 AM   #5
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Enjoy. "And take lots of pictures...."
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:33 AM   #6
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:15 PM   #8
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Good to hear you're sharing the ride with us and Poly

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Old 07-04-2012, 07:05 AM   #9
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Hi Doug,

I hit this thread just after I've started wondering where should I go this year for holiday. So I've started to search 'kosovo' and your post was on the first serach page. I'm wondering why, even if you're not going there ...

I'm a bit disappointed you're not following some good example and still planning to go there on two wheels

all the best for You and Poly,
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:20 AM   #10
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Eek

Holy shit. What a trip! Looks like he's headed to Istanbul.

Looks like a bucket list trip for me.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:45 AM   #11
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Made it to istanbul, Poly is freaked by the traffic. theres alot of it, but Ive seen much worse drivers.

I got my visa approved for Abkhazia, 3 days after I emailed the application, I have to pay 10usd when I pick it up in Sukhumi.

Why cant all visas be this easy???

Oh, and on Kosovo, I rode thru there several years ago. it seems alot safer now.

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Old 07-05-2012, 09:02 PM   #12
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But Im sure just like other sketchy countries I have ridden thru that are on that list ( canada, etc) the people will be nice, and I'll have fun!

lol heh heh

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Old 07-05-2012, 11:25 PM   #13
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After GEO, we'll head east thru Dagestan to the Caspian sea, then back thru Chechnya to the Black sea coast,
Sochi/Novorossiysk last December:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=36


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Of course, I planned the trip to be able to hit a couple biker parties, one in Turkey, and one in Sevastopol, on the Crimean.
Sevastopol July 20&21st
http://wolfshow.ru/ru/programma/bayk...012-sevastopol

With my friends we intend to leave Novorossiysk early morning the 18th to catch one of the first ferry.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:55 AM   #14
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Sounds like a nice trip. The Caucasus is a very interesting and beautiful place, perfect for motorcycle adventures.

Have a nice ride, doug. Looking forward to your pics.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:13 AM   #15
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So, what's up ?

I hope you avoided the floods.
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