Can a Harley make it to Magadan?

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  1. rtwdoug

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  2. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    Sasha, who is VP of the Iron Tigers MC, & Pirate, who is the Prez, invited us to go on a camping/fishing trip to the southern tip of Russia Island, to the south, on the Sea of Japan. So of course we went.

    Pirate is a big importer of bikes, & ships them all over Russia. It’s a pretty good business.
    We all got our gear together, & stopped to shop & stock up on the essentials (vodka & beer) oh, and cooking stuff. No need for food tho, as we will be catching fish (we hope)
    Its about an hour & a half boat ride to the tip of the island

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    Finally, we get there. Long rough ride on a zodiac
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  3. rtwdoug

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    There were 7 of us, Pirate, Sasha, Nikolai, Gena, & his son.
    So we headed out to go fishing
    The flounder were biting pretty good

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    And Poly caught some bait…..
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    After we caught a pile, we came back to do some cooking. Gena is a really good cook

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    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    Then when it was dark, we went out after some squid. I’d never fished for those before. Poly stayed on shore, as she was tired of the bobbing boat. So was I, but I had to try it some more.

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    It was fun, & we all caught several. So were out in the sea of japan, bobbing in the waves, & for some reason (beer maybe?) Gena was sitting on the edge, & fell in!
    The other guys were looking away, but I saw him, & grabbed him & his pole, but I couldn’t pull him back in. The other guys saw the commotion, but started laughing so hard they were no help. Gena was laughing also. The waves were several feet high, & holding onto him almost pulled me over also. Finally the guys helped drag him back in. And I didn’t drop his fishing rod either J
    Sometimes it sucks to be the sober guy.
    It was funny tho, but all I could think about was sharks & shit like that. It was windy, & he was cold, so not long after, we headed back to camp with a good pile of squid.

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    And our catch

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  5. rtwdoug

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    Poly & I went snorkeling, & the guys went out after crabs

    I found a lot of critters

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    And the guys got us some crabs for lunch

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    Then we headed back, to get to town by dark. It got cloudy, but didn’t rain.

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    So we had a couple more days to kill in Vladi.
    We went to visit Lucy, the Patch Queen, as I wanted to get my Road of Bones patch

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    Of course theres the gold one (for OSR) and the silver (no OSR)

    But as Im weird, and did it on a Harley, I had mine custom made, Black & Orange!

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    We picked it up the next day, & took Lucy out to lunch. She’s a great girl, & a lot of fun. Anyone heading that way should stop in & say hello.

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    Finally, the boat docked, & we met up with Max to get the bikes.
    But, as a foreigner, Im not allowed in the port. WTF? Wasn’t a problem in Magadan.
    But Max could, so he went in to deal with the bullshit. Of course it took 4-5 hours to get the papers done, which I cant understand, as they didn’t cross a border, but hey. Its RUSSIA!
    We FINALLY got the bikes out, & went to the Tigers clubhouse to wash them (was worried about salt air after being on the deck of the boat) and change the oil in the BMW.

    Ben from Tennessee’s bike was there, & they gave it a bath before shipping it.
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    And the dirtster got a much needed bath

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    Finally, after almost a week in Vladi, we hit the road heading west……..
  9. red bud

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    cool, i thought this thing was dead

    we were talking about ya around a fire in mississippi sat nite

    hope your ears were burning

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    I'm guessin his ears are always burnin!
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    Awesome pics and a super cool camping trip. Either you guys are REALLY good fishermen or that sea is rich with tasty treats.
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    Great pictures and follow though. Thanks Doug. :clap:clap:clap:clap
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    As always, superb. Keep going Doug.

    Also, notice the new logo Buell Racing patch on the wall.......
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    damn that looks familiar! :rofl
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    Great adventure Doug, thanks for the pictures (I'm not much of a reader).

    Vladi looked very nice but the pictures from before that...what a depressing misery. Of all the places in the world you can drive, why here? I think it will be last on my 'places to ride' list.
    But I understand the challenge it brings to have been riding the road of bones to Magadan.
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    So wait....you're not coming to the Old school spring fling then, eh?:cry Thanks for keeping us up to date!:D
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    "....where Poly told em she was my translator & they let her in for free. Hahaha"

    Yet another traveling tip gleaned from Doug; I can never repay you.
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    Awesome.

    I hate that I missed you at the IMS show. I didn't find out you were going to be there until the day before. Oh well, my loss.