Long Way Back Home from Korea through Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to Finland

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  1. longwaybackhome

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    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.

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    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

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    Below photo on courtesy of Anton Scholz (http://www.theimage.de/ / http://korea-consult.com/2010/eng/main.php).
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    Russia: Vladivostok – Baikal – Barnaul

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    Kazakhstan: Semey – Almaty – Korday

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    Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek – Issyk Kul

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    Kazakhstan: Korday – Astana – Petropavlovsk

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    Russia: Kurgan – St. Petersburg

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    Hope you enjoyed the first post and the teaser photos. In the next post I intend to write about the trip preparations.
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  2. funhouse

    funhouse Overdue

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    BMW should pay you for the rights to this report! Bruce
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  3. Litus_ADV

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    ...This promises.... :lurk :lurk :lurk
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  4. Mr Pif

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    more,more,more photos please, ''state of the art'' photo report !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :clap :lurk
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  5. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Finally:clap
    I've been waiting for this one!!
    Can't wait to read about Kyrgyzstan..
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    Subscribed :lurk
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  7. jantarek

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    I'm in :D:lurk
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  8. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie

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    Amazing photos. :thumb
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  9. drmracni

    drmracni Montenegro

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    looks like a exellent trip...
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  10. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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  11. Smackit

    Smackit Life Is Good

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    Followed some of your ride reports in S. Korea and I'm definitely in for this one. :lurk

    Great start :thumb

    Cheers!
    ChinaV
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  12. Rogdog

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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). :ear
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  13. Ohota

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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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  14. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    Hello! Excellent pics Andrey!
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  15. peterdejongh

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    great pictures !
    and... what a ride
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  16. Starstriker

    Starstriker www.transasia.se

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    This report brings back some great memories! Did almost the same stretch a couple of years ago. You are even doing it the right way. Towards home instead of away from it.
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  17. maccoretti

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    :thumb amazing - post all your pics up puhleeeese
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  18. MK96xj

    MK96xj 100% Seat Time

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    Nice shots and looking forward to the report
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  19. G-Wing

    G-Wing Been here awhile

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    Wetmywhistle photo's :D Looks like a lot of pavement, sorry but I've got to ask what kind of mileage you got from those K60??? (those of us on pig bikes neeed to know) :ear Now I'll be quiet and wait patiently :augie for the rest of the show :thumb
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  20. quicktoys2

    quicktoys2 ADVrider junkie :)

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    Excellent pics ...... I look forward to more
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