Russia,Mongolia,Ukraine.....Netherlands on a KLR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Doogle, May 7, 2013.

  1. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    8-29-13

    I do think about Sasha, Stas,and Andrea a lot. Skype attempts were only seconds long before breaking up.I will make better attempts at talking with them when I get home and have more time. They were exceptional people for me.

    Here's a picture of Hatters Hostel I stayed in.
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    Today I rode a train from Liverpool to Holyhead, Wales-about 2 hours. The train stopped a 3 minutes walk to the Stena Lines ferry. The £31 ferry ticket takes me to Dublin in 3 hours where airfare is cheaper. Tomorrow at 1125 I fly home for 2 weeks. When the bike arrives in Norfolk, I'll go there and ride it home.

    I'm glad everyone enjoyed the ride. Hope it inspires at least 1 person to try it. I told my wife I need some down time to digest what all I've seen and done. I'll probably post an overall thoughts on my trip after I've been home a few days. I think after stopping in the Netherlands and visiting with my newly acquired family, everything else was anticlimactic. Plus I was tired. I still saw things and had a good time. But it was like going to the Smithsonian Museum or 2 days. After 4-5 hours, you walk past things and barely glance at them. I knew it was time to go home. MY WIFE TOLD ME IT WAS TIME.
  2. MrGoldfish

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    It's probably a good thing you were getting out of that part of the world with the whole Syria thing going on right now. China and Russia aren't to happy with Americans right now.
  3. ben2go

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    I think that's more to do with gooberment officials than the people of those countries.
  4. MrGoldfish

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    Absolutely. But, the government is the ones that will be pulling him over if he is in those countries.
  5. theoenhilde

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    Dear Doug,

    After you left your house on 24 may we followed you daily. Special the days you stayed in Russia in Sacha's house. Indeed wonderful helpful people.
    For my mother and for us incredible that we could meet one of the son's of Arlo Lear.
    The monday morning you left our house I (Hilde) was in the garage looking at your motor bike and tears came down. Thanks for coming our direction. For us it was the climax of our holliday. We never forget.
    We and special my mother is very happy and we all wish you a save flight home.
    For Gayle we are glad her husband is coming home soon. Lots of luck together.

    Kisses Hilde and Theo
    mother Drina
  6. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    That's true.
  7. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

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    powerful experiences
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    No, its not.

    Believe it or not, traffic police policy/behavior is not related to high-level political and/or diplomatic disputes...
  9. MrGoldfish

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    I guess I should've said that I would be worried about it given my zero experience with the area.
  10. Doogle

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    Gayle's husband is home.For a couple weeks anyway.

    I was only police stopped once on my whole trip-in Russia.They looked at my passport and drivers license and sent me on my way in 2 minutes.

    Are you still in Russia? Waiting for the ski resorts to open?
  11. Doogle

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    8-29-13 In Dublin

    When I bought my ticket for the ferry to Dublin,I brilliantly used all my remaining Sterling money and put the remainder on my credit card. When I got to the Port in Dublin I had a problem.The port is not close to anything.I needed a ride to the hotel.Cab drivers accept Sterling money,even though the Euro is their currency.There aren't any ATM's around. One cab driver agreed to take US dollars. He was trying to take me for a ride. He took me to the wrong Travelodge even though I was telling him he was going to the wrong one.He said it was on the way to the other one. NOT

    I turned my GPS on.The hotel was 4.2 mile from the dock-straight line. 7.9 miles on the road.When I turned the GPS on he eventually said he would not charge the full fare.The meter reading would have been $57.He said $35.I guess I was lucky he accepted US currency.


    8-30-13

    It was a 4 mile walk to the airport. I had time and didn't want to get any Euro's from an ATM for a cab.I was a little sweaty when I got there.

    My flight went to Chicago.Then I switched planes before going on to Cincinnati. And there,my wife is waiting for me. I'm finally home.
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    Welcome home. Enjoy the adjustment and the family. Jbar28 gets to Dayton in late Step... Let's shoot for the end of Sep or early Oct to meet at the Fifth St Pub. You might oughta bring a driver since I think we owe you a couple

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    Bravo! :beer::beer:
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    Well done amigo:beer First ones on me next time we meet. Great trip with some great experiences:clap:clap:clap
  16. Doogle

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    Thanks John.
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    Deseret Rider Been here awhile

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    Those pictures you are taking----I gather that it is against the law to take a picture of a scene with a pretty girl in it? Or maybe there are just no pretty girls in those places? You are doing a great job of avoiding being arrested for breaking the law. Not like Colebatch


    Edit-----But the pictures you are taking are really good---and I am enjoying seeing those places and structures that otherwise I would never see----so don't take the above as a criticism ---so much as maybe just a suggestion as to how to improve upon otherwise a great presentation -----
  18. Doogle

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    If there were too many pretty women in my pictures,I might not be taking anymore trips.
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    :lol3
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    This was actually the first thread I started reading on this site, and I followed it to the end.
    I loved it, no glamour, everything was raw, just how it really is.

    Your not trying to get sponsors, nothing special, it is just you, your bike, and an amazing journey.

    Thank you so much for taking us along