I met Alex at the hotel after my first day. It was great to finally meet him and he had sourced a Garmin map of Russia for me. I had been searching the whole trip both online and at shops and no one seemed to sell them in the States or Western Europe. This would end up being a life saver. He also brought me two liters of oil that I would need on the one oil change I would make in Russia. The CRF250l has very long maintenance intervals (8,000 miles oil change) but I have never gone near that far, normally around 2,000 miles. I would change the oil in Novosibirsk some 2500 miles away then go for Vladivostok another 3600 miles later. The second day I walked over to Gorky Park as I had always been curious about it after having read the book by the same name years ago. Gorky Park Carried this oil for 2500 miles. The heaviest thing I carried. I could actually feel the extra weight on the bike.