Today is May 1st, big day for my planned 3 months trip, starting Aug 1st, 3 months from now. The new guy we hired at work to fill in for me in my absence showed up today. And my 3 year multi-entry Russian visa arrived. That was my final (I hope) potentially insurmountable hurdle. Plan is crate the bike, air cargo to Incheon Korea, I fly over a couple days later, pick up bike. Originally I had planned a quick dash to the Donghae/Vladivostok ferry. Wendy Choi recommended I make ferry reservations now as August is busy. Cannot do it online. Tried calling 3 times without making headway, language barrier and my international calling inexperience. Finally went to the local Korean American Baptist Church and asked for assistance. The welcome I received and the help was overwhelming. Invited for lunch, taught a bit about Korean culture and history. Invited to one guy's house next night and we talked for a bit. Once he was sure he understood my needs we phoned Korea. He got the correct person and initiated an email exchange. After sending the requested documents, I had a spot reserved on the ferry. The whole process changed my thinking about spending time in Korea, and I am now shooting for a week to see more of the country. I have reservations at a guesthouse the night before the ferry, and have picked a guesthouse near the airport for arrival. Between times, I have done minimal planning. On past trips I have over planned, trying to mend my ways. After the ferry, plans are more vague. West thru Russia to Lake Baikal, south to Mongolia, then west again. Probably Kazakhstan, maybe some other stans although most require visas. Volgograd. Thinking ferry Sochi to Turkey to avoid some areas of civil unrest. Big blank traveling thru Europe. Then roughly towards the U.K. as shipping bike home might be easier in my native tongue. Home and back to work Nov1st. I will post more later about preparations so far and keep updating as departure gets nearer. Ride report will be separate thread.