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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Doogle, May 7, 2013.
I'm hoping less than 1 week.
8-26-13 174 miles 17677 total
I rode into Liverpool today. Not much I could do about the bike shipping today since it's a national holiday. Bankers Day. They say it's like our 4th of July. So I went to some of the Beatles tourist spots. The first was The Cavern Club. They say this is where they got started.
I think they played at other places here on Mathews Street.
Then I found Paul McCartney's childhood house.
Next stop was Strawberry Field. It was an Orphanage in the near neighborhood.
Then I went to Penny Lane.
Then I found the Campanile Hotel-$86. Because of the name, I thought I was going to a campground. I decided I could waste some more money. So I stayed.
8-27-13 50 miles 17723 total
Today I was going to Wallenius Wilhelms office at the Liverpool Port. They haven't answered my e-mail yet and didn't answer my phone call. So I'm going in person. It's a 15 minute ride.
On the way I thought I'd try to find John Lennon's childhood house again. This time I'd stop and ask people where it was. I rode up on a sidewalk and asked a young couple if they knew. They turned around and pointed to a plaque behind them. I was there.
Then I rode to Wallenius Wilhelms office. A man there said it was too late to ship it Thursday. But I could have it sailing on Sunday. I need to fill out a short form and give him £680. That's a little over $1200. It's less than 1/2 what air freight costs. The cost for air freight is more than the bike is worth.
I think I'm going to take a ferry to Dublin and fly home from there. And the ferry is walking distance from the place I leave the motorcycle for loading.
The form I need to fill out wants a name and address for the shipper with an address in the U.K. Not sure what to do with that one.
I need to drop the bike off by Thursday at noon. So, I've got wheels till I go. I'm staying at Hatters Hostel- $36 the first night. $24 the second night. Sharing a small room with 3 others. It has it's own shower and toilet in the room.
Great report! Thanks for sharing it with us!!
I just read all your thread over the last two nights. Definitely one of the best RR's I've read, thanks for taking the time to write this up.
Shame that you're not coming further south, I would to have shown you around the west country.
Thanks Bob, I would like to have done that. But I've run out of gas. After spending 4 weeks in Ulan Ude I rushed to make up time. It wore me down. And now it's time to visit my wife again.
Hey Doug! Thought I'd better chime in here with a belated congratulations - you did it! The Netherlands still seems very far away from us at the moment. Get home safe and wish your wife the best from us.
Igor and Penny
Wanted to ask, how did you get around the visa or did you just apply for another one?
Sure was a long time ago we were riding together and you were spending too much time training me how to use my tablet. I don't think I would ever have stumbled on to some things you showed me.
Glad your stomach problems finally subsided. Must have been tough dealing with that and the heat.
I don't know what visa issue you are asking about. The only visa I needed before I started was the Russian visa. For Americans the 3 year multi entry visa is now standard.
8-28-13 8 miles 17731 total
This afternoon I rode the bike to Wallenius Wilhelms staging area in the Liverpool Port. The form I gave them took about 2 minutes to fill out. I gave him £680 and he said good bye. I couldn't believe it was that simple. He didn't even look at the bike. As I was leaving he did ask where it was.
A van picked me up and took me out of the restricted area. Then I walked to a bus stop.
When I got off of the bus I went to the train station to check the schedule and cost. Tomorrow I will take the train to Holyhead Wales. From there I will take a 3 hour ferry ride to Dublin. Then Friday morning I should be on a plane to Cincinnati. When the bike arrives in Norfolk in 2 weeks, I'll return to ride it home.
Congrats on the trip
Sorry I only see a 28day visitors visa on the list I checked. Must be different for Irish people
Enjoyed reading your RR.. Now I got to ask, do you miss Sasha? After spending few weeks with him and his family, do you guys now keep in touch?
And I am gonna send you PM soon..
Thanks for going through the effort to do the RR, I suspect it really is a lot of work. Enjoyed it.
Will still be checking for the final leg to the driveway.
When I visited in 06, this was the case, now Doug got lucky I guess
In accordance with an agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States of America, effective September 9, 2012 US citizens can receive multiple-entry business, homestay/private, humanitarian and tourist visas valid for up to 3 years and allowing a stay of up to 6 months per visit. To request a 3 year visa, please view Business 3 Year Visa instructions.
Thanks for that. And thanks Doug for the great RR loved every second of it
Thanks for taking us along with you on your great trip. Loved the pictures and narration. Course, love the bike also. ;-)
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.
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.
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.