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

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

  1. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can Supporter

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    9-13-13 187 miles 17922 total

    Yesterday my wife and I drove to Norfolk,Virginia to pickup my bike so I could ride it home and finish my trip.

    A little after 8am we went to the shipping address on my papers.At the gate I was told I was at the wrong gate.So they sent me to the North Gate of the Norfolk International Terminal.At that gate I was sent to the Port Police station across the parking lot.They told me what I needed before I could go in the terminal.

    I called Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics for 2 release forms I needed.They e-mailed them to the cargo office at the terminal.Then I had to go to the Norfolk Airport Customs department. I had to fill out another form and answer some questions.Then I was given a signed stamped paper to show at the terminal. Before I could take all these forms to the cargo terminal,I had to arrange an escort to take me inside the secure area.My escort cost $150 for about 1 hour of his time and less than 1 mile of driving.If I had known I needed an escort before I got there,I might have found someone more reasonable.In Liverpool it was a free ride in a terminal van.

    I hoped to be on the road at 9-10 am and ride all the way home.But it was 3pm before I had the bike out of the terminal.At the cargo office my bike was sitting in the parking lot and ready to go. And it started right up. I rode out of the terminal and returned my visitors pass.My wife followed me through some heavy traffic out of Norfolk. We stopped early in Waynesboro,Virginia.


    9-14-13 434 miles 18356 total

    I had great weather and traffic all the way home.My wife took a couple pictures of me pulling in the driveway. This is where I started from 3 1/2 months ago.

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    And this is where it ends.
    For now.
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  2. WeazyBuddha

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    :clap Home sweet home

    Thanks for the effort in putting the RR together
  3. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    Awesome job Bro! I love reading ride reports like yours, thanks for putting this together and glad you and the bike are back home. :freaky
  4. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Cool! We live near Waynesboro. Been to Burr Oak State Park, sounds like you may live near there. Sweet ride across WV! Does this look familiar?
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  6. HalfPlate

    HalfPlate What? Where?

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    Congrats on an great trip Doongle.
  7. Baloo

    Baloo Itinerant jackass Supporter

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    Dude I wrote all my info on the key tag at the port! I wish you had a chance to see it before you had to jump through all the hoops. I could have saved you time,trouble and money. Glad you are home safe..
  8. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can Supporter

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    I-64 through Virginia and West Virginia is plesant easy riding.I like it.I've been quad riding at Hatfield Mcoy quite a few times.Love it when the leaves are changing.




    A day late and $150 short.I didn't know I needed a paid escort to get in the terminal.In Liverpool I had a free escort ride.I saw the info on the key ring. Didn't realize you were an inmate. I thought it was just info to find the right bike/bike combination. Anyway,I'm glad it was a qualified ADVrider moving my bike around.Thanks.
  9. ONandOFF

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    That wasn't just a qualified inmate moving your bike, it was Loftus! You couldn't have crossed paths with a nicer or more helpful dude; too bad you didn't give him a shout. But I know how it can be when in a hurry.

    I've been on I-64 through there in a car. If ya gotta do interstate, it's one of the best around here. On the bike, I go the most convoluted path I can find. I have a wicked fun route between Harrisonburg and Burr Oak / 555, if you're interested drop me a PM. Not for travel expediency, it took about 9 hours of brisk riding (and breaks). It's like riding in another world.

    I haven't been to Hatfield McCoy yet, but one day I'm hoping to make it.
  10. Baloo

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    I'm a checker in the port of Hampton roads. It was funny. That morning , the hatch foreman saw me In the office before the ship started and mentioned there was a bike in deck two and asked if I would ride it out. I said yes what model? He said " Something called a klr650 " . I then said "Hell yes!". It started right up and ran well. I wrote my info on your pannier in water ink but decided to wipe it off just In case you would disapprove . [​IMG]
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    Roll down to our camp out in oct if you can and tell us of your adventures .

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  11. ONandOFF

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    Blooch looks different in a hard hat... :lol3
    His camp out rocks! It's a big one. :kumbaya
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    Good to see you made it all the way. What a ride, thanks for sharing it, and I'm good for that beer I promised you. :clap
  13. Doogle

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    Why haven't you changed your ADV home to Dayton yet? Have you moved yet?
  14. TommyMcc

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    Hi
    I was at the horizons meeting in Australia
    A guy there has done the trip.
    Get onto the hu forum, lots of good info.
    Enjoy the trip
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  16. Doogle

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    If you read a little more of my report,you would see that I have completed my trip already. And I am on the HU forum also. Yes,they do have a lot of good information.I find they are more focused on Asia and Europe than ADV. And because of that I was going to do my ride report with them. But posting pictures and navigating their forum was too complicated for my simple mind.
  17. Doogle

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    My wife and I were talking last week about my visit in the Netherlands. She said I should send something to Drina-something of my father's. I told her I didn't have anything of my father's. Then I remembered I did have something. Something that I've had for decades. A pair of wooden shoes my father brought home from the Netherlands after WWII. How perfect. So last Friday I sent one of the shoes to Hilde.
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  18. Doogle

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    I've been home long enough to digest some of my trip. I want to post some of my thoughts about it.

    The Russian people (I can only report on the ones I met,in eastern Russia) are the most helpful and giving people in the world. I've only been in 56 countries so far. If I ever meet any others that come close,I'll amend this statement.

    The Mongolian people were the least friendly. Not all of them. But the higher percentage.

    I read about people who had been kill for refusing to drink with locals. In Mongolia I found that they don't want to take no as an answer. And that a drunk is very persistant. The only times on my trip that I was concerned about my safety,were in Mongolia. Twice involving drunks on the street wanting me to drink with them. Once walking in Ulaanbaatar in a shady area.

    Mongolians are touchy people.If they can see something,they think it is okay for them to pick it up. Even if it's in your pocket.

    From things I'd read,I thought I would be surrounded by drunks with free flowing Vodka at ever corner in Russia. I did see drunks,but not as often as I thought. Mostly middle aged and older. The motorcycle clubs I stayed at,none of the members that were riding would drink anything unless they were spending the night there.

    Russia seemed to have the worst drivers.Their passing was their down fall. Almost mine too. I think a major factor is the high percentage of right hand drive cars they have.These are imported from Japan because the Japanese like a new car every year. To pass somebody, they need to get completely in the passing lane before they can see if anyone is on the oncoming lane.

    For me decent food didn't start till I got to Georgia.That is if I don't count Snickers and potato chips. Then the farther west I went,the better it got.

    You can't rely on what other people say about road conditions.After 2 of the worst days of riding I had in Mongolia,I met a group of riders going the opposite dirrection. They said it would take me a good 2 days to get to the next town.I thought it was almost a relaxing ride.I was there a little after noon. Possibly they got off route. But I read many ride reports about tough areas that didn't pan out. And I'm no great off road rider.

    Most every where I've been people treat you as a person.Not the way they feel about your government.

    Rarely were politics brought up. In Turkey I was asked a couple times if I thought Obama was a muslim.

    80% of the shirts and hats people wore in Asia were in English. NY, Lebron, Kobe, and Doogle seemed to be the favorites. Well Doogle was my favorite.Even though I never saw one.

    There was a lot of English spoken everywhere except Mongolia. It wasn't at ever stop by any means. But I read that once I got out of Vladivostok,I would only find it in better hotels. The translator on my tablet was a great tool to have along.

    Many people warn about problems getting gas.I have a 7 gallon tank and took a 1 1/2 gallon gas can backup.I don't remember ever needing it. It does give you a safe feeling though. And at another time some of my gas stations might be closed or out of gas. And sometimes you may have enough gas to get to the next town,but make a wrong turn. The mistake could use enough gas to leave you stranded.

    There aren't many police on the roads in Europe. But they have lots of cameras. They even have cameras that average your speed over a distance. I didn't get any tickets.................yet. But a couple years ago I had a ticket mailed to me 2 months later.

    Engines last longer if you keep oil above the low level line !!!!!
  19. #1Fan

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    Awesome!!! :freaky:freaky:freaky
  20. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    good wrap up to a great ride