Siberian Extreme 2010 - Back for More

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  1. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Well I got a truck load of waypoints for you mate, will have a lot more at the end of this summer too

    Nope.... but someone's gotta do it, right?
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  3. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    The customs agent in Korea, Wendy Choi, had arranged to ship my bike from Seoul - Inchon airport (in customs bond) to the ferry terminal at Sokcho, so that I didnt have to bother with Korean customs procedures.

    I took the bus. Its great to take a bus ride every now and again, just to remind yourself why you ride a bike, and why backpacking sucks. I went straight to the ferry terminal as I wanted to check the bike was there. It was.

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    Now that I had found my bike, I set about finding Sherri, my co-rider for the challenging Sibirsky Extreme 2010 journey from Magadan to Irkutsk. I found Sherri at the hotel / hostel place near Sokcho port where we had agreed to meet. She is on a kitted out KTM 690R.

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    Sherri has recently departed from Australia to ride solo around the world. Leading up to this point, she has crossed Australia, then Japan and now Korea. So it's still early days for her. She was bold enough to want to take on the Road of Bones, so I am happy to help her get a grip with how things are done in Russia.

    We had half a day to kill while waiting for the Dong Chun ferry that runs regularly in the summer between Sokcho and Zarubino in Russia, (Zarubino is the most southerly port on Russia's Pacific coast, and lies 100 km southwest of Vladivostok) so there was time to wander the streets of Sokcho where we saw some curious sights and store names.

    Grilled and Skewered Octopus's Balls anyone?

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    Or perhaps giant bulls balls?

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    Tired of fast food? Here’s the antidote:

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    What kind of sport are you into?

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    On a girls T-Shirt; not 100% sure what kind of leakage "fairy sweat" might be referring to for a girl, but my mind was being quite creative at that point.

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    Funny Love ? That's one way to put it. If it involves "Kolon Sport" and "Fairy Sweat Leakage", it indeed sounds rather funny.

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    A lingerie store "Yes" had this promotional literature on the wall - a conversation between a girl and her boyfriend - it was enough to convince me to buy some. I was inspired. I stocked up on brassieres for myself.

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    Sick of being ugly and uncomfortable? You need to go to this store:

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    But our educational exploration of Sokcho's stores had to finish sometime. That time was when the ferry came into view.

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    Has anyone taken a Harley up there?
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    Nope.... but someone's gotta do it, right?


    well, I guess that'll hafta be me then, as no one else would be stupid enough to try...... :lol3

    but wait til you see the bike Im gonna build for it! :evil

    I should have guessed that you knew Wendy Choi, she is awesome.

    I loved the signs in engrish, they always make me laugh

    Doug
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    Small world Doug. I was down near the Vladivostok port earlier today and walked into a tiny badge shop tucked away in a corner of a mall. I thought it was a goldmine ... loads of cool badges, and I am getting some custom Road of Bones badges made up there.

    As I am about to leave, something catches my eye ... a business card pinned high on the wall ... one Doug Wothke ... with a picture of a long haired dude and a chopper on it.
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    Yep, I know that shop, was there a really pretty girl working there? She was fixin to head off to school last summer when I was there. Its her parents shop.
    Put me down for one of those ROB badges!

    you know, one of these days were gonna meet up....

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    I grabbed my gear and Sherri her bike and made our way 500 yards from the Hostel to the customs shed where my bike was sitting:

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    At least I had the chance to supervise how the bikes would be tied down - you dont always get that privilege on boats.

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    The ferry pulled out of Sokcho harbour 4 hours late … but better late than never. I realised while on board that I couldn’t remember seeing my heated vest and heated gloves while rummaging through my luggage earlier that day. I went down to the vehicle deck and searched again … and nope, my heated gear was not with me.

    It was no problem in the short term … it was 30 degrees and humid. But Magadan was a long way north of here, and I was going to be in Russia a few months. Damn. I was sure I took it to the shippers, but I had taken a lot of loose plastic bags that were to be thrown into the packing crate when it was built up around the bike. It must have been missed, and I assume sitting somewhere in the James Cargo warehouse.

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    The Dong Chun ferry was air-conditioned, but it was a bizarre form of air-con that seemed to cool the air without taking any moisture out of it. If you cool air without removing moisture, it just becomes more wet and sticky – humidity increases. It was a sticky wet evening on board the boat that night.

    I see why Terry was so restless when Tony and I met him in Vladivostok last year. After a flight to Korea, a few days in Korea and a boat to Russia … you feel there is not a whole lot of riding being done. Is does make you pretty restless. It’s two weeks since I sent the bike away from London and began this journey, but I have ridden just a few hundred metres in Korea so far.

    And the reliance on other modes of transport is not over yet. Despite being on a plane from London to Seoul, a bus from Seoul to Sokcho and now a ferry from Sokcho to Zarubino … there is still a 5-6 day boat ride ahead from Vladivostok to Magadan. The only saving grace is a short ride from Zarubino to Vladivostok. It will still be another week (at least) before we are in position to start riding properly.
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  8. Colebatch

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    She's still there ... Her face is sweet.

    You gotta earn it big fella! ... no one gets one till they have done The Road :gerg ... but I am getting a couple dozen made up, so I will put one aside for you :thumb :evil

    Are you in Bulgaria in October?
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    Yeah, I meant save one for me til I do the road. :D

    May be a different girl. unless she got swolled up over the winter. :lol3

    I'll get back here from the middle east the end of september.
    were gonna have a horizons mini meeting then, it would be great if you could make it. Some friends are currently in the stans & africa, so were all gonna get together & show pictures & tell lies.

    I'll fly back to the US beginning of October.

    Then I'll start to butcher an innocent bike for another summer of fun & shenanigans

    Doug
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  10. SR1

    SR1 Going to America!!!!

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    In. :thumbup:thumbup:thumbup:thumbup
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  11. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    I'm in for more Colebatch Kool-Aid. :bert
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  12. Colebatch

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    you might wanna try this thing called "suspension" ... its popular in Europe!


    I mean, I like you n all Doug, but I never want to have to think about your ass. And if you tell me you will ride to Magadan without rear suspension, I cant help but wince and think of your ass. Everytime you post an update, I will wince an think of your ass. Its not where I want to be next summer. !!!
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  13. rtwdoug

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    I have seat springs.:D

    I did the transalpina in romania this past weekend. highest road in romania. they are paving it, but there was about 40-50km under construction, or unpaved. My ass & back still hurts from that ride.
    It was big fun tho!

    But no, for my stans/mongol/magadan trip, Im gonna wuss out & build something a bit more 'suitable'

    its still gonna be 'unconventional' tho :evil

    and the thought of you thinking of my ass makes ME wince

    Doug



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  14. GISdood

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    There was a warship there? :evil
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    Well, no more russian warship but a very nice view indeed:lol3

    I like the improvements on the XChallenge and for me looks better in white, and it will look even better with some mud stains on:rofl
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    Isn't that the warship class with open bridge?
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  18. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Oooh, that's a bold claim mate. :evil
    I took some tyres of a pair off Polish guys in Novosibirsk who did the ROB and had a girl pillion. That's getting close, isn't it? :super


    Peter Forwood might have. This doesn't list all his adventures.

    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/forwood/
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    didnt an ozzie couple do it a few years backs on little 250s with plastic drums roped to their bikes as panniers?
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  20. Colebatch

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    I heard a vague story about an Aussie girl solo a while back, apparently in that Magadan-ish part of the world, but never got any details. If anyone knows anymore... ?

    Taco, I know of a few girls have done it pillion (there was a Czech girl last year too pillion), but I am obviously talking piloting here.

    There is a legendary Russian adventure biker woman who rode it in 2005 - Sasha Teplyakova - but thats all I have firm. I have heard a couple of rumours over the years but many turn out to be trans-siberian highway. If anyone has anything more concrete, l would love to hear.
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