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Russia

Russia September 8 to 16     Crossing back into Siberia it’s clear winter is coming.  There’s no coloured lights on Ulan Ude’s fountain. Lenin still looks down on the square but there’s a chill in the air. It’s time to get moving. From Ulan Ude there are going to be some long rides to get to Vladivostok before the winter sets in. We’ve been told the weather can turn from mild to winter in a matter of days out here.             The ride takes …

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Back in Russia

Back into Russia August 20 to September 2   We head north to Barnaul to meet up with our good friends Ken and Carol. We haven’t seen them since Alaska back in 2012.  We while away the hours catching up on news and sharing tales of life on the road. They’ve just ridden through western Mongolia – a massive achievement two-up.               Walking through the hotel we bump into New Zealander, Bryn who we met in Tajikistan. He’s with Ricardo, a Spaniard we met …

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Russia

Russia- part one July 1 –19     There was a little trepidation when we rode from Helsinki to the Russian border. We needn’t have worried. The border guards were helpful and friendly. It didn’t take too long and we were on our way. The roads and drivers, however, were a different story. The roads varied from OK to dreadful and the drivers were crazy.       Our first stop was St Petersburg, home of the Hermitage and Faberge.  The Hermitage is home to some of the treasures from …