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Vladivostok to Khabarovsk

rain 16 °C
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Sunday dawned wet when David, John and I loaded our panniers onto the bikes and headed north towards Khabarovsk.

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Julia, Oleg, Michael and Mary (J.O.M.M.?) had been staying with Oleg's brother in the northern outskirts of Vladivostok so they had taken the Delica home on Saturday night laden with all their luggage plus two sets of spare tyres and various other bits and pieces we three could not carry on the bikes. There was no point in them driving back into the city this morning so we had made plans to meet them along the route; the only stipulation being that they leave after us and always be behind us as our support vehicle.

Many of us have, at one time or another, watched one of those videos that keep popping up in our news feeds with titles such as 'WORLDS WORST DRIVERS CAUGHT ON TAPE". If you have, you probably noted that most of the footage seems to originate in Russia. OMG, now we see why. Russian drivers simply seem to love tempting fate - if they aren't downright suicidal. The results of two crashes seen today add to one seen yesterday, not bad for our first two days on Russian Roads.

Following is a selection of images from today's 750km ride, 90% of which was in the rain. We were all soaked to the skin by the time we arrived at our hotel in Khabarovsk.

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The three riders stopped on the roadside coming into Khabarovsk to download directions to our hotel and figure out the best way to get there when a young Russian guy riding a BMW R 1200R pulled over to see if he could assist. He later told us he thought we were locals when he first stopped but when we spoke English he offered to lead us to our hotel. His English was pretty good.

We arrive at our hotel in Khabarovsk
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We were all very tired at the end of what had been a pretty hard ride in testing conditions so we retired to our respective rooms for the night (although John admitted the next day that he had gone next door to the hotel and got KFC for dinner. Americans! David and I elected to get room service).

Mum, can you tell little brother to tidy our room!
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The next morning we split into three, John went off sightseeing with a local friend who owns the only two Tesla in Khabarovsk, JOMM went and met some friends of Oleg's from his school days here, and David and I went to breakfast with our new Russian friend, who put his details into my phone as "John Khabarovsk" - the guy who led us to our hotel the prior evening. He picked us up and we went to a nice cafe, he even insisted on paying and would not take no for an answer.

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David and 'John Khabarovsk' at breakfast.

Posted by stevecrownz 20:58 Archived in Russia Tagged crow bmw russia versys carr khabarovsk as_the_crow_flies 1200gsa

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