This trip will be headed to the Black Sea, and possibly to the Caucasus region. Research for the Caucasus part of the trip has been going on for quite a while, but now it looks like the area might be a bit too restless for travel.
Today I've been busy getting some tools and other gear in order, and fixing Jose's Royal Enfield. Tomorrow I will fetch my visas from Lähialuematkat, and start packing.
If everything goes well, the trip will start on Saturday morning when we ride to St. Petersburg.
- This time I will not carry a PDA as I can write journal entries via SMS
- There will be more tools as I'm traveling alone
- I will bring some maps and dictionaries to make the trip easier
- As my GPS is dead I will use a tank-mounted map bag for navigation
- I'm still torn on whether to bring camping equipment or not. Last year they were practically unused as accommodation is cheap in Russia
I will post the full packing list when I have the gear sorted out.
The SMS journal writing system should be rigged now. Expect frequent updates once the trip has begun. Now it is tandoori time :-) (2004-06-30 22:39 - Bergie)
The trip is really shaping up. Russian and Ukrainian visas are in my pocket and we are planning with the group coming to St Petersburg in Ateljè (2004-07-01 21:37 - Bergie)
Last morning before the trip and still 15 open todo items, including insurance paperwork and some sushi. Next up is a company staff meeting... (2004-07-02 09:07 - Bergie)
Most work duties and insurance details are OK now, and Jose's bike parked near an inspection station. Cold beer and sunshine, then back to work. (2004-07-02 17:13 - Bergie)
Now the huge todo list of pre-trip stuff has been finished and I can rest. Looks like it will rain tomorrow but that is the norm for bike tours. (2004-07-02 21:51 - Bergie)
As per Kerttu's request, I made a guestimated travel route. This would go in the following fashion:
Helsinki, St. Petersburg (~3.7.-10.7.), Veliky Novgorod, Moscow, Kiev, Odessa (~17.7.), Sevastopol, Novorossijsk, Batumi, Trabzon, Istanbul (~25.7.), Sofia, Belgrad, Zagreb, Trieste, Milano, Zürich (~4.8.)
There are also many other fascinating places on the road, though. Will be interesting to see how well this estimate holds up.
Now the bags are packed and I'm ready. I only need to suit up and wake up Kerttu, and we should be able to start the trip with a sushi lunch. (2004-07-03 10:11 - Bergie)