The first leg of the journey across Russia East to West starts with the leg traveling North from Vladivostok to Khabarovsk. A distance of 800 kilometres. From there it is 2800 kilometres west to Ulan Ude.
The road is asphalt all the way, some in good condition and some rough but got the impression it is under constant repair. It is a credit to the people along this road that they have built and upkeep this road through relatively scarcely populated and beautiful but inhospitable landscape. Short hot summers made more uncomfortable by the myriads of mosquitoes and long winters with temperatures down to minus fifty degrees and lower.
The photos I have posted are not only to give an insight into the beauty of this region both natural and man made but I hope also will give a feel for this region and how the people live. Many live an isolated and challenging life and I found them to be friendly and helpful at all times. Curious as to why some crazy bloody Aussie would be riding a motorcycle through their domain and helpful almost to the point of being protective.
The Harley has a range of approximately 300 kilometres and I had no trouble keeping the fuel up to it. Not always 98 but 95 was usual.
Accommodation was never an issue with every town having some form of hotel or hostel at very reasonable rates.
There were times when communication was a problem with language but with a smile and a lot of gesturing anything was worked out often with both parties having a good laugh.