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  1. We are 2 RTW riders who have been on the road for a year and a half having ridden through 27 countries and over 74,000 km. Our final destination includes riding across the world’s largest country. We have been looking forward to Russia for almost two years and would like you to join us. Why? Maybe you’ve always wanted to ride across Russia but don’t know anyone who can take the time to do it. Or maybe you think of safety in numbers, as we do. So why not join us? We are interested in riding the BAM road and the Road of Bones. You can ride along for both or either. If you’d like to learn more about us and what we can ride, please see our website at ridingfullcircle.com In return, we would like to know more about your experience levels and goals. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are interested in joining us or would like more information.
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    Wanna Ride Russia's BAM road or road of Bones?

    Some additional info: The timing would be more or less this July, 2017 to Sept. 2017. You need plenty of time to arrange your Russian visa so keep this in mind. It took us four months but that was for two Canadians, during Christmas and a month of researching and filling out the wrong visas originally. It will depend what nationality you are.
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    Wanna Ride Russia's BAM road or road of Bones?

    That would be awesome, Eric! Get on it! You don't need to join for the whole time if time's an issue, just pick a few weeks. American's might have an easier time with the visa. We looked into it for Dave but decided to be on the same nationality passports.
  4. When Dave and I arrived at Burgdorf Hotsprings on Sept. 28, he announced we were going to stay the night in one of the rustic cabins. I was totally down for that as the original plan was to find a campground down the road and pitch our tent. The nights were starting to get very chilly and there had been talk of a wolf pack in the area that would howl all night. This created some eerie imagery, which a storyteller loves but I could do without wolves sniffing us out. Read more here.
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    MaGruder Corridor on the IDBDR

    My right shoulder was becoming an issue on the trip, an old injury that would sear after a long day of trying to keep the bike in position amongst rocks and boulders or just around tight, dusty corners. I drank a beer and took two Tylenol with it. Recommended by doctors world-wide. Read full story here.
  6. Dave and I wanted to officially complete the few miles along the Idaho and Utah BDRs we’d missed when we first came through the year before and then again this summer on our way up from California. And I had another mission. I wanted to ride back along the trail just outside of Avery, Idaho where exactly a year ago I’d clipped the boulder that had caused me to break my wrist. I wanted to pee on that boulder. Full story here.
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    The Rest of the North

    Another rider came in and took the booth behind us. He told us about a time he’d organized a group ride with 43 bikes down into the U.S. and almost everyone was turned back. Three guys even had their bikes impounded. I began to think they were just victims of the U.S.’s increasingly paranoid hoop-jumping but our Tim Horton’s friend went on to say that part of that group stole a truck later and backed it into the impound yard to retrieve the bikes. Full story here.
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    McCarthy, Alaska and Kennecott Mine

    We were under the impression vehicles were not allowed in town but once we started walking around, we noticed cars and trucks parked along the streets and in people’s driveways. We figured there must be another road and were left with our curiosity for the moment. For now, we had to solve an immediate problem of hunger. We found The Potato and tucked into a late lunch around 4:00 p.m. then caught a shuttle up to the mine around 5:00 p.m. We were the only two people in the van and I asked the driver how people get their cars over the river. He said resident’s pay about $300/year and get a key that accesses a trunk road bridge downriver. He then said, “But if it fits, you can bring it across the foot bridge.” Hold up now… so we could ride our bikes across the bridge? Read full story here
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    Anyone Ridden or Riding Eastern Africa

    Hello, we're looking into riding from Cape Town to Nairobi Jan-Mar, 2017 give or take a few weeks on either side. We'd also like to possibly go further north to get into Europe. If there's anyone who would, A) be willing to give us current info about riding Eastern Africa or like to join us, please get hold of me here or via our website, ridingfullcircle.com. Thanks!
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    Valdez, Alaska

    Ronetta laughed while Joseph lit the candle and we all took her photo. She seemed very happy and I swallowed a little choke in my throat thinking about this kind woman losing her husband so early in life. She told me later it was hard to see all of us working together with our partners as a team as she had done with her husband but said being around all of us was bringing her and her dogs a lot of joy and helping her heal. Read full post here.
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    Visas for Kazakhstan

    If you're travelling on a Canadian passport and are spending time and eventually money on acquiring a Kazakhstan visa, you may want to hold off As of Nov. 14, 2016, I received confirmation from Visa Services of Canada that Canada will be part of the visa exemption program after Jan. 1, 2017. So if you're travelling to Kaz after the 2017 new year, you may not need a visa. I would definitely check in with the Kaz embassy in Ottawa (613-695-8055) but this is what I received in an e-mail from Visa Services of Canada: I am just back from Kazakhstan, and they are rolling out the visa-free entry as of the new year. Enjoy. Ensure you have a newer valid passport and a lot of extra passport-style photos. You will need all of the paperwork for the motorcycle, including ownership, registration, insurance, intl driving permit. You might consider having it in Russian. Check back closer to the date to ensure it happens. Cheers, Heather ridingfullcircle.com
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    The Rainy Wet Sog

    If we hear rain on the tent in the morning upon waking we’re pissed, even if that very same sound lulled us to sleep the night before. It’s nice at night. It sucks in the morning. We have to pack up outside so all our stuff gets wet, the tent never dries out and unlike some road trips, we can’t escape into a warm, dry vehicle and get away from the sogginess. Weather is our travelling companion whether we like it or not. It rides right along with us, clinging to our pants legs and getting all up in our face. We have to accept it even when, on the hottest of days, it never offers to buy us a beer or offers to do the dishes every once in awhile. Full story here...
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    Info Needed for Russian Visa

    Hi there has anyone RECENTLY obtained a Russian Visa to ride as a CANADAIAN CITIZEN in Russia? How do you get around the 30-days-only tourist visa if you're planning to ride all of Russia in a summer season? Obviously we need more than 30 days to ride across this massive country. Thanks in advance! Heather
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    Not Enough Toys

    At various points along our trip it’s been tough on both of us to be right there in a place of the world we’ve long dreamed of being, and have no gear for playing. Our motorcycles are great toys but can only hold so much. Although we are very grateful to experience this trip from the seat of a bike, it does have its limitations when you also love hiking, climbing and ski touring and are in world-class places where you may never get another chance to be again. We felt this about not being able to climb in Patagonia or get to off-the-beaten-path places in the Galapagos Islands. Read full story here.
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    Breaking Up With My Bike

    After a series of bad luck spills, break downs and financial distress, I decide to break up with my G650GS and trade it in for a younger, more handsome model with a better body and more endurance. If you know what I'm saying... Blog pull: After the experience with my bike on the Dalton, I had a big decision to make; do I keep the Frakenbike and put thousands into fixing it up or invest in another bike? There were a few sleepless nights wondering if it was worth it. If I should just fix the 650 and accept its limitations. We had such history together. It had patina. It had, sniff, a very expensive, custom-made seat just for me. Something I couldn’t transfer over to the F800. Read the full story here.
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    Breaking Up With My Bike

    It's a tough call but think more long term investment and lose of money...
  17. Testing Out The F800 On The Denali Highway Blog pull: I stalled the bike and started to go over. My foot skidded out on the rocks. I had to jump off and let it fall. I swore so loud and long that swans on a nearby lake fluttered about frazzled and an old couple standing about ½ mile down the road got into their RV and quickly drove off. In a matter of days I’d have had crash bars and my bike would have been protected. Now it probably had a gaping hole in the plastic or a ding in the tank. I couldn’t look. It was like when you cut yourself chopping vegetables and you’re sure if you look your finger will be detached laying on the cutting board in a pool of blood. Read full story here.
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    Shipping Bikes to South AF from USA

    Has anyone RECENTLY shipped by boat, or flown, a motorcycle from western USA, for ex. Seattle, to Cape Town, South Africa? We're hoping to get ourselves (2 adults) and two F800s over to this continent by the beginning of Dec. 2016. - company used - approx. cost - any contact info Thanks for your help!
  19. Hello to those also obsessed with everything motorcycle, I'm Heather, formerly living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada riding on a two-year round-the-world trip with my boyfriend, Dave, formerly living in Bellingham, WA, USA. Now we're just homeless bums riding bikes. I started out riding a G650GS but it turned into a lemon so it was swapped for an F800GS. Dave rides an F800GSA. You can read about farkles, gear, mods, etc here. Aside from a three-month hiatus to mend a broken bone, we've been traveling almost exactly one year to-date, so about halfway, and have ridden through the following places. Click links for stories on our website about these destinations: Baja Mainland Mexico Guatemala El Salvador Honduras Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama (Flight over Darien Gap) Columbia Ecuador Peru Bolivia Chile Argentina (Flight to USA) Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR) Utah BDR Idaho BDR (link incoming Oct. 2016) Yukon Alaska The next half of our trip will take us to Africa, Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and probably other places we don't know about yet. Why not follow along and see if we make it? We'll be posting regularly on xladv.com and our website, ridingfullcircle.com along with a plethora of social media platforms you can find links to on our site. Thanks for letting us introduce ourselves to you. Please send comments, suggestions or jokes anytime. XO H and D ridingfullcircle.com
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    Riding Full Circle - couple attempts two-year RTW trip

    Thanks PeteMoto!
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    Riding Full Circle - couple attempts two-year RTW trip

    We had such a great time with you and Michelle, thanks to Motostays for hooking us all up and thanks to you guys for the heavily boozed drinks and delicious food! Hope to see you guys soon, real soon!