Konichi Wa, and greetings from Istanbul.
I hope that you, and your families are all well in Japan.
Three months have passed since I have left Japan with a ferry to Sakhalin
Island, and Russia. Here is a short update, and some
Photos from Russia, Mongolia, Central Asia, and the Caucus mountains.
From Wakkanai in Hokkaido, Japan, I have taken the "heartland Ferry" to
Sakhalin island. The ferry took only 6 hours to sail to Sakhalin, and in the
Port I met Kazanuri Fujimoto, and very nice Japanese traveler, that travel
on his Honda Magna. We cleared customs together, and decided to
Travel in Far East Russia, and Siberia together.
In Sakhalin, we met the local Motorcycle club members, and they gave us
accommodation, and helped us book a ticket on a boat that sailed every few
To mainland Russia. We landed on the port of Vanino very early in the
morning, and followed the gravel road to Khabarovsk, In Khabarovsk, we met
Other motorcycle clubs, and they also where very friendly and helpful to us.
Russian people love motorbikes!
For the next two weeks Kaz and I West, and then Kaz continued to ride West,
towards Moscow, and I headed South, into Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia.
Mongolia is a very interesting country, with fascinating nomadic lifestyle.
I liked it very much. Like in Japan, the people where very friendly and
helpful, and every night I've camped near a nomad camp, and met very kind
people. The roads in Mongolia where all dirt roads, and riding was fun, but
challenging. I was very glad that I'm riding an "Enduro" type motorcycle,
that made crossing Mongolia much easier.
After crossing Mongolia, I've reentered Russia, and then traveled south to
Kazakhstan. Almaty is a typical ex soviet city, with wide boulevards, and
Soulless apartment blocks.
Got the Tajikistan visa, and pressed on into Kirgizstan, where I met Cain,
an Australian doctor that took a few months off work and family life, and
On his motorbike. We traveled together into Tajikistan, and where greeted by
very different looking people, with Persian face feature, rather than
Mongol/Asiatic looks. The Pamir mountain range was out of reach for most
foreigners up until 10 years ago, and the encounter with the locals, that
still live a very traditional way
Of life was fascinating.
By then, my route followed the ancient Silk road, that transported silk from
China, and Nara, to Constantinople, Today's Istanbul.
I've passed the oasis cities of Samarkand, and Bukhara, and then crossed the
Caspian sea on a creaky ferry, into Azerbaijan, and the Georgians caucuses
The term "Caucasian" was coined by a German anthropologist that researched
the area, and was very impressed by the good looks, and build of the
mountain people. And for a good reason-they are very handsome race,
welcoming and kind. I met many great people, in this island of Christianity,
surrounded by Muslim countries.
Turkey felt very cold, after the warm Georgian hospitably, but still, I did
meet some nice people while crossing the country on my way to Istanbul.
Yesterday afternoon I saw the high minarets of Aya Sofia , and the majestic
Bosporus bridge, and by crossing it, I left Asia behind, and after 18 months
of travel, entered my third continent this trip- Europe.
Will rest here for a few days, explore this old city, and then head into
the Balkans, and Europe.
My schedule is tight; I have to be in Europe before the winter, do some
planning and very needed preparations, and ship to Argentina by the end of
I would like to say "Thank you" again, to all the great people of Japan,
and especially to the members of WTN-J, that made me feel at home in Japan.
Take care, and ride safe,
From your traveling friend Adam, from Israel.