Hello again from the Chiang Mai to Vladivostok Blog, reporting today from VLADIVOSTOK – our goal at the end of the rainbow.
We are on the Golden Horn and the Pacific Ocean at the very end of Russia, the largest country on earth. This tour is in the bag with everyone healthy and the only thing left to do is put the motorcycles and 4×4 in a container and ship it back to Thailand and fly home.
Population of Vladivostok is a bit under 600,000 and it is situated at sea level. Most of it anyway, because it is also known as the San Francisco of Russia and there are big hills all over the place. Our hotel is on one such high point.
Not many years ago Vladivostok was closed to foreigners as it was home to their Pacific fleet and their nuclear submarines.
Now that the cold war is over, so is the paranoia and this lovely, historic city is open to the world. But don’t come in the winter because it is one of Russia’s coldest.
Weather is still perfect, sunny and balmy. No need for any cover-up today. Sunglasses were a necessity. But it is going to change any day now and get real cold for a real long time.
Today most of us went for a walk down to the harbor and through the Historic District.
Last night’s dinner was probably the best one on the tour, but I can hardly remember any of it because of all the Vodka I drank. And local beer. That’s it for me with the vodka – I can handle a few glasses of beer with ease. We plan on revisiting the same restaurant and I promise an unclouded report plus photos.
I have to cut this post short again because of the late hour, but you will hear from me again tomorrow, probably for the last time.
Regards from Vladivostok, Reed.
And happy future trails to everyone.
All photos below: